With Google Maps for the Apple Watch, you could quickly access routes to saved locations like your office or home, or pull up directions to any locations you recently navigated to from your phone. It made navigation, particularly by foot, even easier than it is through the iPhone app.
It’s unknown if or when Google will let Apple Watch users download Google Maps again, but in the meantime, there are alternatives you can use in place of Google Maps.
When Google Maps Came to the Apple Watch
The app was, of course, completely redesigned to fit on a watch screen, but it still offered an easy way to quickly find directions without pulling out your phone.
Why Google Dropped Support for Apple Watch
It’s unclear why Google quit supporting Apple Watch for their maps app, but some theories are that there was too small of a user base to keep it running and that Google wanted to redesign the app from the ground up.
Google Maps Alternatives for Apple Watch
Apple Maps is the free navigation app that’s available for the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Unlike how Google Maps used to work on Apple Watch, Apple Maps lets you see an actual map, albeit a very tiny one, so that you can browse the streets much like you would on your phone.
If you’re using Apple Maps while walking, the watch can vibrate a specific way to alert you which direction to turn. This is really handy so that you don’t have to glance down at your wrist each time you need to change directions.