Older version of Google Maps for android had a separate Navigation app, in it I could either set a destination for guided navigation or simple select "Display map" with would always show my GPS location as I travel (streets, turns etc.)

With recently updated map app, I can either see my static location on the map or choose destination for navigation.

How do I simple display dynamic navigation map that would display my current location as I drive?

  • Please see this question
    – Sid
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 16:13
  • @Sid, that didn't exactly answer my question. I didn't lose Navigation app. I lost ability see my current dynamic location without setting up the destination, I commented your other answer Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 16:31

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You just need to access "My Location" in Maps.

Click the "location" button in the bottom right corner to have the map scroll to your location. (Obviously you need to have Location Services turned on.) The button will turn blue and there will be a glowing blue dot at your location.

Tap the button again and the view will change to "compass mode", a partial-3d view with 3-d building outlines and pointed in the direction you're facing. The button will change to a compass. Tap again to get back to the top-down view.

  • If you want something to keep track of where you travel, the recent overhaul to MyTracks looks pretty good.
    – ale
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 16:46
  • I did try that and it does show my static location, but it doesn't show street movement same way Navigation does when direction is set. Old app used to do that. So am I correct in assuming this is no longer available? Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 16:55
  • @Yuriy: I guess I'm not clear on what you mean. When I'm looking at the map, if I'm in motion my position on the map changes.
    – ale
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 16:59
  • @YuriyGalanter touch that icon three times and strat the trip. Are you telling about this Al Everett?
    – Sid
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 17:00
  • @Sid: No, I'm talking about Google Maps. MyTracks is a separate app.
    – ale
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 17:01

As I mentioned in my comment, upon further research I found that "Follow me" feature or "Navigation without destination set" was removed from the latest release of Android map app.

Following someone else's advice I am switching (at least for now). to the Waze app


To activate the Drive mode, do these steps:

  1. Navigate to the home screen
  2. Long tap on an empty spot
  3. Choose "Add widget"
  4. Select "Google Maps"
  5. Select "Drive Mode"
  6. Add it to the home screen
  • This answer seems to work for me. To use it, I leave it on the Set Destination screen but swipe down on the proposed locations list to minimize it. The screen stays on and the blue dot follows my location as I move. Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 21:10

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