Navigate Yourself Home In One Tap With Android's Home Screen Shortcuts

Turn-by-turn navigation is incredible, but typing in addresses can get tedious quickly (and dangerous). Here's how to add a one-tap navigation shortcut to your home screen.

Instead of typing in your address every time you head home - or even grabbing it on a list of recent places - you can actually put a shortcut on your home screen. Just long-press on an empty home screen place, hit "Shortcut", and scroll down to "Directions and Navigation". Add an address, pick the type of navigation you want, and give it a name and icon.

From now on, tapping on that home screen icon will immediately start up Google Maps and start navigating you home, so you can stop wasting time typing and keep your eyes on the road. Just remember to set it a block or two away from your home so that if someone steals your car, they don't have an open invitation to your house.

This is actually less of a shortcut and more of a group of shortcuts that you create. From this same menu you can also create shortcuts that directly dial contacts, take you to a Gmail label, start a music playlist, and more. Even if the navigation shortcut isn't something you need often, you'll definitely want to check out that menu for some awesome Android time savers.


Comments

    what IS that awful phone with only 3 home screens? *shudders*

    Nokia Maps has had this for some time, its part of the OS and is free and has always worked offline

    > Just remember to set it a block or two away from your home so that if someone steals your car, they don’t have an open invitation to your house.

    This advice gets repeated so often, it must be true, right? But it's absurd. Say you're a thief. You steal a car. Where do you go next? To the owner's house? Apart from a police station, what could be a worse place?

    Car thieves take the car, strip it, and get rid of it. They don't make house calls.

      Also, why are you leaving your phone in your car??

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