How to use Google's new feature that lets you vote on a place for a group dinner

  • Google Maps makes it easier to find a restaurant for a group of friends.
  • You can pick a bunch of places and then let friends vote on where to eat.
  • CNBC's Todd Haselton shows you how to use the new Google Maps group sharing feature.
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Google Maps has a new feature on Android and iPhone that lets you pick a bunch of restaurants, share them with a group of friends, and then let everyone vote on where to eat.

It works really well if you have a group of people who can't decide on where to get dinner. The update is rolling out over the next week, but some people should already see it.

Here's how to use the Google Maps group sharing feature.

Open Google Maps and search for restaurants. You'll see a list like this:

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Now tap and hold on a restaurant and drag it to the lower-left side of the screen. This is your "shortlist."

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Here's what my shortlist looks like after I picked a few restaurants and added a couple of colleagues:

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Your friends will get a message that looks like this:

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Then they can vote on where they want to eat by tapping thumbs up or thumbs down. The one with the most votes is labeled "Top Voted."

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That's it. It's simple, but a new and fun way to find somewhere to go that will keep everyone happy.