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    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 19th Jul 19, 3:14 PM
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    Google Maps on top.
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    • 19th Jul 19, 3:14 PM
    Google Maps on top. 19th Jul 19 at 3:14 PM
    Is there any way to keep Google Maps on top when I make a call or a phone call comes in?

    I've looked through the options and can't see anything.

    Thanks.
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    • oldernonethewiser
    • By oldernonethewiser 19th Jul 19, 3:16 PM
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    You should be able to minimise the call and then keep seeing the maps.


    You can on iOS anyway.
    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 19th Jul 19, 3:28 PM
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    • 19th Jul 19, 3:28 PM
    You should be able to minimise the call and then keep seeing the maps.


    You can on iOS anyway.
    Originally posted by oldernonethewiser
    Well, yes you can, but I don't want to be messing with the phone when I'm driving so want a way to keep it always on top.
    • oldernonethewiser
    • By oldernonethewiser 19th Jul 19, 3:41 PM
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    • 19th Jul 19, 3:41 PM
    Ah - I see.


    You could stop the calls coming through on iOS, probably not ideal, and I believe calls minimise as a matter of course on Android.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 19th Jul 19, 3:55 PM
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    • 19th Jul 19, 3:55 PM
    I take it that your vehicle doesn't have an infotainment display and/or doesn't support Android Auto / Apple Carplay?

    With my car, using Android auto means that calls are handled separately and Google Maps remains in the infotainment display.
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    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 19th Jul 19, 4:25 PM
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    • 19th Jul 19, 4:25 PM
    I take it that your vehicle doesn't have an infotainment display and/or doesn't support Android Auto / Apple Carplay?

    With my car, using Android auto means that calls are handled separately and Google Maps remains in the infotainment display.
    Originally posted by DoaM
    No, just old fashioned standalone Bluetooth
    • poppy10
    • By poppy10 19th Jul 19, 7:47 PM
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    On android just enable Picture in Picture mode in the Google Maps setting. Then when you receive a call, the maps will still display on top in a quarter of the screen, and will automatically maximise when the call ends.
    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 19th Jul 19, 8:18 PM
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    On android just enable Picture in Picture mode in the Google Maps setting. Then when you receive a call, the maps will still display on top in a quarter of the screen, and will automatically maximise when the call ends.
    Originally posted by poppy10
    Thanks but not really what I'm after. I want the whole screen to stay as Maps. The dashboard display will show who's calling, I don't need the phone to switch display at all.

    Oh well I'll keep looking but may have to upgrade the car instead
    • Chino
    • By Chino 19th Jul 19, 9:24 PM
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    • 19th Jul 19, 9:24 PM
    Oh well I'll keep looking but may have to upgrade the car instead
    Originally posted by RichardD1970
    Or perhaps just ignore telephone calls whilst you're driving and keep your full attention on the road?

    I'll get my coat.
    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 19th Jul 19, 10:27 PM
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    Or perhaps just ignore telephone calls whilst you're driving and keep your full attention on the road?

    I'll get my coat.
    Originally posted by Chino
    If i'm using my phone as a satnav then it will take calls. I am trying to minimise the distraction of having the screen change from the map.

    But thanks for your input!
    • oldernonethewiser
    • By oldernonethewiser 20th Jul 19, 7:22 AM
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    If i'm using my phone as a satnav then it will take calls. I am trying to minimise the distraction of having the screen change from the map.

    But thanks for your input!
    Originally posted by RichardD1970
    You can use phones as SatNav devices without them being able to make or receive calls.



    Would that be an option?
    • Undervalued
    • By Undervalued 20th Jul 19, 7:54 AM
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    Thanks but not really what I'm after. I want the whole screen to stay as Maps. The dashboard display will show who's calling, I don't need the phone to switch display at all.

    Oh well I'll keep looking but may have to upgrade the car instead
    Originally posted by RichardD1970
    How about using an old mobile just as a sat nav? If you download one of the excellent free navigation programs such as Navmii, that stores the whole maps on the device so, unlike Google or Apple Maps it doesn't have to fetch data on the go. Therefore you don't need a sim card in the old phone.

    That's what I do.......
    • bob_a_builder
    • By bob_a_builder 20th Jul 19, 8:14 AM
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    unlike Google or Apple Maps it doesn't have to fetch data on the go
    Just to point out Google Maps will also work in offline mode too, no data or SIM required
    Look for the 2 menu items
    Wi-Fi only & Offline maps
    • Undervalued
    • By Undervalued 20th Jul 19, 8:54 AM
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    Just to point out Google Maps will also work in offline mode too, no data or SIM required
    Look for the 2 menu items
    Wi-Fi only & Offline maps
    Originally posted by bob_a_builder
    Yes, but unless I am out of date, don't you have to individually download specific small areas which then self delete after a few months?

    Navmii's UK and Ireland map is about 1GB (from memory). Obviously there are regular updates but even a slightly old one is valid for 99.9% of roads.
    • oldernonethewiser
    • By oldernonethewiser 20th Jul 19, 9:08 AM
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    I must admit I prefer the flexibility of an app with installed maps, unlike Google.
    • poppy10
    • By poppy10 20th Jul 19, 6:40 PM
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    Yes, but unless I am out of date, don't you have to individually download specific small areas which then self delete after a few months?
    Originally posted by Undervalued
    I can download the whole of England on Google Maps for offline use (1.2GB) and it stays valid for twelve months nowadays (used to be one month)
    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 20th Jul 19, 8:52 PM
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    And will by default (you can change this by tapping offline maps in the settings) update the downloaded maps when you're on wifi.
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 21st Jul 19, 11:02 AM
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    Just to point out Google Maps will also work in offline mode too, no data or SIM required
    Look for the 2 menu items
    Wi-Fi only & Offline maps
    Originally posted by bob_a_builder
    True enough, though offline maps don't appear to be as comprehensive as online ones. For example, minor road names are often absent offline. I imagine there may be other differences too.
    Stompa
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