How to Update Maps on iPad

Fix a problem or gain new features by updating

What to Know

  • Apple updates its built-in apps, including Apple Maps, when it releases an iPadOS update.
  • Manual updates for issues: If you’re having trouble with Maps and are looking to update the app manually, we have several possible solutions.

This article explains how updates to Apple Maps work on an iPad when new features are available. For those looking to fix issues with Maps using a manual update on their iPad, we have various settings and options you can check. 

Updating Apple Maps on iPad for New Features

Like Apple’s other built-in apps, such as Safari, Notes, and Mail, Maps is updated automatically when a new operating system version is released. So with iPadOS 15, for example, you’ll receive the updated Maps app with its new features when you upgrade your iPad to the newest system version.

Go to Settings > General > Software Update to see if your iPad is up to date or if an iPadOS update is available.

iPad Software Update settings with iPadOS 15 installation highlighted

Updating Apple Maps on iPad for Solving Problems

If you're having problems with your current version of Maps, such as issues with finding your location or getting incorrect information, you might be wondering if you can update the app manually.

There is no handy button to update Maps manually, but there are several things you can check to try to solve problems. Here they are in order.

  1. Make sure you have Location Services enabled for the Maps app on your iPad. Open Settings and go to PrivacyLocation Services

    Select Maps and confirm you have While Using the App or Widgets checked.

    iPad with Maps Location Services settings and "While Using the App or Widgets" highlighted
  2. Confirm that you have Wi-Fi or Cellular Data turned on and that you’re connected. Also in Settings, select Wi-Fi or Cellular Data per your iPad model and connection.

    Make sure the toggle is turned on and you are connected.

    iPad Settings showing Wi-Fi toggled on
  3. Double-check that your time zone and time and date settings are correct. In Settings, go to General > Date & Time to view your current settings.

    Make any necessary changes or enable Set Automatically for your iPad to handle it.

    iPad Date & Time settings with "Set Automatically" highlighted
  4. If everything above is correct and you’re still having trouble, restart the Maps app: force-close the app and reopen it.

    Launch the App Switcher and swipe up on the app to close it. Then navigate to Maps on your iPad and open it again.

    iPad App Switcher with Maps app highlghted with arrow pointing up, indicating swiping. motion
  5. If force closing the app doesn't work, try uninstalling and then reinstalling the app using a fresh download from the App Store. This could solve a multitude of problems that prevent the app from working properly.

  6. The final action you can take if nothing resolves your Maps trouble is to restart your iPad. Many times, a simple reboot of a device can fix a small issue.

If it’s new Maps features you want, consider updating your iPadOS version. But if it’s trouble you’re having with Apple Maps, hopefully updating a setting or two fixes the problem.

  • How do I view Street Level in Maps on an iPad?

    To look around streets in Maps on an iPad, tap the binoculars icon on a map or information card. Tap the Expand icon to see a full view of the street, drag your finger left or right to pan, tap the scene to move forward, and pinch to zoom in or out. Tap Done when you're finished.

  • How do you clear the cache in Apple Maps on an iPad?

    To clear your Apple Maps location history on your iPad, launch Maps, and then drag up to reveal the full information panel. Under Recents, find your most recent history. Swipe left on an individual location and tap Delete to remove it from your history. Tap More to see. your full history, and then tap Clear by any section to delete all its data.

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