Google Maps iPhone App Crashes on Launch

by Michael on March 27, 2011 · 19 comments

Ugh. First, my iPhone had a dark spot on it’s screen. Next, the replacement had touchscreen problems. Then the re-replacement couldn’t connect to the 3G network. And now this… The Google Maps app started crashing on launch.


I started with all the usual fixes… I power-cycled my phone. I re-booted my phone. I hit the “Reset All Settings” button. Nothing fixed it. I’m not willing to restore my phone to the factory setting, as that would force an update from iOS 4.2.1 to the current version (4.3.1) and I’d lose the ability to jailbreak my phone.

Next up, I turned to Google for answers. I found a couple of things, but they didn’t help. For example, on the off chance that the data associated with my last location was causing the problem, I opened the Contacts app and tapped on an address. This should open Google Maps to the new location, but it just crashed.

I tried toggling the wifi connection off/on because someone reported problems stemming from a hotel wifi network. Coincidentally, we stayed at a hotel last night, though I didn’t connect to the wifi network – at least not intentionally. Alas, this didn’t help, either.

In hopes of ruling out the GPS as the problem, I switched on “Airplane Mode,” which turns off the GPS. Guess what? That didn’t help either. It crashed on launch.

But then I stumbled on the solution… I pointed my laptop to the Google Maps website, pulled up a map (the location shouldn’t matter, I used our zip code) and then e-mailed it to myself (click the “Send” link in the top right). From there, I pulled it up on my iPhone and clicked the “Show on Google Maps” link.

Bam. Success! Upon clicking, the Google Maps app launched without a hitch and displayed the map that I had sent. I’ve since been able to close and re-open the app without a hitch. So there you go… If all else fails, and you can’t get Google Maps to open without crashing, try e-mailing a map to yourself.

Note: This problem had nothing to do with jailbreaking my iPhone, as I haven’t had time to re-jailbreak it since receiving the last replacement. But now that I have everything working, it’s time to fire up greenpois0n. :-)


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

ushisama April 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’ve been bothered by the same issue for more than a month but my issue has finally been fixed! Thanks a lot!

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Steve April 10, 2011 at 10:16 am

Thank you!!! Been dealing with this since 4.2.1. This finally fixed. Never would have thought of this fix.

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demck85 April 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

What simple fix to annoying problem. But it works. I was on JB iphone 4 GSM on 4.3.1 when i had the problem. Now it’s fixed. Thanks a million.

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Josh April 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

Thanks! I thought I was going to have to restore and re-jailbreak but this fixed it. iPhone 4 / 4.3.1

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Hiro May 8, 2011 at 12:42 am

This started happening to me last night. Your suggestion didn’t actually fix it immediately, BUT when i did it with a different location (zip of different state) then it was actually stuck on, it worked!!! Savior!!!!

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hans June 4, 2011 at 12:09 am

holy eff, this works! google maps has been effing with me (as described above) for weeks now. today it crashed on me 5x while trying to locate a single address… having to type it in over & over again.

does this have anything to do with recent updates they’ve rolled out?

i was getting ready to factory reset the phone… deleted about 2 gigs of data/music/pictures off it & uninstalled some apps as well. htc mytouch 3g

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will June 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

holy ****! i’ve been trying to figure this stupid crash problem. It took me 9 emailed locations as described above, but sure as ****, on the last emailed address, it opened up my maps app (google maps app) and it works now! doesn’t crash any more!

(on a iphone 4 ios 4.3.3 with redmond jailbreak)

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Simon June 27, 2011 at 6:17 am

Thanks man… You save my live… I have to email 2 links before it work… For those who have this problem, try to send a link with a more detailed location. It work for me… =)

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Jordan July 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I can’t get google maps to work. Plz help!

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mon July 15, 2011 at 2:10 am

It is not working for me :( because my issue could be a bit different from yours, I guess my gps is working fine but i could not start “Map+Compass” App. I tried uncountable times and finally its disappeared. It took me over 10 emailed, detailed and different locations as you guys mentioned, I am not sure what is going on :-| when i click on “show on Google maps” link, it took me to google maps via Safari, not my iphone bulit-in “Map+Compass” app. I was almost gave up and thought of doing restore and re-jailbreak. What’s a suprise :)))) it works now after I simply power off my iphone and go to “Compass” app and just request my current location. Finally app is open without a hitch. Thank you all.

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Brian August 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

IT WORKS great and fixed my ipad2 instantly! just sent a link to myself and use safari open mail, click the shared link then…magic happened. I’m running on 4.3.3 non-jailbreak. You turned my life from b/w to color :) Thanks man~~

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Orr August 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Man your right!!! I just entered the compass app and requested my loction and in a miracle way it just open google maps like there was never a problem!! Tnx guys… From israel

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Ben August 29, 2011 at 4:40 am

Hey, this is awesome! Completely works!

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AJ September 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

I appreciate the advice greatly, nothing else was working for me until I tried your quick fix!

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Nuwanda October 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! :D :D

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Vu Nguyen November 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

You save my times. Thanks a lot. :-)

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Monica November 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

You are a life saver! Now I won’t get lost anymore.

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Harun December 25, 2011 at 5:36 am

Great! finally It’s work instantly after i sent the link to my self. Thank you guys

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Brian May 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Wow! I had the same problem, and your solution worked perfectly for me too! Thanks so much for the tip! I’m amazed that it worked! Greatly appreciated!

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