The One Google Maps Feature Every User Should Be Using

Joel Lee 18-04-2016

Google Maps has tons of awesome features Become a Google Maps Boss With These 6 Crucial Tips How can you make use of Google Maps to the utmost? What sorts of tricks await your utilization? Keep reading to find out how you can become a Google Maps pro in no time. Read More  that will make your life easier, even to the point where you can be your own travel guide Be Your Own Travel Guide: 7 Tips To Travel Smarter With Google Maps Going on a trip can be such a stressful experience. But, let's walk you through the ways you can use Google Maps to plan every aspect of your next big trip. Read More . But of all the useful features you should be using, there’s one that sticks out as universally practical…


If you haven’t set your Home and Work locations yet, then you need to do that right away. This simple tip, combined with one other trick mentioned below, will crank up your navigational efficiency by several notches.


To set them, go to Google Maps and type home into the search field but don’t press Enter. You should see a popup that lets you set a new address by clicking on Set Location. When it asks for an address, type in your home address and click Save. Done!

Follow the same steps to set a Work location, except type work instead.

Furthermore, if you’re using Google Maps on Android Google Maps on Android: Everything You Need to Know Does Google Maps on your Android device feel a bit daunting? We've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know about using Google Maps on Android. Read More , then the Home and Work locations come in extra handy when combined with these amazing voice command tricks 8 Voice Tricks for Google Navigation That You Never Knew About With "OK Google" enabled, you'll never have to touch Google Maps again. These voice tricks will make sure of that! Read More . For example, you can simply say:


“OK Google, navigate to Home.”

And your smartphone will immediately launch Google Maps with directions homeward. No fiddling, no hassle, and absolutely no effort necessary. Just take your seat and speak up. Boom.

Do note that Home and Work addresses may not work if you have Lite Mode enabled in Google Maps Google Maps Feeling Slow? Here's a Trick to Speed It Up If Google Maps's latest features are bogging down your computer, here's a simple trick to make it lightning fast again. Read More .

Do you have your Home and Work locations set? If so, how useful have you found it? If not, why not? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments!

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  1. Dean
    April 19, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    if you have an Android (I do) Google can know almost anything about you. I am not saying they do (or don;t) but if they wanted to spy on you it would be easy. You are running around with a device in your pocket that can give away your location (even better if GPS is turned on) Has TWO cameras facing opposite directions, Very sensitive microphones and the ability to update the master collector at any time via wireless connection. Talk about big brother.

    BTW you can say:
    Ok Google navigate to 10 main street Denton, Tx
    and it will work just the same. Just say the address and you wont have to confirm where you live to google who already knows.

  2. Joseph Pollock
    April 19, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I may be using Lite Mode. Not sure how to set/change that.

  3. Joseph Pollock
    April 19, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I don't see any Set Location button on Linux. I tried signing on to Google and both "home" and "work".

    I've wanted to be able to do this for years.

    I'm on Kubuntu 12.04 with backports and Vivaldi 1.0 or Firefox 45.0.1.

  4. pmshah
    April 19, 2016 at 3:23 am

    I can't comment on the features to use but can certainly comment on features required.

    I shifted to a new residence about 6 months ago. There are a number of grave errors in the locality maps. I have submitted a correction - a non existent road is shown on the map - but there has been no action from Google. I have also sebt a corretion regarding a very Large bank branch which has moved to a new location - about 200 meters from the earlier one - again with the same or no response.

    Google should clean up their act AND hire more help.

    BTW the about correction submitted for the road. When the satellite image and the map are superimposed - as in satellite view - the road runs right through a major building.

  5. Cat
    April 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Ah, super!
    Thanks for the tip re 'Ok Google, navigate to Home'.
    I've Home location set - often a godsend when in some backwater location - but to 'take a seat' and let the system take over, fabulous!
    Appreciate it.

    Btw, fcd76218 made me smile.
    I recently read the details my bank holds - and is allowed to release to 3rd parties (credit checks, marketing etc) - on me and I think we can probably stick data collectors into one big lump ;-)

    • Joel Lee
      April 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Yeah, it's very useful! Glad to be of help, Cat. Thanks for the kind words. :)

  6. Anonymous
    April 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    "If you haven’t set your Home and Work locations yet, then you need to do that right away. "
    Under the assumption that Google knows those locations already from its data harvesting, you might as well confirm it.

    "Do you have your Home and Work locations set?"
    Definitely not!!! I'll be damned if I provide Google with ANY information. Even without my help, their database has too much info about me.

    • Joel Lee
      April 18, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      I think if you don't set Home/Work, I've heard that Google can infer your home location based on your driving patterns, so you're right... Google likely already knows!