Apple has improved its default Maps app dramatically since its rather bumpy launch. Still, for now, Google Maps continues to hold the crown as the leading maps and directions app on mobile devices.
So it’s welcome news that Google Maps comes with Siri integration when installed on an iPhone or iPad. This allows you to ask Siri to get you directions to a specific place using Google Maps on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple CarPlay.
All of this means that you can now ask Siri to give you directions using your preferred mapping app, rather than being limited to using Apple Maps alone.
Note: Google Maps on the Apple Watch doesn’t work with Siri at this time.
So how does Google Maps work with Siri?
Siri and Google Maps work together well. All you have to do is ask for directions by adding the phrase “Google Maps” at the end of your spoken request.
Activate Siri on an iPhone by using one of these options:
- Say “Hey Siri” followed by your request.
- Press and hold the Side button (iPhone X and newer) or Home button (iPhone 8 and older) on your iPhone.
(If this doesn't work, learn how to set up Siri on an iPhone).
For example, you can say:
Hey Siri, how long would it take me to get to LAX using Google Maps?
Hey Siri, get me directions from San Francisco to Las Vegas using Google Maps
The Google Maps app will open up and display directions in response to your request. Or provide an answer within the Siri screen if you’ve asked a specific question.
Remember, if you don’t designate a specific app for directions within your Siri command, results will default back to Apple Maps.
Google Maps is available on the App Store as a free download.
Other iOS features, such as dark mode, are due to be added to the app in upcoming updates.
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