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How to switch between miles and kilometers in Apple Maps and Google Maps

Two iPhone screenshots of the same journey, with one showing the distance in miles and the other in kilometers

Depending on your preference, you can set the Maps app to display distances and turn-by-turn directions in kilometers and meters, or miles and feet. However, the steps to do that may not be too obvious, and that's where we come in to help.

In this brief tutorial, we will show you how you can easily use kilometers or miles in Apple Maps and Google Maps on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser.

How to adjust the volume of turn-by-turn navigation directions in Apple Maps and Google Maps on iPhone

Image composition showing turn-by-turn navigation to Apple Park on an iPhone screen with small Google Maps, Apple Maps, muted speaker, and navigation icons at the bottom part of the image

When using turn-by-turn navigation in Apple Maps or Google Maps, your iPhone announces the upcoming turns and alerts so that you are aware of them without looking at the screen.

However, if you don't find it helpful, turning off the voice instructions is easy, and in this brief tutorial, we will show you how. We will also go over how you can adjust the volume of these turn-by-turn directions both in the Apple and Google Maps.

How to see, delete, and turn off your location history on iPhone

See your Location History on iPhone and manage it

Wondering about the places where you were recently? It can be for personal reasons to help you recall the places you visited. Or, if you have to prove someone for legal reasons or otherwise, you can use the past location history of your iPhone to establish your presence at that location.

Here are two ways to find your location history on iPhone using Apple's Significant Locations and Google Maps. We also go over the steps to delete the saved location history and how to turn it off.

How to get your house, car, or face blurred out in Apple and Google Maps for increased privacy

Blur personal details in Apple Maps and Google Maps

Apple and Google use specialized data-collection vehicles to collect data for their maps service. In places where a vehicle can't enter, they employ people with backpack systems to collect these data. Apple mentions that it "will censor faces and license plates on images that are published in Look Around."

However, if you search for your house in Google or Apple Maps and wish it to be blurred, you can request them to do so. Or, maybe these mapping services have accidentally not blurred your or a family member's face, car's license plate, or other sensitive data. Whatever the reason, you can ask Google and Apple to censor your details. Let's show you how.

How to turn on Dark Mode in Google Maps on iPhone

Google Maps in Dark Mode on iPhone

While using Google Maps at night, you may want to enable its Dark Mode to keep things easy on the eyes. On iPhone with an OLED screen (iPhone X, XS, 11 Pro, 12, and 13 series), switching to Dark Mode can also help extend the battery life giving you a few more minutes of navigation. So, if you are wondering how to use iOS Google Maps in a dark theme, here are the steps to do that. Plus, if you do not see the option for Dark Mode in Google Maps, we have a solution to fix that.

How to delete your Google Maps history on iPhone and the web

Google Maps Activity on the Web on a MacBook

Just like you remove your history in Apple Maps, you can delete your search, review, and share history in Google Maps. Maybe you want to keep some items from showing up in your Recent searches or forget an entire day of Google Maps activity.

You can view and remove places from your history on your mobile device or the web. And you can choose to delete individual locations, a day or week, or every place in that history. Here, we’ll show you how to do just that, delete your Google Maps history.

Google Maps rolls out an awesome new AR view for navigation inside malls and airports

An image showing three generic handsets running Google Maps with Live View augmented reality mode for AR navigation inside malls and airports

Google is bringing an awesome new mode to its mapping app for iOS and Android designed for augmented reality (AR) navigation inside shopping malls and airports.


Indoor AR navigation in Google Maps. Works inside shopping malls and airports. New eco-friendly route options due later in 2021.

AR indoor navigation with Google Maps

This has been confirmed in a blog post on the Google website, which outlines a couple of new Google Maps features slated to hit iOS, iPadOS and Android devices later this year.

Called Live Mode, the new feature gives you accurate turn-by-turn directions inside shopping malls and airports by taking advantage of artificial intelligence to “scan tens of billions of Street View images to understand your orientation.”

Thanks to new advancements that help us understand the precise altitude and placement of objects inside a building, we’re now able to bring Live View to some of the trickiest-to-navigate places indoors: airports, transit stations and malls.

The feature debuted in Google Maps for iOS and Android for a handful of shopping malls in Chicago, Long Island, Los Angles, Newark, San Fransico, San Jose and Seattle. In the coming months, it'll roll out to select airports, malls, and transit stations in Tokyo and Zurich.

Additional cities and locations are coming in the future.

Eco-friendly routes

Aside from AR indoor navigation, Google Maps will also gain eco-friendly routes later this year.

With insights from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, we’re building a new routing model that optimizes for lower fuel consumption based on factors like road incline and traffic congestion.

When that feature is launched publicly, Google Maps will default to the route with the lowest carbon footprint when it has approximately the same ETA as the fastest route, Google says.

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“In cases where the eco-friendly route could significantly increase your ETA, we’ll let you compare the relative CO2 impact between routes so you can choose,“ reads the post. Google will let you change your defaults to have the app, for example, always show the fastest route.

Eco-friendly routes will be available on both iOS and Android later this year. Initially, this feature will cover the US, but Google's promised a global expansion arriving at some point.

Air quality and other tidbits

Google even outlined some of the features that will be coming to its mapping service later this year, including weather and air quality information, with the relevant data being pulled from such partners as The Weather Company, and the Central Pollution Board.

With the new weather layer, you can quickly see current and forecasted temperature and weather conditions in an area—so you’ll never get caught in the rain without an umbrella. And the new air quality layer shows you how healthy (or unhealthy) the air is—information that’s especially helpful if you have allergies or are in a smoggy or fire-prone area.

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Weather information and the air quality index will hit Google Maps on iOS and Android “in the coming months.” The weather layer will be available globally and the air quality layer will launch in Australia, India and the US, with more countries to come—you guessed right—at a later time.

Both weather and air quality information have been available on Apple Maps for some time.

And lastly, stores’ business profiles available on Google Maps and through Google Search will now display useful information such as delivery providers, pickup and delivery windows, fees, as well as order minimums. This is currently available via Google Search on mobile, starting with Instacart and Albertsons Cos. stores in the US.

The feature will extend to Maps and expand to other partners in the future.