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How to know the traffic in your area in real time: find out with the Google Maps widget

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Google Maps has released a new widget that allows you to know the traffic in your area in real time. So you can use it on your mobile.

Google recently updated some of its top apps to add new widgets useful, with which to take advantage of some of the functions of these apps from the home screen of our mobiles. The new Google Maps widget is one of the most useful widgets to come to Android recently, as it allows check the traffic conditions around us without having to enter the app.

said widget is already available in Spain, and without a doubt it is one of the most useful that you can place on the home screen of your mobile. We will explain how you can do it.

Real-time traffic widget on Google Maps

The new Google Maps widget allows you to check traffic in your area in real time.

Traffic in your area at a glance

Before going on to see the steps necessary to use the new Google Maps widget, it is worth noting that, in order to use it, it is necessary have the latest version of Google Maps installed on your device. You can download the latest update through the Google Play Store.

When you already have the latest version of the app installed on your mobile, you just have to a few simple steps:

  1. Hold down on an empty space on the home screen of your mobile.
  2. Tap on the “Widgets” section.
  3. Scroll down until you find “Google Maps” and tap on the app name.
  4. Choose the real time traffic widget, and drag it to the space on the home screen where you want to place it.

One of the peculiarities of this widget is that it is interactive. By tapping the magnifying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the widget, you can zoom in or zoom out to see the traffic of a larger or smaller area around our position. Something very useful, for example, to know what is the best time to leave home for work.

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It is also necessary to point out that, in order to work, you must first have granted Google Maps permission to access your location at all times. You can do it through the settings of your mobile.

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