The Google Maps app now has a split-screen Street View option on Android. When you turn it on, you can use Street View and the map at the same time to find and navigate a destination – or explore the area virtually– much easier than just relying on the map or street view.
Street View with split screen is available to all users with Google Maps version 10.59.1 or higher. You can download the app and check for new updates on the internet Google Play Store.
How to enable Split Screen Street View in Google Maps
- Open Google Maps on your Android device and search for your destination.
- Tap the View Mode menu (it’s the circle button with the stacked squares on it) and select “Street view.”
- Tap anywhere on the map to zoom in on Street View. It will open in portrait mode on the top of your screen or in landscape mode on the left shelf of the screen.
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In split view, you can either tap and drag the Street View window or the map to move around the area. All movements affect both views. You can tap “Expand” In the lower right corner of the Street View window, click the button to expand it to full screen mode and hide the map. Tap the button again to return to split-screen mode.
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Once you’ve found your destination and are ready to go, there are other updated features that can help you get there safely. For those who want it, the app can show you where to go with it AR navigation. You can try that too detailed voice guidance option So you don’t have to stare at your phone while walking – which is also helpful for users with low vision. And when you drive make sure you do Connect your favorite music app to Google Maps So you can control your music with your voice without having to switch apps.