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How to Use the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s Map App to Find Your Location

By Dan Gookin

The Maps app on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 shows your location as a blue dot or compass arrow on the screen. But where is that? If you need to phone a tow truck, you can’t just say, “I’m the blue triangle on the orange slab by the green thing.”

Well, you can say that, but it probably won’t do any good. Luckily, the Map app can give you more information about your location that you can pass along to the tow truck driver, or anyone else who may need it.

To find your current street address, or any street address, long-press a location on the Maps screen. Up pops a bubble, that gives your approximate address.


If you touch the card, you see a screen with more details and additional information.

  • This trick works only when your phone has Internet access. When Internet access isn’t available, the Maps app is unable to communicate with the Google map servers.

  • To make the card go away, touch anywhere else on the map.

  • The time display under the car icon indicates how far away the address is from your current location. The car icon may appear as the generic Route icon.


  • When you have way too much time on your hands, play with the Street View command. Choosing this option displays the location from a 360-degree perspective. In Street view, you can browse a locale, pan and tilt, or zoom in on details to familiarize yourself with an area, for example — whether you’re familiarizing yourself with a location or planning a burglary.