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Google Maps vs. Apple Maps: Which navigation app is best?

The fight to be the number one navigational app has been Google Maps vs Apple Maps for nearly a decade. Google and Apple preinstall their services on every one of their respective smartphones; Google claims that more than a billion people use Google Maps each month, while Apple said Apple Maps has reached hundreds of millions of people in 200 countries.

But it’s not about how many users you have, it’s about what services you offer. Both Google Maps and Apple Maps do many of the same things, but which one is actually better? To answer that question we’re pitting Google Maps vs Apple Maps so we can figure out which service you should use.

Google Maps vs. Apple Maps: Availability

Like most Apple services, Apple Maps is exclusive to the company’s own line of products. They don’t call it a walled garden for nothing. That means anyone not using an iPhone, Mac, or some other Apple-made device has zero way of accessing it.

Left: Google Maps; Right: Apple Maps (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

Google Maps is the complete opposite, and is available in some form on just about every device out there. Android, Windows, iPhone, Mac, even Apple’s CarPlay. Should you ever find yourself with a new device and in need of directions, your existing familiarity with Google Maps is going to serve you well. Logging in with your Google account also automatically syncs all your data, including journey history and favorite locations.

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