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Maps - Navigate & Explore

Maps - Navigate & Explore

Google LLC

Real-time GPS navigation & local suggestions for food, events, & activities

4.2 Ratings 16M+ Reviews 5B+ Downloads
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Ratings & Reviews

4.2
15.9M+ Ratings
  1. 5
    70%
  2. 4
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  3. 3
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  4. 2
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  • Best Mapping App Available Jan 19, 2019

    By kluke3
    I’ve been using Google Maps for many years and have seen it evolve into a terrific app. that I simply couldn’t do without. I have a very poor sense of direction and this app. allows me to get around the big city I live in. The most recent update now includes the speed limit of the road you’re traveling on. This was the only thing I liked on Apple maps, now Google has it too. I live in a big city and so far the Google speed has matched the posted speed and even changed when I cross over an intersection, then the speed limit changes. If you don’t like the speed limit feature, it can be turned off in the settings / navigation screen of the app. Offline maps are an absolute life saver for instanced where you travel to areas where cell signals are intermittent or weak. They are easy to setup and remove. So far, on the iPhone I have not had a single issue with this app., unlike the dreaded Apple maps that to this day, doesn’t always give me the proper directions, and takes too long to figure out when I veer off the path. Google maps, responds instantly, and reroutes you eliminating a lot of stress. In a case where you find an error in routing, if it’s reported to google, they will listen to you and fix it. Be patient though as they have to verify it, before they change it. They have a feature within the app that should be turned on by default, where you shake the phone with the app. open, the the feedback screen pops up.
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  • Critical bug pls fix this Every time I use google it ask me to download the app😡 Aug 9, 2020

    By NaoTe1
    I’ve already downloaded the App😡😡 When am using Safari -> Google-> find location xx near me-> direction -> Navigate -> it opens Get the app and I have the option of ‘Continue’ of ‘Not now’ Not now take me to Navigate Button Again and it wont even let me continue to direction without asking me to download the App. ( which I have downloaded the app) It just takes me back to Navigate button back and back again Navigate not now Navigate not now. It used to give me the option ‘Continue’ and ‘Not now’ and when selected ‘Not now’ it would ask to enter my location....which btw my location is turned on my Settings for google then lands to ‘Continue’ and ‘ Not now’ options. ‘Continue’ and ‘Not now’ both will open the App page and ask you to download the app all the time. And btw all this is while am prob stopped at a traffic light or driving and wanna do a quick search things to find near my loc. How can an app always ask you to download all the time? Either give us the option ‘Not now’ to work properly or direct us google map page picking up my location and the location googled. Or give us back the use the old web option which is google-> direction -> navigate-> pick my location -> then the Googled address-> Navigate to continue to direction simple and easy... So annoying and frustrating !!!
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By John Kelly
    There are just two things that make this otherwise-great app extremely frustrating. Here's one: Lack of local bias. If I'm using Maps to find a gas station, restaurant, recycling center, etc., odds are a million to one that I'm looking for one close by. If I wanted to search for gas stations in general, I'd use Google, wouldn't I? If you ask someone "Where's a gas station?" he doesn't start with gas stations two states away, he starts with the nearest one. Do that.
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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Souveek Bose
    Excellent app - without it, I wouldn't reach my target location 70% of the time. It has also literally saved my life on one occasion. However, the new icon is a branding/marketing disaster. It's great that the new icon follows the same branding scheme as other Google apps. However, with so many apps including non Google apps using white, red, blue and the circular icons, it is now impossible to find the app without searching. Definitely worth fixing ASAP
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  • Worse over time Jun 8, 2019

