Today I learned a handy trick to zoom in and out on Google Maps


Did you know that Google Maps has a neat trick that lets you adjust the zoom with just one finger? Because I certainly didn’t until yesterday when a… Tweet from Sketchfab CEO Alban Denoyel alerted me to its existence via a year-old YouTube video from 2013. The shortcut is simple: just double-tap the map interface, but instead of lifting your finger after the second tap (the zoom-in shortcut) , let him touch the screen. Then a swipe-up zooms out, and a swipe-down zooms in. Neat right?

With this knowledge, you can say goodbye to clumsily holding the phone and try using two fingers to move the map around to check your directions when your other hand is busy holding a dog leash, coffee cup, shopping bag, or whatever. . Personally, I look forward to using it the next time I’m on the bike and need to pull out my phone to quickly check directions. You no longer have to take both hands off the steering wheel for this man. No sir.

I didn’t search extensively, but it seems this feature is pretty common in map apps. It works on Google Maps on both Android and iOS, and also works in other iOS map apps such as Apple Maps and CityMapper. Have fun!

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