Think of a location anywhere in your city, country or anywhere e;se and Google Maps will help you find it. With this web mapping service from Google available now as a mobile app, you have no excuse for getting lost or being late.
Google Maps started as a C++ based program developed by Danish programmers and brothers Lars and Eilstrup Rasmussen. Instead of going it alone like they originally intended, they decided to pitch their project to Google, which bought them out in 2004.
Little by little more data and services were added to the original program; in 2008 Terrain View was introduced and later Street View was added. Now with Google Maps you can find locations and view up-to-date satellite images of any place on the planet.
How to Sign In to Google Maps
You can use Google Maps to a large degree without being signed in, but there are benefits to having a Google account. You will be able to access all of Google’s free products (such as Gmail and Google News tailored to your preferences).
Having a Google account means you can pinpoint your business’s whereabouts in Google Maps so you customers can find you easily. You can embed Google Maps into your website so people have easy access to directions.
If you already have a Google account and you want to sign in to Google Map just type https://www.google.com/maps/ into the address bar of your browser. Hit the Enter button on your keyboard. You will be taken to a map of your geographical area. Google tells this by identifying your computer’s IP address, which tells them where you are located.
There will be a Sign In button in the top right-hand corner like this:
Click on Sign In.
You will be taken to a page that has a form like this:
Enter the email address you gave when you signed up for a Google account then hit the Next button. You will be taken to a form like this, with your name and email address appearing in the area that we blacked out for the sake of privacy.
Enter your password and click on the Sign In bar.
That’s it! You’re in!
You will see that Google has recorded your previous searches, which appear in a box in the left-hand top corner. For instance, we were looking for a company headquartesr in Cyprus, in Limassol some weeks ago, and Google has reminded us of it:
Retrieving Your Details
Should you lose your Google Maps login credentials you will be able to retrieve them the same way you do for any other Google service.
Go to the Sign In page as above. On the form where you are supposed to give your email (also sometimes called a username). You will see blue link called Need Help as follows:
Click on the Need Help link.
You will be taken a page like this where you can choose instructions depending on your issue:
Whether you’ve forgotten your username or password, you will be sorted out. Google will either email you instructions for resetting your password if you have forgotten that, or send instructions to your mobile phone. Remember you gave your mobile number when signing up for a Google account.
Why You Have to Sign Up
Even without signing in to the application you can still search for locations on Google Maps. But if you are an entrepreneur hoping to make it easier for your clients to find you, you will need to have a Google+ page. This means you have to sign up for a Google Account to sign in to Google Plus and make full use of Google Map.
How to Sign Up at Google Maps
Signing up for Google Maps is just like signing up for Gmail or any other Google service. It’s a master Google account you have to sign up for. Here’s how to do it.
Type Google.com into the window of your browser and press Enter.
You will get the familiar Google homepage for your country, for example:
The important thing here is the Sign In button. Click on it.
Google is too clever by far. Because I have an account at Google, it immediately fills in my email details and prompts me for my password. (I have blacked out my details for purposes of privacy).
If you already have a Google account you will get the same thing. Just add your Password and click on the Sign In button.
If you don’t have a Google account there will be an option called New to Google or Create Account. Click on that and you will be taken to the sign up page which will qualify you for every one of the many free services available with a Google account, including Gmail and Google Maps.
Your are nearly there. Google will send a message to your mobile phone or email address so you can confirm that you want to sign up. Simply follow the instructions.
That’s it. Now you area eligible to sign in to all Google services.
Privacy at Google Maps
If all you need to do on Googlemaps is simply find a shopping center or restaurant, you need not bother signing in.
But if you need to use a function that requires a sign-in, make sure you log out when you are done to keep your other Google accounts from being accessed. This is especially important if you are working on a shared computer.
What You Get
Few of us have not used Google Maps to get to a place we have never been to before. All you need to do to get to a place is type its name and the application will show you where it is on a map of the locality. It will even give you directions on how to get there from where you are.
If you need to find out more about the place you can read the brief description Google Maps provides or use the contacts there to call or visit their social media accounts.
In addition to this Google Maps can bring up photo images of how the location appears on the Street View. You can contribute to these by uploading photos stored on your computer or taken from your phone.
Countries Where You Can Use Google Maps
You can log into Google Maps anywhere you have access to the Internet. Only in countries like China where Internet access is prohibited may you not be able to use the application.
However, if you can rent a VPN connection, you can still access the Internet even from behind the bamboo curtain.
There are places you cannot use Google to view, even if you have unrestricted access to the Internet. These locations, like the NATO Airforce Hub, have been redacted from the application for security reasons. You will find the images either heavily pixelated or blanked out.
- If you’re going to a place where you know internet access will be a challenge, you can save maps to that you can work with them offline.
- Another handy tool is the one that enables you to share maps with your friends via email to enable them to find a place.
Google Maps App for Android Tablets and Mobile Phones
Google Maps comes pre-installed on Android devices but Apple users can download the application from the App Store as well. Small wonder more than a billion people have it on their smartphones.
Most people probably use Googlemaps from their mobile devices to help them find destinations while on the move.
Security and Privacy Issues
As revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, queries made by users via theGoogle Maps appcan be traced back to them.
His revelations caused international uproar and evoked a debate on governments spying on their citizens.
In addition to this, people have protested the use of the Street View feature to publish images of people without their permission.
This led to Google blurring the faces of people and car license plates in pictures.However, some countries have banned Street View in the past.
Cool Stuff to do on Google Maps
You can make sure your business is visible on Google Maps by adding or claiming your business on Google. These steps, which Google will help you complete, will ensure that your company appears when someone is searching for it using the search engine or Google Maps.
How Does Google Maps Make Money?
There are sponsored links that appear when you do a search on Google Maps. It is through these ads that Maps makes money.
Take-Aways About Google Maps
- The Google Maps app has been downloaded more than one billion times from the Google Play Store
- In Apple, Apple Maps is still used 3.5 times more than Google Maps
- In October 2015 Google Maps was accessed by 49.6% of mobile device users
- This made it the second most accessed mobile app after Facebook
Keep Your Google Maps Login Details Safe
When signing up be sure to create a strong password, one with special characters and numbers and at least eight characters long.
Google Maps is an indispensable part of everyday life and a vital marketing tool for brick-and-mortar businesses. Get access to Google Maps, sign in and use it!