I was bit sullen when I updated my iPhone 4S with iOS 6 this time around.  Usually I’m first in line for the new updates.  The latest and greatest from Apple is always a hot topic among my Risk Advisory Services teammates.  Daniel Robertson can tell you almost verbatim the words from Tim Cook’s mouth as he says them at Apple events. Daniel may have super powers we don’t know about yet.

That said, I had grown fond of Google Maps and was sad to see it go.  As an IT auditor, our team travels all over the mid-Atlantic; one week we are working in downtown Washington D.C. and the next week we’re in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains (no, seriously). It’s part of what makes this job cool.  Over the past 3 years (I was a late adopter) I’ve come to rely on my trusty Google Maps app—not only for directions, but for finding exciting local fare and festivities to pass the time in the evenings during the audit week.

The bad reviews for Apple’s map product scared me, so I conducted my own test.  I searched for “Chinese food” expecting to find the closet one to me, about two miles away.  Nope. Strike one.  Then I tried searching for the client I was visiting this week. Nope. Strike two.

Unfortunately for Apple, I only allow two strikes.

But all hope is not lost.  There is way to keep Google Maps alive on your iPhone! You may file it under “duh” when you read this, but I was really excited when I figured it out.

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone
  2. Go to maps.google.com
  3. Click the “Share” button at the bottom (square with arrow popping out)
  4. Click “Add to Home Screen”

There you have it. Now a clean icon for Google Maps lives right next to the cringe-inducing Maps icon from Apple.  All the necessary functionality of the old app appears to be there.  Not one to hold a grudge, I’ll keep checking on Apple’s Maps to see how it improves. But until it catches up, it’s good to know our old friend is still there for us.