    By sarwalmac
    Let’s get one thing straight: I love google. I use Google Chrome over safari, Google Calendar over the one that comes with iPhone, and for a long time, I used Google Maps over Apple Maps. Google Maps a year ago was amazing. It always knew right where I was, the voice notifications were brief and prompt, and the app overall was just easy to use. Fast forward to today. Maps only communicates in NSEW directions “Head East” (Who knows that?), the voice notification system is mediocre at best, and to say that Google Maps is glitchy is an understatement. I just went to a new city and drove my car around, and more often than not I was slinging my car across four lanes of traffic trying to make an exit that Google didn’t let me know I needed to take, or saying that I was on the wrong side of the road, going the wrong way or off the road entirely into the bushes (all the while I had at least 3 bars of LTE on Verizon. Coverage and carrier were not the issue). That was the final straw. This app that used to be more helpful was now potentially putting my life (and the life of my grandmother and friend) at risk. I still refuse to use Apple Maps, and have joined Waze. If the glitches can be fixed I may use again, but overall I am very disappointed!
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Kay Brown
    Stopped talking a few weeks ago but gave silent directions. Very difficult to find your way when alone. Checked into the app and found that it needed an update. Cleared cache did update. Wow! Now won't load up. Gos through process and gives white screen. Used this religiously every day for a year and a half while in Ireland and Scotland it was wonderfull. Ya messed up a good thing. Hope you can get it fixed soon! Looking for something to replace.
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  • Progressively getting worse Jul 21, 2019

    By Geordie Buckley stan
    As someone else mentioned, the directions do not keep up with your physical movement. The GPS dot moves all over the place even if you are standing in one spot making it extremely difficult to get your bearings in an unfamiliar place. I may not know where I am, but I do know where I am not (...unless the men's fragrance section of Macy's has been moved outdoors and a block over). Adding to the challenge, the street names can be difficult to find. You may have to zoom out a significant amount for the one you are looking for to appear. God forbid you want to zoom out and look for something in another area. Every time I have tried recently, it just brings me back to the area I'm currently in. Using the transit directions prove to be equally obnoxious. There will be directions to "Walk" but no explanation of where to (no "turn left on X Street") so you have to rely on their map and faulty GPS. The public transit are very confusing and counterintuitive (perhaps they're sufficient for people used to using public transit?). I couldn't always clearly tell when a bus/train was arriving. Not sure what happened with the last few updates, as I have used Google Maps reliably on a number of past trips. I already hated to give my data over to Google but the frustration with this app on this trip makes it easy to try something new. I imagine orienteering would be easier than using this app!
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  • With the ios 14 update, Google maps have not been working for the last 2 weeks. Sep 30, 2020

    By Jackdep
    Hello! I am a professional Driver and have been using Google maps for 3 years. But literally the last 2 weeks have become impossible to use Google Maps. I even decided to write a review in the hope that the developers would hear me and fix bugs. I believe that Google maps began to work poorly since the moment Apple released the new iOS 14. Maps began to simply slow down, freeze, and turn off arbitrarily. Just awful! I am so sad and sorry that I cannot use my favorite google maps as before. Developers please hear me and Fix it. This is really a problem now. All of my friends are also professional drivers who used google maps every day - they all say that it is impossible to use Google maps for the last two weeks. I've heard this from more than 50 people. And please, the developers don’t t need to give advice such as you give as a standard for all comments. I tried to clear cookies, cleared memory, Google maps on my latest version, I rebooted the phone - none of this helps. This is what you have in the system inside. You just haven't made compatibility with devices on iOS 14. and I'm not the only one with many I spoke to - all the same problems. Please correct this. I really want to use convenient and reliable Google maps as before. Thank you for your understanding!
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  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Allison Sands
    This has always been one of my favorite apps until this past week when it STOPPED working entirely! I have Uninstaller and reinstalled it, I have restarted my phone 3 times, now I see they released an "update" on 10/22/20 and that explains it all. Very unreliable and irresponsible to put out an app that just doesn't work when it's supposed to ensure people are safe on the road and not lost. Thank goodness my kid isn't relying on the app to get from place to place as a new driver...
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  • Oct 20, 2020

    By Melissa Geiser
    I use to use this all the time and rarely have issues with it. This year has been the worse. It doesn't give me multiple alternate routes, does not take me to the exact address all the time, it will tell me the address I'm looking for doesn't exist when it does, it's even given me the same address but it's in 2 different areas and the last one it changes the town I'm going to to another one with the full address including the zip code. I'm in the process to finding another GPS.
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Reviewed by Kaylin on April 11, 2018

