Google Maps is Google’s flagship map and navigation app, and Google Assistant is a virtual assistant that is built right into Android and is also available on iOS. They are both useful separately, but the integration of Google Assistant into Google Maps makes navigation easier, and safer and unlocks a ton of additional functionality.
How Google Assistant Works in Google Maps
Google Assistant replaces the basic voice commands that Google Maps originally relied on. This integration means that you can fully control the Google Maps app by saying “Okay Google” followed by a command. It also means that you can access a ton of Google Assistant features and functionality without ever leaving the Google Maps app.
Here’s how you can use Google Assistant in Google Maps:
- On your Android phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app.
2. Navigate to a place, or say, “Ok Google, navigate home”.
3. In navigation mode, say “Ok Google” or tap the Assistant microphone.
4. Ask the Google Assistant to help with something.
Tip: When you see the four dots icon appear at the bottom of the Google Maps screen, that means Google Assistant is listening.
What you can ask your Google Assistant
- Placing calls and sending text messages.
- Locating gas stations, restaurants, and other places of interest.
- Reporting on local weather conditions or weather conditions in other locations.
- Playing music.
- Accessing the user’s calendar to provide information about meetings and appointments.
Tip: Saying call or text, followed by the name of a person in your contacts list, will initiate a phone call or text message. Saying play, followed by a song, album, or genre of music, will play music without leaving the Google Maps app. There are also many other commands to try.
Travel and nearby places
- “What road is this?”
- “Gas stations nearby”
- “When does [name of place] close?”
- “Show route overview” or “Show alternate routes”
- “Restaurants nearby”
Directions and navigation
- “What’s my next turn?” or “Next step”
- “How long until I get there?”
- “How’s traffic ahead?” or “How’s traffic to home?”
- “Show traffic” or “Hide traffic”
- “Show satellite view” or “Hide satellite view”
- “Avoid tolls” or “Allow tolls”
- “Mute voice guidance” or “Unmute voice guidance”
- “Show list of directions”
- “Avoid highways” or “Allow highways”
- “What’s my destination?” or “How far is my destination?”
- “Exit navigation”
- “Where am I?”
- “Are we there yet?”
Google Assistant will execute your command without leaving Google Maps or interrupting your navigation. You can issue additional commands by activating Google Assistant again or just continue with your route.
The main idea behind integrating Google Assistant with Google Maps is to provide a better, and more robust, hands-free experience when using the navigation feature on compatible mobile devices.