Google is now making it easier to share addresses via Google Maps with Plus Codes. Instead of having to share addresses that include a building name, a street name, amongst various other could-be-misspelt parts, users will now be able to share addresses with a simple alphanumeric code.
According to Google, more than 2 billion people either don’t have an address or have an address that isn’t easy to locate. Google’s Plus Codes aims to solve this problem with a 6-digit alphanumeric code that will be able to “uniquely identify” any location on the map.
Plus Codes are derived from latitude and longitude coordinates and can hence pinpoint an exact location when searched on Google Maps. If you’re thinking about how this could be useful, let me give you an instance. My building doesn’t show up when searched for, despite having tried to ‘add a missing place’ to Google Maps. With Plus Codes, I could simply share the alphanumeric code instead of having to share the location of a nearby landmark and then guide the person on how they can find my building from that point.
This is just one instance but there are multiple situations where Plus Codes would be handy. For instance, Google notes how Plus Codes could be immensely useful in emergency and crisis situations where sharing one’s exact location is not as smooth as we’d like to be. With codes, Google aims at making sharing addresses as simple as sharing phone numbers.
How to find and share Plus Codes?
Google Plus Codes are now available for all addresses that you search for on Google Maps. You can find them right above the actual address when you open a listing on Maps.
If you’re looking to find a Plus Code of a location you’re at, you can simply tap the blue dot on the map and find it sitting at the top of the menu. Plus Codes can be searched for on Google Maps and Google Search which makes them very easy to use.