Google Maps for iPhone now has a speedometer

Google Maps is finally bringing a speedometer and speed limit indicator to its iPhone app. The navigation service has had these features on Android for a few years, and Google told TechCrunch that it’s finally bringing them to the iPhone. When you use Google Maps to navigate, your current speed will be displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, and will change color based on how close you are to the speed limit.

How to Enable Speedometer in Google Maps for iPhone

Google Maps settings page on an iPhone showing the Show Speedometer feature.

Source: 9to5Google

The speedometer is rolling out gradually to Google Maps on iPhone, which means you might not see it right away. Keep in mind that this feature is enabled via an update to Google’s servers, so no action is required—you don’t need to update Google Maps in the App Store. When the rollout reaches your device, you’ll automatically see the feature in the app.

To check if you already have the speedometer feature, open Google Maps on your iPhone and tap the profile icon in the upper right corner. Go to Settings > Navigation and scroll down to the Map view section. A screenshot from 9to5Google shows what the Show speedometer option looks like – you can find it under the Show speed limits knob.

While Google Maps can display the speed limit and your current speed, you shouldn’t blindly trust everything the app tells you. Speed ​​limits change on different roads, so always pay attention to road signs and drive according to the posted speed limit. Also, the speedometer feature in Google Maps isn’t always 100% accurate and isn’t a replacement for the speedometer in your car. You can use the Google Maps speedometer as a reference, but you should rely on your car’s speedometer to make sure you’re not accidentally speeding.

Once the speedometer is configured, you can check out the other hidden Google Maps settings that improve the service.

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