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View your custom maps inside Google Maps for Android

Remember when you could easily access your custom maps through the original Google Maps app? Now you can do that again.

Google Maps on Android. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Google has changed the Maps app around a great many times. Unfortunately, this means some features have disappeared, but thankfully, some are being added back. Such is the case with the ability to access custom maps you created through the service.

Previously, you could create these maps on the desktop and then view them in the app without issue. And the recent method involved using a separate app -- named My Maps, of course -- to both create and manage these maps. However, Google is rolling out a small update to the core app that allows you to access custom maps again. Here's where to find them:

Google Maps menu. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Slide-out the left-hand menu, then choose Your Places.

Custom maps in Google Maps. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Scroll down past your Saved places (those you have starred but not added to a map) and you will see the names of your custom maps.

Custom map being displayed within the app. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Choose the map you want to work with and then it will load on the main view.

You can tap the individual points to view information on each point, like the business name. The map will continue displaying until you switch it off (toggle at the bottom of the screen).

It's nice to have this feature back in the main app where it belongs. What do you use custom maps for? Share your ideas in the comments.