Each of these apps can get you from one place to another, but they offer much more than that. Here are a few features on each that are worth checking out.
Wheelchair Accessibility: After inputting your destination into the search bar and hitting enter, tap “Directions” and choose the public transportation icon. Tap “Options” – under the Routes section, you’ll see “wheelchair accessible.” This feature is still relatively new, but people around the world continue to add data to provide helpful information for those that need wheelchair access.
Delete Location Data: User privacy is a major concern for any app. Google recently announced it will let users choose how often it will delete location data, letting you “start fresh” after three or 18 months, or whenever you manually delete that data.
Orient Yourself with a Phone Tilt: If you get off a bus or train and aren’t quite sure where you are, it can be easy to start walking in the wrong direction. Rather than guessing where you need to be, you can tilt your phone. Google will cast a sort of blue floodlight next to your location dot to point you the right way.
Make a Pit Stop: Taking a longer trip and want to take a break for food, coffee, or gas? You can find pit stops by swiping up on the information panel on the navigation screen.
Send a Map from Your Mac: Look at a map on your Mac to plan your route beforehand, then click the Share icon. The top option will be to send it to your connected iPhone. You’ll get a notification on your phone to view the map.
Be an Eagle: Okay, the “Flyover” mode won’t actually grant you the ability to fly, but it’s a cool way to get an eagle-eye, 3D view of an area. If you enter a major city into the search bar, you may see a “Flyover” button pop up. Click it and you can glide and look around the city with just a swipe of your finger.
Connect Facebook Events: For that one friend that uses Facebook to schedule at least three events per month, you can ensure you’ve always got them on your calendar and are never late. Just hit the magnifying glass and scroll down to “Connect Facebook events.”
Share Your ETA: On the way to meet some friends and suddenly hit a traffic jam? Rather than guessing it’ll be, “oh, 15 more minutes, give or take” you can give a more accurate estimate with Waze. Simply tap the “Share” button after you input your destination. You can send via text or through chat platforms like WhatsApp.
Have a Boy Band (or Other Celebrities) Voice Your Directions: In your Settings, click “Voice & sound,” then hit “Waze voice.” You can choose from a variety of speakers, including “Boy Band” and “Cookie Monster.” Let’s just hope you don’t have any sweet treats sitting on the passenger seat.