Apple has improved Maps dramatically since launch, but Google Maps continues to be the leading maps and directions app on mobile devices.
So it’s welcome news that Google Maps has recently been updated with Siri integration. Meaning you can now ask Siri to get you directions to a specific place using Google Maps on your iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay.
So you can now ask Siri to give you directions using your preferred mapping app, rather than on having the option of using Apple Maps alone.
In this article, we trigger Siri using the “Hey Siri” voice command. Did you know there are other methods available, depending on your device? You can read about them all in our how to use Siri guide.
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.
For example, you can say:
Hey Siri, get me directions from San Francisco to Las Vegas using Google Maps
Hey Siri, how long would it take me to get to Heathrow Airport using Google Maps?
The app will open up and display directions in response to your request. Or show 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, it 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 soon.