How to Use GPS in Android

Android devices use the same global positioning technology as Google Maps and most third-party GPS tools do. This allows users to locate themselves on a map, find and navigate to destinations via detailed directions, and search maps using a number of different methods. This article will teach you how to use GPS in Android with Google Maps.

Steps

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    Tap the “Google Play” app icon on your Android device’s home screen to open the Android Market.
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    Tap the "Search" icon in the top right corner.
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    Use the search bar at the top to search for “Google Maps”.
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    Tap the Google Maps icon and click “Install”.
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    Launch the Google Maps app by tapping the icon on your device’s home screen.
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    Tap the “GPS” icon from the launcher to use GPS to locate yourself on a map. It is located in the bottom right corner.
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    Tap the “Route” icon from the launcher to enter a destination and get step-by-step directions.
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    Tap the “Search” icon from the launcher to search for a location using text.
    • Alternatively, you can search for a location using your voice by tapping the microphone icon next to the search input field.

Tips

  • You can use your Android device like a traditional GPS unit by purchasing a third-party car dock that supports Car dock mode. This will allow you to dock your device on your dashboard and automatically enter a special Car dock mode within your Google Maps app, when supported.

Warnings

  • Not all Android devices will support all features of the Google Maps Navigation app.(but newer ones shall support this)

Article Info

Categories: Android Applications