In 2018, Google Maps added integrated media playback controls when navigating on iOS and Android. An update this week sees Google Maps finally support YouTube Music on this latest platform.
Google Maps has a full screen navigation user interface while driving. If the music is playing in the background, the responsible app icon will appear just below the "Mute" button.
Tapping “Browse” will load a grid of recent listens so you can quickly start something else without leaving navigation. There’s also a subtle progress bar on the main screen that’s themed.
After long working with Apple Music, Play Music, and Spotify, Google Maps now supports YouTube Music.
To set-up, visit Settings > Navigation settings. If “Show media playback controls” is enabled, you’ll be able to select a “Default media app” with YT Music finally appearing here.
This long-awaited integration requires Google Maps 10.43.2, which deployed widely earlier this week.
An updated version of YouTube Music is required, but additional support depends mainly on having the latest version of Maps.
Google Maps for iOS does not yet support YouTube Music.