Daily Tip: How to use the compass in Google Maps to improve navigation

Using Google Maps to get directions but confused and frustrated because the map doesn't turn when you do? The good news is, there's a very easy way fix this and get north really pointing north when you need it.

Starting with iPhone 3GS, Apple began including compasses (technically magnometers) in their iOS devices. To activate the compass and get directions that actually have a sense of direction:

  • Open up Google Maps
  • Double tap the location button in the bottom left corner of the screen

This enables the digital compass, and while active it will rotate the onscreen map to match the direction you’re facing. Again, this tip will only work with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and all iPads, as these models have a built-in magnometer.

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