My Google Maps app shows a blue dot to indicate my current location, but (unlike on all of my friends' Google Maps), the blue dot does not show a compass-based arrow to indicate which direction I'm facing.

How can I fix mine so that I can know which direction I'm facing?

I've seen online that other people have had similar problems on iOS.

By the way, I've tried clearing cache, force-stopping the app, changing my language and fonts, calibrating my compass, and I've read these tips too.

I want the direction-indicating arrow so that I know which way I'm facing even without entering a destination and switching into Navigation mode.

Also, double-tapping the "blue target" symbol in the bottom right (as suggested here) does not change that symbol into a compass (or do anything different from single-tapping, which centers the map on my current location).

I'm using Android 6.0.1 on a Motorola Moto G4 Plus.

P.S. This question is not relevant because that person can see the blue arrow, and my blue dot has no arrow at all.

  • Do you have high-accuracy location enabled? Sep 11, 2016 at 21:11
  • 1000 views of this question with 0 upvotes! It must be a record. ☺
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    May 12, 2017 at 18:57

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I thought the Moto G4 Plus had no compass. I own one I like it but I thought it had no NFC or compass in the hardware. Maybe that is causing some of your issues?

  • Holy smokes. I never even considered that a smartphone these days might not have a magnetic sensor / compass. I assumed all phones did. Thanks for correcting my assumption!
    – Ryan
    Sep 12, 2016 at 4:23

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