Google Maps now finally lets you create and share lists of your favourite places
Google Maps is about to get a whole lot more social.
The app is finally getting a long-awaited feature that will let users create and share lists of their favourite places.
This means that if you’re ever at a loss for the best coffee shop or pizza restaurant, Google Maps will be there to provide options.
Users have been clamouring for a lists function within Google Maps for some time, and today the company has finally unveiled exactly what it will look like.
Previously only available to Google’s “local guides”, the feature is available to use now with the latest update to Google Maps on iOS and Android devices.
Google Maps users can create a number of lists, or save places to default lists
Creating a list is simple enough – simply open up Google Maps, and tap on the place you want to include.
Then tap on the new “Save” icon, which will let you store the location to one of several pre-made lists, such as ‘Favourites’ or ‘Want to Go’.
Alternatively, you can create your own customised list, that can be named whatever you want, and can be shared with your friends via text, email, social networks and other apps.
You can also begin following lists made by other Google Maps users – so if a hot new bar or cafe opens up nearby, you won’t be left out.
Once a list has been created, it can be shared with other Google Maps users
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In order to see which places you have saved, open up the Google Maps side menu, then tap on ‘Your Places”.
This will then display all your saved locations on the map, so you’ll always know when a special place is nearby.
All your saved lists will be available across mobile and desktop devices, and can even be viewed when offline, meaning you could create a wish list of places to visit on your next holiday.
The launch is the latest update for Google Maps in recent weeks.
Last week, a major upgrade introduced a dedicated driving menu, which will now display real-time estimated journeys to your designated home or work locations, as well as details on any expected delays or traffic information.
Lastly, there’s a new tab for public transport information, which looks to make bus and tube journeys smoother.
The tab will again display real-time information on arrivals and departures at the nearest stops or stations nearest your locations, as well as an ETA on when you should arrive.
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Elsewhere, Google Maps on mobile devices is now able to see real-time information on just how busy locations and places are before they set off, potentially saving them time and stress.
First introduced in the desktop version of Google Maps, the "Popular Times" service provides live information on how busy somewhere is, including whether it is busier or quieter than usual.
This means users can decide whether to try and battle the crowds, or delay their trip for a time when it is quieter.
The levels can be viewed on an hour-by-hour basis, and even shows how long people spend at a particular location.