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Why Apple Maps so slow on iOS and how to fix the lag

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iPhone users sometimes face the problem of freezing when using applications. Often such situations end in a crash. Figuring out the cause is not easy for the average user, so it's worth trying all options for a solution.

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Check the internet speed

Apple Maps needs a stable and fast Internet connection to work properly. If the connection is slow, the application will slow down and will not be able to load maps quickly while driving.

You can check the speed through the online service Speedtest. It has over 5,000 servers around the world. Manually select one of them in the settings or use auto-selection.

To run the test, go to the website and click Go.

Speedtest will save the history of the test, allowing you to keep track of speed changes. The app shows the ping, incoming and outgoing traffic speeds.

Fix iOS technical errors

If there are failures in the iPhone system, it will give information about the error. The notification usually looks like "Unknown error" with the number. There are many variants of such errors, you can read about the specific number on the official Apple website.

You can check your iPhone for errors with special applications. One such application is TestM, available for download in the App Store. It checks all the components of the smartphone and identifies faults.

During the first run, the app will check the performance of the device, then it will offer a general check - full or in quick mode. Operation is simple, follow the instructions on the screen.

Go to Safe Mode

In Safe Mode, you can eliminate glitchy processes and restore a basic version of iOS. This mode in iPhone allows you to uninstall apps that are running with errors, disable extensions, and configure settings.

To put your iPhone into safe mode, do the following steps:

  1. Turn off your device, wait 30 seconds and turn it on again.
  2. While the system is booting up, press the volume down button continuously.
  3. When the Apple logo appears, stop pressing the volume button. Wait for safe mode to load.

You can now uninstall apps that are crashing or adjust settings.

To exit safe mode, tap the "Reboot" button on the screen. If it doesn't work, press the power button and home screen button at the same time. Hold them down until the reboot begins. If an unlock slide appears on the screen, do not touch it.

Update Apple Maps and iOS

If the iPhone software version is outdated, the apps may not work due to incompatibility.

To install the latest available system updates, do the following:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. General folder.
  3. Item "Software Update".
  4. Install the latest version of the system and reboot the device.

To do this, the iPhone must be connected to a wireless Internet network or to Mac. When connected to Mac, the software is downloaded via Finder or iTunes. This option allows you to download a more complete update than installing it in the settings.

Go to Google Maps or Waze

Apple's maps were created as a counterpart to Google's navigators. They are inferior in terms of map accuracy, and they are more likely to have errors in operation. So you should consider replacing Apple Maps with Google Maps or Waze from Google.

The applications are available for download in the App Store.

Weak connection to GPS satellites possible

Apple Maps tracks your device's geolocation to show your location on a map and plot your route. If the GPS connection is weak, the app won't work as it should. There will be freezes, incorrect positioning of the device.

Check whether this feature is enabled on your iPhone:

  1. Go to "Settings", find the "Privacy" section.
  2. Check that the option "Geolocation Services" is activated.
  3. In the "Maps" setting, set it to "When using an app or widgets".
    1. Check if the time and date and time zone are set correctly. If there is an Internet connection, use automatic detection.
  4. Save the settings and restart the Maps app.
  5. Test the application with a different location or in a different Wi-Fi network.

The accuracy of GPS detection depends on the number of satellites and signal quality. It takes a few minutes to automatically find all the satellites in view. The more satellites you find, the more accurate your location will be.

Obstacles such as tall buildings, mountains, roofs, and walls can interfere with the signal. If there is no GPS signal from a satellite, the device uses cell towers and Wi-Fi networks for geolocation.

Clear phone memory

The iPhone and the apps on it can slow down because the internal memory is too full. Even a high-performance device will be slow if there are only a few gigabytes left.

Here's a simple fix. Upload photos and videos to cloud storage and delete them from your phone. Download a list of unused apps and delete unnecessary ones. Conveniently manage your iPhone's memory through the "iPhone Storage" menu in the main settings section.

Close background apps

All apps installed on your smartphone download updates in the background, that is, while it is not in use. This can put a strain on the operating system, and a lot of traffic can be used to update. Because of this, other apps may run slower than usual.

You can disable background updates for all applications or select some. To do this, go to "Settings" -> "Main" -> "Content Update" and set your own settings and restrictions.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.