How to Enable the Speedometer in Google Maps

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Google Maps on Android includes a speedometer feature to aid with navigation. Learn how to enable the speedometer in Google Maps in this guide.

The speedometer feature on Google Maps can be used to monitor your speed while driving. The feature will display your current speed along with the speed limit for the road you are on.

The speedometer is also a safety feature since it helps keep you from exceeding the speed limit, which can result in accidents and tickets. In addition, the speedometer feature tracks your average speed to see how far you’ve traveled during a specific time period.

We’ll show you how to enable the speedometer in Google Maps on Android below.

How to Enable the Speedometer in Google Maps

You’ll need to make sure the speedometer is enabled if you want to show your speed in Google Maps. This’ll allow you to see if your vehicle’s speedometer is inaccurate or not working at all. It isn’t meant to replace your vehicle’s speedometer, and you shouldn’t rely on it solely, but if there’s a huge difference between the two, it can point to a problem.

To enable the speedometer in Google Maps, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Google Maps app on your phone.
  2. Tap your profile icon in the top right corner of the screen.Speedometer in Google Maps
  3. Select Settings from the menu that appears.
  4. When the Settings list appears, swipe down and tap Navigation settings from the menu.Speedometer in Google Maps
  5. Scroll down to the Driving options section on the following screen and toggle on the Speedometer option.Speedometer in Google Maps
  6. Now, when you take your next trip, the speedometer will appear on the map and show your speed when you begin moving.
  7. Once you get going, the speedometer will display the speed limit next to how fast you are actually driving.

Once you’ve enabled the speedometer feature, you will get speed limits, and the app will notify you if you are driving too fast. Note that the speedometer will change colors when you exceed the limit.

It’s also important to note that the speedometer feature hasn’t yet come to iPhone or iPad, so you won’t be able to make any changes to enable it here.

Note: If you don’t see the speedometer feature in Google Maps, make sure that the Google Maps app is up to date.

Getting Around with Google Maps

If you tend to drive faster than the speed limit or need to know how fast you are going, you can enable the speedometer feature in Google Maps. However, since your actual speed will change colors on the map, it can make it easy to see from your peripheral vision without dangerously staring at the screen while driving.

The speedometer is yet another feature that helps with navigation, but the Maps app is only as accurate as the device you use it on. Make sure to calibrate Google Maps for better and more accurate results during your travels.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. DP

    March 28, 2023 at 7:41 am

    The only problem I have with the Google Maps spedo/posted speed limit is that it only appears when you’ve set a destination, if you’re just displaying the map without “directions,” it does not appear. That makes no sense at all. Even the Google-associated map app, Waze, always displays the spedo/posted speed limit all the time.

  2. Kavish

    December 22, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    My problem is exactly that faced by previous comment. Why should always a destination be required? Say for example if you are travelling in train, setting any destination is useless.

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