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iOS 6 Tip: Add Google Maps to Home Screen

There’s a lot of user complaints over Apple’s new Maps app in iOS 6. If you’re unhappy with it, you can always use Google Maps in a browser. Here’s a groovy trick that will add Google Maps as an icon on your Home Screen. This work-around still opens Google Maps in Safari, but makes it feel more like a true app.

Add Google Maps Web App Icon to iOS 6

Launch Safari on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and type: maps.google.com in the address bar. A message screen will come up describing how to add the web app to the Home Screen.

Google Maps in Safari iOS 6

Tap the arrow icon to get a list of ways to share the page. Tap the Add to Home Screen icon and close out of Safari.

Add to Home Screen

Then give the icon a name – it’s Google Maps by default.

Name Google Maps icon

You’ll see the Google Maps icon on the iOS 6 Home Screen. Just tap on it to launch into the Google Maps web app.

iOS 6 Google Maps iconMaps View

This isn’t a new feature, you can add any webpage as an app shortcut on home screen – even in iOS 5. This doesn’t give you all of the features you’re used to in the old Maps app, but will tide you over until Apple fixes its version or Google releases a new standalone maps app.

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