One of the changes in Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 6, which launched today is that Google Maps has been replaced by Apple’s own Maps app.
Opinions are divided over which one is (or was) better, but if you’re in the camp that mourns Google Maps’ passing, never fear – there is a way to get it back on the Home screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as a web app.
1. Go to Safari (or any other web browser app) on your iDevice, type in the URL maps.google.com.au and tap ‘Go’. a mobile version of the browser version of Google Maps will appear, along with a little instruction box.
2. Tap on the box-and-arrow icon at the bottom of the screen and the new-look Share dialogue box will appear, with options for Mail, Message, Twitter, Facebook, Print, Copy, Bookmark, Add to Reading List and, right in the middle, Add to Home Screen. That’s the one we want.
3. An Add to Home dialogue will appear, with the option to save it with the default name “Google Maps” or to type in your own.
4. Hit the Add button and you’ll get a Google Maps icon in the first free space on your Home screen. It’s a great-looking icon which gives you one-tap access to a service which is almost as good as the old standalone app, though noticeably slower.