Secret Google Map gesture lets you zoom in with one hand

Secret Google Map gesture lets you zoom in with one hand
Pssst. Want to know a little secret about Google Maps? There is a secret gesture for the application that allows you to zoom in with just one hand. It is so easy to do that even the most neophyte smartphone user could do this with, well, with one hand tied around his back. Get your phone. This works on both iOS and Android and by the way, this is not an Apple Fool's joke. That ship sailed a few minutes ago. Now get your phone and go to Google Maps. Holding the phone with one hand, take your thumb and double tap on the screen. On the second tap, hold down your finger and slide. Viola! You're zooming in with one hand.

Yes, go ahead and spend the rest of the night testing it out, showing the spouse and kids and even the dog. This is so big that you can even awake your neighbor and show it off. And who knows how many other secret Google gestures are floating around all of those applications. Would you find this more useful than pinch to zoom?

We should note that someone must have known about this, because the video below is dated from last December.

Thanks, Michael F.

source: CarlSednaoui, HackerNews via Gizmodo



1. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

actually double tap hold it down then pull out works better

2. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

this one been there for like 4 or 5 months now :D ...this is so old news :P


Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Yeah, I read about this a long while ago.

4. Raihanpatel111 unregistered

ya....its really working....nice

5. Abbath

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

looks like Michael F just found out about this "new" feature and in his excitement hes he showed this to his spouse, kids, the dog and the whole internet world

7. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Alan F. I think Michael was the first to post about this.

18. Abbath

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

opps yes! :)

6. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I thought this was common knowledge for geeks like us, but it's always good to spread the word.

8. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Not new or secret.

9. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

naah,, i still prefer pinch to zoom..

10. Gwendir

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Not reading the "What's new" section in app updates doesn't make it secret.

12. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Well I just had an + button there for one hand occasions, but this seems to be cooler.

14. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You know, I like this better than pinch to zoom!

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Secret? LOL! Just because you didn't know, it doesn't mean it's secret! :) It has been introudced some months ago.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Lol this is as old as grandma

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013


19. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Are you guys joking? lol, its not new, not even by a few months. This predates pinch and zoom! how do you think zooming was done before pinch and zoom? GEEZ!

20. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

It's neither new nor secret. In fact, when actualisation with this feature was installed, google maps informed user, that there is new functionality, when he/she first opened maps after actualisation. This just prooves that people never read what applications try to tell them. As a programmer, I must admit it makes me a little sad.

21. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Alan... /facepalm

22. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

Its not a secret. It's been out for a while. You can zoom in AND zoom out by using this method. Single tap + swipe up and single tap + swipe down BOTH work

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