Setting Google Maps as the default navigation app on my iPhone was a game-changer for me. No offense to Apple Maps, but Google Maps has been my go-to for years, and being able to make it my default map app just made everything easier. If you’re like me and want to make the switch, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to set Google Maps as the default on your iPhone.
Step 1: Download Google Maps
If you don’t already have Google Maps installed on your iPhone, head to the App Store and download it. It’s a free app, and chances are you already have it, but just in case, make sure it’s on your device.
Step 2: Update to iOS 14 or Later
To set Google Maps as the default navigation app, make sure your iPhone is running on iOS 14 or later. This update brought the long-awaited feature that allows users to change default apps for web browsing and email as well as for navigation. If you haven’t updated your iPhone yet, go to Settings > General > Software Update to do so.
Step 3: Open Settings
Once your iPhone is updated, open the Settings app on your device. Look for the gear-shaped icon on your home screen and tap on it to enter the Settings menu.
Step 4: Set Google Maps as Default
In the Settings menu, scroll down and look for Google Maps in the list of installed apps. Tap on Google Maps to enter its settings. Here, you should see an option called “Default App” or “Default Browser App.” Tap on this option and select Google Maps from the list of available apps. Once you’ve done this, you have successfully set Google Maps as your default navigation app.
Step 5: Test It Out
To make sure everything is working as it should, try tapping on an address link from a text message or an email. Your iPhone should now open Google Maps instead of Apple Maps when you tap on an address. It’s a small change but one that can make a big difference in your daily navigation needs.
Making Google Maps my default navigation app was a simple but impactful change. Now, every time I need directions or open an address link, I can count on my favorite mapping app to show me the way. If you’re a Google Maps fan like me, I hope this guide helps you customize your iPhone to fit your preferences better.