Users will now see three preset lists on their app — Favourites, Starred Places and Want to Go. Starred places had been a feature on the app for past several years and the company has built the update around it.
Users can either save a place on the map under the preset lists or create a custom list.
Users can make these lists public, private or shareable via a link to any of the social networks or via text message to your friends.
“With the millions of landmarks, businesses and other points of interest in Google Maps, there’s no shortage of places to try. now that we’ve got the world mapped, it’s your turn to map your world with Lists — from local hotspots to bucket list destinations worlds away,” Zach Maier, Product Manager, Google Maps, stated.
With the new update, Google Maps is trying to explore the social usage of its app after years of thriving to get users from starting point to the destination.
‘Want to go’ list works as a private space where you can mark places that you wish to visit and maybe tick them off as you make good on your promise to self to fulfil the travel bucket list.
“Because sharing is caring, we made it easy to share lists via text, email, social networks and popular messaging apps. Whenever friends and family come to town, tap the share button to get a link … they can tap ‘Follow’ to pull up the list from Your Places whenever they need it,” Maier adds.
Starred and Favourites might confuse readers as of now as both the places seem to mark something important on the Maps, but while Starred places might include your dentist’s address, favourites would mark some place else where you frequent to grab a couple of drinks with your friends maybe.
The lists you follow will also be available for offline usage. Users just need to download the offline map of a specified area and all the places marked on the map will be visible.
The feature is being rolled out for Android and iOS platforms right now, with the web and other platforms roll out scheduled sometime soon.
Creating a List
Tap on the side menu, navigate to Your Places, Open Saved and then tap on the plus sign at the bottom right corner of the screen. Select the place you wish to add to the list or just drop the pin on the map and tap on ‘Save’ and then select ‘Create a new list’.
Sharing a List
On the top right-hand corner of any list, you’ll find the share button which lets you share your list via apps like Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, SMS and more. Your public lists will be accessible to all those who ‘Follow’ you.
Editing a List
Navigate to Your Places and then to the Saved tab. You’ll find the edit list option under the ‘three-dot menu’ on the right of the list.