Wear OS no longer needs your phone for Google Maps navigation

A Google Pixel Watch displays directions in the Google Maps app.

Credit: Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority
  • Google has enabled standalone turn-by-turn Google Maps navigation on Wear OS.
  • Wear OS watches will now be able to use Google Maps without a phone.
  • The feature will work for LTE watches and Wi-Fi watches (if connected to a Wi-Fi network).

A long-requested Google Maps navigation feature has finally made its way to Wear OS watches. The new feature will allow owners of Wear OS watches to use Google Maps without the need for a phone.

In a recent posting on the company’s Wear OS help forum, Google announced that it has enabled phoneless turn-by-turn navigation on Google Maps for Wear OS. The new feature works on both LTE and Wi-Fi smartwatches, but Wi-Fi watches will need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network to be used.


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