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How to open Google Maps in car mode | Maps and location

Google Maps for Android has a car mode in which the simplified interface and buttons get bigger, making using the app much easier for those who are driving. Using the function usually requires accessing the menu and selecting an option, but with the following tip, you will see that it is simple to open Maps directly in automotive mode.

Check out, in the step-by-step below, how to add a shortcut to Google Maps car mode on your phone's home screen. The exclusive feature for smartphones with the Google system and is not available in the iPhone application version (iOS).

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Google Maps for Android has a shortcut to open the app in car mode; learn how to use Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc

Google Maps for Android has a shortcut to open the app in car mode; learn how to use Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc

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Step 1. Access the widget gallery, which may vary from cell to cell. On Motorola smartphones, you must hold your finger down on an empty space on the home screen and then tap on "Widgets".

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Access Android widgets Foto: Reproduo / Helito Bijora

Access Android widgets Foto: Reproduo / Helito Bijora

Step 2. Locate the Google Maps app and drag the "Car mode" item to the desired location on your home screen. If the option is not visible, slide the widgets to the left.

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Adding a shortcut to the car mode Photo: Reproduo / Helito Bijora

Adding a shortcut to the car mode Photo: Reproduo / Helito Bijora

Step 3. Whenever you want to start Google Maps directly in car mode, just use the shortcut.

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Use the added icon to open Google Maps in car mode Photo: Reproduo / Helito Bijora

Use the added icon to open Google Maps in car mode Photo: Reproduo / Helito Bijora

Take advantage of the tip to quickly access the Google Maps car mode on your phone.