Google Maps “Lists” feature and why you must have it

Google Maps “Lists” feature and why you must have it

For a while now, you’ve been able to save places of interest (like your favorite restaurants, bars and attractions you visited or want to visit) inside the Google Maps app. But because every address was filed under a master list simply known as “Saved,” it was easy for this to turn into a categorical nightmare.

Now you can save and create lists of your saved locations inside Google Maps. And as a person who really likes things organized would surely love this!

Google has unveiled the Google Maps ‘Lists’ feature, and also announced its availability in India. The feature gives users the ability to mark out places they want to recommend to family and friends. The availability of the feature was announced on Monday 13th February, and the company says it will be visible on both the Android and iOS apps.

The search giant in an emailed statement said Google Maps users in India can now create lists of places, share lists with others, and follow the lists of friends and family when they are shared with them. Users will be able to view and edit their lists offline, and if they have offline maps downloaded, places added to the lists will appear on the offline map as well.

“You can list the places you wish to visit as well as share your recommendations, whether it is a list of weekend getaways, or a list of best street food joints, or best fashion boutiques in a particular area amongst others,” Google said in the statement.

Google said there are two ways to create a list. In the first, users have to open to side menu, go to Your places, open Saved, and then click on the + sign in the blue circle at the bottom right corner of the screen. The second way is for users to open the place desired to be added to a new list, tap on Save, and then select Create a new list.

As for sharing a list, Google said users need to open their list, and click on the Share button on the top right hand corner. Then, they can share the resultant link to their list via apps on their phone, such as Hangouts, SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook, and even Twitter. The recipients, when they click on the link, will be given the option to Follow the list within Google Maps. They will then have the list saved in the Your places section of the app.

To edit a list, users need to go to the Your places section and then tap the Saved tab. They will then need to tap on the three dot menu to the right of the list and then click Edit list. Users will also be able to add and remove places from lists directly from a location’s place sheet by tapping the Saved icon.

So if you wonder why the feature would be useful to you, here are few reasons:

Plan a trip

Whether you’re flying across the globe or hitting the road for a weekend getaway, saving a list of places you’re interested in beforehand will give you a head start once you’ve arrived to your destination. Your lists can be built around a specific event (“Spring Break” or “Portland trip 2017”) and include all the places you want to hit up. If you want to go down memory lane after your vacation, you can always look back and scroll through (feel free to delete any places you ended up not going to or liking, BTW). Sharing your list to people back home lets them know where you’re going (in case of emergencies). And if you’re traveling with a group, it’ll keep everyone in the loop.

Recommend places to out-of-towners

Creating and sharing a list of your favorite museums, parks, restaurants, bars and such in your local area is a quick way to recommend places to friends who are visiting and looking for things to do. If you’re into homestaying (like Airbnb), you can share the lists with upcoming guests as well — much neater than a binder on the kitchen counter that’s full of maps and take-home menus.

Get specific about your favorite spots

Separating “places of interests” into even more specific categories is efficient, especially if you’re trying to familiarize yourself with your neighborhood. Think lists like: “Happy Hour Places,” “Coffee Shops to Try,” “Nomming for Restaurant Week” and “Favorite Hiking Trails.”

Organize your life

Instead of going into individual contact cards, building a list around people you know is a quick way to call up their known addresses and begin navigating (especially if you’re going to ride around and pick people up). For example, something like “Work Carpooling” or “South Bay Peepz” will come in handy.

On a similar note, you can make short-lived lists if you know you’re going to be driving around all day. This will cut down on the time you spend in your car pecking out the next address you have to go too (“Weekend errands,” “Christmas shopping,” “Pick-up orders for Thanksgiving”).

Send your followers to your favorite places

If you’re an online blogger, kind-of-but-not-really internet famous or part of a small club/community, you can create lists that are centered around certain interests (“Best Birdwatching Spots,” “Fave Volunteering Places”). And with a public link, you can share across social media sites to send them to your followers or members of said community.

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