How to Get Walking Directions with Google Maps
With Google Maps, you can get accurate directions, whether you are driving, biking, taking the public transport or walking. The directions will differ between different modes of transport. For example, walking directions will vary from driving directions as they are certain routes that you can only access on foot and not by car and vice versa. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to get walking directions on Google Maps. These steps will work across devices whether it is an iPhone or an Android device.
Step 1: Visit the Google Maps webpage or access the Google Maps app
Go to maps.google.com, the Google Maps webpage, or access the Google Maps application on your mobile device.
Step 2: Set your destination
On the website, go to the field on the top left corner and type in your destination. As you type in your destination, Google will usually offer you suggestions in a list that appears below. You can select one of these if accurate.
On your mobile device, the field on the top of the screen is the field where you type your destination and Google offers suggestions.
Step 3: Select the Directions button
Once you have typed in your destination and clicked the search button, Google Maps will visually shift to give you a map of where your destination is located. The directions button will be right under the destination field and photo. Once you have selected the directions button, a field for the starting point of your journey will also open up.
Usually, your starting point is your current location but you can change this. On Google Maps, you can also prefix certain locations, such as your home or work.
Step 4: Mode of travel
The options for travel on Google Maps are driving, public transport, walking, biking, and air travel. By default, the option is set to driving and you can change it to walking directions. However, if you frequently use a mode of transport other than driving, Google Maps may change it.
Step 5: Reading the directions
First of all, there may be multiple routes to choose from. However, the first thing Google will show is the faster route. The other routes can be viewed and Google will tell you how much slower they are.
The directions are shown in two ways. The first is on the map as a line that connects the starting point with the destination, shown as a red pin. The second is in a series of step-by-step instructions. The map will also show a tiny blue dot that represents the user’s position. This blue dot will move in real-time to reflect the user’s position on the map. Google Maps also provides an estimate of how long it will take to reach your destination and the distance.
Step 6: Rerouting and adjusting
If the pedestrian happens to take a route that is at variance with the route suggested by Google Maps, Google Maps will automatically reroute to show directions along the new path. Users can also adjust the route as necessary by dragging the route line across the map to the preferred route. If enough people do it, Google may use this information to build a better route for other pedestrians.
Something to keep in mind is that Google may not be aware of construction zones, unsafe neighborhoods, busy streets or blocked roads. Accordingly, if you are aware of these factors, you should adjust your route accordingly. Also, when providing an estimate of the time it will take to walk to a certain destination, Google factors in average walking speed. If you walk faster or slower than the average, the estimate may be slightly off.