Social media company Snap falls as much as 23% after a blow to its Q3 earnings from Apple privacy changes and supply-chain disruption

Snap’s stock fell almost 22% to $58.75 at the market open Friday, after the social media company said changes to Apple’s privacy tracking settings had hit its digital advertising business.

The Snapchat parent also cited the global supply-chain crisis and the labor shortage as negative factors for the future in its third-quarter earnings.

Snap was last trading more than 23% lower at $57.86 per share, on track for its biggest one-day fall since its market debut.

The company reported over $1 billion in revenue in the third quarter, but posted a $72 million net loss, according to its earnings report. Evan Spiegel, Snap chief executive, said the company missed the lower end of its guidance by $3 million in an earnings call on Thursday. He cited two factors that weighed on its bottom line.

“We missed the lower end of our guidance by $3 million due to a few key factors, including changes to advertising tracking on iOS and macro-economic factors that have impacted our advertising partners,” Spiegel said.

Changes were made to Apple’s iOS ad tracking that were broadly rolled out in June and July, Spiegel said. Apple started requiring all its apps to get permission from its users first to be tracked for ads, but device users only allowed this 25% of the time, according to Bloomberg.

“While we anticipated some degree of business disruption, the new Apple provided measurement solution to not scale as we had expected, making it more difficult for our advertising partners to measure and manage their ad campaigns for iOS,” Spiegel continued.

The impact of the pandemic on the global supply chain and labor supply affected Snap’s ability to generate additional customer demand, Spiegel said.

“At a time when their businesses are already supply constrained, the ongoing magnitude and duration of these global supply and labour disruptions are inherently unpredictable, and in the meantime we are focused on supporting our partners in this uncertain environment,” Spiegel said.

Snap’s downbeat outlook affected stock in other technology companies. Google parent Alphabet fell 2%, while Facebook dropped 5%.

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What’s in store for the future of big healthcare bets


Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m healthcare editor Leah Rosenbaum, and this week in healthcare news:

If you’re new to this newsletter, sign up here. Comments, tips? Email me at or tweet @leah_rosenbaum. Let’s get to it…

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Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Google’s chief health officer.

At the HLTH 2021 conference, execs spoke about the future of healthcare

This week, we sent almost all of our healthcare team out to Boston for the 2021 HLTH conference.

Our reporters met with dozens of executives to find out what the next big trends in healthcare will be.

We’ll have more coverage of HLTH in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, we want to know, what did you take away from the conference? Reply to Blake Dodge’s tweet asking that here.

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Google’s health chief lays out the company’s next steps after shying away from a full healthcare business

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An employee (R) of Japan’s Suntory Holdings receives the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for Covid-19 .

FDA and CDC OK booster shots for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines

In an exciting announcement on Wednesday, the FDA authorized booster shots for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to people at high risk for severe disease and older adults. People in these categories can get booster shots 6 months after their second Moderna shot.

At the same time, the FDA authorized a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for anyone who got a single dose of the vaccine at least 2 months ago. Andrew and I covered the big news.

On Thursday, the CDC agreed with the FDA and booster shots became official US policy.

Up next: an expert FDA panel is set on Tuesday to review the evidence around the use of Pfizer’s vaccine in kids 5-11. Ahead of that recommendation, Pfizer released new results on Friday that show the vaccine is 91% effective in that age group.

Here’s what you need to know>>

The FDA just authorized booster shots of Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines and is letting users mix and match shots

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Chanei Henry, senior research coordinator of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, prepares a COVID-19 vaccine.

Mix & match becomes mainstream

Researchers have been talking for months about the potential benefit to “mixing-and-matching” COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots.

On Wednesday, the FDA announced that the agency now authorizes people to do it. These “heterologous” vaccines can sometimes produce a stronger immune response, research has found.

Dr. Catherine Schuster-Bruce and Hilary Brueck discuss how they work.

Dive in>>

How ‘mix and match’ COVID-19 booster shots work, and why we’re using them

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How to clear the cache on your Google Chrome desktop browser or mobile app

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It’s important to periodically clear your Chrome cache on desktop and mobile.

  • You can clear the cache on your Google Chrome desktop browser or mobile app via the “More” icon.
  • When clearing cache and cookies, you can choose a time range as short as an hour or clear everything entirely.
  • Clearing the cache on Google Chrome can help fix loading or formatting issues on websites.
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As you browse on the web, cache and cookies get stored on your computer. It’s unavoidable, and much of it is to improve your browsing experience.

