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Update: Google has contacted us to clarify how the feature works on iOS devices.

Google Maps for iOS has been updated today to 4.7.0 and includes a neat new feature introduced on Android back in April which allows users to send directions and turn-by-turn navigation to places they find on their desktop to Google Maps on their mobile device, among other things.

The new feature, once enabled properly (you need Google Maps installed and to be signed-in on both devices), works by presenting a “Send to device” prompt in the answer card for places found on Google Maps desktop (pictured above). Clicking “Send to device” presents the user with a choice of which linked device to send the location to, and then triggers a notification on the chosen device with the option to get directions or turn-by-turn navigation to the place.


Two smaller capabilities coming with this update to Maps for iOS are the ability to add or edit the business hours of places, and view all of the reviews and photos you’ve shared of places from the “Your profiles profile. Also included in this update are, of course, the usual “bug fixes.”


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