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Google Maps introduces glanceable directions to simplify navigation for users

Google Maps has introduced a feature that promises to make navigation more accessible and convenient than ever before.

Known for its continuous efforts to improve its navigation app, Google has now rolled out glanceable directions, a feature designed to bring critical navigation information directly to your lock screen.

Throughout 2023, Google developers have been hard at work, refining the Maps experience with innovations like the Immersive View.

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Despite these advancements, one highly anticipated update had remained just out of reach for users: glanceable directions.

However, this is no longer the case, as Google Maps is set to become an indispensable tool on your lock screen.

Glanceable Directions Now on Google Maps

Glanceable Directions Now on Google Maps
Tapping the blue dot/arrow lets you quickly enable/disable from the “Your Location” sheet.

Initially announced in February of the previous year, glanceable directions had somewhat fallen off the radar for many users.

This feature is designed to display essential information such as real-time ETA and turn-by-turn directions on the lock screen, eliminating the need to unlock your phone repeatedly during a journey.

It enables users to track their progress in the route overview without starting granular directions, offering a convenient way to double-check routes in familiar localities.

New settings for glanceable directions in Maps
New settings for glanceable directions in Google Maps

Furthermore, when enabled, Google Maps automatically reroutes and updates the route preview if you veer off-course, whether walking, driving, or biking.

Despite the promise of a rollout in the months following its announcement, glanceable directions remained conspicuously absent from the Maps settings page until January 2024, nearly a year after its initial unveiling.

If enabled, it turns into an arrow that points where to go. That arrow usually only appears when you fully start navigation. (This is the main difference we’ve noticed without actually testing on a live trip.)
When “Glanceable directions while navigating” is off, you just get a blue dot marking your location

However, the feature is now being spotted by users worldwide, with a new toggle for glanceable directions appearing silently on Android and iOS devices.

The Android Police team has confirmed its availability across multiple countries, signaling the global rollout long awaited by many.

How to Activate Glanceable Directions

In the February launch, Google confirmed glanceable directions would arrive on Android and iOS devices worldwide in the coming months.
In the February launch, Google confirmed glanceable directions would arrive on Android and iOS devices worldwide in the coming months.

To activate glanceable directionsusers can navigate to their profile icon in the top right corner of the Maps screen, select Settings, and then Navigation settings.

The option for Glanceable directions is found just past the Map Display section.

It is worth noting that the feature is turned off by default, meaning many users may have overlooked its presence despite its availability.

When “Glanceable directions while navigating” is off, you just get a blue dot marking your location
If enabled, it turns into an arrow that points where to go. That arrow usually only appears when you fully start navigation. (This is the main difference we’ve noticed without actually testing on a live trip.)

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