At least on Android, that is, the Mountain View-based search giant decided to restore one of the Google Maps features that were deleted a few years ago, and people have been insisting on it ever since.
It is the compass, the tool was initially available in Google Maps, but was eventually removed by the parent company in 2019. However, the whole thing only happened on Android, because iPhone users continue to get the compass.
Google claims that it decided to pull the compass from Google Maps on Android because it wanted to clean up the navigation screen, although this explanation is almost meaningless considering that the iPhone continues to provide this feature.
In this week’s announcement, Google announced that Compass will return to Android after community feedback.
“You want it, we heard your voice! We are happy to announce that the compass has been re-released on the Android version of the map. The compass was removed from Android̵
When you launch the app on your Android device, the compass will not only return to Google Maps, because it requires you to start navigating to a specific location before it is displayed. So, in theory, all you need to do is start navigating in Google Maps on Android, and then put the compass there.
You need to be running at least Google Maps version 10.62 to restore the compass. Of course, those who have iPhones can continue to run the application as before, because there are no changes on their devices.