How to get Google Maps back on iOS 6

Macworld Australia Staff
20 September, 2012
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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 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.


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  1. Tony says:

    Thanks for that much appreciated.

  2. Gordon Stubbs says:

    Thank you, works a treat

  3. Liza Newby says:

    Sorry, didn’t work, because when I went onto URL and Google Map came up OK trhough Safari, and little instruction box came up with instruction to tap arrow – but no line as per your illustration with the arrow in it appeared. HELP please – I have just downloaded iO6 onto my IPad2 and lost Google Maps. We use Google Maps a lot to get about in strange places ( we are in UK at present) and I have been spooked by tales of horror re the Apple Maps App which I now have!

  4. Macworld Australia Staff says:

    Hi Liza

    On an iPad, once you have Google Maps up on Safari, the Share icon (the box with arrow coming out of it) is at the top of the screen, next to the URL field. Tap on it, and you’ll see the box in Step 2.


  5. Mandy says:

    Glad to have google maps back, is there a way to make it the default map as before or can it only be accessed from the icon. It used to be used thru my contacts thanks Mandy

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