  • Best Mapping App Available Jan 19, 2019

    By kluke3
    I’ve been using Google Maps for many years and have seen it evolve into a terrific app. that I simply couldn’t do without. I have a very poor sense of direction and this app. allows me to get around the big city I live in. The most recent update now includes the speed limit of the road you’re traveling on. This was the only thing I liked on Apple maps, now Google has it too. I live in a big city and so far the Google speed has matched the posted speed and even changed when I cross over an intersection, then the speed limit changes. If you don’t like the speed limit feature, it can be turned off in the settings / navigation screen of the app. Offline maps are an absolute life saver for instanced where you travel to areas where cell signals are intermittent or weak. They are easy to setup and remove. So far, on the iPhone I have not had a single issue with this app., unlike the dreaded Apple maps that to this day, doesn’t always give me the proper directions, and takes too long to figure out when I veer off the path. Google maps, responds instantly, and reroutes you eliminating a lot of stress. In a case where you find an error in routing, if it’s reported to google, they will listen to you and fix it. Be patient though as they have to verify it, before they change it. They have a feature within the app that should be turned on by default, where you shake the phone with the app. open, the the feedback screen pops up.
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  • Oct 21, 2020

    By Hello House
    We like it. Would be nice if it could be easier to update hiking / biking trails. Really enjoy that you can leave ratings and photos and even leave a rating for bus stops. If only government employees and politicians read these. At least it is a great venue to explore areas and leave suggestions and history bites. Another helpful edit to would be to add green space. Small parks make a big difference to communities. Not seeing them properly on the map detracts from their true value.
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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Souveek Bose
    Excellent app - without it, I wouldn't reach my target location 70% of the time. It has also literally saved my life on one occasion. However, the new icon is a branding/marketing disaster. It's great that the new icon follows the same branding scheme as other Google apps. However, with so many apps including non Google apps using white, red, blue and the circular icons, it is now impossible to find the app without searching. Definitely worth fixing ASAP
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  • Lots of things to say... Jul 9, 2020

    By By David Achter
    I used to LOVE this app. But it needs a refresh. When I first got this, about 2 years ago, it was amazing. The integration with your Google account is very helpful. Suggestions are much better than Apple Maps, and I still think more businesses and places are on Google Maps than Apple Maps. That being said, now I’m using Apple Maps. Why? For starters, the colors on the map are very bland, and don’t show much detail. Apple Maps is just a pleasure to look at. The zooming in and out is not very fluid nor smooth, and when you launch the app there are simply too many pop ups, to the point where you really can’t see much of the map without swiping multiple things away. Also, integration with StreetView would be nice, especially since Apple has already built look around right into their app. So now I’m forced to make a choice: The pleasure to use, seamless Apple Maps, or the more reliable, clunky Google Maps? So far, I’m using Apple, but if Google can get their app working more nicely and fluidly, than there will simply be no competition. 4 stars for now, and iPhone users will simply have to make that choice for themselves.
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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Ronny Byerly
    I'm an avid user of maps. My family and I use it to track or locations too. As of the last update (location sharing), whenever I zoom into a location, it automatically zooms back out. Frustrating is an understatement. Update: Service got back to me same day. They helped me to resolve my problem. Thank you guys for the walk through.
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  • Better than iOS Maps Nov 13, 2017

    By susie107
    I guess I didn't even realize the difference between this and the native apple map. I switched to iPhone last year and was used to pressing a map link and it opened right up in maps. Well, apple does that too...but when I needed it badly I had to come download google maps. I was stuck in a delivery parking lot of a huge hospital in an unfamiliar city that apparently had one address for the whole campus. Apple's map made me almost lose my mind- "Turn right then turn right! Go southwest then immediately go north then turn right! Turn left then turn right!" It was insanity. I finally broke down and googled what I needed which prompted me to download Google Maps...And I was immediately given correct directions and found my medical office in less than 5 minutes. Now every time I need directions I find Google Maps is the only one that's accurate. 4 stars because it turns me sideways sometimes and did have me turn right off of an exit just to make an immediate u-turn when it should have just told me to turn left from the jump. Still- it gets me there which is what I ultimately care about.
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  • Almost perfect (almost) Jan 23, 2018

