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Locating with GPS and Compass (Android)

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2017 01:20PM EDT

Tap the GPS icon to find your location on the map. Your location is displayed as a blue dot. The blue transparent circle is an indication of the accuracy of the GPS fix. If you're not physically within the extents of the map, "Not on map" will be displayed where the map coordinates are.

On devices with built-in GPS, your location will be triangulated within a few seconds. Depending on your device and available services, your location is determined using a combination of cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Learn more about location access in Android here.
Tap the GPS icon again to enable the Compass. A compass appears in the top-right of the map view. The map rotates to align with the direction you are facing, which is indicated by the arrow on the blue location dot.

You can also rotate the map manually using a two-finger rotate gesture.
To set the map north-up or to exit GPS mode, tap the compass in the top-right of the map view.
To exit GPS mode but remain with an oriented map rotation, tap the GPS icon.

Your mobile device uses various sensors to obtain compass directions.  These sensors are prone to interference and thus you may need to calibrate your device compass from time to time.  If you are having issues with the Avenza Maps compass, please consult your device manufacturer's instructions on how to calibrate your device compass.  After recalibration is complete, if you are still having issues with the compass, please ensure that you are clear from any potential satellite disruptions (e.g. tall buildings, dense tree cover, etc.) as these will also interfere with a signal.
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