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Siri is the built-in virtual assistant for the iPhone and iPad, but there are plenty of ways to use Google Assistant instead. If you use Google Maps, you can enable the “OK Google” voice command while using navigation. Let’s do it.

Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad has a Google Assistant shortcut button in navigation mode. However, it’s important to keep your eyes on the road while driving, which makes the “OK Google” feature quite handy.

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The Google Assistant in navigation mode is the same Google Assistant that you would use anywhere else. It’s not limited to only travel-related queries. Here are a few commands that can be useful while driving:

  • “Send a text to Mom.”
  • “Gas stations nearby.”
  • “How’s traffic ahead?”
  • “Avoid tolls.”
  • “Mute voice guidance.”

First, open the Google Maps app on your iPhone or iPad. From the home screen, tap your profile icon in the top-right corner.

Next, select “Settings” from the pop-up menu.

Select "Settings"

In Settings, go to “Navigation.”

Go to the "Navigation" section

Scroll down and find “Access Your Assistant with ‘OK Google.”‘ Toggle the switch on.

Toggle on "Access Your Assistant with 'OK Google'"

A pop-up will ask you to give Google Maps access to your microphone. Tap “OK” if you agree.

Grant the app permission to use your iPhone's microphone by tapping the "OK" button

You’re done! Now, when you’re driving and navigating with Google Maps, you can simply say “OK Google” to use Google Assistant. Keep in mind that this only works in turn-by-turn navigation mode.

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