Now more than ever, we will all go to grocery stores and other important businesses when it is not crowded. With a few taps, Google Maps can tell you how busy a store, restaurant, park or other location is right now.
You can find this information on the Google Maps website in your browser or in the Google Maps app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Search for the name of a store, restaurant, business or other place – it even works in parks.
Click or tap the name of the place to see more information about it. Look for the “Popular Times” chart in the panel – you may need to scroll down to see it. Look for a “Live” time that tells you how busy a business is right now.
You can also click on the name of the day of the week and select another day of the week to check when the location is usually the busiest. Do more people tend to shop on Wednesday or Sunday? Is the store less busy early in the morning or late in the evening? The chart tells you that.
It is worth noting that these historical data may not be as predictive as usual right now. Purchasing patterns (and opening hours) have changed. Live data should be useful though – if it says a location is busy right now, you can wait until Google says the location is less busy to get there.
This information is not available for every location. It will not be available for some placements that do not “get enough visits” from people who have enabled Google Placement History, according to Google.
How does it work?
This feature takes advantage of the location data that Google receives from people who choose to enable Google Location History on their phones. Using this data, Google will estimate how busy it is in a particular location right now.
It also remembers historical data and can calculate it to show you when a store is usually most – and least – busy each week.
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