Apple maps not accepting businesses - only shops?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Mildredop, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    I've just tried to get my business on Apple Maps. It's based at my home address and I get regular visitors (mainly clients, admittedly very little passing trade).

    "We apologise, but at this time we are only accepting businesses with a retail storefront or commercial location that our users can actually visit during the business day. Thank you for your understanding."

    I guess because my business is run from home, they decided it wasn't a place people could visit? I did correct them on this, but they still refused.
    It's fair enough - their app, their rules. But it seems a little odd. All that's going to do is ensure my website uses alternative mapping software and any links for directions will be using Apple's rival's map software.

    Also odd that Apple don't seem to want Apple maps to be all that useful.
  2. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    While I agree Apple maps is terrible and every time I use them I usually regret it. (I Went on a retreat this weekend on the shore of lake Michigan....instead of taking us the paved route it took me through some unpaved potholed road that was essentially someones driveway to get there.) This move doesn't suprise me. There may be some rules about having commercial addresses in a residential area when it comes to maps. I don't know the rules or laws but this one doesn't shock me. I think it has more to do with your area then your home. You see all those fortune teller places or insurance providers that are in old converted houses but they are on Main roads. They show up no problem.
  3. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    IMHO, Apple's F.O.S.! But, maybe there's a workaround?

    My gripe is that there's plenty of residential-based businesses in my Apple Maps apps on my iOS and Mac devices - including a "religious ministry" located in an apartment complex that my company is performing structural upgrades on.

    The workaround? The "ministry" business isn't listed on Apple's portal - but it IS listed in Yelp. So, it shows up on my devices with Apple Maps.

    FWIW, most of my employees and friends use Google Maps - on iOS and Android. I use it too, so make sure you're covered in that space too! Cheers!
  4. tvguy macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    Google shows to much of my location. I run the main part of my business from home and Google brings you to my front door...
  5. jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    I wonder if it is in response to peoppe who setup fake business locations to appear to be a real nearby company to get people to call them for mobile service. There were some locksmith scams where you'd call, get a quote and once the guy got there he'd demand a lot more.

    Unfortunately the legit businesses get caught in the crossfire.

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