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How to change your vehicle icon on Google Maps and Waze

How to change your vehicle symbol on Google Maps and Waze on iPhone.

A lot of people these days use a navigation app while driving, if not for directions, then at least to alert them to traffic, accidents or police. Those that do are used to the blue arrow or dot that represents their vehicle, which it has since the beginning of navigation apps. If you'd like a change, Google Maps now lets you change your "avatar" to something more representative, and Waze has had this feature for a while now. Unfortunately you still have to be a blue arrow on Apple Maps.

How to quickly navigate home in Waze and Google Maps

How to add a Home shortcut to Waze, Google Maps and Maps to quickly get directions on iPhone.

Punching in your home address (or work or any common destination) in your favorite navigation app grows tiresome after a while, even if it is already there in your recent places. Thankfully both Waze and Google Maps offer shortcuts to directions to your favorite places through a simple 3D Touch and a tap. All you have to do is assign your home, work, etc. locations, then they will be available for quick navigation. Apple Maps, as you would expect, is supposed to have this functionality as well, but as of this writing it is not working properly in iOS 11.3

Google Maps adds Ms. Pac-Man game for April Fools'

Google Maps insert coin

April Fools' Day has arrived, and as usual Google joined in the fun. iPhone owners can play Ms. Pac-Man directly in the Google Maps app. The feature works by automatically converting any location into a completely functional Ms. Pac-Man board. In fact, desktop users of Google Maps can also play by clicking the "Insert coin" button.

How do I avoid toll routes and highways on Google Maps for iOS?

Your iPhone's Google Maps app will select the shortest route for you by default, whether there are tolls, highways or ferries along the way or not. You can have it route you around these features though, if you want. To avoid tolls, highways or ferries, type in your destination and tap on the car symbol to get directions, then tap on the button to the right of your start point.

Google Maps iOS update features offline navigation

Google maps spoken alert

Hot on the heels of last month's Google Maps update, the company has brought several new features to iOS users. While the last update added spoken traffic alerts to navigation, the most significant new change isn't even listed in the official change notes. Looking at the Google Maps iTunes preview, it's clear the company has added popular business hours and real-time gas prices. But in addition to bug fixes, version 4.13.0 gets offline navigation capability.

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