Android users that like to plan their itineraries before walking out the door just got lucky. Yesterday Google announced a new feature that’s just been implemented in Chrome which lets you send directions from the browser directly to your Android device.
The announcement was made via Google+ and it says:
“Every minute after you clock out of the office counts. Next time you run errands after work, push directions from your computer to your Android phone and have them ready in hand as you head out the door.”
Using this feature is a no brainer, but you should know it’s a staged rollout so it might take a few days until everyone can use it. You need to be logged in with your Google account in Chrome and obiously use that same account on your Android device. Here’s what you have to do:
1. In Chrome’s omnibox or in the Google.com search field, type ‘send directions’.
2. You’ll be taken to a Maps page that shows the current location of your phone. If your account is linked to multiple devices, make sure the right one is selected – you can do that in the top right corner of the send directions box.
3. Type in your destination and use the Send directions option.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, and an animated one even more, Google attached a very self-explanatory GIF to their G+ post.
The directions will be sent to your phone right away and they will automatically load into the Google Maps app. I didn’t get the chance to try this myself, but some of my friends say it works with other navigation apps that are set as default, not just Google Maps.
There are also reports of users for whom the feature is available, but it doesn’t work, at least not yet. I don’t think its possible to instantly launch this worldwide, so if this happens to you just give it some time to rollout properly.