LEAVE A MESSAGE OR SEND ME A DIRECT MESSAGE IF THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH THE GUIDE AND YOU CAN'T SEE THE PICTURES! This is a guide for Android devices, I have never used Google Maps on iOS so I can’t guarantee things work the same way. Have a route you’re used to in mind and I’ll show you how to use Google Maps to navigate it. It’s also written for people who are not used to using electronic navigation tools and the intention is to help them get started with a basic application so they can move on to more complete tools later if they need it. Here's a PDF version of the guide so you can keep a backup on your phone to use when out in the middle of nowhere: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KgzdNmKR3JjDeoLj8QKZgX9akcxqUJ0J 1) Getting your phone ready for navigation 2) Downloading offline maps 3) Automatic directions to a set point and basic options 4) Adding more stops 5) Saving routes 6) Sending the route exactly where you want it to go 7) Other things you can do 8) But is there an easier way? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1) Getting your phone ready for navigation This part needs to be done no matter what navigation app you’re using. First things first, we need to make sure your GPS is activated and running properly so it works well even without cell signal. Pull down the Notification Panel by swiping down from the top of your screen and press the Teardrop Icon (it's a pin but let's be honnest, it's easier to describe it as a teardrop) to activate Location if it isn’t active already (see the difference with the grey icon which means it’s disactivated, this is to notify that there’s no SIM card in my phone). Next we need to make sure the cellphone gets its location from its internal antenna only. On some phones you can just hold your finger on the Teardrop Location Icon used previously and it will take you directly where you need to go, if not just keep reading. Go back to your Home Screen (by swiping the Notification Panel up or pressing the Round Button at the bottom of the screen, this one will always bring you back to your Home Screen) then open the Application Drawer (swipe up from the bottom of the screen or press the white icon with dots, that varies from phone to phone) and find your Settings (it will look like a gear). Inside the Settings Menu you need to find the Location option and open it (you might have a Search Bar [Magnifier Icon] in your Settings Menu to help you find it). If you can’t find it at all there’s a way to open it from inside Google Maps, so just skip ahead to part 2. In there you should have either Mode or Scanning, open that to disable all extra scanning options. In Mode you’ll have to select Device Only, in Scanning you’ll need to disable Wi-Fi Scanning and Bluetooth Scanning. If you have both options (like in my case) just make sure both are set to the correct parameters. You now need to make sure you’ve got Google Maps installed. Open the Play Store to either install or update the application. Here’s a picture of the old and new Google maps icon, if you already have the application but it has the icon on the left it needs an update. Go in your Application Drawer as you did to enter Settings and find the Play Store instead, open it. Once in there you will need to create a Google Account (please, PLEASE, use a name and password you’ll remember) or log in to your existing Gmail account if it’s not done already. Once that’s done just do a search for Google Maps with the Search Bar at the top and download the application with the Teardrop Logo (not Google Maps Go). Once in there just install the application or update it if required. The next part is very simple, we need to make sure the application has access to your location. Open Google Maps, the icon should be on your Home Screen, if you can’t see it scroll left or right, it might be on another page, if you still can’t find it open your Application Drawer and it will be in there (I know my LG phone doesn’t add applications to the Home Screen by default). On the main screen press the Location Icon, looks like a crosshair, and it should ask for access to the device’s location, allow it, if there’s a second screen where they mention a better experience, just press NO, THANKS (at least we’re polite!) Wait a bit and you should see your location appear on the map as a blue dot with a blue cone (showing your orientation), if you press the Location Icon again it will center and zoom the screen on it. One more step before we start mapping!