Cookies are files created by browsers (like Google Chrome) and stored on your computer when a website requests them. Cookies store information like what’s in your shopping cart and authentication information. A cache, on the other hand, stores images and text from websites you visit so that the page loads faster if you visit the same page again.

Over time, cache and cookies can accumulate and slow down your browser. Therefore, it’s a good idea to clear them every once in a while to ensure your browser continues running smoothly.

How to clear cache on Google Chrome

Clearing your cache on Google Chrome can be done on both desktop and mobile in just a few steps.

On desktop:

1. Open Google Chrome. Click the More icon (it looks like three dots) at the top-right of the screen.

2. In the drop-down menu, click More Tools, then Clear Browsing Data.

Google Chrome screenshot highlighting the Clear Browsing Data option
You can also access the “Clear Browsing Data” window via “History.”

3. In the pop-up menu, choose a time range. Options range from the last hour to all time.

4. Make sure the boxes next to Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files are checked.

5. Click Clear data.

Google Chrome screenshot highlighting the Clear Browsing Data window
You may need to wait a few seconds after clicking “Clear data” before the process is complete.

On mobile:

1. Open the Google Chrome app for iPhone, iPad, or Android. Tap the More icon (it looks like three dots) at the top-right of the screen for Android devices, and bottom-right of the screen for Apple devices.

iPhone screenshot highlighting the More icon and History option
The “More” icon will appear at the top-right for Android users and bottom-left for iPhone users..

2. Tap History, then Clear Browsing Data.

Screenshot of the History page in the Chrome app
On the History page, you’ll see a list of the websites you’ve recently visited.

3. Choose a time range. Options range from the last hour to all time.

4. Make sure the boxes for Cookies and site data and Cached images and files are checked.

5. Tap Clear data on Android devices, or Clear Browsing Data on Apple devices.

Screenshot highlighting the Clear Browsing Data page
Tap to select the data types you want deleted from your mobile device.

Why you should clear your Chrome cache

In general, clearing your cache in Google Chrome should lead to a faster, more efficient browsing experience -particularly if you notice that pages are loading slower than usual or websites aren’t displaying the most up-to-date information.

It can also fix formatting issues on websites. In clearing your cache, you’ll ensure that when visiting websites, Chrome will save the most current files. Additionally, regularly clearing your Chrome cache can help keep your browsing data private.

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How to write an MLA format paper in Google Docs using a template or other built-in features

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Google Docs is a great tool for writing MLA formatted papers.

  • Google Docs has all the features you need to write a paper in MLA format.
  • The basics of MLA format include double-spaced lines, one-inch margins, headers on all pages, and more.
  • Google Docs also offers an automatic MLA format template, if you don’t want to set it up manually.
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Anyone who has had to write an English paper has heard of MLA format. MLA – short for Modern Library Association – is a standardized method for writing academic papers. It lays down specific rules for what the page should look like, which font you use, how you cite your sources, and more.

If you’re writing a paper in MLA format, consider using Google Docs. It lets you customize your documents in dozens of ways, making it a great choice for MLA writing.

Here’s how to set up MLA format in Google Docs, either manually or with a template.

How to set up MLA format in Google Docs

MLA format has a variety of different rules and guidelines. Here are the most important ones, along with tips on how to follow those rules in Google Docs.

  • The font needs to be size 12, and written in a “readable” font.

Contrary to popular belief, MLA doesn’t require you to use Times New Roman, just a “readable” or “legible” font. That said, Times New Roman is a great choice for this, and comes installed in Google Docs by default.

You can find it in the font menu at the top of the screen, and you can change the font size with the menu next to it.

The font menu in Google Docs.
There are nearly two dozen pre-installed fonts.

  • Every page needs to have one-inch margins on all sides.

You probably don’t need to worry about this one – new Google Docs documents have one-inch margins by default.

But if you want to double-check, or if you’ve been told to not use one-inch margins, you can change the margins using the Page Setup menu or ruler feature.

  • All body text needs to be double-spaced.

There’s a Line & paragraph spacing menu in the toolbar above your document. Select Double in this menu to turn on double-spacing. If you’ve already written some text without double-spacing, highlight it before you turn on double-spacing.

  • Every page needs a header in the top-right corner with your last name and the current page number.

Google Docs lets you place both headers and footers on any page. You can add automatic page numbers through the Insert menu, and then double-click the headers to type your last name next to them.

Remember that they need to be in the same font and font size as the rest of your paper.

(And if you ever need to remove the header, you can do that quickly too.)

Showing how to place a header in Google Docs.
Your page numbers need to be in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.).

