How to Use Voice Command for Google Maps

By Edward Mercer

Google Maps accepts voice commands to help you find locations.
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Whether your hands are busy or you just can't remember how to spell "Poughkeepsie," voice commands on Google Maps can be a very useful feature for finding maps and directions quickly and without typing. Available on Google's free Chrome Web browser, the feature helps users request information from Google Maps simply by clicking on an icon and speaking their requested destination. As with all voice-recognition technologies, you'll need to speak very clearly for the system to understand you, but it can save you both time and keystrokes compared to manually inputting data.

Step 1

Navigate to Google Maps on a Chrome Web browser.

Step 2

Click on the microphone icon to the right of the Google search bar on Google Maps.

Step 3

Wait for the "Speak Now" alert.

Step 4

Speak your search terms in a slow and clear voice. For direction, you would say, for instance, "Directions from 1234 Central Park West to Yankee Stadium." You can also request a map of a location in the form "Map of..." and then specify a location. Your results will appear on the screen.