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calibrate compass for Google Maps

calibrate Google Maps compass
When you are using Google Maps you might be first asked to calibrate your compass by moving your phone back and forth on three axis before you can get directions to your destination. It’s quite annoying (i do admit it’s a first world problem) and I wanted to calibrate it once and for all proactively and see it working before I was in a rush to get directions to some place. There’s no setting for this or an option to choose within the app. Apparently all you have to do is start Google Maps and then move your hand (the one holding the phone :) in a figure eight pattern. The blue beam coming out of your blue dot on the map should hopefully narrow and point in the right direction. I tried it it went from about 130 degrees to about 70-80 degrees. Some improvement! Google support has this nice little animation on their page.