Retrieve navigation icon that has been removed from Samsung Galaxy S3

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Are wondering why your Navigation icon has disappeared after the recent Google Maps updates? A lot of people who use Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Galaxy Note are experiencing the same problem, and most of them can't seem to find a solution on their own. Many people said it was the worst update ever. The good news - the icon didn't actually disappear at all, and you can restore it to its previous place on your Home screen by following these simple steps below.

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Instructions

Bringing back the Blue Navigation Icon.

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    Go to your Applications list and tap on the "Settings" icon.
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    From Settings, tap on the "More" Tab.
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    From More, tap on the "Application Manager" option.
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    On the Application manager, swipe to the left until you get to the "ALL" tab.
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    On the ALL tab, scroll down to locate "Maps".
    Tap on Maps to show the application info of Maps.
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    Once you are in your Application info, swipe down and find the "Clear Cache" button; tap it.
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    Now swipe up and tap the "Force Stop" button.
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    Tap "Uninstall Updates".
    (Note: This will restore your previous Google Maps application data, settings or factory version and interface, including your missing blue navigation icon.
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    Now go back to your Home screen and look for it.
    Tap the blue Navigation icon and accept the Terms and conditions. Congratulations! You have just brough back your Navigation app icon.
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Use Navigation Again on Android Version 4.3

With the latest upgrade to 4.3, some users are having problems uninstalling updates, as this feature has been removed. Luckily, we still have another way to bring back the old navigation icon. Follow the procedures below to get that old icon/app back.

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So Where Did The Navigation Icon Go?

The update on the Maps application caused the disappearance of the Navigation icon. Navigation has been incorporated into the Maps app, so you can still use it while in Maps. Google thought it would be better to have one single app than to have two separate, complementing applications. If you are one of the people who embrace change, then you may follow these procedures to use Navigation on Maps:

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    Tap on your Home button (lower-center hard key on your phone) to get to the Home screen.
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    From your Home screen, tap on the "Apps" icon located in the lower-right part of your phone's screen.
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    From the Apps list, tap on "Maps" to open it.
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    Select the destination place that you want to navigate.
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    Tap on the "Car" icon to start navigating via car.
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    If you want to get directions, tap on the card icon.
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    Tap on the blue arrow if you want to hear audio directions.
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If you would prefer to use the old application, follow these steps:

Uninstall Maps

Since you cannot uninstall updates anymore, you need to uninstall the current version of Maps. To uninstall it:

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    Tap on your Home button (lower-center hard key on your phone) to get to the Home screen.
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    From your Home screen, tap on the "Apps" icon located on the lower right part of your phone's screen.
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    From the Apps list, locate the "Settings" app and tap on it to open.
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    On Settings, tap on the "More" tab.
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    On More tab, tap on "Application Manager".
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    On the Application Manager page, scroll your way to the right until you're on the "All" tab.
    The All tab shows the list of all applications installed and pre-installed on your device.
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    From All tab, scroll your way down and look for "Maps".
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    Tap on Maps and choose "Uninstall".
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    Confirm the action and Maps will now be uninstalled.
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Download An Older Version Of Maps

Once Maps has been uninstalled, install an older version of Maps so the old navigation icon will appear as well. To install old Maps:

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    From your Home screen, tap on the "Apps" icon located on the lower-right part of your phone's screen.
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    From the Apps list, locate and open any "Mobile Browser".
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    Download the Maps 6.1.1 on your phone.
    You can download the root version and the non-root version.
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    Once the download is complete, pull-down the Notification bar and tap on the notification that download has been completed.
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    The downloaded old Maps will now be installed, wait for the installation to be complete.
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    Once complete, restart your device.
    You will now see the old navigation icon back.
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Disable Auto-Updates Of Applications

To be sure that the same problem doesn't happen again, make sure that you disable Auto-Update Of Applications on your device. To disable auto-update, follow the procedures below:

