How can I disable Apple Maps as my default map app?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by MikeonTV, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. MikeonTV macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2007
    I live in Seoul and the Apple Maps coverage here is horrible. Google Maps however is very helpful. I have the Google Maps app for my normal map viewing but whenever I open an app that uses a map it defaults to Apple Maps.

    I seriously am taking the metro today instead of the bus because I can't see which bus will take me to where I need to go.

    How can I disable apple maps as my default? Is there a Cydia customization?
  2. Boredathome macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    There could possibly be a jailbreak tweak. But non-jailbroken you're out of luck I'm afraid.
  3. Idefix macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2012
  4. MikeonTV thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2007
    No it doesn't MapsOpener just opens links in Google Maps. It doesn't force Google Maps to be default when you use a map in a different app.
  5. itchster macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    As far as I know you can't change that at the moment, even with a jailbreak. Maps in third party apps use Apple's Map API (Mapkit?) so unless a hack is developed that redirects all those API calls to somewhere else each individual developer would have to change the app to use Google's maps API or another Maps API.

    As far as I know, no such hack exists
  6. youradhere4222 macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2007
    Apple knows what's best for you and doesn't what you to change your default maps app.

    So yeah, you have to jailbreak.
  7. MikeonTV thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2007
    My phone is jailbroken. If you read my post carefully you would notice that.

    And the bus app that I'm using hasn't upgraded since I updated to iOS6. I'm certain the app just access whatever map is default.
  8. vahighland macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2009
    Wow this really brings back memories. I remember when Microsoft was sued by the federal government (and subsequently by some states) for bundling their browser with their operating system, forcing Microsoft to allow other browsers to be installed/integrated with the OS.

    We should have the option to install other browsers, map apps, etc. to replace the default ones with full functionality. Amazing how times have changed. I guess the government loves Apple.
  9. Idefix macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2012
    Ah, you're right! Sorry--I thought that's what you wanted--but now I see your point...

    Still, it's a small step forward--can't expect toooo much from Apple in openness, can we?
  10. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    One big difference, Microsoft bascially had a monopoly on the PC OS share.
    ios is not anywhere near where microsoft was as far as percentage of marketshare goes.
  11. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    It isn't far off, certainly enough in European terms.
  12. wknapp0924 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Honolulu, HI
    If you want to use Siri for directions, I believe if you say give me directions to so and so and then at the end add on "by transit" it will give you an option to click on google maps, best fix for me so far.

    What you are asking though does not seem to be available yet.
  13. Garrett67 macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2010
    I was just going to say this. I say 'Via Transit' but not sure if it matters.

    Just tested it, doesn't matter. When I ask though, it gives me the option to choose Google Maps or Waze and also shows App store apps that I can download.

    I don't use navigation often, so that doesn't matter much to me.
  14. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Apple knows what's best for you. You don't need google maps. Apple got rid of them so they could do maps "right".
  15. prestigioo macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2013
    browser changer will do it it has an option to force Google Maps to be default
    but it still not iOS6 compatible
    you can try it on ios6 but it will cause safe mode when asking siri about locations.
  16. Eric374 macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2006
    Wichita, Kansas
    I'd like to see something that does the opposite, forces everything to open in Apple maps. Apple maps has been wonderful for me and I'm not downloading Google anything.
  17. Moily macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2015
    Hah you clearly worked on maps
    Because it's so inferior to g maps it's not funny
    I can't tell you the number of times
    I've been dumped into it because Apple sucks and forces
    You to use their crap when there is better stuff out there
    Only to have it misdirect me or have such bad ui Or ux
    That I had to literally struggle to get the info I needed
  18. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Digging up a 2 year old thread to not really post anything worthwhile...yeah...

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