Location based Q&A
I am developing a location-based Q&A app. The main screen of the app features a map with a search box above it. When the user chooses a location, the "ask" button at the bottom is enabled and the user can move to the next screen for typing the question.
How to make the map obviously clickable
There are two ways to pin a location in my app:
- Searching a location in the text box and choosing one from the autocomplete list. Users figured this out instantly.
- Clicking on a location on the map, and then the location name appears in the search box above.
I have tested the app with a few users, and the second option is not natural for them – they try to figure out a textual address rather than clicking on the map to figure out a location.
How do I make the map obviously clickable? Which text, icon or UX flow would make the users understand that they can just pin a location with a finger without searching for it textually?
There are a few great suggestions regarding the text field that I am going to seriously consider. I'd love to know if there are some ideas about any visual/graphic element that would help with hinting.