How To Use Google Maps Navigation On Android

Yes, this is an obvious one, but it’s hard to beat free spoken turn-by-turn directions built right into the Android OS. On iOS the Maps app delivers directions but they’re not spoken, and you don’t get a 3D view of your route either. If you want a bona fide GPS navigation experience, you’ll have to download an additional app, most of which are paid.

Step by Step

  1. Open the Maps application and search for an address.
  2. Once you see the business or specific address you want to navigate to, tap on it.
  3. On the next screen tap the button that looks like a right turn sign.
  4. You’ll be presented with three options. Choose Driving Navigation.
  5. If your phone has more than one GPS application, tap Navigation under “Complete Action using.”
  6. Click Accept on the next screen when you see Google Maps Navigation is in beta. Use caution.

Your Android phone will now calculate driving directions and search for a GPS signal.

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. My Point...Exactly Says:

    Also very cool with Google Maps for Android: You can upload hundreds of points to your Google ‘My Maps’ online – and then access those uploaded points on your Android phone. Once there – you can navigate to them as you would any other point.

    Very useful for sales people, real estate agents, route delivery, etc. See a tutorial on how to do it on YouTube here:

  2. Stefan Schreier Says:

    I got this android phone, Concord, made by ZTE for T mobile. Whenever I try to type anything into it in any google application, or email, it changes it. So if I try to type an address into google maps it changes it and then says it can’t find it or goes to an entirely different place. I notice a bunch of words below the search bar and it seems that it only accepts one of those words. Type in anything else and it changes to one of the words in the list, the one it thinks is closest. The same thing for email, but email always crashes so it doesnt matter. Of course that makes it totally useless and makes you want to slam the phone on the ground and stomp on it. But I suppose they must have had something in mind when they made it this way. But what I cannot imagine.

  3. Bea Giles Says:

    Can any one please tell me how to DELETE places from google navigation once used. I may NEVER need some of the locations again. Its really frustrating having unnecessary info clogging up my android phone.

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