  • The paper’s title should be centered one line above your first paragraph.

Google Docs has four alignment options, which you can find in the toolbar above your document. Click the second option – Center align – to move your cursor to the center of the screen.

  • Your full name, your instructor’s name, the name of the class, and the current date should be written in the top-left corner of the first page, each on a separate line.

Left align is the default alignment setting, so you shouldn’t have to do anything special to write in the top-left. But if you’ve changed the alignment, you can change it back using the alignment options in the toolbar.

An MLA formatted header and title.
Your header and title need different alignments.

  • Body paragraphs all begin with a half-inch indent.

Google Docs has a feature that lets you automatically indent paragraphs – but it’s probably easier to just hit the Tab key on your keyboard at the start of every paragraph.

  • Your paper should end with a Works Cited page, and each entry should be written with a hanging indent.

Once you’ve finished writing your paper and want to move onto the Works Cited, make sure to create a new page. The Works Cited needs to be on its own page (or pages, depending on the length).

The words Works Cited should be centered on the very first line of the page. You can center the words using the alignment options mentioned above.

Finally, list your citations in alphabetical order, and use the ruler to give each one a hanging indent – in other words, every line after the first needs to be indented.

An MLA works cited page in Google Docs.
Your citations should have hanging indents.

How to use Google Docs’ MLA format template

While you can format your paper manually, Google does offer an MLA template. This will let you meet most of the formatting requirements automatically, although you’ll likely need to change some of it.

To use this template:

1. Head to the Google Docs homepage and click Template gallery in the top-right.

2. Scroll down the templates page until you reach the Education section. In this section, click MLA [Add-on].

The MLA Add-on template in Google Docs.
Although it’s marked “Add-on,” you don’t need to do anything to enable it.

3. A page will open with a two-page paper already written in fake Lorem Ipsum language. Most of the formatting is there, so you just need to replace the pre-written words with your own.

You can find this template in the mobile app by tapping the plus sign icon in the bottom-right, and then selecting Choose template.

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How to set or change your ‘Home’ location on Google Maps and get quick directions to your residence

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Google Maps treats your home like a major landmark.

  • To set or change your Home location on Google Maps, head to the “Labeled” menu.
  • You can find the Labeled menu in the “Saved” section of the Google Maps mobile app or website.
  • Your Google Maps Home location always appears on the map, and can be a waypoint when asking for directions.
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There are millions of individual businesses, roads, and points of interest available on Google Maps. But with all these spots highlighted on the map, it can be easy to lose track of the most important location: your house.

That’s why Google Maps lets you save a Home location to your account. Your Home will always appear on the map, no matter how zoomed out you are. And when you tap the search bar or start looking for directions, Home will always appear as one of the first suggestions.

Here’s how to set or change your Home on Google Maps, using the mobile app and website.

How to set or change your Home on Google Maps

In the mobile app

1. In the Google Maps iPhone or Android app, tap Saved at the bottom-center of the screen.

2. In the menu that appears, tap Labeled. A screen will appear with at least two options: Home and Work.

The "Saved" menu in the Google Maps iPhone app.
Head to your “Labeled” menu.

3. Tap Home to set it, or if you’ve already got a Home location, tap the three dots next to it and then Edit home.

The "Labeled" screen in the Google Maps iPhone app, with the "Edit home" option highlighted.
If you already have a Home set, change it by tapping “Edit home.”

4. The search bar will appear. Use it to find a new location, tap Choose on map to drop a pin directly onto the map, or (if available) tap Choose from Contacts to select a location you have saved in your contacts.

A Google Maps search for "555 W John Doe Road."
There are a few ways to pick your new Home location.

On the website

1. Find the location you want to set as your Home address on the map. You can search for it or just click it.

2. In the information panel that opens, scroll down and click Add a label.

A screenshot from the Google Maps website, showing the "Add a label" option when you select a location.
You can set your Home anywhere.

3. A text field will appear. Type Home, and then click Home | Set your home address under the text field.

A Google Maps screenshot where the user is labeling a location as "Home."
Typing “Home” will bring up the option to set it as your Home location.

4. Click Set As Home in the pop-up.

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It can take years for Google Maps to update certain features – here’s how they get the data to update Street View, traffic, and more

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Updating Google Maps takes a massive amount of data.

  • Google Maps makes small updates every day, but Street View and other real-life maps might only update every few years.
  • Some Google Maps features, like traffic and directions, can update in real-time.
  • How often Google Maps updates in your city depends on how many people live near you.
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From live traffic reports to high-quality satellite images, Google Maps has dozens of features that change and update regularly.