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    From your Home screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower right part of your phone's screen.
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    From the Apps list, locate and open Play Store.
    Tap on the Menu key and tap on the Auto-update option.
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    Tap on Do Not Auto-Update Apps option.
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    Disabling Auto-updates of application is done.
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If you want to know more about controlling the auto-updates feature on your device, you can visit the Control Auto-Updates on Android Phone

Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • The new Navigation app icon shown seems larger than your previous interface because it's a part of their updates.
  • Don't update your Google maps because there is a chance that your blue Navigation app icon might disappear again.
  • If you have any problems regarding any of these steps, please leave a comment below.
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Questions and Answers

There is no "Uninstall updates" button?

If the Maps has no "Uninstall updates", just follow the rest of the instructions and restart your phone. The Navigation icon should show in the Applications list. If it still doesn't show up, repeat the steps in this article. If you don't get results, perform a reset on your device by following the instructions on how to Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy S3. Take note that resetting your device will delete all of your S3's data. Make sure to back up all your files before performing the reset.

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With most phones, they will not make it easy to uninstall updates they've installed. It doesn't seem there is a way to remove them on your device.

The blue Navigation icon did not return?

If you cannot find the Navigation icon on your Home screen, go to your application list. To go to your application list, tap on the "Applications" icon on the lower-right part of your Home screen. You should be able to see the Navigation icon on the list. If you still cannot find it, restart your device to see if the application is now on your device. If it still doesn't show up, try to do the steps again; this time make sure that you follow every step. Only perform a Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy S3 when you still cannot get the results that you want. Remember to backup you data before doing the reset.

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Since the Jellybean 4.3 update, the blue navigation icon/app has been integrated into Google maps. You'll need to open Google maps to access the navigation feature again. Enter an address or search for the venue you're looking for and then tap on the blue car icon located on the bottom right corner of your screen. You'll then see the familiar blue navigation icon on the next screen to Start Navigation.

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http://screencast.com/t/7iLypHaw7t4

Maps is not listed?

If you cannot find "Maps", you may be on the wrong tab. Make sure that you are on the "All" tab so you will be able to see all the applications installed on your Samsung Galaxy S3. On the All tab, scroll your way down until you see "Maps".

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Google Maps will be located in your application window on your device. Simply press on the app menu launcher located in the middle of your device so you can see your Maps icon.

If you cannot see your Maps icon, you need to visit the Google Play store, do a search for Google Maps, and download the application to your device again.

After installation of upgrade for Galaxy S3 to Android 4.3, there is no "uninstall updates" option?

Android 4.3 has removed the remove updates option, so you won't be able to rollover / uninstall updates. The only option left is to forcefully remove the update by uninstalling the Maps application. Once Maps is uninstalled, download the older version of Maps like Google Maps 6.1.1. Install the application to your device and restart your Samsung Galaxy S3. Upon rebooting, the navigation icon should now be available. Make sure NOT to update your Maps, otherwise the Navigation icon will be lost. You can disable automatic updates on Play Store. A new section has been created above to give detailed instructions how to do this. You may click Retrieve navigation icon that has been removed from Samsung Galaxy S3 to go directly to the said section.

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After the 4.3 Android update, the blue navigation icon/app will no longer be available as a standalone app, because it's been integrated into the new version of Google maps. You can now simply open the Google maps app, type in an address and use the blue navigation feature like you did before the update.

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After you've typed in an address, hit the blue car symbol on the bottom right corner. On the next screen, you will see the blue navigation symbol and you can tap on it to start your turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation. See screenshots here:

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http://screencast.com/t/0hQ69aMAfSeW

TouchWiz Launcher removal - how can I remove the prompt to use touch wiz from Note3?

How can I remove the prompt to use touch wiz from Note3?

Touch Wiz is a built in application that you won't be available to remove from your device. Even if you were to find a way to remove this application, it will re-download itself onto your device.

When the prompt pops up on your device simply tap on the box that says never ask again and select the button to not use touch wiz on your device.

