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How to Clear Google Maps Search History on iPhone and iPad

Friday March 26, 2021 3:43 pm PDT by
If you prefer using Google Maps over Apple Maps on your iPhone or iPad, it's useful to know that you have the ability to manage how long your map search history is stored on Google's servers. This article shows you how. When you start typing the name of somewhere in Google Maps, the app throws up suggestions of your recent searches for places and directions, which can be useful if you visit...

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Google Maps Gains Version of Classic 'Snake' Game for April Fools' Day

Monday April 1, 2019 2:15 am PDT by
Google Maps has temporarily gained a new trick for April Fools', with users of the mobile app able to play a geographical version of the classic game Snake. To play the game, simply launch the Google Maps app, tap the menu icon in the top-left corner of the interface, then select Play Snake. Pick which city you'd like to play in – options include Cairo, London, San Francisco, São...
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Google Maps on iOS Gains 'Follow' Button So You Can Keep Track of Events and Offers From Local Businesses

Thursday February 21, 2019 4:14 am PST by
Google Maps this week updated its iOS app with a new "Follow" feature, letting you keep track of events and news from your favorite local restaurants, bakeries, or bars. You can follow a location by searching for it in Google Maps on iOS, and then tapping "Follow" under the hours of operation. After you follow a business, all of their updates then appear in the new "For You" tab of Google...
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Google Maps Begins Rolling Out Support for Driver Speed Limits and Speed Traps

Monday January 21, 2019 1:13 am PST by
Google is currently rolling out support for road speed limits and speed traps in its navigation app, Google Maps. When drivers are using the app, the speed limit feature shows the speed limit of the road they are driving on in the lower left of the screen. Image via Android Police Speed traps are indicated with a small camera icon and shown on the visible map area. According to Android...
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Google Assistant Coming to Google Maps for iOS Today

Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:56 am PST by
Google is adding its Google Assistant feature to the Google Maps apps for iOS and Android, Google announced today. The feature will be available on iPhones starting this afternoon, with Google planning to enable Assistant for Google Maps via an update that's rolling out "shortly." On iOS and Android devices, Google Assistant will allow Google Maps users to control their navigation, reply to ...
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Google Maps Expanding 'For You' Recommendations Tab to iOS in Over 40 Countries Today

Monday December 10, 2018 6:47 am PST by
Google today announced that its Google Maps app for iOS will be updated today with a new "For You" tab in over 40 countries. "For You" was first announced at Google I/O in May and was initially limited to Android. The feature is designed to "tell you what you need to know about the neighborhoods you care about," such as new restaurants opening nearby, trending spots, and more, based on...
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Google Maps Gains Messaging Feature for Users to Chat With Local Businesses

Thursday November 15, 2018 1:31 am PST by
A new feature rolling out for Google Maps will allow iOS and Android users to message local businesses with their queries without having to leave the GPS-based navigation app. The feature is an extension of Google's real-time business-to-customer messaging service that the company introduced in select countries last year. Businesses that signed up to the service include a Message button on ...
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Google Maps Can Now Help Users Find Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Wednesday October 17, 2018 3:53 am PDT by
Google has announced it is introducing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to its Maps coverage, allowing EV drivers to see on the map where they can stop to recharge during their journeys. Searching in Google Maps for keywords like "ev charging" or "EV charging stations" will display the nearest supported stations, including information on the types of ports available, charging speeds,...
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Google Maps on iPhone Getting New Commuting Features and Apple Music Integration This Week

Monday October 1, 2018 7:06 am PDT by
Google Maps will soon feature an all-new Commute tab that provides one-tap access to live traffic and transit information. The new tab will tell you if your commute is going to be a normal one, or if you'll need to budget extra time due to things like an accident or heavy traffic. Google is introducing support for mixed-mode commutes that involve both driving and public transit, with helpful ...
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Google Maps Makes it Easier to Decide on a Restaurant With New Group Planning Feature

Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:59 am PDT by
Google today announced a new group planning feature for Google Maps on iOS and Android, which aims to make it easier for a group of friends to decide on a place to eat. To use the feature, open Google Maps and tap "Restaurants" on the Explore tab. Then long press on any location to add it to a shortlist, shown in a small floating bubble on the lower right side of the screen. Once you add a...
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Google Maps App Updated With New Events Section and Elevation Data for Walking and Cycling Routes

