Flush is a free application for Google Android devices that provides you with options to find public toilets quickly.
The app may use your current location for its searches if you allow it to access location information, or you may enter a location directly to display information about public toilets this way.
The application uses information of its users to list public restrooms, and one of the core features that it makes available is an option to report a public toilet and to add a new one to the listing.
Flush displays all public toilets on a map overlay once you have searched for a location or let the app detect yours automatically.
You can zoom in and out using the map, and tap on individual icons to display information about the location.
Information may more or less be non-existent (toilet and nothing else) or informative (accessibility, fee, key required and description).
In addition, depending on country and language, you may get garbled text instead of a title. This happened while browsing public toilets in Tokyo, Japan where it was impossible to read even the title of some of the locations.
You may tap on a location to get directions, or use the Google Maps icon to display the location if Google Maps is installed on the device.
The directions option opens a selection menu of the Android device where you are asked to pick a suitable app to get directions.
This means that Flush itself won't provide directions and that you need access to another app for that.
The creator of Flush claims that the current database has a size of over 100,000 entries, and that the number increases constantly as users are using the app.
What I do like about the application is that it works offline so that you can find the nearest public restroom even if you have no connection to the Internet at that time.
Most major cities of the world are covered, but there are plenty of blank spaces as well on the map. You should not expect to find a lot of hits in most parts of Africa for example, and it is probably the case that you find more toilets listed in New York alone than in Africa as a whole.
It is therefore a good idea to run the application before you travel to another location to make sure it helps you in those places. Makes no sense to use it of it's database holds no entries for public restrooms in your location.
Then again, you could start adding some if you run across them and find the app valuable.Advertisement
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