I do not have the uninstall button once I click on maps?

Trying to get my blue arrow navigation back on Samsung 3

This is because this application just like Touch Wiz is an built in application where you will need to continually have on your device in order for other application or actions to be performed.

Earose2011 answered: After the software update on your device there is no longer a blue navigation arrow on your device anymore there is only the Maps option. Google Maps will not be able to be uninstalled from the device for it is an application designated for the device.

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Where can I find navigation app on Galaxy S3?

You can visit the Google Play store in order to search for a navigation application that can be downloaded from the app store. WAZE is a popular navigation application that can be downloaded from the application store.

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If you recently updated to Jellybean 4.3 on your S3, the blue navigation icon/app can now be found inside the Google maps app. Open Google maps and type in an address. Next, tap on the blue car symbol on the bottom right corner to access the info. On the next screen, you should now see the blue navigation icon, which you can use as you have before. See screenshots here:

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http://screencast.com/t/7iLypHaw7t4

I can't get "Blue Navigation" in my GS3 which was upgraded to Jellybean 4.3.

My GS3 has been upgraded to 4.3 (Jellybean) version and I don't have GPS Navigation(Blue icon).

If you are on the Verizon network, the blue navigation app no longer exists. After the 4.3 Jellybean update, the navigation feature has been integrated into Google maps. Open your Maps app and search for an address. When the location comes up, hit the blue car symbol, and on the next page, hit the familiar blue navigation symbol to start. Check out screenshots below:

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http://screencast.com/t/7iLypHaw7t4

That's because the blue navigation/GPS feature has been integrated into Google maps. You will now have to open Google maps to access the navigation features. It still has the turn-by-turn voice directions. Open maps and enter an address. Hit the blue car symbol on the bottom right of the screen and on the next screen, you will see the blue navigation icon. See here:

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http://screencast.com/t/7iLypHaw7t4

Retrieving Navigation Icon that has been missing / removed from Samsung Galaxy S4?

Hi, I guess, on my phone, Samsung S4, Maps (Google maps) is built into the system. I cannot delete it, I can only enable and disable it. If I disable it, it goes to the "Disabled" column next to "All" column. Please help?

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Being that Maps is an inbuilt application for the device, you will not be able to delete it. If may have noticed there is no uninstall option, or delete option. This application is meant to be on your device. The blue navigation symbol is no longer on the Samsung Devices after the update that was performed.

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See more questions like this: I deleted the camera icon on my Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo?

I have the S3 and when I get to this step there is no uninstall tab?

In the step: "Tap "Uninstall updates". (Note: This will restore your previous Google Maps application data, settings or factory version and interface, including your missing blue navigation icon." I have the S3 and when I get to this step there is no uninstall tab.

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Uninstalling the update on Google maps will not get the blue navigation icon/app back if you've already updated to Jellybean 4.3. The only way to get that back is to use Google maps itself, since the navigation has been integrated into the app.

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Open your Google maps and type in an address. Hit the blue car symbol on the bottom right corner and then on the next screen, you should see the blue navigation icon that will give you the same turn-by-turn voice navigation it did before.

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http://screencast.com/t/7iLypHaw7t4

I followed the steps and completed them until 'Force Stop'. What next?

Where do I find the 'Uninstall Updates' tab?

The "Uninstall Updates" button is located next to "Force Stop" button. If the "Uninstall Updates" button isn't there, then there must be an "Uninstall" button next to your "Force Stop" button. Please tap "Uninstall" to bring back your Navigation icon.

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The "Uninstall Updates" button is located next to the "Force stop" button. If "Uninstall" button is present instead of "Uninstall updates" button, please tap on "Uninstall" button to retrieve your navigation icon.

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Actually, I just bought a Galaxy S4 today, and the navigation button isn't there?

I uninstalled the map update, like I read, but I still don't have the navigation button

Did you update the phone's firmware to 4.3 Jellybean? If you did, or if the phone already came with that firmware installed, the blue navigation icon/app will no longer be available on its own, but rather integrated into Google maps.

