Google Maps now makes it super easy to stay on track while navigating

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What you need to know

  • Google Maps now displays "glanceable directions" on your lock screen, displaying directions and arrival time without needing to unlock your phone.
  • The app dynamically adjusts the route if users deviate from the planned path.
  • Initially announced last year, the glanceable directions feature is now live on both iOS and Android.

Google Maps is finally adding a "glanceable directions" feature to your lock screen, showing you directions and arrival time without unlocking your phone.

Initially announced last year, Google Maps' glanceable directions are now live on both iOS and Android. Now, you can easily keep tabs on your journey progress right from the route overview, without even hitting the start navigation button.

Even better, turn-by-turn directions and a live ETA will pop up on your lock screen. This means no more unlocking your phone and opening the Maps app to figure out your next move. On iOS, Google Maps uses Live Activities for this feature.

The app smoothly adjusts the route if you veer off course, whether you're driving, walking, or biking.

As spotted by Android Police, the feature seems to be making its way to more users, particularly those on version 11.116 for Android and 6.104.2 on iOS. To turn on glanceable directions, head to Navigation settings in the main Google Maps Settings menu. Keep in mind, though, that some of your navigation data will be collected for map improvement.

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By default, the toggle is turned off, so you'll need to switch it on yourself. When it's off, you'll see a blue dot indicating your location. Flip it on, and that dot transforms into an arrow showing the way.

Google takes note of your use of this feature and conveniently informs you about it on the route overview screen with a message bubble. Plus, if you tap on the blue dot or arrow, you can swiftly toggle the feature on or off directly from the "Your Location" sheet.

Although a bit delayed, the new feature in Maps is definitely a welcomed addition from the company in recent months. Google has been on a roll, incorporating AI to elevate the navigation experience. Just a few weeks ago, it introduced a generative AI feature to Maps, making it easier for users to discover interesting activities in their local area.

Jay Bonggolto
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