    By Gregory Lerner
    For the vast majority of usage, this app has been flawless. The traffic is accurate, the routing is good, and the user interface is simple and easy to use. However, I have found some things to be quite annoying. For one, I have found that sometimes when I am in the far left lane on the highway, the app will think I am on the wrong side of the road causing it to constantly reroute me (this mostly happens in HOV lanes and high speed ezpass lanes). Another issue is that if I purposely choose a slower route because it is fewer miles the app will constantly tell me it found a faster route (I know there is a faster way, but I purposefully chose the longer timed route!) this is very frustrating, and on my last 2 hour drive it told me 5 times that there was a faster way and I had to take my hand off the wheel to cancel the change. Finally, my last complaint is that there aren't more alternate routes given. I’m lucky if the app gives me 3 options, whereas online you can drag the route to any road and it will find a route. Other than these issues though, the app is very well implemented.
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  • Critical bug pls fix this Every time I use google it ask me to download the app😡 Aug 9, 2020

    By NaoTe1
    I’ve already downloaded the App😡😡 When am using Safari -> Google-> find location xx near me-> direction -> Navigate -> it opens Get the app and I have the option of ‘Continue’ of ‘Not now’ Not now take me to Navigate Button Again and it wont even let me continue to direction without asking me to download the App. ( which I have downloaded the app) It just takes me back to Navigate button back and back again Navigate not now Navigate not now. It used to give me the option ‘Continue’ and ‘Not now’ and when selected ‘Not now’ it would ask to enter my location....which btw my location is turned on my Settings for google then lands to ‘Continue’ and ‘ Not now’ options. ‘Continue’ and ‘Not now’ both will open the App page and ask you to download the app all the time. And btw all this is while am prob stopped at a traffic light or driving and wanna do a quick search things to find near my loc. How can an app always ask you to download all the time? Either give us the option ‘Not now’ to work properly or direct us google map page picking up my location and the location googled. Or give us back the use the old web option which is google-> direction -> navigate-> pick my location -> then the Googled address-> Navigate to continue to direction simple and easy... So annoying and frustrating !!!
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By John Kelly
    There are just two things that make this otherwise-great app extremely frustrating. Here's one: Lack of local bias. If I'm using Maps to find a gas station, restaurant, recycling center, etc., odds are a million to one that I'm looking for one close by. If I wanted to search for gas stations in general, I'd use Google, wouldn't I? If you ask someone "Where's a gas station?" he doesn't start with gas stations two states away, he starts with the nearest one. Do that.
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  • Worse over time Jun 8, 2019

    By sarwalmac
    Let’s get one thing straight: I love google. I use Google Chrome over safari, Google Calendar over the one that comes with iPhone, and for a long time, I used Google Maps over Apple Maps. Google Maps a year ago was amazing. It always knew right where I was, the voice notifications were brief and prompt, and the app overall was just easy to use. Fast forward to today. Maps only communicates in NSEW directions “Head East” (Who knows that?), the voice notification system is mediocre at best, and to say that Google Maps is glitchy is an understatement. I just went to a new city and drove my car around, and more often than not I was slinging my car across four lanes of traffic trying to make an exit that Google didn’t let me know I needed to take, or saying that I was on the wrong side of the road, going the wrong way or off the road entirely into the bushes (all the while I had at least 3 bars of LTE on Verizon. Coverage and carrier were not the issue). That was the final straw. This app that used to be more helpful was now potentially putting my life (and the life of my grandmother and friend) at risk. I still refuse to use Apple Maps, and have joined Waze. If the glitches can be fixed I may use again, but overall I am very disappointed!
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  • Not very good or accurate Jul 15, 2019

