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 third-party apps

You can also use third-party apps for transit information in Maps. Tap right blue arrow, then choose from the list of third-party apps you have installed on your device. If you don't have third-party transit apps installed, you'll be directed to download one from the App Store.

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.

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.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Sep 24, 2014
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