Help! Apple Maps Only Works Some of the Time

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Hey Sarah,

I constantly have trouble with Apple Maps. When I click on an address from another application, Apple Maps opens and tells me it cannot connect as I am offline or don't have internet connection. Everything else works fine but this feature.

This is a sporadic problem. Sometimes it works and most times not. I usually just use Google Maps, but I don't know how to change my default map provider.

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

I love your videos, tips and podcasts.


Navigate This!


Dear Navigate,

That sounds frustrating! 

First, I recommend going in to Settings and tapping Cellular. There you will find a master list of all your apps and whether they are enabled to use Cellular data or not. Scroll down to Maps and make sure it is toggled on to green.

If the app does have permission to use cellular data and you have checked that you have a working cellular connection, try doing a hard reset of your iPhone: on 6s and older, simultaneously press and hold the Home and Sleep/Wake button for about 20 seconds until the iPhone restarts. If you have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, do the same thing but press and hold the Sleep/Wake and down volume button instead.


Thank you for your response. I didn't know about the master list under Cellular. Maps was off! I so appreciate you telling me where to look.


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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.