How To Install And Use Google Maps On Apple Watch?

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Do you own an Apple Watch and are wondering, if you can install Google Maps on it? You see, anyone who uses Apple products knows how inconvenient it is to use non-Apple services in the Apple Ecosystem. However, if you are someone who dares to go against the norms and rebel against the Apple ecosystem, then we have you covered. If you want to know how to get Google Maps on Apple Watch, then you have clicked on the right article. Here, I will explain how to install and use Google Maps for navigation on your Apple Watch.

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Quick Takeaway
To use Google Maps on Apple Watch you need to first install Google Maps on your Apple Watch, either from the App Store or by using the Watch application on your iPhone. After that, set up address shortcuts on Google Maps on your iPhone which will be synced to the Google Maps on your Apple Watch. Now, just open Google Maps on your Watch and select any destination shortcut to start the turn-by-turn navigation.

How To Install Google Maps On Apple Watch?

Before you start using it, first we have to put Google Maps on your Apple Watch. For that, you can follow the below-mentioned steps.

Note: You are also going to need your iPhone to use Google Maps on your Apple Watch.

1. Open the app menu by pressing the crown button on your Apple Watch, and tap on App Store to open it.

How To Install Google Maps On Your Apple Watch

2. There you have to search for Google Maps and tap on the download icon button. Shortly, Google Maps will be installed on your Apple Watch.

Alternatively, you can also install it directly from your iPhone. To do this you have to pair or sync your Apple Watch with your iPhone.

1. Install Google Maps on your iPhone from the App Store if you haven’t already, as you are going to need it anyway for Google Maps to function on your Apple Watch.

2. Open the Watch App on your iPhone and navigate to the AVAILABLE APPS section. Find Google Maps there, and tap on Install.

Open Watch App

3. After that, tap on Google Maps, and turn on the Show App on Apple Watch toggle button if it isn’t already turned on.

Select Maps

4. Next, you have to open the Settings on your iPhone. Go to the Privacy section and tap on Location Services.

Privacy Settings on iPhone

5. Now select Google Maps, and tap on Always.

Navigate using Google Maps on Apple watch

Now after installing Google Maps, let’s discuss how to use them on your Apple Watch.

How To Use Google Maps On Apple Watch?

To access Google Maps on your Apple Watch, you need to have your iPhone with you. You will only be able to access pre-made shortcut navigations on your Apple Watch, as you cannot access the map or set up navigation to new places directly from your Apple Watch.

Your Watch needs to be connected to your iPhone or active Wi-Fi connection to provide you with navigation unless you have a cellular Apple Watch. With a cellular variant, you can get navigation on your watch without being connected to your iPhone.

Set Up Address Shortcuts

So before we move on to using Google Maps on the Apple Watch, let’s first view the steps to add address shortcuts like work, home, coffee shop, grocery store, etc. on the Google Maps on your iPhone. So you can easily access them from your Watch.

1. Open Google Maps on your iPhone, go to Saved, and tap on the Labelled tab.

Allow access

2. Now select Home or Work, and proceed to enter those addresses. Just tap on the + icon to enter additional address shortcuts.

Add Address Shortcuts

Now you will be able to access these shortcuts from Google Maps on your Apple Watch.

Set Default Travel Mode

It is recommended to select your default Travel Mode before starting the navigation. This is to prevent Google Maps from showing you useless navigation and to ensure that you only get the directions that are compatible with your mode of transportation.

1. Open the Google Maps on your Apple Watch. Scroll down and tap on Set travel mode.

How To Use Google Maps On Apple Watch

2. Now, you just have to select your preferred mode of travel. You can either choose Walking, Driving or Public transport and Google Maps will give you directions accordingly.

Start Google Maps Navigation On Apple Watch

Now Google Maps is ready to give you turn-by-turn navigation to your destination of choice.

1. To start the navigation, just open Google Maps and select the destination from the shortcuts available. After that, you will start seeing turn-by-turn navigation on your Apple Watch.

Get Google Maps On Apple Watch

2. To stop or turn off the Google Maps navigation on your Apple Watch, just tap on Exit current trip.

To start navigation to a custom destination, you have to first start the navigation in Google Maps on your iPhone.

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Final Verdict

You can easily put Google Maps on your Apple Watch and start using it by following the above-mentioned steps. However, you will need to have your iPhone or active Wi-Fi connection to get the Google Maps to work on your Apple Watch. But if you have a cellular Apple Watch with a working internet connection then you can start navigation to the pre-saved addresses without being connected to the iPhone.


Can You Add Google Maps To Apple Watch?

Yes, you can download Google Maps from the App Store of your Apple Watch.

Is Apple Maps As Good As Google Maps?

Both Apple Maps and Google Maps offer real-time navigation and traffic updates. However, Google Maps is known to be more accurate and inclusive.

Can You Use Google Maps On Apple Watch Without iPhone?

Yes, with an active Wi-Fi connection or a cellular Apple Watch, you can use Google Maps on it without the iPhone.

Tom Nielson

Tom's love for watches started when his grandfather gifted him his Rolex watch when he turned 18! Being a teenager it was a big deal for him. Later when he got his first job he bought Fossil Palm Pilot back in 2003 which was a smartwatch. Since then smartwatches have come a long way and so is Tom's love for them. His experience with watches inspired him to start Wearholic and share his knowledge of wearables including watches, smartwatches, smart glasses, & smart clothing.

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