In the past (iOS5 and earlier) clicking on a link for directions within a website opened the separate maps app and provided directions. How do I force links in websites, that would normally open a google maps link in a "desktop" web browser, to open the new external google maps app? I do not find the current google maps website adequate (can't figure out how it would provide dynamic (voice) directions) and the new apple maps app is not opened by those links.

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    Each time you arrive on the Google Maps site it asks if you want to open the Google Map App. Commented Jan 5, 2013 at 11:36

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As Matthieu Riegler said, when you go to the Google maps site you will be prompted to launch the app. Unfortunately, there is no way to do this automatically.


I believe at this point, Google Maps correctly implements deep links. So if you open a maps.google.com link, like this one it'll open directly in Google Maps, if you have it installed. It even works with Google Maps shortlinks, (the ones starting with https://goo.gl/ like this. This all works in both Chrome and Safari.

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