How to trick Siri into using Google Maps

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How to trick Siri into using Google Maps

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Much has been made of the general suckyness of Apple Maps, but, hey, we’re stuck with it, right? If you ask Siri for directions, that’s gonna be her go-to app.

Turns out it doesn’t have to be. As discovered by JailbreakNation, there’s a simple way to trick Siri into using Google Maps for directions. Sort of.

All you do ask for directions like you normally would, but tack on “via transit.” So, for example, to find the nearest Starbucks, you’d say, “Take me to the nearest Starbucks via transit.”

What happens next is that Siri pulls up a list of any installed “routing apps” — including Google Maps, which, as you probably know, recently returned to the iPhone . (You’ll also see a list of options available from the App Store.) From there you tap Route, and presto: you’ve got directions via Google Maps.

This is perhaps better shown than explained, so check out JailbreakNation’s quick video:

Granted, this isn’t perfect. There’s still that intermediate step of the Routing Apps list and having to tap Route. So it’s not a fully voice-powered way to access Google Maps.

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How to trick Siri into using Google Maps

How to trick Siri into using Google Maps

How to trick Siri into using Google Maps

How to trick Siri into using Google Maps

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