But updating every map every day would take trillions of dollars by itself – this means that while some users will notice new updates often, other users might have to wait years for new content.

Insider reached out to Google to ask how often they update five major Google Maps features: Street View, satellite images, street names and routes, business names and information, and traffic and road closures.

Here’s everything to know about how often Google updates, including what it might mean if you’re not seeing updates near you.

How often does Google Maps update?

There’s one general rule to Google Maps’ updates: Places where more people live get updated more often. In a Maps 101 blog, Google Maps’ Technical Program Manager Matt Manolides says that “Overall [their] goal is to keep densely populated places refreshed on a regular basis.”

In other words, while New York City might receive updates every week, the deep forests of northern Maine might go years without.

But as we’ll go over below, individual users have a surprising amount of influence over the maps in their area.

Street View

Street View – the feature that lets you see actual on-the-ground photos of nearly any location in the US and beyond – is possibly Google Maps’ most famous feature. According to Google, it’s also one of the most difficult features to keep up-to-date.

In general, Google tries to take new Street View photos in major cities once every year. Less populated areas can probably expect new photos every three years or so – but don’t be surprised if it takes even longer.

Although it’s not heavily advertised, the Street View team actually keeps a public list of places they plan to visit in dozens of countries across the world. You can find that list in the Where we’re headed section of this webpage.

Just be aware that the dates they give are broad estimates – don’t expect an exact day and time. And even if Google takes new photos of your town, they might not use them if the old ones are still accurate.

A list of all the places that Google plans to take Street View photos at.
Google gives a general timeframe for when they’ll be taking photos.

Satellite images

Although it’s not active by default, you can set Google Maps to show you real overhead imagery of any location on Earth.

These pictures are taken by both satellites and airplanes flying overhead, and are then “stitched together” to make maps. This process takes a massive amount of time and work from humans and machines alike.

Like with Street View, Google prioritizes updating “the places that are changing the most,” says Manolides. This means that big cities should see updates every year, medium-sized cities every two years, and it could take three years or longer for more obscure areas.

A map of Manhattan, shown in both satellite and non-satellite views.
A map of Manhattan with the satellite layer turned on (right) and off (left).

And of course, Google doesn’t update the entire world in one go. They generally release new satellite data every month, adding whichever images they have ready to go.

Occasionally, Google will release new satellite imagery ahead of schedule to mark special occasions. For example, they uploaded new photos of London right at the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics that showed off the new arenas.

Since the majority of Google’s overhead images come from third-party sources – “state agencies, geological survey organizations, and commercial imagery providers,” as Google communications director Peter Schottenfels wrote in a recent blog – there’s no exact schedule for when the updates go live.

A shot of Google Maps' satellite view, with the credits for who took the satellite photos highlighted.
Like with Street View, you can see which organizations took the pictures by looking at the bottom of the screen.

Street names and routes

Google Maps is built to show you all the streets nearby and give accurate directions from one place to another. But with thousands of cities across the world and even more roads, making sure everything stays up-to-date is a big job.

Google receives data about streets and roads from a variety of sources. These are mostly government agencies like the United States Geological Survey. But they also accept data from local governments, housing developers, and more. When they visit cities to take pictures, the Street View team also makes note of when real life doesn’t match what they have on the map.

This means there’s not an easy way to predict when streets and roads will be updated. If these third-party agencies are on top of things, new roads and street names should appear quickly. But it’s largely up to them to report the changes to Google.

If you find that a street doesn’t match what Google Maps is showing – maybe it’s got the wrong name, or doesn’t have the right shape – you can report it to Google yourself. On the website, you can use the Edit the map feature to report misdrawn, misnamed, or even missing roads. You can also right-click the offending road and select Report a data problem.

A screenshot of Google Maps. The user has right-clicked the map, and the "Report a data issue" option is highlighted.
There are multiple ways to report map issues.

Google will review your submission and compare it to their data. If they find that you’re right, they’ll change it on Google Maps. They take submissions from anyone, but they prioritize reports from Local Guides.

Business names and information

When you open Google Maps, chances are you’ll immediately see the names of dozens of nearby businesses. Select one of them, and you’ll probably see what it sells, its hours of operation, and reviews.

Unlike other pieces of data, Google rarely updates this information themselves. Instead, they rely on the businesses to upload their own information. If you’re the owner of a new business or location, you should sign up for a Google Business account and give them your information to put on the map.

