The people of flood-hit Kerala, waiting for relief or for a rescue team, can share their location even when they are offline which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them, Google said on Saturday.
Plus codes work just like street addresses. When an address is not available, one can use a plus code to find or share a place on Google Maps. Users can share their plus codes over a voice call or an SMS to the rescue team.
Here’s how to get plus code:
- To get the plus code for a particular place on an Android phone or tablet, users need to open the Google Maps app and touch and hold a place to drop a pin on Google Maps.
- They then need to tap the address or description at the bottom, and scroll down to find the plus code.
- To search for a place using a plus code, all the rescuers or family members of the flood victims need to do is type the plus code at the search box of the Google Maps app.