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Google Maps will show if your compass is uncalibrated on Android

The blue beam will guide you towards the right direction and warn about an uncalibrated compass.
The blue beam will guide you towards the right direction and warn about an uncalibrated compass.
Google has made it easier to know which way you are headed by replacing the direction arrow with a blue beam, that will be wider or more narrow depending on you phone's compass calibration status.

Google is committed to helping you deal with one of the oldest problems on a smartphone: an uncalibrated compass. Sometimes, after charging your phone or passing by a metal pole, your compass will be uncalibrated. In the past, if this occured, the direction arrow in Google maps did not show at all or changed position randomly. In a recent update, Google has addressed the problem by replacing the arrow with a blue beam.

That beam will be wider or more narrow depending on the calibration status of your compass. If it is working correctly, the beam will show a narrow beam of blue light guiding you in your direction. If the beam is overly wide, just move your phone in a figure 8 motion like shown down below. This should recalibrate the compass and make the beam narrow again. The Google Maps update has started to roll out to Android users everwhere.

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Alexander Fagot, 2016-09-24 (Update: 2016-09-24)
Alexander Fagot
Alexander Fagot - Editor
As a former projectionist still used to working with 35 mm film and experience in computer assembling and overclocking, I was drawn to the professional IT crowd a couple of years back and started working in IT support, Windows administration and project management before discovering my love for traveling the world. Now I am working as a news editor from all parts of the world, mostly writing about gadgets and mobile gear for Notebookcheck.