Slow Down: How to Use Speed Limit on Google Maps
Speed limit is a handy feature that lets you know how fast you’re allowed to go on a certain road/highway. We'll show you how to enable it.
Fast or Slow: Which Way to Go?
In case you didn’t know, Google Maps has a neat feature, which alerts you if you’re going too fast on a certain roadway. Plus, it displays your current cruising speed, while also encouraging you to refer to your car’s speedometer.
While the digital speedometer is available everywhere — from Manchester to Timbuktu — the speed limit function is locked for certain areas. But if it’s available in your state, district, prefecture, or province, we’ll show you how to make it work for you.
Speed Limit Activation
Here’s a quick guide on how to enable the feature:
- Update your Google Maps app to the latest version.
- Launch the application.
- Tap your profile icon, which is in the top right corner.
- Open the Settings tab.
- Spot the Navigation Settings and open it.
- Scroll down until you see the Speed Limit feature.
- Tap the toggle next to it, and it is ready to go.
Here’s how you can field-test it. At the bottom, there is an indicator displaying the speed limit of the area you’re currently in. To double-check, Google the speed limit of the road in question. Or simply check the speed limit signs.
It’ll also signal that you need to take it down a notch with the whole “floor it” approach, in case you’re exceeding the speed limit. If this value won’t be displayed in the app — tough luck. That means this helpful function is unavailable in your region, so far.
Updating Google Maps
In case you're that sort of annoyed user who angrily disregards update notifications, it's a pretty good idea to assume control and update it yourself right now.
- Head to the Play Store.
- You will see three lines in the top left corner.
- Open My apps & games.
- Go to the Update section.
- Tap the Update command.
- Head to the App Store.
- Locate Updates in the bottom-right corner.
- Open this tab.
- Locate the Maps application.
- Tap the Get Updates button next to it.
And voilà — it’ll take a few minutes for the app to receive the patch. After that, you’ll be able to access updated and more accurate info on maps, the newest comments made by other users about the locations you’re interested in, and so on.
Extra Hidden Features
Which other cool features does the Google Maps app have, though? Let’s investigate them quickly!
Back to the Future
You can travel back in time with this feature. In the top-down view, tap/click on the Pegman — the tiny yellowish human-like figure. Then tap the clock-shaped icon. Pegman will turn into the Doc from Back to the Future, and you’ll be able to see what the streets used to look like a few years ago.
While planning your hiking/travel route with Google Maps, you can also add stop points. When the route is ready, simply open the menu in the top-right corner and push the Add Stop button.
If you plan to travel to a place like the Himalayas, Danakil desert, or Tuvan taiga, you’ll need offline access to the maps — connection is extremely weak in such areas. Open the menu, tap Offline Maps, and choose a place you’re heading to.
With the Location Sharing function, you will know where your family members are at this minute. You can also keep a closer eye on your hiking party with this know-how.
King of Parking
If you tend to forget where you’ve left your vehicle, Google Maps can help you with it. Before you leave your car in the parking lot, tap your location dot — a tiny blue circle, which represents you — and choose Save Parking.
Need for the Limit of Speed
Once activated, the feature will monitor the speed levels of your car and save you from collecting speeding tickets. Use our tips to benefit from the feature, and let us know if you want more app guides! The comments section below is open for your thoughts on the topic.