Google Maps has long been a favorite navigation tool for many people, and you might be a little disappointed when you discover that it is not the default maps application on your iPhone. Apple Maps will work fine for a lot of situations, but if you use Google Maps on your computer, you might have a history of saved locations that you prefer to access.
Fortunately you can get the Google Maps app on your iPhone, which allows you to sync with your Google account and store and use locations for future reference.
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Installing the Google Maps App on an iPhone
Note that you cannot replace the default Apple Maps app with Google Maps. For example, if you use Siri to get directions, they will be given in Apple Maps. If you want to use Google Maps, you will need to launch the app.
Step 1: Touch the App Store icon.
Step 2: Select the Search option at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Tap inside the Search bar at the top of the screen, type “google maps”, then select the “google maps” search result.
Step 4: Touch the Free button to the right of the Google Maps app, touch Install, enter your Apple ID password, then touch OK.
Step 5: Touch the Open button once the app has finished installing to launch Google Maps.
Step 6: Touch the blue Accept & continue button.
Step 7: Select your Google account from the list (if you already have a Google account on your iPhone) or enter your Google account information to continue. You can then enter addresses into the search bar at the top of the screen, touch the Menu button at the left side of the screen or get directions by touching the arrow icon or the car icon.
You can also follow our tutorial on how to add Google Calendar to iPhone if you would prefer to use that calendar app on your device.
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