At the risk of getting a big NO,

Is there a way to use SIRI to invoke navigation on Google maps as opposed to the default Apple maps?

I have tried "Navigate to Chicago using Google maps", but Siri just treated "Chicago using Google maps" as the location itself.


Yes you can

Simply append "via transit" to your Siri query. Ie: Directions to Miami Beach, Florida via Transit.

Siri will determine your target location, and will give you a choice of transit apps. Tap Google Maps and you'll be on your way.

It appears these words also work:

  • by transit
  • using transit
  • via transit
  • Yes. This works very well!
    – daviesgeek
    Dec 26 '12 at 0:08
  • I created a 3rd party app ("Drive Mode") that supports this without needing Siri (no need to jailbreak). Check it out: itunes.apple.com/us/app/drive-mode/id601717235?ls=1&mt=8 Apr 3 '13 at 17:13
  • Not any more, it seems. Appending "via transit" appears to cause Siri to think that you want to use public transport (iPad 4,IOS10).
    – rossmcm
    Oct 6 '18 at 19:35

Unfortunately, 3rd party Siri integration is something that hasn't been available to developers (yet). For example, it would be really nice to say, "Start a running activity with RunKeeper," and have it start a running activity.

The closest thing to this is to simply say "Open Google Maps." I know it may seem a little lacking, but that is all we get right now.

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    Ha Thanks! Guess I just needed to hear a NO. Anyways here is something I found on Google. macstories.net/tutorials/… Well its not really what I was looking for but just thought it relavant to the thread. Dec 13 '12 at 20:03
  • Pretty neat. Looks very creative. I am really hoping Apple releases an API for Siri soon. I know there is a lot to it, but I also know developers would use it. Dec 13 '12 at 20:07
  • I wouldn't expect an API for quite some time. There of course is a private API - but the best analysis on why it won't be open any time soon comes from Kontra.
    – bmike
    Dec 13 '12 at 20:40

Here is the closest and best bet I happened to find on Google:

Append "via transit" to the end of the voice command and Siri brings up a bunch of transport apps. You can click route on Google Maps and you should be on your way.


Pretty Slick!!!


I believe it is possible to invoke Google maps using Siri if you're running iOS 5 on your iPhone 4S. Sadly, one can't easily downgrade, so if you're already using iOS 6, you're out of luck for now.

  • Ooh - good edge case - some might still be on iOS 5.
    – bmike
    Dec 19 '12 at 19:43
  • I've revived an old iPhone running iOS 5, but it's not a 4S so no Siri.
    – Daniel
    Dec 19 '12 at 19:46
  • However, this is tagged iPhone-5, so...
    – bmike
    Dec 19 '12 at 19:47
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    Information needed to answer a question should be contained in the question, not in tags. Tags are for filtering. Period.
    – Daniel
    Dec 19 '12 at 20:01

Update: if you're using iOS 8 you can now just tell siri " driving directions to,,, using Google maps". Works most of time.

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