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How to use Google Maps music controls for Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube Music

Listening to music while driving is a great way to pass the time. If you are already using Google Maps to navigate on your iPhone or Android device, you can also control your music with it.

In an attempt to help you keep your eyes on the road, Google Maps integrates with a number of music streaming services including, but not limited to, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Pandora, and more. Controls can be placed directly on the navigation screen, so you don’t have to switch applications while driving. We will show you how it works.

Music controls in Google Maps on iPhone

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

Select the profile picture and tap

Then go to “Navigation”.

Touch

And now select “Music Playback Controls”.

Touch

You will see a list of supported streaming services installed on your device. Select the one you would like to use. Depending on the service, you may be required to open the application and authorize Google Maps to control it.

Select a music app.

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

Touch

Swipe up on the bottom card and you will see a widget for your music app with multimedia controls.

Music controls.

Music controls in Google Maps on Android

Opens Google maps on your Android device and tap on your profile icon in the upper right corner, then select ‘Settings’.

Select the profile picture and tap

Then go to “Navigation Settings”.

Choose

Select “Default Media Provider Wizard”.

Touch

You will see a list of supported streaming services installed on your device. Choose the one you would like to use. You may be asked to open the application and authorize Google Maps to control it.

Select a music service.

Now we can start using navigation.

Start browsing.

You may see the music app icon on the bottom tray right away. Otherwise, touch the grid icon to open the app drawer Driving mode and select the music app.

Open the Driver Mode app drawer.

This will open a simplified interface for you to interact.

Simplified Spotify.

Once you are playing music, you can touch the application icon while in navigation mode to open the multimedia controls.

Media controls on Google Maps.


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

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