How to add your business to Apples ios6 / iPhone maps.

If you are like me when you got Apples new iOS6 maps on your phone the first thing you check is have they got your own business or the place you work listed in their database.  As reported in the press several locations are missing and Apple are expecting to crowdsource corrections and additions.  That means they actively want us to report suggested changes.

I’d read that Apple want us to report problems with maps but it wasn’t exactly obvious how you go about it.  I’ve now worked it out and thought I’d share it with you in this blog.

All you need to do to add your business or a missing location to Apple Maps is:

1. Find the location on the map.

2. Tap the page corner in the bottom right of the map display.

3. The map page will then flip back as shown below to reveal the options screen.

How to add your business to Apples ios6/iPhone maps.

 

4. Now look really carefully.  Just above the print button in grey text on a grey background there’s a well hidden link for “Report a Problem”.  It’s so well hidden that until you know it’s there I bet you couldn’t even see it.

5. Press this link and you’ll then see a list of the various types of problems you can report.  Half way down the list you’ll find “Location is missing”.  Select this option and then click Next.

6. They then display the map and ask you to position a pin where your business is located.  Do that and then click Next.

7. You then get a screen which lets you enter the name of the business, address, phone number, opening hours, URL website address and the category of business.

8. When you have done all of that press Send and the details will be sent through to Apple.

 

I’ve now reported a couple of missing local businesses and will be tracking how long it takes Apple to approve the changes and commit them to their database.  As soon as I see them I’ll update this blog with how long it takes.


TomTom iPhone Car Kit not working since iOS6 update? This is how to fix it.

When Apple released iOS6 I was away on business.  I was able to download and apply iOS6 over the hotel wifi without any problems and it all looked great until the next day when someone tried to phone me in the car.  The iOS6 update had stopped the speaker and on closer inspection the external GPS receiver in the TomTom Car Kit from working.

I tried deleting the TomTom app and reinstalling but that didn’t do any good.  In the end I tracked it down to what must have been a corrupted permission setting.

To get the TomTom Car Kit working again after installing the iOS6 update this is what I had to do:

1. Make sure TomTom isn’t running as an active app.

2. Launch Settings and then select the Privacy option

Select Privacy from the Settings menu in ios6 to fix the Tomtom car kit.

3. Now select Reset Location & Privacy

To fix the TomTom car kit after upgrading to ios6 select Reset Location and Privacy.

This will erase all the permissions you have granted to apps that try and access location services on your iPhone.  The first time you use each app after doing this it will ask you again if you want to allow it to sense where you are currently located.  When you next launch the TomTom app make sure you say yes and that will fix the car kit.

I’m not sure why this worked as the audio on the car kit isn’t really connected with location services but I guess when this isn’t enabled the iPhone doesn’t send the right electrical signals into the car kits dock connector to activate it.

Hope this works for you.  Please leave a comment to let me know either way.