Google Maps has made a comeback on the Apple Watch

Google Maps on Apple Watch with iPhone
Google Maps on Apple Watch with iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Google has launched Google Maps on Apple Watch.
  • You can access shortcuts like Home and Work.
  • Users can also set their travel mode to walking, driving, and transit.

In a software update on Wednesday, Google has added back support for Google Maps on the Apple Watch. Version 5.52 of the Google Maps app on iOS now adds support for getting turn-by-turn directions directly on your watch.

In addition to driving directions, users can also get walking and transit directions. You will also be able to access shortcut destinations like home and work.

Google does note that you can't begin navigation to custom destinations from the watch and will need to begin navigation from your iPhone.

Quickly get estimated arrival times and step-by-step directions to destinations you've saved, like Home or Work, and other shortcuts you've designated in the app. For all other destinations, you can start navigating from your phone and pick up where you left off on your watch.

Google Maps Apple Watch App

Google Maps Apple Watch App (Image credit: AppleInsider)

Google had announced that it would be re-gaining its Apple Watch app back in August. Along with that the company also rolled out support for Apple's CarPlay Dashboard.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.