MacMost Now 771: Putting Google Maps Back On Your iPhone

iOS 6 removes the old Google Maps app and replaces it with the new Apple Maps app. While this new app features flyover and spoken turn-by-turn directions, people miss Google Maps features like Street View and biking directions. You can get those back, plus the familiar Google Maps look by simply going to the Google Maps web site in Safari. You will get a iPhone-specific version of the maps site, and be able to access Street View and more.

Comments: 9 Responses to “MacMost Now 771: Putting Google Maps Back On Your iPhone”

    Charlotte
    7 years ago

    As always, Gary, wonderfully useful information.

    I have yet to upgrade to iOS6 for no other reason than I just haven’t had the time. Hopefully, later this week I will be able to get it done. Any recommendations on preparing iPod Touch for the upgrade in addition to disabling lock screen and making a fresh backup in iTunes? I have been little by little upgrading all the apps.

    Also, when I do have iOS6 on my iPod Touch, I had thought to use the Apple map app to help build it’s database, but I am suspicious that iPod Touches may be of no use in this, as, perhaps, Apple only uses iPhones and iPads with cell tower service, in the crowd sourcing. Your thoughts on this?

    Hope you are enjoying a lovely day.

    -Charlotte

      7 years ago

      A fresh backup to iTunes is all you really need. Do an “Update All” on the apps to get that out of the way too.
      A wifi-only device would naturally be less useful for updating Maps, as you can’t really take it with you as you drive. But I’d imagine any reports you file would be considered just as useful.

    Jeff Tucker
    7 years ago

    Thanks as always Gary for your very informative tutorials.. I don’t know what I would do without MacMost Now.. Thanks so much for your effort. Jeff

    Carol Preston
    7 years ago

    When’s your best guess for an improved Apple maps to rival Google (if possible)?

    Do you have a video on how to get the best use out of the iOS 6 maps feature?

      7 years ago

      No idea. Apple has never played in this space before, so there is no way to guess how fast they may move. Plus, it depends on what you mean. Rival in what sense? It is better to talk specific features: which feature are you missing that you hope Apple adds?
      Same with “best use” — I did a video on using the new Apple Maps for spoken directions here: http://macmost.com/ios-6-maps-app-turn-by-turn-directions.html
      But the rest of the app is pretty much the same. Have you played with it? It uses the same controls.

    Jeff
    7 years ago

    Great tip. It took me only a few minutes to get the Google Map icon and “app” back on my iPhone. Thanks!

    Suzanne
    7 years ago

    Slightly off the subject, but I keep trying to get Maps to talk to me on my iPhone3, which I have updated to ios6. MapQuest speaks, but I can’t figure out how to get Maps to do that. Am I missing something or is it the older phone that is the problem?

      7 years ago

      Which iPhone do you have (there is no such thing as an “iPhone 3” — there is the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5). The only way to get Maps to talk to you is to have Siri. Siri is only for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

        Suzanne
        7 years ago

        I have one of the 3s–no Siri. Bummer. Well, Maps will have to wait until I upgrade the phone. Thanks for the explanation.

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