Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Get Directions from Google Maps

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Apple Maps has improved a lot since its disastrous debut. But many people still prefer to use Google Maps as their go-to navigation app. The problem is, when you ask Siri for directions, it'll automatically use Apple Maps as the default app for turn-by-turn directions. If you want to use Google Maps or some other navigation app with Siri instead, try this handy trick:

You can cleverly bypass Apple's default by adding the phrase "via transit" to your query. For example, if you say "Siri, give me directions to New York City," Siri will pull up Apple Maps and start guiding you. but if you say, "Give me directions to New York City via transit," Siri will pull up a list of apps that include transit directions to the location you mentioned, and if you've already downloaded Google Maps, it'll show up at the top of the pile.

Google Maps via Siri


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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for savvyvegetarian.com and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.