Developers return compass to Google Maps for Android


Last updated on December 8th, 2022 at 03:13 pm

Developers return compass to Google Maps for Android

It became known that the developers from Google decided to return the compass widget to their mapping application for Android. According to reports, this decision was made under pressure from the community of Google Maps users, who were unhappy with the widget’s disappearance.

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A small widget next to the map was removed from the app in early 2019. Then the developers announced their intention to “make the navigation screen cleaner,” but not all users of the service liked it. Now, Google representatives have confirmed that the compass will return to the Maps app for Android.

“ You wanted it, and we heard you! We’re excited to announce the return of the compass to Maps for Android. The compass was removed from Maps for Android in early 2019 to clear up the navigation screen, but thanks to huge user support, it is back, ”the developers said.

It is noteworthy that the compass was not removed from the iOS version of the application, and all this time, it was available to users of Apple devices. This was one of the reasons for the dissatisfaction of users of devices based on Android. Now the compass is returning to its place; it will be displayed in the sidebar, as it was before it was deleted. The red compass arrow points north, which can be useful for determining the direction of travel.


According to the available data, the compass has been restored in Google Maps version 10.62, regardless of the user’s region of residence. You can update the application right now through the Play Store platform.

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