Here is how to enable and use App Extensions for iOS 10’s Apple Maps

With iOS 10, Apple has finally opened its Maps to third-party developers, making it much easier and faster for users to navigate their world. With new third-party extensions, you now can do a lot of things like book a table at your favorite restaurant or hide a ride without even leaving the Maps app.

However, there is one thing you need to bear in mind that all Maps extensions are not enabled by default, which means that you will need to activate all of them. In reality, enabling an Apple Map extension is pretty easy, but the best part is that you can enable a particular extension while leaving all the others disabled.

If you have got iOS 10 installed on your device, Apple Maps is definitively something you don’t want to miss at all.

  1. How to enable app extensions for Apple Maps

Step one: Head to the Settings app, scroll down and tap on Maps


Step two: While you are in, you will see all the installed third-party apps that provide an extension available for the Maps app under the “Extensions” section.


Step three: Select an extension that you want to enable for Apple Maps and turn it on.

Step four: Once you are done, open the Maps app and search for something. You will see the extension that you have enabled earlier.

That’s all you need to do. You can repeat the process to enable as many apps as you like, but make sure your apps have extensions for the Maps app before moving ahead.

  1. How to use Apple Maps extensions

Third-party developers need some time to develop more apps that support Apple Maps extension, so there are now a small number of apps that include support for the Maps app extension. You can check the list below:

  • OpenTable
  • Uber
  • Yelp
  • Zomato

In the below-mentioned step-by-step instructions¸ we will use OpenTable as an example to show you how Apple Maps extensions work

For those who may not know, OpenTable is an app that lets you reserve a table at your favorite restaurant. With the app’s extension, you now can book a table right within the Maps app.

Step one: First and foremost, open the Maps app on your device. Once you are in, tap on the search bar and enter the name of the restaurant where you want to reserve a place.


Step two: Tap to open the restaurant when you get the search result.


Step three: Once you do that, the Maps app will display a full information of the chosen restaurant. To reserve a table, you can press the “Reservations” button right at the top.


That’s it! The Maps app has seen a major change in iOS 10, making it smarter and more useful than ever.

Share with us how your experience with Apple Maps in iOS 10 has been so far in the comments section below.

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