Google has made it easy for Maps users to send directions to their Android-powered smartphone from a PC. The move allows you to find your destination at your computer using a much larger display, then pass the directions to your phone without having to perform a second search.
The new feature is available inside the latest version of Google Maps for Android — version 9.11.0. Once it is installed on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll see a “Send to device” option in Google Maps on your desktop. It appears at the bottom of the location card.
Click this option, and directions to the location will be sent to your Android device. The notification includes options for “Navigation” and “Directions,” so it’s ideal if you want turn-by-turn instructions or just want to see an overview of your route.
Alternatively, you can just tap the address to see the location in Google Maps — without automatically loading the route or navigation. From there, you can save the location to favorites, visit its website, share it with friends, and more.
One thing to bear in mind is that those who use Google Maps in “Lite mode” won’t see the “Send to device” button — even if they have the latest Maps update installed on their device.