Fix iOS 6 Maps With This Simple Setting

Fix iOS 6 Maps With This Simple Setting

It won’t add transit directions, nor will it stiffen those melted roads which are draped, Dalí-esque, over the underlying terrain. But this simple, one-setting tweak will make iOS 6’s beleaguered maps app a whole lot more useful.

Go to settings and change the label size in Maps to “small.” The labels don’t actually get that much smaller, but they do become more numerous. Streets previously too narrow to be named now gain labels, and places in general are no longer drowned out by POI, or “points of interest.”

Fix iOS 6 Maps With This Simple Setting

And that’s it. Thanks to Apple’s excellent new vector map tiles, the change is almost instant and doesn’t even seem to use any network data to make the switch. And thanks to these same tiles, zooming in and out is as fast and smooth as ever.

Go change this setting right now.

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  • almond81

    That’s a great tip. Thanks

  • daftpaolo

    Thx CoM

  • marsk

    Nice tips! Thanks ! We need more tips on apple map , to help us, and help apple to improve the map! :)

  • wdowell

    Oh come on – talk about “Link Bait”. I note your source says “IMPROVE..”, and you change it to “FIX iOS Maps.. Talk about rubbish journalism.

  • JacktheMac

    Maybe it’s an improvement in Barcelona, but in London, Oxford and Cheltenham it makes no difference. I get exactly the same number of street labels – but smaller, and thus harder to read.

    If anything, this tip makes matters worse.

  • Diane Phillips

    I don’t have the navigation voice options. Anyone know what’s up with that? Thanks.

  • JacktheMac

    “I don’t have the navigation voice options. Anyone know what’s up with that? Thanks.”
    Voice won’t work with iPhone 4. Not sure about 4s. You need to switch Navigation Voice Volume on in Maps Settings.

  • nthnm

    Oh come on – talk about “Link Bait”. I note your source says “IMPROVE..”, and you change it to “FIX iOS Maps.. Talk about rubbish journalism.

    I don’t think what they do here is called journalism. :)

  • markrlangston

    Great tip!!

  • JacktheMac

    Kr00 Said “It’s US only at the moment, but that feature will be turned on this month, across the globe.”

    Turn-by-turn Voice Navigation works in the UK.

  • Kuipo

    I went to change this and realized I already had it set to small. Maybe that’s why I don’t find Apple maps to be as annoying as other people I have talked with. It helps to be in one of the cities they have 3D mapped already as well.

  • totemynote

    Great tip, thanks.

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