How to Add a Navigation Widget to Your Android Tablet’s Home Screen

Your Android tablet is a skilled navigator. When you visit certain places often — such as a Turkish bathhouse — you can save yourself the time you would spend repeatedly inputting navigation information. All you need to do is create a navigation widget on the Home screen. Here’s how:

  1. Touch the Apps icon to display the Apps drawer.

  2. Touch the Widgets tab atop the screen.

  3. Long-press the Directions widget and drag it to a position on the Home screen.

    You need to scroll over a few pages to find the Directions widget.

  4. Type a destination, a contact name, an address, or a business in the text box.

    As you type, suggestions appear in a list. You can choose a suggestion to save yourself some typing.

  5. Choose a traveling method.

    Your options are Car, Public Transportation, Bicycle, and On Foot.

  6. Type a shortcut name.

  7. Touch the Save button.

    The navigation shortcut is placed on the Home screen.

To use the shortcut, simply touch it on the Home screen. Instantly, the Maps app starts and enters navigation mode, steering you from wherever you are to the location referenced by the shortcut.