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Google has today rolled out new shortcuts on its Maps app to help users order takeaway and food delivery. There is no better time than now, as this is the only way most of us will eat out for the foreseeable future. This is how it works.
The shortcuts are the small options at the top of the map that you see when you open the app. They offer you an easy way to find hotels, gasoline or food without having to enter the search parameters. Which is great because I often only activate Google Maps when I̵
To be clear, Google Maps has already allowed you to search for withdrawals, so it’s not the new option itself. However, the shortcuts are new and were first discovered 9to5Google. Given that everyone is forced to be protected in their homes and that most restaurants are either closed or just offer takeaway options, it makes sense for Google to put their delivery options front and center.
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So if you need it like this, you can find the new search filters in the Maps app.
When you open the Maps app, you center the screen over the area you want to search for. Then find the options “Takeout” and “Delivery” and select one. This shows you all the restaurants in your area that currently offer this service.
For some (but not all) restaurants, you can order food directly from the Maps app, or link it to GrubHub or another app where you can order.
And that’s all! Hopefully this will help you gain access to enough comfort food to get you through the quarantine and distance phases. The shortcuts are now available on iOS, iPadOS and Android. Good luck!
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