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How to Use the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s Map App for Directions

By Dan Gookin

Finding something on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s Map App is only half the job. The other half is getting there. Thanks to its various direction and navigation features, the Maps app stands at the ready to be your copilot. It’s like having a backseat driver, but one who knows where he’s going and — bonus — who has a Mute option.

How to ask for directions on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s Map App

One command associated with locations found in the Maps app is for getting directions. The command is called Route, and it shows either the Route icon (see the margin) or a mode of transportation, such as a car, bike, or bus. Here’s how it works:


  1. Touch the Route icon in a location’s card.

    After touching the Route icon, you see a screen similar to the example.


  2. Choose a method of transportation.

    The available options vary, depending on your location. The items are (from left to right) Car, Public Transportation, Bicycle, and On Foot.

  3. Set a starting point.

    You can type a location or choose from one of the locations shown on the screen, such as your current location, home location, or any location you’ve previously searched or saved. Touch the Starting Location item to choose another location.

  4. Ensure that the starting location and destination are what you want.

    If they’re backward, touch the Swap icon.

  5. Choose a route card.

    One or more routes are listed on the screen. Touch one of the cards to see the details.

  6. Peruse the results.

    The map shows your route, highlighted as a blue line on the screen.

    To see a list of directions, touch the results card, shown at the bottom of the screen. You see a scrolling list of turns, distances, and directions. Touch the Preview icon to get a bird’s-eye view of your route.

    • The Maps app alerts you to any toll roads on the specified route. As you travel, you can choose alternative, non-toll routes, if they’re available. You’re prompted to switch routes during navigation.

    • You may not get perfect directions from the Maps app, but for places you’ve never visited, it’s a useful tool.

How to navigate to your destination with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s Map App

Maps and lists of directions are so 20th century. You may not understand why anyone would bother trying to unfold a map in the front seat of a car, especially when your Galaxy Note 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 business, type a location, or long-press any part of the map.

  2. Choose a card from the search results.

    This process works identically to finding any location

  3. Touch the Route icon.


    The Route icon can look like the icon shown in the margin, but most often it looks like a car.

  4. Ensure that my Location is chosen on the next screen.

    If you don’t see my Location, touch the top entry where it should be, and then choose the my Location item from the next screen.


  5. Choose a card representing the route you want to take.

    Sometimes only one card is available, but others may appear. The variety depends upon traffic conditions, toll roads, swarms of locusts, and similar things you might want to avoid.

  6. Touch the Start icon.


    And you’re on your way.

To exit navigation, touch the Close icon at the bottom of the screen.


  • When you tire of hearing the navigation voice, touch the Action Overflow icon in the lower right corner of the navigation screen. Choose the Mute Voice Guidance command.


  • You can touch the Action Overflow icon while navigating and choose Step By Step List to review your journey. The Route Preview command, on the same menu, lets you see the big picture.