Wednesday September 5, 2018 1:20 am PDT by
Google Maps received an update today that introduces a couple of potentially useful new features, including a new section that lists notable events happening nearby. The new Events section lives at the bottom of the Explore tab, where users can find a variety of things listed depending on what's going on in their location. Google says Events that appear in the new section can include...
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Google Maps for iOS Updated With 'Match' Customized Restaurant Recommendations

Monday July 30, 2018 3:18 pm PDT by
Google Maps was today updated with a new "Match" feature that's designed to offer up personalized restaurant recommendations based on a user's customized tastes. The Match option allows users to tap on a food or drink spot to see if they're likely to enjoy a new spot based on past restaurant visiting history. The update also includes a list of how many restaurants have been visited in the...
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Google Maps Gaining AR Street View, 'For You' Recommendations, and More

Tuesday May 8, 2018 12:48 pm PDT by
Google today outlined several new features coming to Google Maps at its Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California this morning. First and foremost, this summer, Google Maps will be updated with a new personalized "For You" section that offers up recommendations based on your interests. The Maps app is gaining a dedicated "For You" tab that is designed to "tell you what you...
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Google Maps for iOS Gains Restaurant Wait Times, Improved Transit Directions and More

Tuesday March 20, 2018 2:30 pm PDT by
Google Maps for iOS was today updated to version 4.47, introducing new and improved features. When searching for a restaurant using Google Maps, you can now see wait times at more than a million restaurants around the world that will let you know just how long you can expect to wait before being seated. Google says the update also introduces the ability to sort and search through reviews...
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Google Maps Adds 'Wheelchair Accessible' Routes to Transit Navigation in Several Cities

Thursday March 15, 2018 2:03 am PDT by
Google Maps today announced the availability of new "wheelchair accessible" routes in its transit navigation directions for several cities around the world, recognizing that using trains and buses can present challenges for people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility needs. Information about which stations and routes are wheelchair friendly isn't always readily available or easy to find....
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Mario Comes to Google Maps in Celebration of Mario Day

Friday March 9, 2018 10:47 am PST by
Mario Day, which celebrates Nintendo's iconic plumber, takes place on Saturday, March 10. To celebrate Mario Day, Nintendo has teamed up with Google to bring Mario to Google Maps. Starting today, "Mario Time" is available in Google Maps for Android and iOS devices. To enter Mario Time, tap on the yellow "?" icon that's available in the bottom right of the Google Maps app after updating the app ...
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Google Maps Adds 11 Disney Parks to Street View

Tuesday March 6, 2018 3:39 am PST by
Google Maps' Street View technology has been updated today to include virtual tours of 11 Disney parks for parents and children to explore in advance of a coming trip, or to rekindle memories of previous visits. We're all about new fantastic points of view. Today Street View is going the distance, from California to Florida, to make Disney part of your world. Be our guest at 11 Disney Parks, ...
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Google Maps for iOS Gains Quick-Access Traffic, Transit, and Local Info Tabs

Friday February 16, 2018 3:17 am PST by
Google has updated its iOS Maps app with three new quick-access options that Android users have had access to for over a year now. The new tabs sit across the bottom of the home screen and are called Explore, Driving, and Transit. Swiping up on the shortcuts reveals further details. For example, in Explore users can find a description of the local area, dining choices, and options to...
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Google Maps 'Two-Wheeler' Mode Launches In India, More Countries to Follow

Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:30 am PST by
Google debuted a new "two-wheeler" mode for Google Maps on Tuesday as part of its Google India media event in New Delhi. The biker-based feature joins the existing driving, walking, and public transit modes for Google Maps users in India looking for the fastest possible directions to their intended destination. Image via India Today The new mode for motorcycle and scooter users shows trip...
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Google Maps Updated With Support for iPhone X

Thursday November 30, 2017 11:43 am PST by
Google today updated its Google Maps app with official support for the iPhone X, introducing an improved layout on Apple's newest flagship phone. The Google Maps app displays full screen on the iPhone X's taller display, with a search bar located at the top of the app and directions and information provided at the bottom of the app. The layout of the app makes the menu button at the top left...
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Google Maps Updated With New Look to Make Finding Places Easier

Thursday November 16, 2017 2:24 am PST by
An announced update to Google Maps on Thursday brought a partial redesign that aims to make it quicker and easier for users to find places depending on their usage. As part of the change, Google Maps will now only highlight points of interest that might be relevant depending on what kind of map is selected (driving, navigation, transit, and so on). For example, gas stations will now show up ...