Use the Droid Bionic Maps App - dummies

Use the Droid Bionic Maps App

Your location, as well as the location of things near and far, is found on the Droid Bionic by using the Maps app. The Maps app charts the entire country, including freeways, highways, roads, streets, avenues, drives, bike paths, addresses, businesses, and points of interest.

You start the Maps app by choosing Maps from the App menu. 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.

The Droid Bionic communicates with global positioning system (GPS) satellites to home in on your current location. It’s shown on the map, similar to this figure. The position is accurate to within a given range, as shown by a blue circle around your location on the map.


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), touch the Zoom In button, double-tap the screen, or spread your fingers on the touchscreen.

  • Zoom out: To make the map smaller (to see more), touch the Zoom Out button, double-tap the screen, or 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 your finger.

  • Rotate: Using two fingers, rotate the map clockwise or counterclockwise. Touch the Compass Pointer (shown in the figure) to reorient the map with north at the top of the screen.

  • Perspective: Tap the Location button to switch to Perspective view, where the map is shown at an angle. Touch the Location button again (though now it’s really the Perspective button) to return to flat-map view or, if that doesn’t work, touch the Compass Pointer.


The closer you zoom in to the map, the more detail you see, such as street names, address block numbers, and businesses and other sites ― but no tiny people.

  • The blue triangle shows in which general direction the phone is pointing.

  • When the phone’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, you can get the Compass app from the Android Market.


  • Perspective view can be entered for only your current location.