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Open the Google maps app and type in an address and hit the blue car icon on the bottom right corner. On the next screen, you will see the blue "Start Navigation" option that will take you to the turn-by-turn voice navigation you're accustomed to from the past. See screenshots here:

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http://screencast.com/t/7iLypHaw7t4

Where to find uninstall updates? I cannot find it

You can find the Uninstall updates on your phone by going to your phone Settings. Look for the application manager. Once you found the application manager, you need to swipe 2 times going to the right side and all will be in place as it is in alphabetical order.

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Once you have found the application, just tap the application to launch, and you should be able to see the Uninstall Updates on the menu where you can uninstall those updates only.

This will revert the application to the default values, until the Google Play store detects any updates. Your phone will prompt you to install those.

If you don't want to install the update, and would rather use the older version, don't touch the update or install.

I cannot tap on force to stop. It's somewhat stuck

If you access a feature on your phone and you cannot tap to initialize it. You can simply power cycle the phone. Normally, if there are too many applications installed, or too many running at the same time it will let the phone get slowed and unresponsive in some way.

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To deal with this kind of problem, just turn off the phone and turn it back on and it should resolve the problem. You can also try to calibrate the phone touch sensitivity as it may be the issue.

I have followed steps 1 to 8, however the blue icon does not show on the home screen. Please advise

After you've completed the steps from 1 to 8, the Navigation icon will not appear on your home screen, which you can only find it in the list of Apps or from your Apps drawer on the phone. Go to your list of applications and look at every page you can find the navigation icon. You can only find the navigation icon on the home screen. Drag it to the home screen for a convenient shortcut. To repeat, you will find it in the Apps drawer.

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After "Force Stop" and "Uninstall Updates", I still I can't find the Navigation icon

Double-check the Apps drawer on your phone, as the blue navigation icon can be found there. If you still cannot find the navigation icon, you can turn off your phone> To allow the system time to reset and refresh, wait 5 full seconds before turning it back on. Check the apps drawer again and you should see the Navigation icon for you phone. Then you can install updates. If you still cannot find the Navigator on your mobile phone, you can simply download an application called: MapFactor: GPS Navigation. This application works the same as the navigation from the pre-installed on your phone.

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This app can perform Voice-Guidance with 2D and 3D visuals, Search (pin-pointing a specific place), Speed Cameras, Add Favorites and so on. This is a free app from the Play Store that you can check out and test. There are few open-street map data from this application, unlike the Google navigation. If you want to find out more about it, you can go to this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapfactor.navigator

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It did not work. It will not remove maps even though I precisely followed instructions. :-(

Normally, clearing the Data and Cache for a certain application will remove its contents, like the favorites, location and maps that you saved. Another way to clear it is by doing a factory reset on your phone. This returns all the settings back to the original factory settings. Doing factory settings will erase all data on the phone but not on the SD card. If you want to do it to reset, you need to back up the necessary data on a computer, then reset and restore those files after the reset -to get them back.

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I did all steps as instructed, but the navigation icon still has not appeared.

If the Blue Navigation icon did not appear on your phone screen after following the steps, you may need to restart the phone. Just tap and hold the power button and select on turn off or shut down. You can also take the battery out of the phone to shut it off. In case you still encounter the same problem – the navigation icon does not appear on your phone, then you need to perform a reset. But you need to make a backup of all your phone data to your computer. First you do the reset, and afterward you perform a restoration of all the files you've backed up on your computer. After performing this, you should be able to see the navigation icon on your phone's list of applications.

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There is no uninstall button.

Please double check. Uninstall updates can be found where you manage all of your applications in the "Settings". It is a standard option on your phone's settings to remove updates. If you cannot find "Uninstall Updates"" on your manage applications, reset the phone to factory settings by doing a "Factory Reset". However, all of your data will be deleted on the phone, so before you do a "Factory Reset", backup all your files and data.

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