    By Royal Montgomery
    Google Maps is helpful, probably, when one is driving. It's not helpful for someone who has to take transit or walk. Transit often has changes/transfers - there are no actual walking directions available that are helpful. If you're walking the wrong way, the app doesn't stop you, just tells you to walk to {location}. Also, some bus stops are very near/across the street from one another and Google Maps has a hard time pinpointing that. That's the difference between going the wrong way in a strange place or arriving at your destination. I commute to work but Google Maps only shows one route instead of any route, no matter how I change the settings, so I never know when the bus comes. I know when the trolley comes, but it only runs twice an hour when I am out of work and being able to see any kind of alternate route would be nice. I've also noticed that we have a trolley line that runs all the way to South Hills Village, but Google Maps just tells you to get off the stop before that and walk for sixteen minutes. I know better, but a person new to the area may not. I just don't find it very helpful as someone who doesn't drive.
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  • An annoying necessity Jul 5, 2019

    By Ninjainthenight
    I have used this app for years as I am a courier and the option to put multiple stops is amazing! However within really the last year, development has gotten messy and far too often I see new features just tossed into this app without little thought about them being annoyances to the everyday user. Like a month or so ago you would hit go and instead of automatically starting your route it would proceed to tell you how the traffic patterns are normally and how it is now....thanks I could care less and I don’t need the extra step. Now there’s a bug where you hit star over and over and nothing happens so you need to slide that bar up which then shows you the traffic pattern times (really wanna shove that stupid feature down our throats huh google?) and then hit start. And now it seems to have issues finding the most common of cities saying it can’t find a way there. Best thing I can recommend is wait it out and once google has fixed all the bugs and things seem stable, shut off the auto updates for this app. They tinker with it way too much and you never know what the next problem is gonna be.
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  • So frustrating Apr 3, 2018

    By Ava stanley
    This is a great map, it will show you where everything is, but’s it’s impossible to use on trips or custom maps. If you’re looking for directions without a custom map and for only one destination, this map is for you. If you create your own maps, need to look up multiple destinations, or are on a trip, it’s near impossible. First of all, I had my mom send me the link to our custom map. It send to my gmail, no problem. Then I’d click on the map, and it either wouldn’t load, or take me to Safari. The Safari view would show the map, but decline to let you get directions unless you signed in. Okay. I signed in. Well, it took my back to my home address, and sent me on a infinite loop, going from clicking the link in my email, getting sent to safari, logging in, and losing the map. I had to redownload the app four times before it worked. Second of all, the map legend isn’t interactive. I’m going to new york, and spent six hours working on a custom map, with a pin for every single place I wanted to go. i downloaded the app, only to find that in the map legend, you can’t click on individual icons, forcing you to leave the map legend, and click on every single icon until it pops up. Very dissapointed.
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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Daisy Rodriguez
    I use this app on a daily basis and for the most part I do love it. I travel a lot but this app has too be updated. It should ask if you are using an EZ Pass. I have been charged over $200 for not having a ticket because the GPS took me through an EZ Pass route. I also was once taken through a dirt road where I got stuck and had to pay $350 for a tow.
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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Ace Chef
    The integration with my music app is wonderful! However it slows my phone down to a crawl, even with all other apps closed as well as clearing the memory. Answering a phone call takes a minute, the phone rings & nothing comes up. Trying to scroll through an app or send a text takes so much longer than it should. This is using a Samsung Galaxy S9
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  • Updates are not necessarily improvements Mar 6, 2020

