If you haven't personalised your Google Maps experience, then you're missing some of the incredibly useful functionality that the service has to offer.
You can actually set your home and work addresses in Google Maps, letting you skip the typing and quickly get directions to and from the places where, odds on, you spend the most amount of time.
Here's how to get that personal touch from your Google Maps directions.
Google Maps on a computer
If you're using a desktop PC, a laptop PC or a Mac, it's easy to add your home and work addresses.
- Go to the Google Maps page.
- Make sure you're logged in!
- Click on the Menu icon, which is the three horizontal lines on the top left of the screen.
- Go down to Your Places, click and choose the Labelled Tab.
- Add your addresses in the Home and Work fields.
If you move or changes jobs, you can follow these steps again to edit this info.
On Android devices
The process is quite similar if you're using the Google Maps app on an Android phone.
- Open the Maps app.
- Log in with the Google account you use as your default.
- Tap the three horizontal lines to open up the menu.
- Tap Your Places and hit the Labelled Tab.
- Add (or edit) home and work addresses.
On Apple devices
Again, this is pretty simple with only one significant change.
- Open the Maps app.
- Log in.
- Tap the Menu, which is still three lines.
- There's no Labelled tab, so just go straight to Your Places.
- Add the addresses for your home or work location.
Once you've done this, Google will offer these as options automatically when you're looking for directions, which can save a lot of time if you're a frequent Google Maps user. You'll also be able to do quick searches such as "places to eat near work" or "bars near home" and Google will know exactly what you need!
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