How to Use Navigation on the Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

Maps and lists of directions are so 20th century. Why anyone would bother? It seems silly, especially when your Fire phone features a digital copilot, in the form of voice navigation.

To use navigation, obey these steps:

  1. Choose a location on the map.

    It must be a spot other than your current location. You can search for a spot, type a location, or long-press any part of the map.

  2. Tap the Directions icon.

  3. Ensure that Current Location is chosen as the starting point.

    If you don’t see Current Location, touch the top entry and choose Current Location from the list.

  4. Touch the Get Directions command.

  5. Tap the Start icon.

    The first time you use this feature, you see Safety Guidelines. Read them if you must, and then tap the Continue button.

  6. Obey the directions as they’re given.

    The phone starts barking orders at you, and you’re on your way.

While navigating, the phone displays an interactive map that shows your current location and turn-by-turn directions for reaching your destination. A digital voice tells you how far to go and when to turn, for example, and gives you other nagging advice, such as to sit up, be nice to other drivers, and call your mother once in a while.

To exit navigation, touch the Close icon at the bottom of the screen. If you don’t see this icon, tap the screen and it appears:

  • The neat thing about the Navigation feature is that whenever you screw up, a new course is immediately calculated.

  • When you tire of hearing the navigation voice, tap the Speaker icon at the bottom of the screen. If you don’t see this icon, tap the screen and it appears.

  • The phone stays in Navigation mode until you exit. The Navigation icon appears on the phone’s status bar whenever Navigation mode is active. Pull down the Notification panel and tap the item Turn by Turn Navigation to return to Navigation mode.

  • While traveling, you can tap the List icon to review step-by-step directions as you go. Tap the X icon to dismiss the list and return to the Navigation screen.

  • In Navigation mode, your phone consumes a ton of battery power. If you can, plug the phone into your car’s power adapter (the “cigarette lighter”) for the duration of the trip.