August 5, 2013

Navigation Icon Disappeared - How To Fix?

Looking for the navigation (blue arrow) icon?


If you do, then you’re probably one of the owners who received an update for the Maps app. While the problem is not common, many were actually reporting that they couldn’t locate that blue arrow they often used for navigation.

Root Of The Problem

No, the navigation icon didn’t just disappear. If you’ve recently updated the Maps app, you could expect this problem to happen.

Navigation has always been a part of the Maps app; basically, it’s one app with two icons. Recent updates, however, removed the Navigation icon because it is now deeply integrated into the main application. So, when you applied the new update for Maps, the Navigation was also updated but its icon was removed.

Bringing Navigation Icon Back

There are two ways you can bring back the Navigation icon, in case you’re used to using it. The first would be to uninstall the Maps app.
  1. Tap the Menu key from the home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Touch More tab.
  4. Tap Application Manager.
  5. Swipe left to choose All tab.
  6. Scroll to and tap Maps.
  7. Tap the Uninstall button.
The second way to bring the blue arrow back is to uninstall the recent Maps update.
  1. Tap the Menu key from the home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Touch More tab.
  4. Tap Application Manager.
  5. Swipe left to choose All tab.
  6. Scroll to and tap Maps.
  7. Tap Uninstall Updates button.
That’s easy, right? But there’s a catch. The icon now looks a bit bigger with the Navigation app having totally different interface again, that’s part of the update.

These two procedures are temporary fixes, obviously. The permanent solution is to accept that the Navigation icon doesn’t exist but it does not mean you can’t use it anymore. As I said earlier, it is now deeply integrated into the main app.

Using Navigation Inside Maps


Here’s how you could use that same old Navigation application.
  1. Launch Maps.
  2. Search for your destination.
  3. Tap the car icon.
  4. Tap the card for directions.
  5. Tap the blue arrow for voice directions.
Unless you could learn to use the new application, you would always find it difficult to get over the disappearance of the Navigation icon.

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