Using Google Maps

What is Google Maps?

Google Maps is an online service that provides detailed information about cities, towns, countryside, ferry routes, and sites worldwide. In addition to conventional road maps, Google Maps offers aerial and satellite views of many locations. In some cities, Google Maps offers street views made up of photographs taken from vehicles. In some rare cases, Google Maps can even show you inside of shops and supermarkets all from the comfort of your own home.

Google Maps offers several services as part of the larger web application. For example, their online navigation/route planner offers directions for drivers, bikers, walkers, and public transportation users travelling from one location to another. You simply put in the postcode or street address of where you would like your journey to start and end and Google Maps will show you how to get there using the different modes of transport mentioned above.

Supplemental services offer images of the moon, Mars and the heavens for hobby astronomers.

What is Google Maps for mobile?

Google Maps for mobile is an application for your mobile device. This app offers location services for motorists and pedestrians that use the Global Positioning System (GPS) location. It can send you notifications to your phone to guide you to your destination.

What is Google Street View?

Google Street View enables users to view and navigate through horizontal and vertical panoramic street-level images of various cities around the world.

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Using Google Maps

To start using Google Maps on your desktop, head over to

Once you have opened the web application, watch the video below for a full tutorial.