Create A “Go Home” Shortcut For Your Android Phone’s Google Maps Navigation

One of the best features on an Android phone, Google Maps, gives you excellent turn-by-turn navigation for free. To make it even better, you can create a shortcut which immediately gives you directions that take you home from anywhere.

Creating these shortcuts isn't rocket science, but this is a useful tip that we figured we'd share. If you already know how to do this, you can always share it with somebody else.

Other potential use cases: If you're planning a trip to a city and you want to see a number of different sites, you could create a couple of shortcuts for each place you want to visit and put them in a folder, then just hit the icon for the one you want to go to next and get directions no matter where you are.

Create the "Go Home" Shortcut

Long press on an empty spot on your phone's background, and then choose Shortcuts –> Directions & Navigation.

Next, you'll want to put in your full address into the Destination box, and then select whether you want directions by car, public transit, bike or walking. Give the shortcut a useful name, like "Go Home", and then choose the icon you want. Personally I chose the one with a house on it, since it seems relevant.

Now whenever you hit the shortcut, you'll immediately be taken into the navigation system with directions to take you home.

Again, this isn't very tough, but it's a useful tip that a lot of people don't know about.

Create a "Go Home" Shortcut for Your Android Phone's Google Maps Navigation [How-To Geek]


    Do we have turn by turn in australia???

    I did this just now and it says:
    'No route found'
    Navigation to your destination is not available

    doing it wrong? or just not for aus yet?

      No. :-(

    Not available in OZ yet :(

      Follow the link you can install navigation on your android (works on HTC Desire with Telstra)


    how did you get the five icons at the bottom of the screen as shown in the second screenshot?

      That's LauncherPro - free in the market

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