Google Maps is by far the most widely used online mapping service today. People love how easy it is to look up directions or search around a specific location. On top of that, Google Maps is now also integrated with many other popular sites and services that we use. However, there are ways to make Google Maps even better with these eight extensions and websites.
1. Routora (Chrome extension)
If you plan a multi-stop trip in Google Maps, it will only give you directions based on the order in which you program the destinations. However, Routora is a Chrome extension you can install that will automatically determine the most efficient route based on all the destinations you have entered.
Using Routora is simple: just install the Chrome extension, then switch to Google Maps as usual. Then enter all destinations along your route. Google Maps will automatically plan your route based on the order in which you entered each destination.
After entering all your destinations, go to your Chrome extensions and click on Routora. The extension will open Maps again in a new tab with all your destinations still entered. However, it will have optimized the route to save you time and mileage.
In the example shown in the screenshot above, Google Maps provides a route that takes 29 minutes. With Routora, on the other hand, you’ll save 10 minutes and 5 miles of driving.
It’s a great option for people who regularly make deliveries or are trying to run multiple errands at once. It’s also a convenient way to plan sightseeing on vacation, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area and traffic patterns.
The free version of Routora lets you optimize up to 10 stops at a time and works with Chrome. However, there is also a paid version, available for $19.99, which gives you access to route optimization on mobile devices and the ability to add more stops.
2. Scribble Maps (website)
Ever wish you could “tag” your route on Google Maps or add customizations? Well, with Scribble Maps it is possible! It’s a free website that uses Google Maps with its own built-in tools.
When you access the Scribble Maps site, you can click on “Create your map” to create your own personalized map. It will default to your location, but you can also move it elsewhere. Then you can use the provided toolbar to draw, mark areas, label areas or even create a map legend.
Once you’ve added everything you want, you can save your map. Then you can also share your map via a link or as an image. You can even embed the custom map on your website, which can be great for businesses or people planning parties or events.
Most features of Scribble Maps are free, but the service also offers a Pro Basic plan starting at $14/month (with a one-year subscription), as well as a Pro Business plan starting at $90/month (with an annual fee). ). Paid options add additional features including unlimited maps, proximity search, route optimization, no on-board charger logo, and more.
3. Selection and search of Google Maps (extension)
Have you ever found an address on a website and wanted to see where it is? Well, if you install the Google Maps Select and Search Chrome extension, you can do it in seconds. A similar alternative for Firefox is Route for Google Maps.
Essentially, this extension lets you pull any address from any website in Google Maps with just two clicks. You don’t have to copy and paste the text, or open Google Maps in a new tab on your own. Instead, you just need to highlight the address, right-click, scroll to “Find this address on Google Maps” and click. The extension does the rest!
4. Top Rated Online (Website)
Want to find the top-reviewed restaurants (and other businesses) in your area, then find them on Google Maps? Then you will want to use Top-Rated Online.
Top-Rated Online is a website that helps you make sense of all submitted Google reviews for popular places in the city you are looking for. To use it, you just type the city into the search, and it pulls up places in that city, ranking them based on both Google rating and number of reviews. You can further filter them by type of destination (i.e. restaurant or hotel).
If you click on a listed location, it will provide you with more details. You will be able to see its Google rating, Top-Rated rating, address and other details. You’ll also see an “Open on Google Maps” button so you can figure out exactly where that location is or get directions.
5. EZ Cards (website)
Sometimes you don’t just need directions from Google Map – you need to create a custom map with your own markers. If so, check out EZ Maps.
EZ Maps is a website that uses its own tools alongside Google Maps to create custom maps that you can embed on a website or share in other ways. When you access the site, you can set the map size (in pixels), the type of view (road, terrain or satellite) and the default zoom. Then you just need to add your markers, hotspots or other details.
Once you have configured the map, you can copy the code and paste it into any website. It’s so easy!
6. Stylish Maps (website)
Like EZ Maps, Snazzy Maps is a web-based tool you can use to create custom maps. Additionally, Snazzy Maps lets you add custom overlays to your Google maps.
To design your map, you first choose the custom skin. Then you add other desired elements such as markers and set the sizing. Once you’re done, you can save it or copy the code to paste elsewhere.
Don’t want to use Snazzy Maps alone? No problem! It also works with EZ Maps or as a plugin with other apps. And since it’s open source software, you can also access it and create your own custom overlay to share with the community.
7. Send to Google Maps (Extension)
Like Google Maps Select and Search, Send To Google Maps makes it easier for you to click on something on a site and retrieve it with Google Maps. The difference? Send To Google Maps will do this with any text on a page, not just an address. The extension is available for Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
To use Send To Google Maps, you just need to install the Chrome extension. Then, from any site, you can highlight and right click on the text. Under “Send to Google Maps” you can send the item to Google Maps or even get directions from your current location to the highlighted item.
If you select something that is not connected to a geo location, the extension will still load Maps. Instead of displaying a location, however, it will recommend a Google search instead.
8. Fuel Cost for Google Maps (Extension)
With the rising costs of everything, you may be more concerned about fuel costs before you commute or head out of town. Well, with Fuel Cost for Google Maps, you might find it handy to be able to know how much your next trip will cost!
As the name suggests, Fuel Costs for Google Maps helps you figure out how much gas you’ll use and how much your trip will cost before you hit the road. It uses a combination of information about your vehicle and current gas prices in the destinations you enter into Google Maps to provide the volume of fuel you will use, the cost of that fuel consumption, and local fuel prices. gasoline at your place of departure.
When you install the extension, it will first ask you which vehicle you drive. This will help the extension provide the most accurate figures for fuel consumption. Then it uses information about the area you’re starting in and the route you’ve connected to Maps to figure out the rest. In other words, fuel cost is entirely location dependent, while fuel volume is based on the estimated gas mileage provided by the car manufacturer.
To note: This extension is currently only available in the United States and Canada and only offers limited car brands and models.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use Google Maps Chrome extensions on my mobile device?
Unfortunately, the Chrome mobile browser does not natively support extensions. So, to use any of the Google Map Chrome extensions mentioned above, you will need to use your desktop or laptop computer. However, a workaround to this limitation would be to install a Chromium-based browser such as Kiwi.
Where can I find more extensions?
If you use Chrome as your web browser, you can go to the Chrome Web Store and search for extensions using the search function. For example, if you type “Google Maps”, you will find relevant extensions for Chrome related to Google Maps. Firefox and Microsoft Edge also have dedicated pages where you can search for add-ons (what they call extensions).
Are extensions safe to download?
Most extensions are safe to download. However, you can always check the permissions an extension asks for and check the extension’s reviews before downloading it to see if it’s safe.
Image credit: Pexels All screenshots by Megan Glosson
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