Get directions to home and work with 3D Touch and Google Maps

By , Mar 1, 2016

Google Maps for iOS 3D Touch Home screen actions directions home work iPhone 6s screenshot 001

As part of yesterday’s update to Google’s iPhone and iPad mapping application in the App Store which brought pit stops to navigation mode, the refreshed software has replicated one of my favorite 3D Touch features found on Apple Maps: the ability to get directions to home and work right from the Home screen.

In the new Google Maps 4.16 for iOS, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners can press the app’s Home screen icon to bring up the shortcut menu with two useful Quick Actions: Directions to Work and Directions to Home.

Before using this feature, make sure that you have defined your work and home address by tapping Settings in the side menu within the app, and then Edit home or work.

In addition to getting directions to home and work with 3D Touch, the updated app packs in bug fixes and comes with the ability to add detours to your route like gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores and more.

RELATED: Get where you’re going with fewer steps using 3D Touch in Apple Maps

As I explained yesterday, adding pit stops is possible without leaving the navigation mode, which is much better than having to manually search for a pit stop and then navigate to it before restarting your original route, like before.

Google Maps for iOS pit stops teaser 001

The feature is accessible by tapping the magnifying glass at the top right corner of the navigation interface. Or, you can tap the search icon or use voice commands to search by specific name or category to find what you’re looking for. Your search results include ratings and the estimated amount of time the detour will add to your trip.

Download Google Maps at no charge in the App Store.

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  • Mustafa Bayrakdar

    I updated the app but 3D has not worked.

    • Launch the app and try again. It should work

      • Blip dude

        I Did, still a nope.

      • Friss

        Same, whatever I tried still nothing

  • Friss

    Installed the latest Google maps but 3D Touch don’t work, press and nothing happen, reinstall the app, restart the iPhone 6s and open and close the app also cannot

    • Andy

      You need to actually set a home/work address first before it pops up in 3D Touch.

      • Friss

        That was set way before this update, I just Google maps quite frequently, but then still the 3D Touch don’t work. Press nothing happen, just vibration like those app without 3D touch

  • JayDee917

    This is my new all-time favorite use of 3D Touch.

    I check my route to work from home, and vice versa, to check traffic conditions (I live in SoCal so traffic is a big thing) every single day. This saves me time and effort, exactly what 3D Touch was designed to do.

  • Shlomy Malka

    Not working for me, maybe related to jailbreak?

    • Dennis Ho

      It does not work for me either. I am not jailbroken.

  • Ivan

    3D touch doesn’t work on my 6S plus as well. Nobody can explain why. Home and Work addresses are set. Google support didn’t reply yet. Reinstalling the app didn’t help. People what do you think?

  • Ivan

    That’s weird. I restarted the app and now 3D touch function works. Don’t know what exactly i did, because yesterday i was doing the same action without success. Some stupid software logic i assume.


    In order to ENABLE 3D-Touch the you have to 1) configure home or work address (or both) and 2) Web & App Activity

    In my case, was disable at DOMAIN level on GOOGLE APPS. I requested the admin to enable it and the 3D started working.