How to Change Car in Google Maps: Secret Driving Tip (2023)

What to Know:

  • You can pick custom Google Maps car icons to replace the standard navigation icon.
  • Learn how to find hidden Google Maps symbols to customize your driving experience.
  • Using one of the Google Maps cars as the navigation icon can make it easier to orient yourself on the road.

Google Maps is the go-to maps app for many iPhone users, and I'll teach you a fun way to customize it. The blue navigation icon can be customized with a choice of Google Maps cars so that you see a car icon driving on the map instead of the arrow. Find out how to change to a car icon on Google Maps for both aesthetic and practical reasons!

How to Change Icon in Google Maps to a Google Maps Car Icon

The default navigation icon on Google Maps is a blue arrow, but you can change it to a car icon! Changing the icon to a Google Maps car is a fun way to customize your drive. However, it can also make it easier for you to navigate because seeing an actual car on your screen can help you orient yourself while you drive. For more Google Maps tips, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open Google Maps on your iPhone.

    Open Google Maps on your iPhone.
  2. Enter a location to navigate to and make sure you select the driving option or this won’t work.

    Enter a location to navigate to and make sure you select the driving option or this won’t work.
  3. Tap Directions.

    Tap Directions.
  4. Tap Start.

    Tap Start.
  5. Tap the blue arrow.

    You’ll see three car icons at the bottom of the screen.
  6. You’ll see three car icons at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap the blue arrow.
  7. Tap one to select it.

    Tap one to select it.
  8. Your default Google Maps navigation icon is now a car!

    Your default Google Maps navigation icon is now a car!

If you close Google Maps and reopen it, you will notice the same car as your navigation icon. To change it to a different car or back to the blue arrow, follow the steps above again.

Now you know how to change your Google Maps navigation icon to a car! Next, learn how to unlock the hidden Apple Maps EV route planner.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at LifeOniOS. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining LifeOniOS in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.