How to Use the Nexus 7 Tablet Navigator - dummies

How to Use the Nexus 7 Tablet Navigator

Finding something is only half the job. The other half is getting there. The Nexus 7 tablet is ever ready, thanks to the various direction and navigation features nestled in the Maps app.

To help you get to where you want to go, follow these steps:

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


    The Route icon appears as a set of split arrows, as shown in the margin. When a location is found on the same screen as your current location, you see a car icon instead.


    After touching the Route icon, you see a screen similar to this:


  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 location.

    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.

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

    If they’re backward, touch the Swap button.

  5. 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. A scrolling list appears on the screen.


To interactively follow your journey, touch the Preview button.

  • 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.