Google Maps will now let India users rely on ‘Plus codes’ when saving and sharing their Home addresses. Plus 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, and instead use latitudes and longitudes.
“With a Plus Code, people can receive deliveries, access emergency and social services, or just help other people find them,” Google explains on its website. The feature is rolling out to Android first, and iOS will get the capability later on. Now, when someone is saving 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 has also listed the advantages of using Plus Codes in a few key pointers.
- For one, the company says these are open-source and easy to use.
- They are much shorter than traditional global coordinates, so they’re easy to share as well. Plus Codes work whether one is online or offline.
- An internet connection is not needed at all times when creating a code, which is another advantage in India where mobile connectivity can be patchy at times.