But like with street names and routes, any user can report an error. When you find a business with the wrong information, click or tap the Suggest an edit button to submit the right info. Google will review it and update the map if you’re right.

The Google Maps info page for Madison Square Garden, with the "Suggest an edit" option highl
As long as you’re logged into Google, you can submit edits.

Once an error is reported, Google usually corrects it within a week.

Traffic and road closures

When you ask for directions on Google Maps, it should tell you exactly how much traffic you should expect, how busy the place you’re going to is, and any routes that are closed along the way.

This all updates in real-time, faster than any other feature. And to do this, Google collects data from a wealth of different sources.

Whenever you have Google Maps (or Waze, another Google navigation app) open, unless you’ve specifically disabled the feature, you’re sending anonymous location data to Google. The more people with Google Maps open in one place, the busier Google knows it is.

This is also how they calculate traffic: If a hundred phones with Google Maps open are traveling 60 miles per hour and then suddenly stop all at once, Google knows there’s a traffic jam.

A screenshot from the Google Maps app, with a navigation course plotted out from Manhattan to Coney Island.
Once you start a route, Google Maps will show you which roads have traffic jams, car accidents, and more.

And once enough data is collected, Google can use machine learning to predict patterns. For example, Google doesn’t need new data to tell you that the Brooklyn Bridge gets crammed with traffic at rush hour – it’s happened thousands of times before, so they can predict it’ll happen again.

Users contribute information actively, too. If you’ve ridden the New York City subway enough, you’re probably used to Google Maps asking you how crowded it is – they do this so they can report the info to other users.

The Google Maps info page for Rockefeller Center, showing how busy it is.
Most popular spots on Google Maps will have a live chart showing how busy it is.

Local governments generally report long-term road closures to Google themselves. But Google also learns from user reports, either on Google Maps or Waze.

If you’re in a high-population area, you should expect Google’s real-time traffic stats to be incredibly accurate.

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Google and YouTube say they will cut off climate-change deniers from being able to monetize their content and display ads

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

  • Google plans to intervene in content that promotes lies about climate change.
  • YouTube previously banned all anti-vaccine content, despite historically avoiding content moderation.
  • The policy will affect advertisers, publishers, and YouTube creators.

Google is pulling the plug on climate deniers on its platform, banning content that contradicts well-established research from the scientific community, the company announced on Thursday.

The tech giant is taking a two-pronged approach, applying to advertisers and publishing partners in Google-served ads that try to promote climate change misinformation on pages and videos, as well YouTube Partner Program creators who try to monetize their climate change misinformation videos, according to a company blog post.

The new rule specifically targets claims that climate change is a “hoax or a scam”, claims that deny long-term environmental trends, and claims ignoring significant factors to climate change, like greenhouse gas emissions or humanity’s contributions to climate change. Google will continue to allow ads and monetization on climate-related topics, such as informed debates on climate change and verifiable research.

“We’ll look carefully at the context in which claims are made, differentiating between content that states a false claim as fact, versus content that reports on or discusses that claim,” the company said in the statement.

This follows a similar major move last week from the Google-owned YouTube, which announced it would ban all anti-vaccination content on its site beyond that which dealt with COVID-19. YouTube previously banned misinformation about COVID vaccines last October. Social media companies have generally tried to take a hands-off approach when it comes to content moderation, but have since taken steps to rein in misinformation across platforms.

Google, which is the largest digital-ad seller, has been criticized by Congress and climate change activists for allowing companies and climate-denying interest groups to buy search ads. Inaccurate, monetized climate change videos on YouTube received over 21 million views according to research from nonprofit organization Avaaz in 2020, Bloomberg first reported.

Google consulted with experts from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the new monetization policy. The IPCC published its sixth assessment on the state of climate change earlier in August, warning of “irreversible” climate-related changes.

The company will begin enforcing the new changes in November.

The new policy change also comes amid several features Google released this week around sustainability, including Google Maps’ eco routes, aimed at reaching a “billion sustainable actions,” Google’s Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt said.

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How to use Google Maps as a trip planner and make a full itinerary

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Google Maps has several features that can simplify your trip planning.

  • You can use Google Maps as a trip planner through the “Places” and “My Map” features.
  • Both the Google Maps website and app let you save locations to lists, which you can then get immediate directions to.
  • When getting directions, you can look up reviews and add multiple stops to your route.
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Google Maps has become an essential part of any road trip. After all, it’s a GPS, business directory, and reviews platform all-in-one.

