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Google Maps Drawer; Mic, Home & Apps buttons & Random Quick Access Apps; how do I change these?

Discussion in 'Automotive' started by Ivanlc, Jun 27, 2021.

  1. Ivanlc

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    I'm running Maps v10.68.1.

    When I open the app and set a destination, I get the following screen which incorporates a "Start" button. Perfectly normal:


    However, when I then click the Start button, I get the following screen:


    Again, no biggie; except that at the very bottom of the screen, I have a drawer with 3 icons.

    There's the familiar Google Voice Search microphone (which, when pressed starts Google Voice search. Fine).

    In the middle there is a button which takes me to my home screen, and overlays a minimised image of Maps in the corner of the screen somewhere.

    Then there's a third button to the bottom right which opens some seemingly randomly chosen apps that you have quick access to:


    This last would be useful except I don't know how to change the default apps included to my own app set.

    Pressing the Settings button in the centre of the bottom row of apps brings up this screen:


    ... Which is really no help at all - except to confirm that the phone *is* in Driving Mode, which I already know!

    Does anyone know how to control any of this or what the whole setup is for if you can't actually *change* any of the apps to something more relevant to driving...?? It's driving me insane (no pun intended )


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  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Update to the latest version of maps. 10.74.1
  3. Ivanlc

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    Hi Danny.

    Have updated, but as I suspected, this has made no difference whatsoever.

    There's still no explanation of how to change the quick access apps or what the drawer buttons do differently to the standard drawer buttons. :thinking:

    How do you use the buttons/change the quick access apps??

  4. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    what phone do you have? i would turn off driving mode.
  5. Ivanlc

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    ... Oh, and of course, I have already Googled this, but all I get back are guides on how to use Maps - which I can already do.

    Browsing images in the search reveals no screenshots which show the drawer I posted above:

    Google Maps Drawer; Mic, Home & Apps buttons (random qck access apps; how do I change these).jpg

    Any wise words, other than
    I have a Galaxy S20FE.

    Aha! If I turn off driving mode, the drawer at the bottom of the screen does indeed vanish (cheers; hadn't realised it was auto-flipping in to DM) but I'm still curious to know how to change the layout in the apps screen below.


    There must be a way...!!
  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    i believe in driving mode only select few apps are shown so that you do not go searching while you are driving.

    from here:https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/10217503?hl=env

    it does say this:
    but it never mentions that you can manually change the app suggestions, unfortunately.
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  7. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    personally i have drive mode turned off. never use it nor do i plan to use it.
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  8. Ivanlc

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  9. Ivanlc

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    Yeah, I guess that's the way it is. I've just turned it off.

    You'd think you'd be able to to select "driver friendly" apps though. Some of the apps shown in this mode aren't exactly non-distracting; eg. VLC which is primarily a video player...!
    #9 Ivanlc, Jun 28, 2021
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2021
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