Originally posted on tomsguide.
Help Google Maps pin point your location with some calibration
Google Maps can be an invaluable tool in any number of places, but it only works properly if the app can get an accurate read on your location. There are times when GPS accuracy can be rather poor, whether that’s because of tall buildings, overhanging foliage, or simply because you’re inside — and that means your navigation will be affected.
Fortunately it is possible to calibrate Google Maps on Android and iOS. That way the location accuracy is improved, and you have more confidence that the app is sending you in the right direction. Here’s what you need to know.
How to calibrate Google Maps on Android and iOS
1. Open Google Maps and find your current location
2. Tap the blue dot and press Calibrate
Once you’ve successfully tapped the dot, you’ll need to tap the Calibrate option. If your location accuracy is low, Google Maps will prompt you to calibrate right away. If not, then you can tap the calibrate option between Share location and Save parking
3. Hold your camera up and scan your surroundings with Live View
You’ll have to be outside on the street to do this, otherwise the app won’t be able to figure out where you are.
For iPhone users this is the only way to get Google Maps to calibrate and lock in on your position. If you can’t get Google Maps to calibrate with Live View from where you are, then you’ll have to go somewhere else and try again.
4. (Android only) Choose the Use Compass option
iPhone users (right) will be prompted to either try Live View again, or return to the map and make do.
5. (Android only) Spin your phone in a figure of eight motion
There you have it, and with any luck you’ve improved Google Maps’ location accuracy, allowing it to pinpoint you more accurately and offer better directions.