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How to add Google Play Music, Apple Music to Google Maps on Android and iOS

Most people use Google Maps just for navigation or getting traffic updates. The tech giant keeps on adding new features to the app and recently the company has added a new feature that allows users to add native music controls for several music apps. The new feature adds music control buttons to the app. Here’s how you can add music controls to Google Maps.


The feature is not turned on by default, and users have to turn it on manually. Also, currently only Google Play Music, Apple Music and Spotify are supported.

Make sure to install the latest version (10.9.2) or above on your smartphone. If not, update the app from the respective app store.

Steps to follow:
1. Open Google Maps
  • To turn on this feature, head to Google Maps and make sure you are logged in using Google account
2. Go to Maps Setting
  • On Android: Tap on the three horizontal bars from the top right corner and select the ‘Settings’ option.
  • On iPhone: Swipe from the left to access menu options and tap on the ‘Gear’ icon from the top.’
3. Head to the ‘Navigation Settings’
  • On Android: Scroll down and look for the ‘Navigation settings’ option and tap on it
  • On iPhone: iOS users will find the ‘Navigation’ option at the top of the page.
4. Turn on the ‘Show Media Playback Controls
  • Most likely, this feature will be off by default, tap on the toggle button located in front of the option. Then, it will ask you to select the default service.
5. Select the default music service
  • On Android: Google Maps will automatically pull up all the available services on the phone.
  • On iPhone: Toggling on the controls will bring the list of all the compatible apps.
Also, based on the service, users may have to authorize the account on both devices.

In case of iOS devices, users have to turn on the ‘Media & Apple Music settings to add Apple Music services to Google Maps.

Cheers!!!

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