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Google Maps is Getting Lists to Help Keep Places Organized

In the latest Google Maps beta, Google has included a new feature that is currently only available to Google Local Guides rated level 4 and higher. That new feature is lists, which is pretty self-explanatory, but could also be really, really useful for heavy Maps users.

With the new lists option in Maps, users will be able to create and view lists of places through the “Your places” section sitting in the slideout navigation menu. Once in there, the new lists area shows a FAB in the bottom corner that allows you to create new lists, but also starts out with a handful to get you going, like “Favorites,” “Want to go,” and “Shared places.” In order to save items to lists, you’ll still tap on the “Save” button when viewing a location, but with lists activated, you will see a list of your lists pop-up for selection. 

You can see the new lists action in the images below.

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According to users in Google’s Local Guides program who received the invite to test the new feature, the rest of us (that would be the public) may not see lists arrive for months. The exact wording is, “We’re rolling out lists to Level 4+ Local Guides on Google Maps for Android over the next week – months before we launch to the public.”

If you are a Local Guide, time to update to the latest beta.

Cheers N and T!
  • Jonathan

    Maps is a game now?

  • McStagger

    thank god for this. dealing with starred places has been a long time coming

  • Steven Quinn

    I hope Google maps get a better update for the Android auto . More customers are using there cellphone with this service

  • Justin

    Got it! Nice feature to have.

  • Stephen Arndt

    I’m currently level 2 on Local and was able to update the app to get this feature

  • Motoinsistor

    I usually just make a Google Keep list of places I want to go to in different cities. I’ve already transferred over those into different lists and think it could be a better solution.

  • drcaveman

    I am 3/4s of the way to level 4

    • mrc0mments

      Keep going, you get 100 GB of free storage when you get there.

      • Miguel

        Really, I’m also almost at 4, I like that bonus, free storage is always welcome.

      • I got in on the 1TB deal before it was lowered 🙂

  • David Prieto

    OK, I see the point of “Favorite” and “Want to go” but what are “Starred” places supposed to mean? What’s the difference between that and adding the place to a new list?

    Also, what’s the difference between one of these lists and a map from the “Maps” tab?

    • TheDave1022

      Starred are just what you have starred across google maps, which we have been doing for years.

      Lists let you categorize and the color coded icons will show up. For example, a list with a teal color will show the teal icon (similar to the star) on the map. There seems to be no way to customize the color of lists right now. You can have a place as part of multiple lists. When you select a list, you will see the map on top, and a list view with information/reviews below it for all the places in your list. (Image from Google, right most screen). This is the biggest benefit of the list as you can view all the places with reviews and open until time.

      Maps tab has custom maps done by “My Maps” feature. My Maps gives you a bit of extra functionality like custom icons and categories.

      • David Prieto

        “Starred are just what you have starred across google maps, which we have been doing for years.”

        I’ve basically always used stars to save places where I wanted to know, and occasionally to remember where I parked the car (because I’m a mess). Most of those should go in the “Want to go” list, that list I do understand. A “Parked the car” list, I would also understand. But I really don’t know what it’s supposed to mean when I save a place to the Starred list.

        “Maps tab has custom maps done by “My Maps” feature. My Maps gives you a bit of extra functionality like custom icons and categories.”

        So, why not simply merge lists and Maps and enjoy the extra functionality and a more streamlined interface with less concepts to learn?

        • TheDave1022

          I go to maine all the time. So i created a Maine list of places i often visit. They can still be starred, but it’s easier to find them and get that list view now.

          I used to save all places I visit and liked as a starred place. Now I can categorize them in a much better way vs having stars everywhere.

          • David Prieto

            That sounds to me like clear candidates for the “Favorites” list, or even a “Maine favorites” if for whatever reason you don’t want to get them mixed up with the rest of your favorite places. I see no reason why you would save them under “Starred”, though.

          • please share Maine recommendations. I’ve been twice already and I’m in love with it.

          • TheDave1022

            What area of maine? I normally go to Freeport/Portland area

          • I’ve been on two separate trips and visited: Portland, Boothbay, Belfast, Rockport, and Acadia National Park I think I’ve been to Freeport as well. Basically all the major scenic spots along the coast. But would always love to hear about more specific things to see/do =)

    • mrc0mments

      It comes down to how much you want to organize your places and if you want very targeted lists.

      I would assume once this is public you’ll be able to share lists (and hopefully even collaborate) so you can share a list of restaurants with someone. Or a list for an upcoming trip.

      • David Prieto

        “I would assume once this is public you’ll be able to share lists (and hopefully even collaborate) so you can share a list of restaurants with someone. Or a list for an upcoming trip.”

        So, exactly like the maps from the Maps tab?

        • mrc0mments

          Maybe they aren’t getting much engagement via that feature and are hoping this will. Personally I find the my maps features not very straight forward.

          • I agree with both of you here. I welcome new development on maps (always) but I sometimes question how useful stuff is. This certainly isnt as ground-breaking as the multiple stops on navigation update. That was the biggest game-changer since 2009 IMO. lol

  • mrc0mments

    Just started using it, it is awesome. If for nothing else but to move all the places I want to go to their own list. But I already have a few other lists going as well.