But if you spend some time with it, you can integrate Google Maps even more seamlessly into your next vacation. Google Maps has a variety of features you can use to plan your trip and save any interesting spots you find on the way.

Here’s how to make Google Maps your trip planner, using the Places feature, My Map, and more.

How to use Google Maps as a trip planner

Use the ‘Places’ feature to save points of interest

Let’s say you’re traveling, and happen to stumble upon the cutest coffee shop you’ve ever seen. You want to visit, but don’t have time right now – what’s the best way to remember it?

Google Maps’ Places feature can help you out. Both the Google Maps website and app let you save any location on the map to a list, which you can then easily find later.

1. Open Google Maps and click, tap, or search for the location that you want to save.

2. Find the Save icon, which has the icon of a bookmark. You’ll find it right under the location’s name, but you might need to swipe to find it in the mobile app.

A Google Maps screenshot, showing the info page for the Statue of Liberty. The "Save" option is highlighted.
You’ll want to tap the “Save” option.

3. Pick where you want to save the location to. You’ve got three lists to start with – Favorites, Starred places, and Want to go – but you can make a new one by tapping New list.

The "Save to list" screen in the Google Maps app.
Pick which list you want to add the location to, or make a new one.

4. Once you’ve saved the location, you can find it again by opening the list. In the mobile app, tap Saved at the bottom of the screen; on the website, click the three stacked lines in the top-left and then Your places.

Tap on a location in your list to have the map jump straight to it.

A Google Maps page titled "Want to go."
You can share your list from this page, too.

Look at Google Reviews to find the best shops

Nearly every point of interest on Google Maps has a section for user reviews. Similar to sites like Yelp, these reviews can be a great way to see which stops are must-sees and which you can pass.

To check out reviews:

1. Open Google Maps and find the location that you’re interested in.

2. At the top of its information page should be a star rating and a number, showing how many people have left reviews.

The Google Maps info page for Hard Rock Cafe.
Most businesses have a star rating.

3. Scroll down until you hit the Reviews section, and you’ll find reviews from other users who’ve visited the location. They’ll include a star rating, a date, and occasionally a picture.

If you’re interested in leaving a review of your own, check out our article on how to write Google reviews.

The Google Reviews for Hard Rock Cafe.
You can sort the reviews by rating, date, and more.

Make a custom My Maps page to share your road trip plan

Only available on a computer (there’s no app), Google’s My Maps program lets you make a custom map or plot out a route with as many waypoints as you like, and then save and share it with others.

1. Head to the My Maps homepage and click Create a New Map.

The Google My Maps page.
Any map you create will appear on this page.

2. You’ll be given a world map. In the menu in the top-left, click the Untitled map name to give your map a name.

3. Use the search bar at the top of the page to find any location, then click Add to map to save it. You can add as many points of interest as you like.

The My Maps page on Google, with the Grand Canyon highlighted.
You’ll want to search for a location, and then add it to your current layer.

4. You can also save multiple separate lists of locations to the same map; just click Add layer in the top-left menu.

5. To save directions between multiple locations, click the Add directions icon that looks like a curved arrow. It’ll add a new layer that you can use to plot a path.

A Google My Maps page.
Turning on the “Add directions” feature lets you see your route on the map.

6. When you’re done, click Share or Preview in the top-left window.

Add multiple stops to one trip

Driving from one city to another is simple. But if you want to make stops along the way – lunch, the beach, a mall – things get complicated.

Luckily, you don’t need to start a new Google Maps route for every stop. You can create one navigation route that includes every stop from the start, giving you a clear way to see how long it’ll all take.

On mobile

1. Open the Google Maps app and start navigating to another location.

2. On the screen that lets you pick your starting and ending location, tap the three dot icon.

3. Select Add stop.

The navigation feature in the Google Maps iPhone app.
Your Google Maps trips don’t need to go from A to B.

4. A third waypoint – labeled “B” – will appear. Tap it to choose your second destination, or drag it to reorder the waypoints.

Two screenshots from the Google Maps app, showing a navigation route with multiple stops.
Once you’ve put in all the stops you want, Google Maps will start guiding you towards the first waypoint.

On a computer

1. On the Google Maps app website, find a location and start getting directions to it.

2. Underneath the menu that lets you pick your starting and ending location, click Add destination.

The Google Maps website, with a navigation route selected.
The map will update with each stop you add.

3. A new field will appear. Enter your third waypoint.

4. Once you pick a new waypoint, you’ll be able to click Add destination again and pick another one, as well as reorder them.

You can add up to nine destinations on both the website and mobile app.

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