Google has been focusing a lot on YouTube Music recently as the company aims to phase out Play Music. The Mountain View-based tech giant has been introducing new features like live lyrics support, a new “Now Playing” screen, subscriptions tab, and more for YouTube Music. Now, the music streaming platform is integrated into Google’s navigation app, Google Maps.

Google added the support for YouTube Music on its Maps app with a recent update (version 10.43.2). With this integration, users can access, manage, and play music on the platform within Google Maps without needing to leave their navigation screen.

Now, the built-in media playback controls in Google Maps has been existing for a long time now. The feature supports music streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Play Music and now YouTube Music just joined the group.

How to Set YouTube Music as a Default Media Player in Google Maps

Now, to switch your default media player in Google Maps (which is Play Music) to YouTube Music, all you need to do is:

  • Open Google Maps.

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  • Tap your profile on the top right corner of the screen.
  • Open Settings.

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  • Go to “Navigation Settings”.

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  • Check if “Show media playback controls” is on or not. If not, then toggle the switch on the right to turn it on.

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  • Now, from the “default media app” selection box, choose “YouTube Music” and tap “Next”.

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  • After your confirmation, your default media player in Google Maps will be changed.

After this, you will find the YouTube Music icon on the right of your screen whenever you start a trip. 

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You can tap the icon to start listening to your last song right away. You also get a “Browse” button that opens up a grid of songs from which you can choose your preferred one.

By now, we all know that Google is pushing out Play Music in order to make YouTube Music the default music player for Android smartphones. Recently, the company introduced a tool to transfer all your media from the Play Music to YouTube Music and later released it for early testers.

And now the integration of YouTube Music in Google Maps paints a clearer picture of Google’s plans with Play Music.

So, what do you guys prefer? Play Music or YouTube Music? Do let us know down in the comments.