Google Maps on Apple's iPhone 3GS is a great application for giving individuals an overview of the surrounding area or for navigating unknown locations. Unfortunately, Google Maps has a few problems on the iPhone 3GS, which can result in faulty mapping info. Luckily, you can read about the common problems with this app and take the steps necessary to resolve the errors.
Google Maps uses the internal compass on the iPhone 3GS to display your directional info when looking at a map. Unfortunately, there is a know problem relating to the compass. Google Maps can show that you're looking in the wrong direction if your iPhone's compass is not calibrated correctly. Use the "Settings" menu to recalibrate your compass before launching Google Maps to avoid getting disoriented by incorrect direction displays
Google Maps uses the GPS and Wi-Fi radios on the iPhone 3GS to display your precise location. The location readings provided by Google Maps are not always accurate. If you are using your iPhone 3GS indoors or in an area that is not directly exposed to the sky, then your phone may not be able to get a clear signal. Google Maps may confuse your location with the closest cell tower or Wi-Fi hot spot. Avoid this problem by standing outside, in full view of the sky before opening Google Maps.
If you do not have a reliable data connection when using Google Maps on your iPhone 3GS, you may encounter problems relating to the map layers and search function. Without a consistent 2G or 3G connection, Google Maps may not show all of the hotels, restaurants, gas stations and other points of interest. Traffic info can also be skewed when using Google Maps offline. Make sure you have a full cellular network connection on your iPhone 3GS before opening Google Maps to avoid this issue.
Google Maps on the iPhone 3GS is a fairly stable application, but does have technical problems occasionally. If you are multitasking and leave multiple applications running at once, Google Maps may not have enough memory to run correctly and will freeze upon opening it. Some versions of Google Maps on the iPhone 3GS are also prone to force-quitting when the phone is not connected to 3G networks. Install the latest version of Google Maps from the App Store to avoid stability problems.
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