Google Maps for iOS (Info sheet and Explore, Material Design 001)

Google’s native Maps application for the iPhone and iPad now includes a handy option to send a place you search for on desktop to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Before you can use this handy feature, you must update to Google Maps 4.7 for iOS or later, and enable this option in settings. In this post, I’m going to teach you how to set up and use this feature so you can easily send any place from Google Maps on your desktop to your iOS device.

Before you can take advantage of sending places from desktop to mobile, notifications must be enabled on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and you must be signed in to Google Maps on your computer and mobile device with the same account.

How to enable desktop-to-mobile place sending

Step 1: Open Google Maps on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Tap on the icon in the upper left corner to reveal the lefthand menu. Now tap Setting > Notifications and enable “Sent from desktop maps”.

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Tip: To view and access your recently received places, go to the “Recent notifications” section in Google Maps for iOS.

How to enable notifications in Google Maps

To send places from desktop to mobile, notifications must be enabled on your iOS device. To enable Google Maps alerts on your iPhone or iPad, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Navigate to the Notifications section.

Step 3: Scroll down and tap Google Maps.

Step 4: Flip the Allow Notifications switch to ON.

How to send a place from desktop to mobile

Step 1: Log in to on your desktop.

Step 2: Now search for a place by dragging the map around, or use the search field at the top to quickly search for places by name.

Step 3: When you find a place you’d like to send to your mobile device, use the Send To Device option in the place information card.

Google Maps desktop send to mobile device

How to view saved places on your iOS device

Step 1: Open Google Maps on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Now tap the lefthand menu to access options.

Step 3: Go to the Your Places section, as shown below. Here you can view all of the places you’ve saved to Google Maps as a logged-in user.

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Tip: In this section, you can also add or edit business hours for a place, plus access your reviews and photos you have posted while logged in to Google Maps.

Google Maps 4.7 for iOS changelog

  • Send places you search for on Google Maps desktop to your mobile device (Notifications must be enabled)
  • Add/edit business hours for places
  • View your reviews and photos from “Your places” profile
  • Bug fixes

The 28.2-megabyte app supports an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or newer.

Grab Google Maps free in the App Store.