    By Peej47
    Before your last couple of updates, I would have rated this app at 5 stars, but the last update has sent me looking for a new map app. Google maps used to be my go-to navigation app, but no longer. Markings for roads/highways are so pale now that they’re almost unseeable. Road names don’t appear until you’ve zoomed in so far that you can’t see their relation to other roads in the area. Before the last update, you could look at the U.S. or state map and at least see Interstate highway markings...no more. Once you move on to ‘directions’, the roads on your route are highlighted but you can’t see names of surrounding roads unless you zoom in to a point that makes looking irrelevant. I could go on and on. Your updates have weakened the usefulness of your app. Using Google maps is no longer helpful...it’s frustrating. Wish we could ‘opt out’ of updates or at least choose the version that works best for us. I miss the ease of use and effective markings of previous versions...hope another app has incorporated features you have discarded. I appreciate the years that you helped me in my travels, but I’ll be looking for help elsewhere now. Thanks for the memories....
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Kay Brown
    Stopped talking a few weeks ago but gave silent directions. Very difficult to find your way when alone. Checked into the app and found that it needed an update. Cleared cache did update. Wow! Now won't load up. Gos through process and gives white screen. Used this religiously every day for a year and a half while in Ireland and Scotland it was wonderfull. Ya messed up a good thing. Hope you can get it fixed soon! Looking for something to replace.
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  • Progressively getting worse Jul 21, 2019

    By Geordie Buckley stan
    As someone else mentioned, the directions do not keep up with your physical movement. The GPS dot moves all over the place even if you are standing in one spot making it extremely difficult to get your bearings in an unfamiliar place. I may not know where I am, but I do know where I am not (...unless the men's fragrance section of Macy's has been moved outdoors and a block over). Adding to the challenge, the street names can be difficult to find. You may have to zoom out a significant amount for the one you are looking for to appear. God forbid you want to zoom out and look for something in another area. Every time I have tried recently, it just brings me back to the area I'm currently in. Using the transit directions prove to be equally obnoxious. There will be directions to "Walk" but no explanation of where to (no "turn left on X Street") so you have to rely on their map and faulty GPS. The public transit are very confusing and counterintuitive (perhaps they're sufficient for people used to using public transit?). I couldn't always clearly tell when a bus/train was arriving. Not sure what happened with the last few updates, as I have used Google Maps reliably on a number of past trips. I already hated to give my data over to Google but the frustration with this app on this trip makes it easy to try something new. I imagine orienteering would be easier than using this app!
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  • With the ios 14 update, Google maps have not been working for the last 2 weeks. Sep 30, 2020

    By Jackdep
    Hello! I am a professional Driver and have been using Google maps for 3 years. But literally the last 2 weeks have become impossible to use Google Maps. I even decided to write a review in the hope that the developers would hear me and fix bugs. I believe that Google maps began to work poorly since the moment Apple released the new iOS 14. Maps began to simply slow down, freeze, and turn off arbitrarily. Just awful! I am so sad and sorry that I cannot use my favorite google maps as before. Developers please hear me and Fix it. This is really a problem now. All of my friends are also professional drivers who used google maps every day - they all say that it is impossible to use Google maps for the last two weeks. I've heard this from more than 50 people. And please, the developers don’t t need to give advice such as you give as a standard for all comments. I tried to clear cookies, cleared memory, Google maps on my latest version, I rebooted the phone - none of this helps. This is what you have in the system inside. You just haven't made compatibility with devices on iOS 14. and I'm not the only one with many I spoke to - all the same problems. Please correct this. I really want to use convenient and reliable Google maps as before. Thank you for your understanding!
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  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Allison Sands
    This has always been one of my favorite apps until this past week when it STOPPED working entirely! I have Uninstaller and reinstalled it, I have restarted my phone 3 times, now I see they released an "update" on 10/22/20 and that explains it all. Very unreliable and irresponsible to put out an app that just doesn't work when it's supposed to ensure people are safe on the road and not lost. Thank goodness my kid isn't relying on the app to get from place to place as a new driver...
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  • Oct 20, 2020

    By Melissa Geiser
    I use to use this all the time and rarely have issues with it. This year has been the worse. It doesn't give me multiple alternate routes, does not take me to the exact address all the time, it will tell me the address I'm looking for doesn't exist when it does, it's even given me the same address but it's in 2 different areas and the last one it changes the town I'm going to to another one with the full address including the zip code. I'm in the process to finding another GPS.
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