google-thumbIn an announcement by Google, the Google Maps app has been updated, and according to the company, you can just say, “Ok Google,” to activate voice search within the app.  You won’t have to tap the microphone icon or type in your destination search.  All you have to do is say, “Ok Google.”

Google has said that the latest version of the Google Maps app will let you enter navigation mode or drive mode by saying simply “Ok Google,” and then follow up with a voice command without have to tap or look at the screen.


There is a whole slew of voice commands that can be found within the Google Maps app, and can be found on a cheat sheet that was released by Google.  These commands include:


Directions and travel:

  • “Mute” or “Mute voice guidance”
  • “Unmute” or “Unmute voice guidance”
  • “Show traffic” or “Hide traffic”
  • “Show satellite” or “Hide satellite”
  • “Navigate home” or “Navigate to Starbucks”
  • “Show route overview” or “Show alternate routes”
  • “What road is this?”
  • “What’s my next turn?”
  • “What’s my ETA?”
  • “How’s traffic ahead?” or “How’s traffic to home?”
  • “What’s the weather like?”
  • “Avoid tolls” or “Enable tolls”
  • “Avoid highways” or “Enable highways”
  • “Avoid ferries” or “Enable ferries”
  • “Exit navigation”

More commands you can say:

  • “Call Mom”
  • “Find gas stations” or “Find restaurants”
  • “Send a text to Larry” or “Send a SMS to Sergey, I’m feeling lucky”
  • “What’s the weather like?” or “How’s the weather in Seattle?”
  • “Play some jazz” or “Play happy birthday on Google Play Music”
  • “What’s the closest hotel?”
  • “When’s my next meeting?”

In order to be sure that this feature is on, first make sure you have the latest version of the app.  Once you do, simply tap the overflow menu dots and tap Setting.  After that, just tap ‘”Ok Google” detection.’  With the “While driving” setting is on, you can say “Ok Google” during navigation in Google Maps.  If you want this on for use at any time on your device, you’ll have to enable the “Always on” setting.  There will be some devices where this setting is called “From any screen.”

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