Getting around maps

Getting around maps

When you open Google Maps, you can easily find your location on the map or check out nearby places by panning and zooming in and out on the map.

  1. Open the Maps app.
  2. Tap to show your current location. The blue marker or shows your current location on the map.
  3. Navigate the map using finger gestures.
    • Slide your finger on any direction to pan.
    • Double-tap the map or slide two fingers apart over an area to zoom in.
    • Double-tap the map with two fingers or slide two fingers together over an area to zoom out.
    • Press and hold an area with two fingers and then drag your fingers in a circular motion to rotate the map.
    • Press and hold an area with two fingers and then swipe down to see an angled view of the map. Swipe up to return to overhead view.
  4. Tap to turn Compass mode on. In Compass mode, the map orients itself depending on the direction you're facing. To exit Compass mode, tap .
    Tip: Add a map view to see more information overlaid on the map. Tap , and then tap a map view such as Traffic or Public transit. To remove the map view, tap it again on the map view list.

Navigating the map

You can navigate the map using finger gestures.
  • Slide your finger in any direction to pan.
  • Double-tap the map or slide two fingers apart over an area to zoom in.

    To zoom in while holding the phone with one hand, double-tap with your thumb and hold the second tap, and then drag your thumb down.

  • Double-tap the map with two fingers or slide two fingers together over an area to zoom out.

    To zoom out while holding the phone with one hand, double-tap with your thumb and hold the second tap, and then drag your thumb up.

  • Press and hold an area with two fingers and then drag your fingers in a circular motion to rotate the map.
  • Press and hold an area with two fingers and then swipe up to see an angled view of the map. Swipe down to return to overhead view.
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