At their most basic, digital mapping services or apps can give you directions to your destination, whether you are walking, driving or taking public transport information.
Many mapping apps are also constantly updated to show traffic problems and delays, while a service such as Google Maps has details on almost all local facilities, shops, places to eat and stay. This can come in handy when visiting somewhere for the first time or simply looking to check opening hours for a favourite café.
What do you need to Google Maps?
- You will need a smartphone, tablet or computer with access to the internet.
- Download the corresponding app for your device. Google Maps is available on Android phones and tablets, as well as iPhones and iPads. You can also access it on computers using a standard web browser.
- You will need a Google account. If you have a Google or Gmail account you can use this to sign in to Google Maps. If you don't have Google account, you can create one through the Google Maps app. This will create a Gmail email address as part of the process.
- Google Maps will need access to your device's GPS location in order to function properly. The app will request this access when you install it. You location is only shared with the Google Maps service and is not made public.
Using the guide
The following pages introduce you to using the Google Maps app on Android devices; using the app on iPhones and iPads will be very similar. It is broken down into chapters to let you dip in and out. You can skip any chapters that do not interest you.
You will find links to previous and next chapters at the bottom of each page. There is also a ‘Guide Index’ below the page heading. If you tap on this you will see all the chapters in the guide.
You can read through the guidance online or download the printable versions of the pages you need to view at your leisure.