You know what’s a good combo? Google Maps and the Android OS. Why, you ask? Because together they allow you to navigate handsfree which is extremely useful, especially while you’re behind the wheel and you need to go somewhere you haven’t been before pronto, but also, more importantly, to get there safely. Or you just really want to finish gnawing on that delicious piece of pizza, but you still need help arriving at an unknown place or using alternative routes. Here are three simple steps that are going to make that goal come true.
#1 Make Sure Ok Google’s Available on Any Screen
First you’ll need to enable the Ok Google detection so you could use it without ever touching the screen of your phone. This is how you’re going to do it. Go to Voice > Ok Google detection and choose the Always on or From any screen option. Done!
One more thing before we move on to the next step: if your smartphone’s screen is locked with the help of one of Android’s security features, the Ok Google option will work, but Google won’t be able to execute your demand unless you unlock the screen. To skip over this little obstacle, go to Settings > Security and swap your lock screen security with Swipe.
#2 Enable Ok Google for Google Maps
Now that you’ve given access to Ok Google from every screen of your phone, in order to launch Google Maps all you need to do is say, “Ok Google, navigate me to 221B Baker Street” and your wish is Google’s demand. Alternatively, you can say, “Ok Google, take me to the nearest McDonald’s” and you’ll be munching on a Big Mac in no time.
#3 Know Your Commands
Here’s a brief list of useful phrases that are gonna help you make the most of your Ok Google navigation:
- “Where is the nearest [beach]?”
- “Navigate to…”
- “Where is [the Musée d’Orsay]?”
- “What’s my next turn?”
- “When will I get there?”
- “Show alternative routes.”
- “Take me home.”
- “Take me to work.”
- “Where’s my hotel? / Give me directions back to my hotel.” (which works if your hotel confirmation was
sent to your Gmail account)
- “Mute” or—wait for it—”Shut up.”
That’s, more or less, it. Have fun walking/driving around handsfree—Ok Google will keep you safe!