Google Maps’ support for a wide range of devices makes it a preferred choice for many, including iPhone users. Plus, it is more accurate and supports wide space margins. If you rely on Google Maps to get daily directions like me, it can ruin the day’s productivity if it fails to do the job. Even worse, it can leave you stranded in unknown places.
If Google Maps fails on your iPhone, read the recommended fixes in this article to get it working.
- turn on location on iphone
- Close and Relaunch Google Maps
- force restart your device
- Check Google Maps Server Status
- Allow Google Maps Location Access
- Make sure your time zone is correct
- Check your Wi-Fi or mobile data connection
- Uninstall and reinstall/update Google Maps
- Recalibrate Google Maps
- Enable Background App Refresh for Google Maps
- update your iphone
- Reset Network Settings
- reset all settings
1. Turn on Location on iPhone
However, before proceeding, make sure that you have turned on Location on your iPhone as it needs to be activated for Google Maps to work. Also, this is probably the reason why Google Maps is not working on your phone.
To turn on Location on your iPhone, open Adjustment privacy location services → turn on location services,
pay attention, Also, make sure you install Google Map From the App Store if you haven’t already, as it usually isn’t built into the iPhone.
However, if Google Maps still fails despite turning on Locations, move on to the following fixes.
2. Close and Relaunch Google Maps
Force closing and relaunching apps refreshes them sometimes, and the case is no different with Google Maps either. Google Maps freezing can occur due to in-app problems such as caching, RAM, or failing to retrieve location data.
Force quitting and relaunching gives it a fresh start. Plus, it can jumpstart geolocation data downloads and keep it back up and running. Once off, tap on Google Maps to launch it again.
3. Force restart your device
If you find that despite force closing and relaunching Google Maps, it still fails to work, it may be time to restart your iPhone. Restarting your iPhone should fix RAM issues and refresh all your apps. You might also find this fix helpful if Google Maps fails to launch or freezes frequently.
4. Check Google Maps Server Status
Sometimes Google Maps may fail to work due to service shutdown or disruption. Although it is rare. But it can happen. And when it does, the service doesn’t take time to work.
To see if service is being interrupted in Google Maps, go here google maps platform, You’ll find a table of the Google Maps Services API on the page. A green checkmark to the right of each service indicates that it is working fine.
Otherwise, it means that the server is temporarily down. And there’s nothing you can do other than keep checking to see if it’s backed up.
5. Allow Google Maps Location Access
Despite turning on iPhone location, there’s no way for Google to update your geolocation if you don’t allow it on your iPhone. While this is Apple’s way of enhancing privacy, it can work against some apps.
To see if the location is turned on specifically for Google Maps and if not, turn it on:
- open iphone Adjustment,
- go for Google Map,
- tap Location,
- Choose Always To always have Location on for Google Maps.
pay attention, You can select any other option from the list, except never,
- Next, turn on exact location To provide better location detection accuracy to Google Maps.
pay attention: If Google Maps still doesn’t work, you might want to try a different location, as it might not capture your current location.
6. Make sure your time zone is correct
Incorrect time zone can cause Google Maps and other apps to malfunction or fail to launch. Also, if your time zone is incorrect, it results in a data delivery conflict because Google Maps cannot supply location data from your exact location. Also, if you have a time zone conflict on your phone, your internet connection may fluctuate.
Built-in software issues may cause your iPhone to sync in the wrong time zone which requires minor fixes. In such a case, you can try the solutions in our article on how to fix wrong date or time on iPhone. Once done, try opening Google Maps again to see if it works.
7. Check Your Wi-Fi or Mobile Data Connection
Of course, like most apps on your iPhone, Google Maps relies on a fast internet connection to work efficiently. One way to know if a Google Maps failure is due to a bad network is by popping an in-app connection error notification, usually.
Therefore, make sure that your Wi-Fi router or hotspot provider is in good working order. Then, if you’re sure that your router is working fine, you may want to turn Wi-Fi on and off on your iPhone to re-establish the connection. And if you use mobile data, make sure your internet is stable.
Additionally, if you use an iPhone 12 or 13 series, you may want to turn on the 5G connection.
8. Uninstall and Reinstall/Update Google Maps
If Google Maps freezes or slows down suddenly, you might be dealing with a bug or a caching issue. This could be because you recently updated your iOS version or because of other underlying issues with the app.
Simply uninstalling and reinstalling or updating Google Maps may fix the bug. Additionally, it removes caching because reinstalling from scratch gives you a fresh start with the app.
9. Re-calibrate Google Maps
This solution comes in handy when Google Maps can’t get your exact location when you use it live View, Re-calibration can improve Google Maps accuracy because it lets you manually scan buildings and objects around you and sync them to the map.
That way, people with whom you share your location can easily find you using the app live View,
pay attention:make sure to turn on exact location And allow Google Maps to reach the location mentioned before calibration.
Next, activate compass calibration On your iPhone:
- Open Adjustment privacy,
- Choose location services,
- Scroll to the bottom and tap system services,
- toggle compass calibration,
To re-calibrate Google Maps on Live View,
- Open Google Map on your iPhone.
- tap blinking blue dot on the map
- Choose Calibrate with Live View,
press Start If indicated.
- Next, follow the on-screen instructions.
10. Enable Background App Refresh for Google Maps
Background App Refresh allows apps that use up an internet connection to be updated when you are not using them. So, you don’t need to wait for such apps to load the next time you launch them as they already have data loaded.
You can activate Background Refresh for any app on your iPhone. Other than that, the process is the same across all apps. Although enabling Background App Refresh may consume your data, turning it on especially for Google Maps will not cause any significant change in data consumption.
11. Update Your iPhone
Like other apps, Google Maps can fail if the iOS version on your iPhone is obsolete and doesn’t meet the more updated OS requirements of the Google Maps version you have installed.
Therefore, updating the iOS version of your device ensures that you receive the new updates needed to run the modern features of the updated Google Maps. Furthermore, each iOS update is an improvement over the previous one. So even though there are conflicting bugs, an iOS update can fix Google Maps not working.
12. Reset Network Settings
Google Maps can also fail due to excessive network. And this sometimes happens because of the VPN and proxy or custom network configuration installed on your iPhone. However, a network reset removes all non-native network settings on your iPhone and refreshes your mobile and Wi-Fi data connections.
Note that resetting your network does not delete your files or data from your iPhone. This simply resets your network configurations to their factory state. Well, it improves overall internet connectivity and can help jumpstart Google Maps as well.
To reset your iPhone’s network settings:
- Open Adjustment,
- go for Mango Transfer or Reset iPhone,
- tap reset bottom left.
- Next, choose Reset Network Settings,
Now, follow the on-screen instructions.
13. Reset All Settings
So while a network reset only affects your connection configuration, resetting all settings is more comprehensive. Notably, it includes network reset and location reset, among others.
Since it also resets your location, resetting all settings on your iPhone can help point it to the correct location. That’s why Google Maps can work better.
To reset all settings on your iPhone, go here Adjustment Mango Transfer or Reset iPhone reset reset all settings,
pay attention: Like network reset, this action also doesn’t erase data or media from your iPhone, but does remove information like payment cards, location, privacy settings, etc.
I know how frustrating it is when you call on Google Maps to save yourself from getting lost, but it fails to respond. For many like us, this can be the daily compass. If you don’t use it often enough, you may be tempted to ignore it even if you know it’s faulty.
Getting it fixed before the rainy days can help stave off the frustration that comes with it. Do not know? You might have to rely on Google Maps in some form or another earlier than you imagined.
Did you find a solution for Google Maps not working on your iPhone? Let me know in the comment section below.