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Send places from Google Maps to your Android device

A couple of clicks on your computer, and directions show up on your mobile device. It's like magic, but better.

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Late last week, Android Police discovered Google had enabled the ability to send directions from Google Maps on a computer to an Android device.

The feature was recently made available to iOS users.

Unlike the iOS equivalent, Android users don't need to enable anything within the app itself as long as you're running the latest version of Google Maps. You can check for any available updates by launching the Play store app, then selecting My Apps in the slide-out menu.

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Using the new feature is extremely simple. Visit Google Maps on your computer and search for a place. Just below the name and business hours you'll find a "Send to device" link. Click on it and select the device you'd like to send the information to.

The notification delivered to your Android device will offer options to begin navigation, or view directions.