Find The Popular Apps In Your General Location With Near Me [iOS Tips]

Near Me

One of the newer features of iOS 7 is in the App Store. No, I’m not talking about the Wish List feature, which is pretty slick, but the “near me” function of the App Store. It’s a pretty cool thing to play with when you’re traveling, if nothing else.

You can get a neat little list of the hot apps of other people in your general area with this cool little feature, and I did so on my current trip to Hawaii, just to see what people were downloading here in the beautiful city of Honolulu.

You can see my results above, and then try it on your own.

First of all, you’ll need to launch the App Store on your iOS device. Tap the icon on the Home screen and wait for the App Store to launch.

Then, looking along the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a little icon that looks like a compass needle inside a circle, above the words, “Near Me.” Tap that and you’ll get a little splash screen that will ask you if you want to use your current location to find out what apps are hot in your area. Tap those blue words to start Near Me, and you’ll need to grant the App Store permission to use your Location data. Tap OK to do so.

Now you’ll see a nice list of all the apps folks around you are downloading. I grabbed the app to read the Oahu Bus schedules for public transportation out here, “DaBus.” Your results will vary, unless, of course, you’re hanging out here, too, brah.

About the author

Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

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