Users Claim Shutting Down Google Maps Is Too Darn Hard

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Google Maps is currently the world’s number one navigation app, but this doesn’t necessarily mean everything is running flawlessly.
Occasionally, users come across things that aren’t necessarily bugs but which would require additional polishing, and the most recent one concerns the way you can close the app after navigating.

As several users on Google’s forums explain, clicking the “X” button in the navigation screen of Google Maps doesn’t close the app, and this is how the app works by design. Tapping the said button only stops the actual navigation, but Google Maps keeps running on the phone. Furthermore, some complain that not even tapping the “Exit Navigation” button in the notification center does the trick.

Others claim that, despite tapping the X button to stop the actual navigation, the Google Maps notification showing up on the phone indicates the route is still active.

Won't go away until reboot. I'm not sure if it is only when using Android Auto and unplugging the phone while still navigating at the destination. Or, if it just gets stuck after starting any nav session,” one user explains.

By the looks of things, this happens when Google Maps is running either on the phone or on Android Auto, with the navigation session still listed as active in the notification center on the mobile device.

Same issue here when using Android auto and disconnecting. I don’t even set a destination. The notification does not go. Even if you press exit navigation on the notification,” someone else complains.

Interestingly enough, this doesn’t seem like a behavior common to all devices; on my Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, closing Google Maps makes the notification go away too.

At this point, however, Google is yet to acknowledge the problem, so it’s not exactly clear why Google Maps is so difficult to close on some devices and how the whole thing can actually be fixed.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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