One of the greatest aspects of Android is the fully-featured navigation abilities. I’ve given a list of the best navigation apps for Android, and re-evaluated the Waze app for Android’s power-packed navigation options. It’s hard for me to believe that Android users aren’t aware of navigation, but apparently, some aren’t aware of Android’s amazing navigation power. If you’re interested, check out this past post on sharing a location. If you’re a navigation novice, this post will give you a basic look at getting your navigation going.
Turn on GPS
Most of the navigation apps will warn you when you’re GPS is off. Leaving GPS active isn’t a bad thing, unless you’re especially fearful of “big brother” (don’t worry, turning GPS off won’t help either). Some apps use your phone’s GPS to signal your device’s locations.
To enable your device’s GPS, got to Settings > Location. Enable Standalone GPS Services. If you want to enable the other settings, do it.
Now your phone will send a GPS signal about your location. If your phone doesn’t have these settings, it’s time to upgrade.
As I stated before, Android has a built-in navigation program, which you’ll find in your app drawer.
On Android devices, the Navigation app is tied to a GPS navigation screen similar to ones you’ll find in vehicles.
You can also navigate directly from Google Maps. I used this method a lot when I toured Washington D.C. The process is simple: search, select, and go:
You’ll have a few options for travel after you select the navigation arrow.
As well as the option to navigate to the location or just get directions.
Navigation will give you turn-by-turn directions from start to finish, regardless of the method.
You can adjust some of the settings, including turning on or off the voice guidance, by selecting the menu button in the lower right hand corner.
Now it’s time to get moving.
Turn-by-turn navigation on Android is one element that sets Android apart from its iOS counterparts.
Update: Navigation is now tied directly to Google Maps, or accessible from Google Now. You can input the address directly or command Google to find the information for you. Check out this post on the move.