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Google Street View now available on iPhone 5 and iOS 6

David Court | Oct. 8, 2012
The news that Google has now made Street View available for all iOS devices will be music to iPhone 5 owners' ears.

It's no secret that Apple has been having a rubbish time with its maps. The vast majority of iOS 6 and iPhone 5 users are not impressed with the new maps compared to Google's maps in iOS 5.

The problem has become so big that Apple's Tim Cook has even apologised to Apple iPhone 5 owners about the issue and said people should 'avoid iOS Maps, use Bing or Google'. Although it was possible for anyone running iOS 6 to use the Google Maps web app, there was no access to Street View. So the news that Google has made Street View available in iOS 6 will be welcome map-related news.

Google has made the Street View features available via the Safari web browser. All iPhone 5 and iOS 6 users have to do to access the feature is type in the address in Safari, tap to drop a pushpin marker, and then click on the familiar Street View icon which pops up an the bottom right of the screen. A new Safari window will then open with most Street View features enabled, including arrow navigation and additional zooming.

We have already shown you How to get Google Maps back in iOS 6, and adding Street View as an home screen icon can be achieved in the same way.

How to get Google Street View on iOS 6

Go to on your iOS Safari web browser. Enter the address where you wish to see Street View. Tap the Street View icon found at the bottom right of the screen and a new window will open showing Street View.

To add a Street View home screen icon, all you need to do is tap the Share button located at the bottom of the screen and then select the Add to Home Screen option and then manually name the icon 'Street View'. It's as easy as that.



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