Google Maps’ New Speedometer and How to Use It

If you are a frequent user of Google Maps’ navigation while driving, then you are likely to have noticed the exciting new features that the software giant introduced in 2019 – information about speed traps, speed limits, and even a speedometer. However, to everybody’s surprise, the latter of the features is not enabled by default. If you wish to activate and use the Google Maps speedometer you will need to perform the steps described below:

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Tap the icon represented by three stacked lines, followed by a tap on the Settings button.
  3. Select Navigation Settings.        
  4. Select Driving Options.
  5. Find the Speedometer option and toggle it on.

If you are wondering why you would want a speedometer on your phone when you already have one on your dashboard, then imagine the following scenario – would you rather be able to see your speed and directions at the same place, or would you prefer to constantly switch between the dashboard and phone to keep track of your speed? The answer is very obvious.

To make use of Google Maps’ ability to report crashes and speed trap, you need to enter navigation mode and then tap on the speech bubble in the bottom left corner.