After months of rumors and speculation, Google finally launched its standalone Maps app for iOS last week. And it’s been pretty popular thus far. It’s currently the top free app in the App Store, and it’s also listed first in Apple’s featured ‘Maps’ section.

The app does have some caveats though. Perhaps most notably, unlike the built-in Maps app, you can’t get directions in Google Maps via Siri. Luckily, a workaround popped up over the weekend that takes care of that. And it doesn’t require a jailbreak

First of all, this is different than the LaunchCenter Pro or contact card solutions that are also floating around the web — no need for additional apps or URL schemes here. In fact, all you have to do is say the words ‘via transit’ whenever asking Siri for directions.

For example, you could say something like this: “I need directions to the airport via transit.” And you’ll notice iOS Maps loads for a brief second, and then defers to Google Maps. This is because Google Maps plugs into Apple’s Maps to provide transit directions.

I personally don’t have a problem with the default Maps app in iOS 6. I’ve been using it for months now without a problem. But it’s obvious that the issues with it are very real for a lot of people, so hopefully tricks like this make it easier to use Google’s alternative.


  • doesnt works in Germany, always answering the she couldnt find places called “transit” in the near of ….

    • the german versions:
      “mit dem Bus” is similar to “by bus”

      • Falk M.

        Well, that’s funny because it works for me, the only difference is that I get presented with an option which app to use because I have more than one transit-capable app.

        So yes, works perfectly fine here in Germany.

      • Siv

        Solution: Speak English.

      • dummdummmdummdummdummm

      • David Villamizar

        If you keep like this people will fuck you with negatives. Try something smart for once.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    Won’t this give directions by bus and not car..?

    • Siv

      Solution: Get a car.

      • Johnathan Jennings

        What? I’m 17 and I have a 2008 Chevy Silverado and a 1969 Chevy Camaro. Not having a car is not my problem.

    • No Whammy

      Yes. I think Cody is saying if you want driving directions in Google Maps, do this then switch to Driving directions…I guess this saves you some time/is a little safer than typing while driving, etc.

      • Melvco

        nope, no switching necessary. Google Maps loads driving directions despite the fact that you tell Siri ‘via transit.’

  • Frank Hernandez

    You have no problem because you do not have a WiFi only iPad or an iPod. iMaps does not play AT ALL with such, even as one had a MiFi and a GPS dongle…. Boos for Apple on this fact. They dod not even know they have this problem. I have spent so much time on the phone with them and they are in la-la land on this fact…!!!!!

  • good try

  • deepdvd

    This article is so misleading. “…you’ll notice iOS Maps loads for a brief second, and then defers to Google Maps.” You never mention that you have to actually touch the “Route” button on the screen for it to go to Google Maps. The whole point of Siri is to be hands-free. LAME. You could have at least made your own video that shows a demonstration. I had to go to their site to confirm that I wasn’t missing a setting. I even deleted Waze temporarily on my friend’s iOS6 iPhone to see whether it would default and go directly to Google Maps, but it doesn’t. I repeat, Lame, Apple, Lame. (And by lame, I mean, it could be better. =] … At least they let you do this). Thankfully, I still have a jailbroken iOS5 iPhone, so the possibility of someone making it route directly to Google Maps is there. I have Siri directions go directly to Waze currently.

  • charlie

    now apple fanboy talk about google product, hmm nice…