How to Find Specific Things with the Android Tablet Map App

The Maps app on your Android tablet can help you find places in the real world, just like the Google Search app helps you find places on the Internet. Both operations work basically the same.

Open the Maps app and type something to find in the Search text box. You can type a variety of terms in the Search box.

Looking for a specific address

To locate an address, type it in the Search box. For example:

1313 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92803

Touch the Search key on the onscreen keyboard, and that location is shown on the map. The next step is getting directions.

  • You don’t need to type the entire address. Oftentimes, all you need is the street number and street name and then either the city name or zip code.

  • If you omit the city name or zip code, the Maps app looks for the closest matching address near your current location.

  • Touch the X button in the Search box to clear the previous search.

Finding a business, restaurant, or point of interest

You may not know an address, but you know when you crave sushi or Hungarian or perhaps the exotic flavors of Wyoming. Maybe you need a hotel or a gas station, or you have to find a place that buys old dentures. To find a business entity or a point of interest, type its name in the Search box. For example:

Movie theater

This command flags movie theaters on the current Maps screen or nearby.

Have the Maps app jump to your current location to find locations near you. Otherwise, the Maps app looks for places near the area shown on the screen.

Or you can be specific and look for businesses near a certain location by specifying the city name, district, or zip code, such as

Liquor 02554

After typing this command and touching the Search key, you see a smattering of tippling establishments found in or near Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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To see more information about a result, touch it. You can touch either the item in the search results list or the pin that’s dropped on the map. You see a pop-up cartoon bubble, which you can touch to get even more specific information.

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You can touch the Route icon on the location’s Details screen to get directions.

  • Every letter or dot on the screen represents a search result.

  • Spread your fingers on the touchscreen to zoom in on the map.

  • If you really like the location, touch the Save (Star) icon. That action directs the Maps app to keep the location as one of your favorite places. The location shows up as a star on the Maps app screen.

Making a favorite place

Just as you can bookmark favorite websites on the Internet, you can mark favorite places in the real world by using the Maps app. The feature is called Saved Places.

To visit your favorite places or browse your recent map searches, touch the Saved Places icon at the top of the Maps app screen. If you don’t see the icon, touch the X icon in the Search box.

The Saved Places window sports various categories of places you’ve starred (marked as favorites), locations you’ve recently searched for, or places you’ve been.

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  • Mark a location as a favorite by touching the Star icon when you view the location’s details.

  • The Recently Accessed Places list allows you to peruse items you’ve located or searched for recently.

  • Touch the app icon (in the upper left corner of the screen) to return to the Maps app when you’re done looking at saved places.

Locating a contact

The secret to finding a contact’s location is to touch the contact’s address as it appears in the tablet’s address book app. Sometimes, the Place icon is used to help display a location on the Maps app. Even when the Place icon isn’t there, just touch the contact’s address. The Maps app zooms onto the screen, displaying that location.

  • If you see the Complete Action Using prompt after touching a contact’s location, choose the Maps app and then touch the Always button. That way, you’ll never be bothered by the prompt again.

  • The app might be named Contacts or People or something completely unexpected.

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