How to calibrate your Google Maps app to give more accurate directions, on iPhone or Android
There are several ways to calibrate your Google Maps app on iPhone or Android. Shutterstock
You can calibrate your Google Maps app on an iPhone or Android for better, more accurate directions.
To calibrate Google Maps on an Android device, you need to calibrate the compass or activate the "high accuracy mode".
On an iPhone, make sure both Wi-Fi and Location Services are turned on.
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When it comes to getting directions, accuracy is everything. When your GPS struggling to identify your location, it can quickly get frustrating.
If you use Google Maps, there are ways to improve the accuracy: for example, calibrate the compass so that it is pointing in the right direction, or activate the high-precision mode on your Android phone.
There are a few different ways you can get better directions and results using the Google Maps app on your Android phone, as described below.
However, if you have an iPhone, the following methods won't work. So you should try restarting your phone or turning on Wi-Fi to improve the accuracy of your Google Maps app.
How to calibrate Google Maps using Settings on an Android phone
If you open your Google Maps app and find that the blue dot is pointing in the wrong direction or in the wrong place, calibration can help you get a more accurate reading. This is how it works on an Android phone:
1. Go to your Google Maps app, if it is not already open.
2. While holding your phone, move your hand in a figure eight motion - you should see the beam narrow. Keep in mind that it may take a few times for this to work.
Turn on high precision mode
The highly accurate mode is a helpful tool for keeping your Google Maps app up to date. Note, however, that this method will only work if you have an Android device:
3. Open the Settings app on your device.
4. Tap "Location". Depending on your device, it may also be labeled "Security and Location".
Open the "Location" menu on your device. Devon Delfino / Business Insider
5. If necessary, switch on the location setting.
Make sure that location services are turned on. Devon Delfino / Business Insider
6. Tap "Mode".
7. Select "High Accuracy".
Activate location mode with the highest accuracy. Devon Delfino / Business Insider
How to calibrate Google Maps on an iPhone or Android with other basic fixes
There aren't that many fancy tricks out there to fix Google Maps on an iPhone.
First of all, you should enable Wi-Fi on your phone. You don't need to connect to a network, just enable the setting. Enabling Wi-Fi on iPhone and Android will make Google Maps more accurate as it will scan nearby Wi-Fi signals to find you.
If that doesn't work, restart your iPhone or Android. Your phone's GPS sensors may just need to be restarted. For more information on how to restart an iPhone, see our How to Restart and Force Restart an iPhone Model.
Finally, on an iPhone, make sure that Location Services are turned on. In order to do this:
1. Open your Settings app and switch to the "Privacy" tab.
2. At the top of the privacy screen, tap Location Services.
3. Make sure the switch at the top of the next screen is rotated to the right and colored green. If not, tap on it.
4. Scroll to your list of apps until you find Google Maps and tap on it.
5. On the next screen, select either “While Using the App” or “Always”. That way, the Google Maps app can access your exact location faster.
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