Learn how to enable the Google Maps Speedometer on your Android device and have the speed of your car displayed while using the navigation on the phone screen.
After making us wait a bit longer than we would have liked, Google has finally added a speedometer to the Android version of the Maps app.
Before now, the speedometer was a unique feature of other navigation apps and it had not made its way through Google’s map tool. This even led some third-party developers to create their own solutions, but it is finally here on Google’s own navigation app.
With this feature, users can now see how fast they are moving in real-time as well as the limit of the road they are traveling on.
It is pretty easy to enable the speedometer in the Maps app. Finding the option, however, is the complicated part because, over the years, Google has increased the categories and sub-categories in the settings menu of the Maps app, and as such, it might prove a little difficult to find.
How to Enable the Google Maps speedometer or odometer on the phone screen
Google just started to add this feature to Google Maps and only version 10.18 of the app and later come with this feature. Make sure you have installed at least version 10.18 of the app on your Android device. Once that is out of the way, follow the steps below to activate the speedometer.
- First off, launch the app and then tap on the menu icon (the three-striped button) on the left side of the screen. This will open up the menu. You can also open it by swiping from the left end of the screen to right.
- Next, tap on the “Settings” option from the menu.
- Go to the “Navigation Settings” section. From there, tap on the “Driving Options” option and enable the “Speedometer” option.
With this feature enabled, the next time you begin a journey by car, a bubble will appear in the lower-left corner of the screen. In it, you will speed the speed at which you are moving and if possible, it will display the speed limit of the road you are driving on right next to it.
You should note, however, that this feature does not work when you use the navigation on foot or by bicycle.