See recent places & explore Google Maps

You can discover all kinds of places and unique destinations using Google Maps on Android Auto.

Recent places

The recent places feature in Android Auto saves you time when you look for places you’ve been to recently. You'll also see suggestions based on your past searches on Google Maps. To see recent places in Android Auto, follow these steps:

If you’re on your phone:

  1. Tap the Directions icon  on the bottom left of your display.
  2. Tap Set Destination on the top of your display. 
  3. A list of recent places will show up. Select a result to start navigating.

If you’re on your car display:

  1. Tap the Directions icon   on the bottom left of your display.
  2. Tap the Search icon  on the top of your display.
  3. A list of recent places will show up. Select a result to start navigating.

Explore categories

Categories help you find places close to you, such as gas stations, parking garages, or coffee shops. To view categories on Android Auto, follow these steps:

If you’re on your phone:

  1. Tap the Directions icon  on the bottom left of your display.
  2. Tap Set Destination on the top of your display. 
  3. Select a category to see a list of results. 
  4. Select a result to start navigating.

If you’re on your car display:

  1. Tap the Directions icon   on the bottom left of your display.
  2. Tap the Search icon  on the top of your display.
  3. Tap Categories.
  4. Select a category to see a list of results. 
  5. Select a result to start navigating.
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