Send directions to your Android phone from a desktop Google search

Send directions to your Android phone from a desktop Google search
A feature now makes it a snap to send directions from a Google search to your Android handset. All you need to do is to make sure that your phone is properly linked to your Google account, something that you normally do when setting up a new handset. Once you've made sure that you have connected your phone and Google account, the next time you need to search for an address from Google using that big boxy thing on your desk, you can arrange for your Google Maps app to be all ready to give you turn-by-turn navigation.

Once you have Google up on your browser, type in "Send directions." Type in the address of where you are heading to, and you can use the prompt in the upper right corner to select which of your Google-connected Android phones you want to send the directions to. On the bottom is a link that reads Send Directions to My Phone; click on that link and the directions are sent to the Google Maps app on the Android phone you've selected..

So once you are in the car, all you need to do is open Google Maps, click on "navigate" and turn-by-turn directions will begin. Keep in mind that this feature has just started rolling out for Android users, so it might not yet be available in your area.

source: +Google via Gizmodo



1. waddup121 unregistered

Ooh nice!

13. CuppaJoWo

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

Rather than doing this, Google should focus on improving the stability and design of their s**tty maps software. The only reason I use Google maps is because every other option sucks even more.

2. foster426

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 07, 2015


3. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also you can set alarms and send note to your phone from Google Search now Hopefully we get more desktop and mobile integration Google should integrate all of PushBullet's, Apple's Continuity and Samsung's SideSync features

4. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

all in progress

5. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Google rules!

6. tcape

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Awesome. Now if I could send directions from my phone to my Mazda navigation system..

7. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I just wish I could send the directions to my car and have it drive me there haha!

8. fingers4

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Why all the futzin around, just tell your phone where you want to go...cut out the middleman. Even an old HTC Wildfire S can do that!

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I don't see why this is needed, on your desktop you can place 'favorite' locations on search results and they will appear on your phone provided you log in to both devices.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Pretty neat, may come in handy the few times it comes up a year.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

Is this some poor attempt at handoff/continuity feature found on iOS/Mac? Sorry but it seems like it, maybe indirectly, but still...

12. Sauce5 unregistered

who knows. i havent tried it yet. Handoff and Continuity are amazing though

14. aliadils3d

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

can't get it to work on my desktop with the same google account on my xperia z2

15. Zanatech

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

very nice

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