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How to Add a Navigation Widget to Your Android Tablet’s Home Screen

When you visit certain places often, you can save yourself the time you would spend repeatedly inputting navigation information. All you need to do is create a navigation widget on your Android tablet Home screen. Here’s how:

  1. Summon the Apps screen.

  2. Choose Widgets from the top of the screen.

  3. Long-press the Directions & Navigation widget and position it to a location on the Home screen.

    You need to scroll over a few pages to find the Directions & Navigation widget.

  4. Type a destination, a contact name, an address, or a business in the text box.

    As you type, suggestions appear in a list. You can choose a suggestion to save yourself some typing.

  5. Choose a traveling method.

    Your options are Car, Public Transportation, Bicycle, and On Foot.

  6. Type a shortcut name.

  7. Choose an icon for the shortcut.

    You may have to touch the Back icon to dismiss the onscreen keyboard and see the shortcut icons.

  8. Touch the Save button.

    The navigation shortcut is placed on the Home screen.

  9. Touch the Home icon to return to the Home screen.

To use the shortcut, simply touch it on the Home screen. Instantly, the Maps app starts and enters navigation mode, steering you from wherever you are to the location referenced by the shortcut.

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