Google has yet to release an official version of its Maps app for iPad, but that hasn’t stopped the jailbreak scene from compensating. While there are already a few jailbreak tweaks available on Cydia that bring the iPhone version of Google Maps to the larger iPad screen, including RetinaPad and FullForce, jailbroken users can actually go one step further to gain native Google Maps support.
The step-by-step instructions for enabling Google Maps on iPad are listed ahead. You will need a jailbroken iPad, the Google Maps app and a method of accessing and modifying the iOS filesystem (i.e. iFunBox, iFile, or an SSH tool such as WinSCP for Windows or Cyberduck for Mac OS X).
- Install Google Maps
- Navigate to var/mobile/applications on your device
- Search through each file until you find Google Maps (if using iFile search the hierarchy for Google Maps.app)
- Navigate into Google Maps.app
- Located the info.plist and open it
- Find a key that says “UIDeviceFamily”, below this there should be the number “1″
- Change the “1″ to a “2″
- Save and respring