How to find where you are in Google Maps

Google Maps is great for getting directions to remote cities and obscure shopping places. But what if you only open it to realize that you have no idea where you are right now?

It’s not a problem. Each version of Google Maps has a “Current Location” button. Tap this and the map zooms over to your exact location – give or take a few hundred feet.

Find out where you are currently in Google Maps using a computer or phone.

How to find where you are in Google Maps

Before anything, make sure your device is connected to the Internet. Even if you have saved some offline maps, you will need internet access to Google Maps to find your location.

1. Open Google Maps on your computer or smartphone and let the map load.

2. The app should automatically center your location, but if it does not click or press the Current Location button in the lower right corner. On the website and the Android app it will look like a bullseye, while in the iPhone app it will look like an arrow.

Screenshots from both Android and iPhone Google Maps apps that highlight the Current Location button.

The icon differs slightly between the Android app or desktop site and the iPhone app.

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3. Your browser or phone may ask you to give Google Maps permission to view your location. Allow it.

4. The map moves to focus on your location. The dark blue circle is where Google Maps thinks you are at the moment, and the translucent blue circle around it is where you might be.

The faster your internet is, the more secure Google Maps is in your location, and the smaller the transparent area will be. If Google Maps is having trouble finding you, it probably means you need a better cell signal or faster internet.

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