Late last week, Google updated its Maps Android app to version 9.11.0. Although its user interface remains the same, it has one new, awesome feature: you can now send locations, navigation instructions and directions straight to your Android phone.

We put together a short video to guide you through the very quick and painless method. This feature competes directly with that built in to the Mac Maps app included in OS X Mavericks which allows iPhone users to send directions direct from Mac to their phones.

All you need to do is make sure you have the most recent update to Google Maps installed on your Android phone and be sure that you’re signed in to the Google Maps on the  web using the same login details as the smartphone app. After you’ve done that, just search on the web for anywhere you want and you’ll get the option to send that location, or navigation to that location to your phone.

As processes go, it’s incredibly easy and equally useful. If it doesn’t work for you right away, you may just need to be patient. I couldn’t get it to work before the weekend, but the feature suddenly became available to me this morning in the UK.

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