How to Use the Android Tablet Maps App
You start the Maps app on your Android tablet by choosing Maps from the Apps screen. If you’re starting the app for the first time or it has been recently updated, you can read its What’s New screen; touch the OK button to continue.
Your tablet communicates with global positioning system (GPS) satellites to hone in on your current location and display it on a map. The position is accurate to within a given range, as shown by a faint blue circle around your location.
Here are some fun things you can do when viewing the basic street map:
Zoom in: To make the map larger (to move it closer), double-tap the screen or spread your fingers on the touchscreen.
Zoom out: To make the map smaller (to see more), pinch your fingers on the touchscreen.
Pan and scroll: To see what’s to the left or right or at the top or bottom of the map, drag your finger on the touchscreen; the map scrolls in the direction you drag.
Rotate: Using two fingers, rotate the map clockwise or counterclockwise. Touch the Compass Pointer icon to reorient the map with north at the top of the screen.
Location: Touch the Location icon to zero in on your current location.
Perspective: When viewing your current location, touch the Location icon to switch to perspective view, where the map is shown at an angle. Touch the Location icon again (though now it’s really the Perspective icon) to return to flat-map view or, if that doesn’t work, touch the Compass Pointer icon.
The closer you zoom in on the map, the more detail you see, such as street names, address block numbers, businesses, and other sites — but no tiny people.
The blue triangle shows in which general direction the tablet is pointing.
When the tablet’s direction is unavailable, you see a blue dot as your location on the map.
When all you want is a virtual compass, similar to the one you lost as a kid, get a Compass app from the Google Play Store.
You can enter perspective view for only your current location.