How to Auto Launch Google Maps in Cars

Auto Launch Google Maps in Cars

  • With Android Devices
  • With iOS Devices
  • FAQs

Google Maps has become a go-to tool navigation tool in modern times. Better connectivity and real-time information have aided in the convenience of drivers, resulting in higher drivability. That said, these advanced features helped Maps become necessary car features. In fact, Google Maps in cars can be automatically launched when the engine is turned on and navigate drivers to their destination. 

Let’s take a closer look at how to auto-launch Google Maps in cars after syncing it with smartphones. 

Automatically Launch Google Maps in Car With Android Devices

The integration of Android Auto allows drivers to sync their smartphones with the car’s infotainment system. That said, drivers can access many smartphone features through the infotainment system, including maps. 

Mentioned below is the process to sync smartphones with car infotainment systems and automatically launch Google Maps. 

  • Step 1: Check the car and phone’s compatibility. Ideally, an Android phone must have 5 GHz Wi-Fi support and an active data plan
  • Step 2: Navigate to ‘Play Store‘ and download ‘Android Auto’ (Android)
  • Step 3: Provide the app with all the necessary access and permissions
  • Step 4: Once done, a prompt ‘Turn on Autolaunch‘ will pop up with different Bluetooth connectivity options
  • Step 5: Select your car’s Bluetooth device from the pop-up, then tap ‘Turn On
  • Step 6: Open ‘Google Maps’ on your phone, and it will be mirrored on the car’s screen, ready to be used

After catering to these steps, Google Maps will automatically launch when the car engine is turned on. 

Tapping the Google Map icon to start the navigation
Google Maps can be launched automatically by syncing a smartphone with Android Auto or CarPlay

Automatically Launch Google Maps in Car With iOS Devices

The car’s infotainment system can be connected to iOS devices, but only to those that have the latest iOS versions. That said, prior to setting up Google Map auto-launch, update your phone to the latest iOS version.   

Here are the steps to automatically launch Google Maps on iOS devices. 

Launching Map In Car

Following are the steps to launch Google Maps in cars using an iOS device. 

  • Step 1: Install ‘Google Maps‘ (iOS) on your phone
  • Step 2: Connect the car’s infotainment system to the phone via a USB cable
  • Step 3: Once connected, a prompt will appear on the screen showing accessibility options. Select ‘Always Enable
  • Step 4: Select ‘Google Maps‘ and start the navigation 

Launching Map In Phone

To automatically launch Google Maps on iOS devices when driving, follow the below steps. 

  • Step 1: Navigate to ‘Shortcuts Apps‘ 
  • Step 2: Select ‘Automation‘ and click ‘Create Personal Automation
  • Step 3: Use ‘if-the‘ condition and set ‘launch Google Map when Bluetooth is connected
  • Step 4: Select ‘Bluetooth‘ and tap ‘Choose‘. Now select your car’s Bluetooth system displayed under. 
  • Step 5: Select ‘Action Button‘, ‘Scripting Option‘, ‘Open App‘ and choose ‘Google Map‘ 
  • Step 6: Click ‘Done‘, and the home screen will show Google Map launching automation


How can I prevent Google Maps from automatically launching on my iPhone?

If you have added the automation to turn on Google Maps when connected with the car’s Bluetooth, use the shortcut app to delete it. Navigate to ‘Shortcut Apps’, swipe left on the home screen and delete the automation. 

Does Google Maps initiate automatically while driving?

Yes, if enabled, Google Maps will be launched automatically when the engine is started.

What does my smartphone need to connect with Android Auto?

Your phone must have Android version 10 or Android 8.0 (Oreo), 5G support and an active data plan. 

These were all the steps to auto-launch Google Maps in cars. Synchronising your phone with your car can streamline many processes and make driving more enjoyable. However, the feature may not be available to many old cars. That said, if you want to upgrade to a car with advanced infotainment features, browse through these used cars for sale in the UAE and buy a car with an advanced infotainment system and better connectivity. 

If your car has a decent system, but it doesn’t work, here are some potential reasons for the car infotainment system not turning on and how to fix it. 

Stay tuned to dubizzle’s auto blog for more information on modern infotainment systems and features.


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