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How to Install, Access and Use Google Maps on Apple Watch

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Did you miss Google Maps on your Apple Watch? If you have used the navigation app on your Apple Watch several years before, you are in for a great news! Google Maps is making a comeback on Apple Watch. Google removed the app in 2017 after only making its debut in 2015. Now, the tech giant announced its re-launch of Google Maps on watchOS and you can install it now.

How to Install Google Maps on Your Apple Watch

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Before you can install Google Maps on your Apple Watch, you will need to update the map app on your iOS device. To update the app, go to the App Store. At the bottom right corner, tap Updates. Check if there is an available update for Google Maps. If there is, tap Get Updates. Type your Apple ID password and tap Okay.

You will need to have the latest version, which is version 5.52. Once you have updated the app, it will also appear on your wrist device. If you don’t have Google Maps on your iPhone, you can download it through the App Store. Search for Google Maps and download the app.

Your watchOS must also have the version watchOS 5 or later.

Using Google Maps on Your Apple Watch

Google Maps can give you step-by-step directions on your wrist. On your screen, you will see the app icon that will open directly to the app. You can set your travel mode, which is walking, using a bike, a car, or public transport. It can give you estimated arrival times.

You will see a Current Trip option on your home screen. It shows directions to your saved destinations like Home, Work, or others. The app will also offer possible routes, which are generated from the mobile app.

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When you choose a destination, you will see directions in cards and big icons. The app will guide you to your destination. If you want to go back to the list view, there is a shortcut on the watch face.

There is no actual map on the Apple Watch app. You will only see instructions on how to get to your destination. If you need to see the map, you will have to open your mobile app. At the same time, Google Maps on your Apple Watch does not allow users to seek a new location. You can search for a new destination using the touchscreen. If you have to look for a new direction, you will have to go back to the iPhone app. You can continue back to the Apple Watch after you have searched for the new destination.

Wrapping It Up

That’s it! Using Google Maps on your Apple Watch offers an alternate option when navigating around various destinations. Take note that you will need to have a good connection on your iPhone when using your smartwatch app.

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