Google Maps features many tools that make navigation more palatable, including the ability to play music directly from the map interface. Its a nifty feature, as one of the most annoying things when driving is being unable to browse your music or see whats playing. (Were assuming youre not driving while music browsing, because youd better not be.)
The three musical players that you can connect to the app are Google Play Music (on Android), Apple Music (on iPhone), and Spotify. With the former two, as they are built into their respective phone OSes, all you have to do is enable permissions. Spotify requires a few extra steps. So heres how to connect your Spotify account to Google Maps from your phone.
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For starters, the process is much more streamlined if you have the Spotify app installed and youre logged in, so I recommend doing that if you havent already.
Go to the settings on your Google Maps app, then find the navigation menu. About halfway down the list youll see Music Playback Controls, which is where youll connect sSpotify. When you open this up, youll see your options (again, depends on the OS, but Spotify is the constant). The app also reminds you here that you should pay attention to your surroundings.
When you select Spotify, and depending on whether you have Android or iOS, youll be prompted to open the app. From within the app, youll authorize the accounts to be connected.
Then, when you open up Google Maps again, youll see your music player at the bottom of your screen. From here you can browse your recent playlists or scrub through the songs at your leisure. Just do not and we cannot stress this enough do so at the expense of safe driving. Good luck!