I used to be able to keep north up. Now not only does north move, sometimes the map will spin. Usually when I try to zoom (at least this is when I notice it). Even when it does not spin, the map rotates to put direction of travel up. This is confusing: I feel that I never know where I am.

Is there a way to force north to stay up? How do I activate it?

This is important to me, because last night I had to stop for 5 minutes, to figure out where I was, and which way to go next. (the spinning made me lost)

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In Google Maps (Android version 10.49.2, also tested on 8.1.0). Enter maps' and access the Settings menu by pressing the profile icon at the top-right corner. Scroll down and press the Navigation settings, then scroll down to Map display section, and switch on Keep map north up.

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    Confirmed to work on android 8.1 Sep 6, 2020 at 19:03

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