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AR on Google Maps so you don’t get lost on foot

The function Live View from Google Maps enters ‘Street View’. Simply, as we were advancing, it uses augmented reality so that, when pointing the smartphone camera at the street itself, the indications of where we should go appear superimposed. Therefore, for it to work it is necessary that our device be compatible, by hardware and software, with ARKit or ARCore technology. And obviously, that on the site where we intend to use Live View, Google Maps has Street View active with images ‘at street level’. If all this is true, this is how we can activate it.

Activate Livew View in Google Maps so you don’t get lost when you go on foot

Opening the application Google maps, what we will do is use the address bar in the usual way to select a destination. Once the destination has been selected, as always, we will click on the option How to getand not in Start- to be able to select at the top, in the tools, in the option Walking. And once this is done, in the lower central part we should find the option Live View, which is the function at hand.

This requires an initial ‘syncing’. That is, the Google Maps application will ask us, with the camera of our smartphone, to take points of reference like street signs and buildings so we can interpret where exactly we are. If we do it correctly, the device will notify us by giving us the instructions directly. In addition, we will be able to receive vibration alerts when we have a new indication.

When we have finished, and we want to exit Live View, or we simply do not need to use this function anymore, we can click on the Live View button on Google Maps or we also have the option of returning the device to the vertical position. All this, obviously, will save us that Google Maps can confuse us with the navigation direction when we are doing a walking route through streets, something very common.