One of the
creepiest coolest features of Google Now is the fact that over time it will automatically learn where your place of residence is. When it senses when you are away from there, it will give you directions and a time getting back. It can be fairly useful once Google Now learns, but waiting for it to teach itself takes long for some. Luckily, Google has provided a few ways to automatically set these locations for you using Google Maps and Latitude.
The first way of manually assigning these locations is through the desktop version of Google Maps. If you login to your browser and fire up Maps you should see a “My Places” button in the sidebar on the left:
- Click “My Places”.
- Select “All” if it isn’t already clicked.
- “Home” and “Work” should be the first two selectable buttons.
- Select the drop down button on the right-hand side and select “Edit.”
- Enter the address of your choice.
The second way can be done through a phone or a tablet with the Google Latitude application on it:
- Open Latitude and tap on your icon (not the arrow).
- Tap on the balloon that appears with your name.
- Tap “Location history.”
- Touch the menu button in the bottom right corner.
- Choose either to change your home or work locations.
- Input each address, and press “Save.”
It may take a few minutes for Google to refresh the information before it starts showing up in your Google Now card, but now you’ll have your phone telling you when to leave for work based on traffic and how long your drive home is going to take.
How much do you use Google Now in your everyday life?