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Google Maps is a fully featured mapping service, and a long-time favorite on iOS that many users find hard to walk away from despite the recent improvements to Apple Maps. While there are plenty of high-profile features in Google Maps – from smart points-of-interest to AR directions – some of the most useful tips and tricks are the ones you probably haven’t heard of. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

Add a stop

When planning a journey in Google Maps, it’s possible to add a stop en route. Simply tap the three dots to the right of the search bar and choose Add stop. You can add multiple destinations and use the drag handles to the right to rearrange them. Whether you’re carpooling or picking up a bite to eat, Google Maps will seamlessly direct you towards your pitstop without derailing the rest of your plans.

Add a stop!

Avoid tolls

There’s nothing worse than setting off on a journey to find you’re headed straight for a paid toll road. In Google Maps, you can configure navigation to avoid tolls altogether. Choose the options button when planning a route, then switch the button next to Avoid tolls into its on position. While you’re there, you can also set Google Maps to avoid motorways and ferries.

Avoid those tolls!

Speed zoom

Pinch-to-zoom works just fine in Google Maps for iOS, but for a speedier way to navigate the map, double-tap the screen and hold your finger down after the second tap. Then, slide your finger up or down on the interface to speed-zoom either in or out. It’s a much quicker (and more enjoyable) way to navigate in Google Maps!

Report hazards

Google Maps’ report feature – which you can access by tapping the speech bubble during a live navigation – allows users to report all kinds of hazards while in-transit. This includes crashed or stranded vehicles, congestion, and even those pesky mobile speed cameras. This kind of crowd-sourced data allows Google Maps to offer more timely and useful information for its users.

Report it!

Offline browsing

Google Maps might consume cellular data, but did you know that it’s possible to download maps for offline browsing? This feature is especially useful if you’re using Google Maps abroad, where cellular data might incur additional costs. To download a portion of the map, search for a location and swipe along the menu bar until you see the Download icon. Tap it, select the area you’d like to save, and confirm.

Download for offline browsing.

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