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Google Maps now lets you create lists of your favorite places

Google Maps is introducing a new feature that lets you create lists of your places and share them with your friends and family via text message, email, or social media. You'll be able to view and edit your lists even when you're offline, and there's also the option to create a public list that everyone will be able to follow.

The feature made its debut last year for those in the Google Local Guides program, and is now rolling out to everyone using Google Maps on Android and iOS. While Local Guides could create and edit lists, the ability to share and follow them is new, and is rolling out starting today. For now, lists are limited to mobile apps, but they will be coming to the web at a later date. You can, however, view shared lists on the desktop.

There are three lists that are enabled by default — Favorites, Starred Places, and Want to Go — and you can create new lists either by navigating to Your places in the slide-out menu and selecting the Saved tab, or when you're browsing a particular location on Maps. You can edit a list at any time by navigating to that particular list and tapping the edit button.

The idea with lists is to organize your favorite places, provide restaurant or nightlife recommendations to out-of-towners, or create an easy-to-follow itinerary when you're traveling. The latter option works particularly well if you're sightseeing all day and need to take a quick glance at your next destination. You'll need the latest update to Google Maps to be able to create lists.

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

14 Comments
  • Excellent new features.
  • This feature is great. I've been able to do it for months due to being Google local guide and I love it. It really helps when planning a trip and keeping things organized.
  • Awesome!
  • Awesome. Another reason to start leaning away from Waze.
  • Waze has been able to save and share favorites for a long time. I'm actually amazed at how long it takes Google to bring Waze features to Maps, considering they own both.
  • I keep forgetting I am a local guide and already have this. It's awesome! My favorite thing about maps!
  • Haha, I hadn't realized this was a Local Guides testing thing until this article, either. I'd been telling several people how great it was and I just thought their Maps hadn't been updated yet.
  • Seems to be gaining more features from Waze.
  • Doesn't it though... Both use the same routing method. The only thing I don't like about Maps is the pop-up on the screen to go to home or to work - when I'm actually not going to either place. Annoying... I've tried deleting home and work and contacted the developer... Not fixed yet.
  • The use the same routing method, but I typically don't get the same route if I start them both and compare before moving.
  • Which do you like better - as far as routing is concerned?
  • I've found Waze to be a shorter way based on traffic many more times than Maps. However, maps seems to update routes quicker when you miss a turn or decide to go a different way.
  • I discovered England for Google Maps, you know.
    Without me telling them nobody would have known it's there!
  • Haha, so when they stop you at the border, take your phone and interrogate it, your fave hangouts will already be there for them..... Watch out Starbucks! 😄😄