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Google Maps users in India can use Plus Codes to save and share home locations

This feature will be helpful in getting food or parcels delivered, sending a location to friends or family to help them get to your home, or navigating.

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Google Maps is rolling out a new software update for Indian users allowing them to save and share the address of their home with Plus Codes. This will let the users obtain exact digital addresses for their homes or any place on Earth which also include places that don’t have accurate formal addresses. Plus Codes also ease the discovery of and navigation to businesses.

Google via its blog post said, “Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new India-first feature on Google Maps: use your current location to find the Plus Codes address for your home.”

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Plus Codes are free, open-source digital addresses that give easy and accurate addresses for every location on Earth, including those with no formal addresses. Instead of street and neighbourhood names, Plus Codes are based on latitude and longitude and are shown as a brief series of numbers and letters that provide precision all the way up to the door.

While announcing the release of Plus Codes feature for Google Maps India, the company said, “Since its launch in 2018, we have seen Plus Codes being adopted at scale by NGOs in India and beyond (including Addressing the Unaddressed, Shelter Associates, and Rural Utah Project) and governments (such as Sub-Saharan Africa) as it serves the addressing needs of millions of people. Plus Codes also ease the discovery of and navigation to businesses.”

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People may utilise Plus Codes addresses smoothly, whether they are getting food or parcels delivered, providing a location to friends or relatives to assist them get to your house, or navigating, without the burden of sharing approximate locations with landmarks or voice directions that may be unclear.

When users in India save a ‘Home’ location on Google Maps, they will see a new “Use your present location” option that utilises their phone’s location to produce a Plus Code (if the location precision passes required limits), which they may then use as their Home address. We’ve also put a column at the top of the ‘Saved’ page to help you find, copy, and share these addresses. The functionality is now only accessible on Android, with iOS to come soon.

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Google launched this functionality in India a month ago and as per the company over 300,000 users in India have already used Plus Codes to find their home location. The firm is excited to grow to additional sorts of settings (beyond ‘Home’ and ‘Work,’ and is actively searching for possibilities to work with e-commerce, shipping, and delivery companies to provide the experience to more people around the world. 

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Komila Singh
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Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.

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