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  • You Can Use Siri to Get Directions in the Google Maps App, Here's How


    One of the biggest beefs with Google’s new Google Maps application is that it doesn't make the perfect iOS Maps application replacement because you can’t use Siri to get directions through Google Maps… or can you?

    Yes folks, as it turns out, you can indeed get directions in the new Google Maps application right through Siri, and since we've been getting so many questions as to how to do it, we’re going to show you how.

    If you want Siri to bring you to Google Maps each time you want directions instead of Apple’s Maps, all you have to do is say "via transit" or "by transit" when you ask for directions, and Siri will let you pick from a list of transit applications, such as Google Maps, and then route the directions in the application you choose. Check it out:

    Step 1: Begin by asking Siri how to get somewhere via transit. You can just ask how to get somewhere, or you can ask how to get from one location to another:



    Step 2: You will now be prompted to select the application with transit support that you want to use. You can select Google Maps if you prefer to by tapping on the Route button just to the right of the application:



    Step 3: Google Maps will now find several routes that you can pick from. Just select the one that is most convenient to you:



    Step 4: Google Maps will route out the route that you queried through Siri. No Apple Maps involved:



    Note: If you choose to ask how to get from your current location to another location, Google Maps will give you turn by turn navigation. If you choose to ask how to get from some other location to another location, Google Maps will only show you how to get there, but will not have turn by turn navigation, just as shown above.

    Enjoy using Siri to navigate with the new Google Maps app!

    Sources: Beau Giles via Steve Troughton Smith
    This article was originally published in forum thread: You Can Use Siri to Get Directions in the Google Maps App, Here's How started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      This still doesn't give us turn by turn navigation, nor does it show your current location and route on the lock screen. It also does utilize your contacts addresses, which is huge for me.i would rather have my destination off by 1/2 mile and have those feature I spoke about included, rather than use the current google maps. I would've loved all of apples features with the old google maps app, but I understand there were licensing issues.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      This still doesn't give us turn by turn navigation, nor does it show your current location and route on the lock screen. It also does utilize your contacts addresses, which is huge for me.i would rather have my destination off by 1/2 mile and have those feature I spoke about included, rather than use the current google maps. I would've loved all of apples features with the old google maps app, but I understand there were licensing issues.
      It does give you turn by turn navigation if you ask "How do I get to (enter location here) via transit?" because it uses your location that way.

      In my example, I asked how to get from one location to another. Please read the note at the end.
    1. epiticus1's Avatar
      epiticus1 -
      The key part of that whole phrase is "via transit". If you don't say "via transit" it will revert to Apple Maps every time. Even though I read the article I was leaving it out until I re-read it. Thanks for the tip. I hate Apple Maps.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by epiticus1 View Post
      The key part of that whole phrase is "via transit". If you don't say "via transit" it will revert to Apple Maps every time. Even though I read the article I was leaving it out until I re-read it. Thanks for the tip. I hate Apple Maps.
      Yes sir! "Via transit" is a very important part of that query.
    1. Digitalfeind's Avatar
      Digitalfeind -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      This still doesn't give us turn by turn navigation, nor does it show your current location and route on the lock screen. It also does utilize your contacts addresses, which is huge for me.i would rather have my destination off by 1/2 mile and have those feature I spoke about included, rather than use the current google maps. I would've loved all of apples features with the old google maps app, but I understand there were licensing issues.
      Google Maps app works if you lock or background the app which is plenty well. I have been using it to map random places and even go the wrong way just for the redirecting. I love it.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      "via transit" is awesome. Works for Waze and Navigon as well. I've been using the crazy Apple Maps because I didn't know I could voice activate the other navigation apps.

      Thanks a ton!
    1. Rylax26's Avatar
      Rylax26 -
      You can also just say 'by transit' instead of 'via transit'
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rylax26 View Post
      You can also just say 'by transit' instead of 'via transit'
      Yes, there are probably multiple ways it could be said.
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Yes, there are probably multiple ways it could be said.
      Wouldn't "by transit" imply that you want bus and train transportation?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shigoroku View Post
      Wouldn't "by transit" imply that you want bus and train transportation?
      Siri logic is Siri logic. Lol
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shigoroku View Post
      Wouldn't "by transit" imply that you want bus and train transportation?
      Exactly. And since apple maps doesn't do transit, it lets you choose from a list of apps, including Google Maps. Choose that, then choose the Driving icon. See step 3.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      It's just more accurate to manually select google maps.
      Many times when I try SIRI she gets the spelling or street name wrong. (Example circle instead of street, etc.)
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Quote Originally Posted by thevmax View Post
      It's just more accurate to manually select google maps.
      Many times when I try SIRI she gets the spelling or street name wrong. (Example circle instead of street, etc.)
      You just need to work on your pronunciation.

      Try "She sells sea-shells by the seashore." Another good phrase to practise with is "The quick brown Fox jumps over the lazy dog."
    1. LivesForJihad's Avatar
      LivesForJihad -
      Wow...not a smart thing to do if you live in a city with roads and streets reserved for buses, or God forbid, LRT. You know Siri sucks when you find yourself druving on train tracks playing chicken with a train.

      Forget that, if I am in my car, and I start driving on transit only roads, it is a criminal offence. Get it together iDrones...

      Another fail for Apple. Hopefully, there will be a jailbreak for iOS6 to allow...oh wait...nevermind.
    1. vaughnfelix's Avatar
      vaughnfelix -
      I see why Fandroids call you guys sheep, because you believe anything and everything... Apple Maps is pretty awesome, and I use it almost everyday and it never steers me wrong. the 6 images of bad mapping that we be seen on the web hardly constitute that it's a crappy app. Although StreetView is pretty awesome, there no a actual reason to use anything but Apple Maps, since you don't have to Jump through hoops to integrate it with your contacts at all. but I will use both for it's different strengthens and weaknesses.
    1. TTGSteve's Avatar
      TTGSteve -
      Thanks for the tips.
    1. rocketApe's Avatar
      rocketApe -
      Hmmm. Does this NOT work on iOS 5? I know, I know, I'm not forced to use Apple's Maps on iOS 5, but running the old maps next to the new Google app and it's easy to see: the new one's way better.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketApe View Post
      Hmmm. Does this NOT work on iOS 5? I know, I know, I'm not forced to use Apple's Maps on iOS 5, but running the old maps next to the new Google app and it's easy to see: the new one's way better.
      I have no iOS 5 devices with Siri on them to confirm this, however it's possible that it's iOS 6 only.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Yes sir! "Via transit" is a very important part of that query.
      How the heck did you figure that out? I love this feature, I use NAVIGON (as I paid the big bucks years ago and love it too) but now being able to access it via Siri is awesome. Thanks Anthony.

      a bit off topic, excuse me.
    1. jot9011's Avatar
      jot9011 -
      Doesn't work for me. I have Google Maps and TomTom installed as well. Siri goes directly to TomTom every time.