Add detours or places like gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, and more without exiting navigation mode.
Good news for those of you who use Google Maps on your iPhone.
Now you can add detours to your route for places like gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, and more — without exiting navigation mode. This feature first arrived on Android in October, but now Google is bringing it to the iOS as well.
“Finding and navigating to these last-minute pit stops used to force you out of navigation mode in Google Maps — and away from the traffic updates, turn-by-turn directions and map you rely on to stay on track,” Google Maps Product Manager Aditya Dhanrajani wrote in a blog post. Now that’s changing for iOS users.
Google today started rolling out the Maps detours feature to iOS devices in all the places it currently offers navigation, or more than 100 countries worldwide.
To try it out on your iPhone, just tap the magnifying glass at the top right corner of the screen when you’re in navigation mode. This will bring up a menu of options for places you might need to stop at — like gas stations, grocery stores, or restaurants.
If you don’t see what you need in the drop-down options, you can tap the search icon or use voice commands to look for a specific place or category. Search results will show ratings and as well as the estimated amount of time the detour will add to your trip.
“Whether you’re running an errand in your own backyard or roadtripping through a foreign land, Google Maps helps you get where you’re going, even if you have to make some stops along the way,” Dhanrajani wrote.
For more, check out PCMag’s full review of Google Maps for iPhone.