How to get Google Maps back on your iOS 6 iPhone or iPad

iOS 6 sees Google Maps replaced with iOS Maps. Not happy with iOS Maps? Want Google Maps back? Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a standalone Google Maps app on Apple App Store… but there is still a way to get Google Maps back on your iDevice.

You see Safari on iOS has this cool feature called ‘Web Apps’. This Web Apps feature allows websites to, more or less, turn themselves into a standalone app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. This Web Apps feature is how you can get Google Maps back on your iOS 6 device; it won’t be the exact same thing as the Google Maps app on iOS 5 but it is good enough to allow you to utilize Google’s mapping service.

How To “Install” Google Maps on iOS 6

To get Google Maps back on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, do the following:

  • Open Safari and go to
  • Next allow Google Maps to access your location:

  • Once you let Google Maps access your location, the website will load. After the website loads, hit the arrow button at the button of your screen:

  • Now tap “Add to Home Screen”:

  • Finally, type whatever name you want the icon to have on your home screen (“Google Maps” is suggested but you can name it whatever you want) and hit “Add”:

  • Done! You should now have a “Google Maps” (or whatever name you selected) icon on your home screen. Tap this icon whenever you want to access Google Maps.


Until Google Maps appears as a standalone app in Apple App Store, this is the best way to utilize the service on your iOS 6 device. Enjoy!

[via BusinessInsider]

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  • Ashraf

    @Shava Nerad: Touche, Shava, touche.
    @Mardel53: That is very odd. Google Maps has been removed by Apple on iOS 6. Maybe they haven’t done it for the iPod Touch?

  • Mardel53

    I have an IPod Touch 4th Generation and recently updated to the OS 6; Had trouble too but it has been installed and after 4 hours of hard work, got everything back again. Anyway, I still have the app for Google Maps on my IPod Touch. It did not go away with everything that happened either. My IPod Touch got locked into recovery mode furing the installation of 6; and I could go on but it would take too much typing. I just wanted to say that Goole Maps is still where it was before 6.

  • I had heard what, six months ago tha Maps was going to be a casualty of the pissing war between Apple and Google. But on Google Plus yesterday at least there were dozens of Apple fanbois who were shocked that Maps was gone. Don’t people read release notes? Me, I’m actually still running ios3 and waiting for my at&t contract to run out in a couple months so I can get an android on another carrier. Clue?