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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 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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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 ...

Walking Route Calorie Estimator Removed From Google Maps After User Criticism

Tuesday October 17, 2017 3:36 am PDT by
Google is removing an experimental calorie estimator from its Maps iOS app, following criticism from users that the feature amounted to unsolicited health advice and could do more harm than good (via TechCrunch). The feature began rolling out to some users last week and shows an estimate of the calories that would be burned if a selected walking route was taken. The calorie estimator not ...
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Google Maps App Update Brings 'Measure Distance' Feature to iPhone and iPad

Thursday September 7, 2017 2:36 am PDT by
Google updated the Google Maps app for iOS on Wednesday and brought a useful measurement feature to iPhone and iPad that has been available on the Maps web interface for some time. Maps apps are usually the first port of call for finding out how far away somewhere is and how long it will take to get there via car, public transport, or walking, but these directions rarely reveal the actual...
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Google Maps Expands 'Parking Difficulty' Indicator to 25 Cities Around the World

Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:40 am PDT by
Google today announced its "parking difficulty" indicator in Google Maps for iOS and Android will now appear in 25 additional cities around the world. The feature was previously available in the United States only. The simple feature shows a "P" icon with a difficulty level such as "moderate" or "limited," based on how easy it will be to find parking at the destination entered. The feature...
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Google Search and Maps Apps Gain 'SOS Alerts' Feature

Tuesday July 25, 2017 3:58 am PDT by
Google launched a new feature for its Search and Maps apps today that aims to help users stay on top of events when a natural disaster or other crisis occurs near their location (via TechCrunch). Called "SOS Alerts", the notifications will appear at the top of Google search results and Maps when a user looks for information about an incident or the affected area. In the Search app,...
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Google Maps Gains Local Guides Widget and Transit Transfer Reminders

Thursday July 6, 2017 1:03 am PDT by
Google Maps received an update on Wednesday that makes it easier to contribute reviews to points of interest and adds the option to get reminders to make a transfer on a transit journey. The user contribution aspect comes in the form of a new "Local Guides" widget that allows users to propose new places to visit, to comment on existing points of interest, and upload location photos. The...
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Google Maps Now Remembers Where You Parked Your Car

Wednesday April 26, 2017 12:05 am PDT by
Google yesterday announced a feature to help Google Maps users remember where they're leaving their car once they've arrived at their destination. The feature is simple enough to activate once you've parked up, and like Apple Maps, if you have your iPhone connected to your car via USB audio or Bluetooth, Google Maps will automatically tag your vehicle's location on the map when you disconnect...

Google Maps for iOS Gains New Timeline Feature

Tuesday April 18, 2017 4:43 pm PDT by
Google today announced that its popular Timeline feature for Google Maps on Android has expanded to Google Maps for iOS, making it available to iPhone and iPad users for the first time. With Timeline, Google Maps keeps track of all of the places that have been visited, so users can have a past account of where they’ve been and what they were doing. What was the name of that antique store I...

Google Maps for iOS Gains Directions Widget for Turn-By-Turn Navigation on Lock Screen

Monday April 17, 2017 3:09 pm PDT by
Google Maps for iOS was today updated to version 4.30.0, introducing a new Directions Widget that allows Google Maps users to access turn-by-turn navigation directly on the lock screen of the iPhone. The widget can be enabled by going to the Today View of the Notification Center, scrolling down to the "Edit" button, and then enabling Google Directions. Once turned on, turn-by-turn navigation...