How does the google navigation work

Google Maps app: first steps and simple tricks

Sandra Ohse

The navigation app Google Maps shows you the quickest route from A to B. We explain in step-by-step instructions how to set up the application and use it for your route planning.

EnlargeInstall and use Google Maps.
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In order to be able to use the popular navigation application Google Maps, you have to download it from the Google Play Store - of course only if your smartphone is not yet equipped with the application.

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To do this, open the Play Store app and enter “Google Maps” in the search bar; select the appropriate program, then tap Install. To start the application, then touch the “Open” button.

Step 1: Activate GPS tracking

EnlargeIn order to be able to navigate with the Google Maps app, you must first activate GPS positioning on your smartphone.

To be able to use Google Maps for navigation, you must activate GPS positioning on your smartphone. You can do this by opening the settings on your mobile device and scrolling to the "User" item. Select the "Location" option here and make sure that the slider behind "On" is activated.

Step 2: save important places

EnlargeSave important places in Google Maps. You don't have to type in the same address over and over again.

Google Maps offers the possibility to save frequently frequented places like your home and your place of work in the app. In this way you can always access the respective addresses without having to enter them again and again. To do this, open the Google Maps application and then the app menu using the three parallel lines in the top left of the search bar. Tap on "My Places". You can now enter your address under “Home” and that of your job under “Work”. To do this, simply touch the respective button and then type in the respective address. Of course, the information entered can be removed or changed afterwards. The addresses can be edited or deleted using the three dots on the right.

EnlargeDefine an individual symbol for your home and your workplace. There are many different options to choose from here.

The symbols that mark your workplace or home on the map can also be customized. To do this, tap on the “Redesign work icon” or “Redesign home icon” option. Now there are numerous different designs to choose from: including various houses, a lighthouse, an igloo, a castle, a tent or a windmill. Select the desired symbol and then confirm the action in the lower right corner of the screen using the "Save" button.

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Step 3: plan navigation

EnlargeChoose the mode of transport you want and decide on your preferred route.

To plan a new route, open the Google Maps app and enter the destination address in the search bar at the top. The application then automatically determines the shortest route from your current location to your destination, which is now displayed on the map. To start the navigation or to make further adjustments to the route planning, tap the round blue button with the car symbol in the lower right corner.

At the top of the screen you can now see the starting point and the destination of your planned navigation. You can now change both by simply tapping on the respective button and entering an alternative address.

The various modes of transport that you can choose for your navigation are listed below: car, public transport, on foot, by taxi or by bike. Of course, the routes change depending on the mode of transport. Tap the mode of transport you want. The map section shows you an overview of the different route variants and the estimated travel times for each mode of transport. Touch the route you want to travel.

EnlargeWith Google Maps you also have the option of inserting intermediate stops in your route planning.

Stopovers can now also be planned on Google Maps: Touch the three dots next to the starting point and choose the “Add stopover” option. For the letter “C”, either enter the address of your stopover manually or select it on the map. If desired, further stops can also be planned.

The order of the individual destinations can be changed. To do this, tap on a stopover and drag it to the desired location. Once you have entered all the information regarding means of transport, desired route, and stops, start navigation using the small blue arrow at the bottom right of the screen.

Step 4: Use Google Maps offline

To save data volume or avoid expensive roaming costs abroad, you can also use Google Maps offline. To do this, however, you must download the relevant map area before navigating so that you can access it later.