How to Locate Addresses on an Android Phone - dummies

How to Locate Addresses on an Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

The Maps app on your Android can help you find places in the real world, just as the phone’s web browser app helps you find places on the Internet. Both operations work basically the same way: Open the Maps app and type something to find into the Search text box.


Looking for a specific address

To locate an address, type it in the Search box; for example:

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20006

Touch the Search button on the keyboard, and that location is shown on the map.

  • 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 perhaps the exotic flavors of Manitoba. Maybe you need a hotel or a gas station, or you have to find a place that fixes 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

sushi 98109

After typing this command and touching the Search button, you see a smattering of sushi bars found near downtown Seattle, similar to those shown on the left side of the following figure.


To see more information about a result, touch its card, such as the one for I Love Sushi on Lake Union. Or touch the Results List icon to see a whole swath of cards. After touching a card, you can view more details.

You can touch the Route icon on the restaurant’s (or any location’s) details screen to get directions. The Route icon also shows up as a car (or other mode of transportation).

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

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

  • If you really like the location, touch the Star icon. That directs the Maps app to keep the location as one of your favorite places. The location is flagged with a Star icon on the Maps app screen. See the next section.

Searching for favorite or recent places

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 button 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.

  • 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 to return to the Maps app when you’ve finished looking at saved places.

Locating a contact

You can hone in on where your contacts are located by using the map. This trick works when you’ve specified an address for the contact — either home or work or another location. If so, your phone can easily help you find that location or even give you directions.

The secret to finding a contact’s location is to touch the contact’s address as it appears in the phone’s address book app, People or Contacts. Sometimes the Place icon is used to help display a location on the Maps app. The Place icon looks like the one shown.