1. Andrew Griffiths's Avatar
    Is there any way to instantly see what direction I'm facing in the Maps app (or a non official one even?)

    On iOS you used to tap the locator twice and it would rotate the map - want something like this...

    Thanks
    05-11-2012 03:52 AM
  2. CaptDjob's Avatar
    In Symbian version you tap the compass icon down left corner. That activates the compass mode. If there is no icon in wp version, then I can't answer to your question.
    05-11-2012 05:47 AM
  3. HeyCori's Avatar
    In the settings menu for Bing Maps there's an option to auto rotate with your direction but I think that only works if you're on a plotted course. I'm not sure if there are any apps that will do what you're looking for.
    05-11-2012 06:14 AM
  4. Andrew Griffiths's Avatar
    In the settings menu for Bing Maps there's an option to auto rotate with your direction but I think that only works if you're on a plotted course. I'm not sure if there are any apps that will do what you're looking for.
    Yeah, tried that, but it's not ideal... seems a bit of an oversight really!

    TBH, i dont think much of the maps app at all - i put in a place and it takes me somewhere miles away... not even an obscure place either!
    05-11-2012 07:15 AM
  5. jimski's Avatar
    You can set Maps to always face North. Is that not a way to see what direction you are facing?

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    05-11-2012 07:27 AM
  6. Andrew Griffiths's Avatar
    No, because when I come out of a tube station, i often dont know which direction i need to be walking in, even if i know where i need to end up.

    On iOS, you put in the destination and tap the locate me button twice and you instantly can tell which way to walk. Windows phone you need to start walking before you can see whether the dot is moving in the right direction or not (which used to be the case in older iOS iterations...)
    05-11-2012 07:31 AM
  7. abhaywritescode's Avatar
    Try using gmaps. It tells you your direction and speed too.
    05-11-2012 07:36 AM
  8. Andrew Griffiths's Avatar
    I've tried gmaps, but similarly it only seems to show direction after you move for a bit... is there any way to force it to rotate to match the phone direction?
    05-11-2012 07:38 AM
  9. sting7k's Avatar
    Is there any way to instantly see what direction I'm facing in the Maps app (or a non official one even?)

    On iOS you used to tap the locator twice and it would rotate the map - want something like this...

    Thanks
    When you are looking at just the map it always faces north. When you get directions and start navigating the compass turns on and the maps orient to the direction you are traveling. I don't see a setting to always have it orient the way you are facing. In the settings there is the option to orient for directions, which is all I see.
    05-11-2012 07:58 AM
  10. HeyCori's Avatar
    TrackMe looks like it might get the job done but I haven't tried it myself.

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/ap...b-78e7d1fa76f8
    05-11-2012 08:17 AM
  11. wolf1891's Avatar
    No, because when I come out of a tube station, i often dont know which direction i need to be walking in, even if i know where i need to end up.

    On iOS, you put in the destination and tap the locate me button twice and you instantly can tell which way to walk. Windows phone you need to start walking before you can see whether the dot is moving in the right direction or not (which used to be the case in older iOS iterations...)
    Well, personally I don't have a great need for my phone to tell me what direction I'm facing but, I suppose it could be helpful to others at times so, I agree that it would be nice to have it available more than just when using the turn by turn directions.

    The example you give here is definitely a case where it could be helpful. I remember coming up out of a tube station on more than a few occasions and having to spend a moment or two re-orienting myself to the surface world so I could figure out what direction I should be heading to get where I needed to go next. Not a daily problem for me though so I hadn't really noticed the lack of this until you pointed it out.
    05-11-2012 08:44 AM
  12. Andrew Griffiths's Avatar
    TrackMe looks like it might get the job done but I haven't tried it myself.

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/ap...b-78e7d1fa76f8
    Unfortunately neither app under that name fits the bill :(
    05-11-2012 09:01 AM
  13. Fiann's Avatar
    You need an app that uses the compass. Unfortunately I find the compass always needs to be calibrated and you ended up looking like a doofus waving your phone around to do it.
    05-11-2012 12:00 PM
  14. Andrew Griffiths's Avatar
    Found that gmaps seems to do it after missing it before. Must admit I thnk the maps are the weakest part of Windows Phone...
    05-12-2012 03:41 PM
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