Google Maps media controls

Listening to music while driving is a great way to pass the time. If you’re already using Google Maps to navigate on your iPhone or Android device, you might as well control your music with it, too.

In an attempt to help you keep your eyes on the road, Google Maps integrates with a number of streaming music services include, but not limited to, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Pandora, and more. The controls can be put right on the navigation screen, so you don’t have to switch apps while driving. We’ll show you how it works.

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Music Controls in Google Maps on iPhone

Open Google Maps on your iPhone or iPad and tap your profile icon in the top right, then select “Settings.”

Select profile photo and tap "Settings."

Next, go to “Navigation.”

Tap "Navigation."

And now select “Music Playback Controls.”

Tap "Music Playback Controls."

You’ll see a list of supported streaming services installed on the device. Select the one you’d like to use. Depending on the service, you may be asked to open the app and authorize Google Maps to control it.

Select a music app.

With that out of the way, you can start navigating to a location.

Tap "Drive."

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Swipe up on the bottom card and you’ll see a widget for your music app with media controls.

Music controls.

Music Controls in Google Maps on Android

Open Google Maps on your Android device and tap your profile icon in the top right, then select “Settings.”

Select profile photo and tap "Settings."

Next, go to “Navigation Settings.”

Select "Navigation Settings."

Select “Assistant Default Media Provider.”

Tap "Assistant Default Media Provider."

You’ll see a list of supported streaming services installed on the device. Choose the one you’d like to use. You may be asked to open the app and authorize Google Maps to control it.

Select a music service.

Now we can start using navigation.

Start navigation.

You may see the music app icon in the bottom tray right away. If not, tap the grid icon to open the Driving Mode app drawer and select the music app.

Open the Driver Mode app drawer.

This will open a simplified interface for you to interact with.

Simplified Spotify.

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Once you’re playing music, you can tap the app icon while in navigation mode to open media controls.

Media controls in Google Maps.


Anything that can help you keep your eyes on the road is something worth doing. If you use Google Maps for navigation a lot, it’s a good idea to set this up. Don’t sacrifice safety to rock out to some tunes on the highway.

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