Google Maps just got a massive update for Wear OS smartwatches

Google Maps just got a massive update to its Wear OS smartwatches: they can now work without a smartphone, as long as you have an LTE model with a cellular network.

Those of you who use some of the best Wear OS smartwatches – such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 LTE model or the Google Pixel Watch LTE model – can download navigation data from Google Maps without having to pair the watch with your smartphone. This means that the next time you want to go for a walk, jog or bike ride, you won’t need to take your phone with you to know where you’re going.

Non-LTE Wear OS smartwatches can also use Google Maps updates as long as they are connected to Wi-Fi. But unless you’re traveling in a big city, it’s unlikely you’ll have a stable enough connection to take full advantage of this feature.

The Google Pixel Watch 4G model will now support Google Maps without a phone (Image credit: Future/Lance Ulanoff)

To use the new Google Maps tool, open the app on your Wear OS smartwatch, enter your destination using voice or keyboard, choose how you want to get there (walking, cycling or driving), then press Start and start your journey.

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