The brushback to Apple’s decision to take over the Maps application has left many of users longing for Google Maps. It’s still unclear as to when or if the Google Maps app will become available in the App Store. While it’s not as elegant as a native app, you can add a shortcut to Google Maps on your homescreen. Here’s how to add Google Maps back on your iPhone in iOS 6, well sort of.
Open Safari and navigate to maps.google.com
- You should receive a prompt to allow Google Maps to use your current location. Select ‘OK’.
- At the bottom, click on the arrow icon.
- Select the option to ‘Add to Homescreen’
- That’s it, you can gain easy access to Google Maps on your iPhone.
Google Maps on Safari will provide you with the same reliable mapping data you’ve come to expect and found missing within iOS 6. The speed and accessibility will not be on par with a native application, but at least you have options. Hey, it’s like we are back in the pre-App Store world of apps.