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.

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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
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  • 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 – Tal Bereznitskey 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. – user1266515 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. – bassplayer7 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!!!

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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.

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  • 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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