How You Can Improve Your Favorite Maps App so it Doesn't Suck

The mapping app on your phone isn’t always as reliable as you might hope, and despite all the advances in AI and street photography, Apple Maps and Google Maps can still benefit from some human Here’s how to make your favorite maps app better for you, and everyone else who uses it.

How You Can Improve Your Favorite Maps App so it Doesn't Suck

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Tap on a marked place or indeed any spot inside Apple Maps on iOS, bring up its info card, and at the bottom, you’ll notice an option labeled Report an Issue.

The correction options inside Apple macOS are all behind the Report an Issue option on the Maps menu—the options will change based on what’s on screen and what’s selected, but again you can make suggestions about directions, add new places, and so on.

Finally, you can report issues with a particular road on Android or iOS by tapping on the road in Google Maps, then bringing up its info card, then choosing Report a problem.

The mapping app on your phone isn’t always as reliable as you might hope, and despite all the advances in AI and street photography, Apple Maps and Google Maps can still benefit from some human editing.

There’s no way to add photos or to leave a review of a place on Apple Maps—you need to head to the Yell or TripAdvisor website or app for that—but you can favorite particular places from their info cards.

Google Maps asks you to select the specific part of the directions that are wrong, then give your reasoning: A wrong road name or a closed road for example.

Via this button you can let Apple Maps know about problems with a place’s location on the map, or about any of the details listed along with it (like opening hours or a contact number).

The Suggest an edit button appears when you select a place on Google Maps on the web too, so you can do this on your computer if it’s easier.

Apple Maps isn’t quite as inviting as Google Maps when it comes to user contributions and corrections, but you can still play your part.

It’s also worth noting that you can leave all kinds of feedback—from bugs in the Apple Maps software to road closures—via the feedback forms for Apple Maps on iOS and macOS on the web.

There’s one extra option here if you use this particular button, which is to suggest a better route other than the one Apple Maps has put forward.

If you tap the information button (the small “i”) in the top right corner of the Apple Maps interface, you can pick Add a Place to do just that.

From the same information menu you can choose Report an Issue to advise Apple about corrections in all kinds of areas: Map labels, step-by-step directions, public transit timetables and more.

If you’re on macOS, meanwhile, the same Report an Issue button can be found on any place info card, which takes you through a similar process.

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