Smart & Connected Life Smart Watches & Wearables Is Google Maps Available for Apple Watch? Google has pulled the maps app from the App Store...for now by Emily Price Writer Emily Price is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a freelance tech writer who focuses on emerging technology. our editorial process Emily Price Updated on October 23, 2020 reviewed by Michelle Adeola Adelufosi Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michelle Adeola Adelufosi is a marketing consultant with 9 years' experience working for a variety of clients. Her expertise includes social media, web development, and graphic design. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 08, 2020 Michelle Adeola Adelufosi Smart Watches & Wearables Working From Home Headphones & Ear Buds Smart Home Smart Watches & Wearables Travel Tech Connected Car Tech iPods & MP3 Players Tweet Share Email Google Maps is arguably one of the most useful navigation apps available, and while you used to be able to run it on nearly any platform, Google dropped support for the Apple Watch in early 2017. 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. Lisa Fasol / Lifewire When Google Maps Came to the Apple Watch Google Maps used to work only on computers, tablets, and smartphones, until September 2015, when Google announced the Apple Watch version of the maps app. 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. However, Google clearly expects to return the app to the Apple Watch at some time in the future. 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. You can trigger Apple Maps on your smartwatch by opening the app icon or by tapping an address from a message, like a text or email. Another way is to talk into your watch to start a new search. 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. For more help, find out how to use maps on the Apple Watch. Citymapper is another Google Maps replacement for Apple Watch that provides public transport information and Uber integration. However, it doesn't work in as many cities as Google Maps or Apple Maps.