You will no longer go to a site and have it closed thanks to Maps.
Google Maps is the favorite mapping app for many for a multitude of reasons. One of them is because it allows us to quickly check if the establishments are open.
Through this app, which is completely free for Android, we can search for establishments and find out their hours, as well as if they are open in real time. If you don’t know how to check it, take a look because it will take you 2 minutes.
How to filter by open establishments on Google Maps
Google Maps automatically shows us if an establishment is open or closed. For example, if you need a pharmacy, just open Google, search for “pharmacy” and on the map mark the option “open now”. In this way, the pharmacies that are open appear, a very useful option to avoid reaching the site and finding it closed.
Although I directly use the Google search engine because I’m always on the computer, you can also do this from the Maps app for Android. You simply open it, search for the store or type of establishment you are looking for and check the “open now” box. Clicking there will show you only the stores that are open at the moment.
Also, if you give “more filters” you can change the “open now” for a personalized one. This is useful if you plan to go at another time and want to know if it is also open at that time.
Go to a place open in Google Maps directly
In the event that you are directly on the street or in the car towards the site, what you can do is Put the name in Google Maps and hit start the route. If the store is open it will take you directly, but if it’s closed or you’re just a little short on time, this voice message will skip: “it is possible that (the store) will be closed when you arrive“. You will also see the time directly on the mobile, in case you have the sound muted.
If the store is about to close and you arrive a bit tight, first of all check how many people are on the site. Thanks to this feature of Maps you can get an idea of the people that may be in the store at that precise moment, because it is not rush hour and you have time to go and do the shopping. Also, learn how to use Google Maps to avoid traffic on the road will help you get there before closing.
This option is ideal, especially if you are driving, because it notifies you by audio of what matters to you, which is if it will be open when you arrive.
How to know the hours of an establishment in Google Maps
Another way to tell if a site is open is to open Google Maps, search for it, and then look at his schedule. That fast and easy.
What if the store does not have published hours? In that case, the best thing to do is to call.
How to find the phone of a place in Google Maps
Although the previous method to find out if a site is open on Google Maps works very well, it may happen that the hours are not published on the Google tab or, what is worse, that is not up to date. This is especially common on holidays, because stores (especially small ones) tend to close on that day and don’t update hours manually in Google Business.
For this reason, the best way to know if it is open is to call by phone. If they do not answer you, it may be that the person in charge is busy or that the store is closed, but just by clicking the “call” button you can contact the store and clear up any doubts. It is something very useful, especially on holidays, because you can always call the day before and ask.
Bonus Track: look on the web or yellow pages
In the event that the company does not show information about the schedule on Google Maps nor does it have the option to call by phone, all is not lost, because you can check if it has a website and see if it puts it there.
There are companies that do not have a website, but be careful, because many are registered in the yellowpages.es directory. When doing a search on Google, it may already appear in the first search results, without having to manually search for it within this directory. From there you can see their schedule, telephone number and other data.
Although Google Business is great and we use it through Maps to find out if a store is open or its hours, not all stores use it Today. That is why it is also important to explore these avenues.
In the event that none of the ways are of help to you, you will have no choice but to go to the store and ask there what their hours are to take it into account for future occasions. In many cases they have posted on the door of the establishment.