Use Maps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can use Maps to find your location, use turn-by-turn navigation, and see real-time traffic information. Learn how to use these features and more on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Cellular data charges might apply when you use certain Maps features.

Get started with Maps

To get started with Maps, search for a location or enter a contact from your address book. When you find your location, tap the car icon to get a quick route. Or tap  to learn more about the location. When available, Maps will provide contact information, customer reviews, and photos. 

Use turn-by-turn navigation

To use turn-by-turn navigation, the start location must be your current location. While you're traveling to your destination, Maps will provide spoken  directions and updates and estimate your time to arrival. If spoken directions aren't available, Maps will track your location and provide onscreen directions without announcements or updates. You can tap Overview in the top-right corner anytime to see your entire route.

Spoken directions are available in certain countries on iPhone 4s or later and iPad 2 or later with cellular data capability.

Use Flyover for 3D view

Flyover shows you photo-realistic, interactive 3D images of the location you're viewing (when available). To use Flyover, turn on Satellite or Hybrid view, then tap the info button and choose Show 3D Map.

Flyover is available only on iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or later, and iPod touch (5th generation).

See traffic information

To see real-time traffic information, tap the info button, then tap Show Traffic. If there's traffic in the area, you'll see these colors:

  • Orange dots indicate slow traffic
  • Red dots indicate stop-and-go traffic.

You'll also see markers for road closures, construction, and accidents.

Get transit information from apps in the App Store

You can use apps in the App Store to get transit information in Maps:

  1. Tap right blue arrow.
  2. Add your starting and ending locations.
  3. Tap Apps to choose a transit app from your list. If you don't have any transit apps, you'll be sent to the App Store where you can find some.

Use gestures to interact with Maps

You can use multiple gestures to interact with Maps:

  • Pinch to zoom: Zooms in and out of the Map window.
  • Two-finger rotate: Rotates the Map window, allowing for a 360-degree view.
  • Two-finger drag: Tilts the Map window, allowing you to fully interact with the 3D and Flyover features.

You can only use rotate and drag gestures after you tap Overview.

Change Maps settings

Tap Settings > Maps.

Tap Settings, Maps, Normal Volume

The voice volume setting is available in certain countries on cellular-enabled iOS devices.

Learn more

See the user guide to learn more about using Maps.

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