Friday, April 14, 2017

Cool! One click on your Google Photo Takes you to Google Maps and Reviews


This is where we had dinner last night. Why? Because our motorhome broke down while traveling I-40 thru Arizona and we had to be towed to the nearest repair facility. We had very little choice in places to eat, and we thought this looked interesting!

I shared this picture with a friend and he said, "Oh, I have to see where that is and what the reviews are!" So, he started to Google for Roadkill Cafe. Or maybe he opened Google Maps and searched for it, I'm not sure.

Google Photos Info Panel includes a Map - a Google Map

I told him that he could go directly to the map location on Google Maps by clicking the little i on the picture itself (or tap it on a mobile device.) That opens an information panel, including a map.
Just click the marker on the map 
If you click the marker on the map, you will be taken to Google Maps for that location and you can find out anything you want to know about the Roadkill Cafe and OK Saloon! My friend, Martin Brossman, is a Google Local Guide himself and he was astonished to find that the Roadkill Cafe had 177 reviews! You can even use the map to navigate to the location if you're using a smartphone.


Are Your Photos GeoTagged?

If you try this on one of your own photos and you don't get a map in the info panel, that means either:

  1. You took the photo with a regular camera with no GPS capability
  2. You took the photo with a smartphone but you had the geotagging capability turned off

Geeks on Tour Member Benefit

If you are a Geeks on Tour member, check out our eBook on smartphone photography. Instructions for turning on the geotagging feature is on page 17.


Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been in computer training and support since 1983. She is now a Top Contributor for the Google Photos Forum, owner of the LearnGooglePhotos.com blog, and author of Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos
She loves to teach! If you want to learn, you’ve come to the right place.