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How to Add Layers in the Android Tablet Maps App

You add details from the Android tablet Maps app by applying layers: A layer can enhance the map’s visual appearance, provide more information, or add other fun features to the basic street map.

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The key to accessing layers is to touch the Layers icon. Choose an option from the Layers menu to add that information to the Map app’s display.

You can add another layer by choosing it from the Layers menu, but keep in mind that some layers obscure others. For example, the Terrain layer overlays the Satellite layer so that you see only the Terrain layer.

To remove a layer, choose it from the Layers menu; any active layer appears with a green check mark to its right. When a layer isn’t applied, the street view appears.

  • When you orient your Android tablet vertically, the Layers icon disappears from the screen. To access Layers, touch the Menu icon and then choose Layers.

  • Most of the features found on the Layers menu originated in Google Labs. To see new features that may be added to the Maps app, visit Labs by touching the Menu icon in the Maps app. Choose Settings, and then Labs to pore over potential new features.

  • Your Android tablet warns you when various apps access the tablet’s Location features. The warning is nothing serious — the tablet is just letting you know that an app is accessing the device’s physical location. Some folks may view this action as an invasion of privacy; hence the warnings. If you’d rather not share location information, simply decline access when prompted.

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