Every smartphone user has got Google Maps installed on their device but how many know that they can actually use it as a fully-fledged satellite navigation tool? Here’s how you do it. As you probably already know, Google Maps is a free application that comes pre-installed on any Android smartphone that you purchase. You can also find Google Maps on iOS as well. However, it does not come pre-installed and you can understand why. For the Windows Phone users, oops, you will have to stick with the alternatives.
Google Navigation is an integration of Google Maps hence there is no immediate requirement for downloading or installing anything extra. You however have to include all that in Beta, as it has been for quite a long time. Google does not really make a big deal out of it but generally, it functions perfectly well.
Whether it is driving, walking or even through public transport means, you get a voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation. Here is our guide on how you can manipulate Google Navigation.
Note that for Google Navigation to work on any device, you must first switch ON your GPS location and have an active data connection.
How to use Google Navigation as a free satellite navigation tool on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus
Go to Google Maps on your smartphone and search for your destination in the white check box on top of your screen
Press the car sign at the lower end of your screen. On the right hand side, touch on navigation options. This gives you an estimate of your travel time.
You will get an option to edit your journey details including the start and end points, your travel methods and your route selections. When you are all set, press Start Navigation or if you are already switched to map view, press the arrow sign on the lower corner of your screen.
The software is in beta hence you will be required to press accept on the attention pop ups warning several things which includes that on data being not accurate.
Once you press Start you will be redirected to the Google Navigation screen which guides you to your destination. You should however note that you might require your GPS setting to be switched to high accuracy for the turn-by-turn directions to function.
Google Maps Navigation normally offers incident reports, live traffic and dynamic re-routing. However, there are no speed limits or even speed camera warnings though.