Q: I’m using Google Maps to get directions in a city I don’t know and it’s running late causing me to miss my turns. Is there a fix?
A: Despite all the attempts to compete with Google in the mapping world, the amount of accumulated data along with various real-time traffic features still make Google Maps the obvious choice for most users.
None of this matters if your phone isn’t updating fast enough to provide timely instructions, which could be due to the phone itself or a series of settings you can try to tweak. manipulate.
Location Accuracy Setting
The first thing to check is how accurately your phone provides location data to the app. On Android devices, go to the Location section of the Settings menu and look for an option that mentions “Location accuracy” and make sure it’s enabled.
iPhone users can check by going to the “Location Services” option in settings, scrolling down and tapping on Google Maps to make sure “Precise Location” is turned on.
If you have an older phone, Google Maps should still work fine, but if it’s 5 years or older, it may have issues with background apps while you navigate.
Make sure you have the latest version of the app and make sure to close everything else – I recommend restarting the phone – to see if you experience any lag
If you use satellite view while navigating, try turning it off as it can push the limits of older phones as well.
Android users can also try Google Maps Go which is a lite version of the app.
Data and power saving settings
If your phone is trying to save data or battery, it can impact your real-time update speeds.
Check if data logging is enabled in the Settings menu of your mobile data connection.
On Android devices, this should be under the “Network & Internet” section of the Settings menu, while iPhone users can check through “Cellular Data Options” under the “Cellular” menu in Settings.
If you’re not plugged into a charger while browsing (always recommended), a battery saver setting may have activated.
Go to the Battery menu in Settings and search for “Battery Saver” on Android devices or “Low Power Mode” on iPhones and make sure it’s turned off.
In both devices, if the power saving mode is active, the battery indicator normally changes from green to yellow.
Download the maps of the region
Something I started doing years ago was downloading maps of an area for offline use before going somewhere unfamiliar.
This is especially useful if you are unsure if you have a cellular connection at certain times or not at all for those traveling abroad.
This tip has saved me countless headaches in the past in a variety of scenarios beyond driving instructions, so I highly recommend travelers adopt this pre-trip routine.
It takes up little storage space and can easily be deleted after your trip, so there’s very little inconvenience.
The instructions are slightly different for the two platforms and are posted online.