How to make google maps default on iphone

Even though Apple Maps has made a lot of improvements, it still has many bugs & problems, which makes Google Maps a better choice. But as Google Maps is a third-party app, it makes it difficult to make it a default choice. However, in iOS 14, Apple has allowed its users to change the default browser, email & music, but can we make google Maps as default in iOS 14? If yes, then how to make google maps default on iPhone?

You cannot make google maps as default in iOS versions lower than 12. However, it has become [ossible to make google maps default in iOS 12, 13, 14. Even in these versions, the process is tricky. However, if you just don’t like apple maps, you can try making google maps default. 

Let’s get to know the process of making google maps as default on iPhone!

Can you make google maps your default on iPhone?

Yes and No both! You cannot directly make google maps default on iPhone. There is no official option from Apple to make google platforms apps as default on iPhones. 

However, in iOS 14, Apple has made an exception in some apps like browser, music, mail to make other apps default.

If you want to make google maps default on iPhone, there are two methods to do it. Unfortunately, both methods are somewhat tricky & can pose a threat to iPhones security. 

If you still want to do it, see the process below!

How to make google maps default on iPhone?

There are two methods to do it & both will only work in the iOS version higher than 12. Here are both with their process:

iOS Jailbreaking

In iOS jailbreaking, Software and hardware flaws can be used to remove restrictions on Apple devices that run the iOS operating system. However, if your phone is “Jailbroken,” there are some things you can do.

The jailbreaking can help you make google maps as default on iOS version 5.0 to iOS 11.4.1.

Before you jailbreak your phone, we strongly recommend that you back up your important data. That way, you can keep it for when you need it.

Even then, it’s not as simple as going into the settings and flipping a few switches. You need to install apps for each customization.

For jailbreaking your phone, you should contact a software engineer or an expert in this field. 


  • Get your phone jailbreak.
  • Now install a plugin named MapsOpener from Cydia Store.
  • The app will allow you to set Google Maps as default rather than Apple Maps.
  • Now, whenever you click on address or link, google maps will open as default.

Here is Youtube Tutorial video on how to do it:

Setting Google Maps as default for Chrome & Gmail

This is another way to set google maps as default on iOS, but it will only work on Gmail & Chrome. So, like, if you will click on any address on Chrome or Gmail, then it will open in Google Maps.

It is a safe & easy method of making Maps as default. But you have to make Chrome & Gmail the default Browser and mail system. This is only possible in iOS 14.

Making Gmail as default Mail System:

  • Go to Settings on the iPhone.
  • Find the Gmail app.
  • Choose it.
  • Now click on “default email app.”
  • Select Gmail from the drop-down menu.
How to make google maps default on iphone?

Here’s an easy tutorial to change the Mail System:

Now Gmail is set as the default email app. So it is time to make Google maps the first choice for locations on Gmail.

  • Start Gmail for iOS.
  • Tap the menu icon on the top-left.
  • Scroll & click on “settings”
  • Select “default apps.”
  • Select “Google Maps” from the “Navigation from Your Location” drop-down menu.
  • Do the same for the “Navigate between Locations.”
How to make google maps default on iphone?

Now, Google Maps is selected as the default app for locations from Gmail App. So whenever you open any location from Gmail, it will open in Google Maps.

Making Chrome as default Browser:

  • Open Settings
  • Check for Chrome & Select it
  • Select Default Browser App from the drop-down menu.
  • Then, click Chrome.

Chrome is now the default browser on iPhone. Now, whenever you click on any location, the phone will ask you whether to open it in Google maps or apple maps. 

This is how you can make Google maps default on iPhone. Although both the methods have certain limitations, they can still make Google Maps work for you as default.

Here’s a simple tutorial video to change the default browser:

How to open an address in Google Maps?

If, by any means, you are not able to make google maps the default maps app in iPhone, then you can still open addresses in google maps. For this, follow these easy steps:

  • Long Press the Adress
  • Now, you will see a context menu. 
  • Select on ‘Copy Address’ option
  • Now, open the google maps app & paste the address.

This way, you can easily use Google Maps without redirections to Apple Maps.

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How to make google maps default on iPhone ios 14?

The only method to make Google Maps your default map app on iOS 14 is to use other Google apps as your default apps. Jailbreaking your iPhone, which is not recommended and against the terms of service for the iPhone, is not an option.

There is a great deal of freedom in selecting Google Maps as your favorite map program because Google’s products are built to work with each other. Chrome and Gmail should be your primary online browser and email software, respectively. Then only Google maps will become the default for these apps.

What about deleting Apple Maps to make Google Maps default automatically?

You may remove some preinstalled programs from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, including Apple Maps. However, the default choice for Google Maps will not change even if you delete Apple Maps.

We actually tried this out by deleting Maps and then writing a postal address in Notes by hand. This was automatically turned into a link that we could click on. We clicked on it, hoping to be sent to Google Maps. In place of that, we were only given the option to ‘Restore “Maps?”‘ Or you can stop the action.

So this shows that google maps will not become default even after deleting apple maps.

Bottom Line

Google Maps is far better than apple maps, but as an iPhone user, some disadvantages come with it. You cannot change to google maps from apple maps. You have to go through a long process to do it, which is exhausting.

However, you can try the methods that we mentioned above if you only love Google Maps. If you have any queries, mention them in a comment; we will try to get back to you as fast as possible.

Thank you for reading!