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Pogue Basics: Touch and hold Google Maps

David Pogue
Tech Critic

I don’t know about you, but I consider Google Maps to be one of the best phone apps ever written. It’s just so good in so many situations!

It also happens to be full of useful shortcuts, like this one:

Once you’ve entered a destination and you want to begin navigating there, you, like most people, probably tap through a few screens to get the voice directions going.

But there’s a much more direct way: Hold your finger down on the blue navigation button. Google Maps will launch directly into navigation mode, and you’re on your way!