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How to turn on a speedometer in Google Maps on Android smartphones

How to turn on speedometer in Google Maps on Android smartphones

When you’re driving down the highway, you may not have thought to check if you’re going over the speed limit. Eventually, if you use Google Maps during your drive, you can keep an eye on how fast you’re going with the speedometer tool built into Google navigation. We also know that your car already has one, but the Google Maps speedometer changes colors to indicate to you that you’re going over the speed limit, making it easier to see from your peripherals.

Google also has speed limit indicators and speed camera alerts, so make sure you’re aware of those, too.

Google launched the speedometer in Maps for all Android users — so if you try to use speedometer through Google Maps on your iPhone, you will unable to see it yet. You can check the Maps app settings to check if you have it or not. We also tell you how to report a speed camera trap and an incident like a traffic jam.

Turn on the speedometer

1. Open your Google Maps app.

2. Tap on the three stacked lines and scroll down to the bottom of your screen.

3. Select Settings.

4. Tap Navigation Settings.

5. Scroll down to the Driving Options menu and slide the toggle on for Speedometer. If you don’t see this option, you probably don’t have this new feature yet.

Report a speed camera trap

1. Open your Google Maps app.

2. Type in your destination to start navigating — you can only report the speed cameras if you’re in navigation mode.

3. Tap the speech bubble icon with the plus sign.

4. Select a Mobile speed camera.

5. A pop-up message will appear that says, “Adding mobile speed camera to the map.”

6. If you didn’t mean to report anything, you have a few seconds to cancel by tapping the circle that says Undo.

Report an incident, like a car crash or a traffic jam

1. Open your Google Maps app.

2. Type in your destination to start navigating — you can only report incidents if you’re in navigation mode.

3. When you’re on the road and you see a wreck or a slowdown, tap the speech bubble icon with the plus sign.

4. Tap Add a report.

5. Select crash or slowdown. A message will appear that says “Adding [crash, slowdown] to the map.” You can click Undo if you don’t want to send it.