At least on Android, that is, the Mountain View-based search giant has decided to bring back one of the Google Maps features that it removed a few years ago, and which people have insisted on returning to since.
It’s the compass, a tool that was originally available on Google Maps but was eventually removed by the parent company back in 2019. However, it all happened only on Android, as iPhone users continued to get a compass.
Google claimed that it decided to pull the compass from Google Maps on Android because it wanted to clear the navigation screen, although such an explanation makes little sense given that the feature has still been offered on the iPhone.
In an announcement this week, Google announced that the compass will return to Android after feedback from the community.
“You wanted it and we heard you! We are pleased to announce that the compass will be back on Maps for Android. The compass was removed from Maps for Android in early 201
The compass would not only return to Google Maps when you launch the app on your Android device, as it requires you to first start navigating to a specific location before appearing. So in theory, all you have to do is start navigating Google Maps on Android, and then the compass should be there again.
You must run at least Google Maps version 10.62 to get the compass back, and of course, with an iPhone, they can continue to run the app just as before because there is no change on their devices.