Google Maps will now allow Indian users to rely on “Plus codes” when saving and sharing their home addresses. Most codes include a set of 6 or 7 letters and numbers along with the name of the town or city for the particular address. They do not rely on street and locality names, but instead use latitudes and longitudes.
The Plus Codes feature was initially rolled out in India in 2018. According to the company, it has so far been widely used by businesses, NGOs, etc. The capability is now also extended to personal addresses.
“We tested this feature in India a month ago and are delighted to share that over 300,000 users in India have already found their home address using the plus codes. We look forward to expanding to more types of locations and are actively seeking partnership opportunities with e-commerce, logistics and delivery companies to expand the experience to more people around the world,” said Amanda Bishop, Chief Product Officer. Google Maps.
According to Google, the feature is rolling out to Android first, and iOS will get the capability later. Now when someone saves a “Home” location on Google Maps, they will see a prompt asking them to “Use current location”. This will use their phone’s location to generate a plus code, which they can then use as their home address.
Google also added a section at the top of the “Saved” tab to make it easier to retrieve, copy, and share these personal addresses.
How to identify the most codes
“With a plus code, people can receive deliveries, access emergency and social services, or simply help other people find them,” Google explains on its website. Watch the video below to learn more.
Benefits of plus codes
Google has also listed the benefits of using plus codes in a few key points. On the one hand, the company claims that they are open-source and easy to use. They’re much shorter than traditional global coordinates, so they’re easy to share as well. Most codes work whether you are online or offline. An internet connection is not required at all times when creating a code, which is another advantage in India where mobile connectivity can sometimes be spotty.
In addition, most codes are independent of language. They don’t include easily confused characters, aren’t case-sensitive, and they exclude vowels.