Use Maps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Use Maps to get directions with real-time traffic information, explore and find new places, and more.

Maps makes things easier to find by giving you detailed information and suggestions based on your habits and calendar events. 

Get started

When you tap the Search bar, Maps shows you categories for nearby locations, like restaurants and coffee shops. When you tap a category, Maps provides nearby suggestions. To browse the suggestions, scroll through the menu bar.

Depending on your carrier and cellular data plan, cellular data charges might apply when using Maps.

     

Get directions

  1. Open Maps and enter your destination in the Search bar.
  2. Tap Directions.
  3. Choose Drive, Walk, Transit, or Ride.
  4. Select the route that you prefer. Maps shows the fastest route first based on traffic conditions.
  5. When you're ready, tap .
  6. To end navigation, tap , in the bottom-right corner. Then tap End Route.

When you start moving, Maps updates its position to give you a better sense of direction. You can also use your finger to scroll ahead to see any obstructions on your route. And with iOS 11, Maps helps you avoid missing a turn or an exit by suggesting the lane you should be in while driving. You can also see the speed limit of the road you're currently on.

     

Use the Route Card

You can use the Route Card to find nearby places, like gas stations, food, and more.

To add a detour to a trip:

  1. Swipe up on the menu bar while you're navigating.
  2. Select an option, like Gas Stations. Maps will show you a list of nearby suggestions.
  3. Tap . Maps will add the detour to your original route.
  4. When you’re ready, tap the blue banner at the top of the screen to resume your route.

To get detailed turn-by-turn directions, swipe up on the menu while you're navigating and tap Details. You can also see your trip overview and adjust your Navigation Voice settings from the same menu bar.

Selecting the output will determine where Navigation Voice will play the turn-by-turn directions.1 If you’re using Maps connected to Bluetooth, like in your car, you can choose how to get these directions. Learn how to use Maps with Bluetooth.

Avoid tolls and highways, and see traffic in your area

To avoid tolls and highways, go to Settings > Maps > Driving & Navigation. Then tap the sliders for Tolls and Highways.

If there's traffic in the area, you'll see these colors:

  • Orange lines show traffic
  • Red lines show heavy traffic

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

Add a favorite transit line

You can add transit lines to your Favorites, and then see them in your Widget for timely information. To add a transit line to your favorites:

  1. In Maps, tap Maps, then select Transit.
  2. Zoom in on the transit line. Then tap the name or number of the transit line. You might also see a symbol for the transit line.
  3. When you see the Details card, scroll to the bottom and tap Add to Favorites.

You can also enter your destination, then tap Directions to see if there are any other types of transit that you can take.

Use a Marker to get directions between two locations

You can use markers to mark your current location. You can also drop a marker to show the distance from one location to another.

To mark a location:

  1. Tap Maps in the upper-right corner of Maps.
  2. Then tap Mark My Location. You can also touch and hold your finger on a specific area to mark its location.

To get directions between two locations other than your current location:

  1. Tap a landmark icon or drop a marker.
  2. Tap Directions, then tap My Location.
  3. To change your start point, tap the text bar. You can also tap  to swap your start and end points.
  4. Tap Route. Maps will show you the fastest route.

To remove a marker, tap the marker, tap Edit Location, then tap Remove Marker.

    

Search for places nearby

You can use Nearby to search for things that are near your location, like food and entertainment.

To find nearby places:

  1. Open Maps.
  2. Tap the Search bar to see the categories in your area.
  3. Select a category, then choose a location.
  4. After you choose a location, tap Directions.
  5. Tap .

Find out if Nearby is available in your area.

     

Add or remove your favorite locations

To add a location to your Favorites:

  1. Select a location.
  2. Scroll down and tap Favorite .

To share, edit, or remove a favorite:

  1. Tap the Search bar.
  2. Scroll down and tap Favorites.
  3. Swipe left over the favorite, then tap Share or Remove.

          

Use Flyover

With Flyover2, you can see virtual and interactive views of cities and landmarks. To use Flyover:

  1. Enter the name of the city in the Search bar and tap the city in the results.
  2. Tap Flyover to watch an aerial 3D tour.
  3. On supported devices with iOS 112, you can view a city or landmark from above.
    • To change the viewing direction, point or tilt your iPhone or iPad in the direction you want to view. 
    • To virtually move around the city, drag your finger in any direction. 
    • To rotate your view, touch and hold the screen with one finger, then hold it in place while you drag another finger around it.
    • To watch an aerial 3D tour, tap the screen, then tap Start City Tour at the bottom.
  4. To exit, tap .

Find out if Flyover is available in your area.

Use 3D Maps

With 3D Maps, you can see 3D views of cities and landmarks. To get a 3D view:

  1. Pinch to zoom in on a city on the map.
  2. Place two fingers side by side on the map, then drag up.
  3. To exit, tap .

Find out if 3D Maps is available in your area.

Clear your history

  1. Open Maps.
  2. Swipe up on the menu bar to open the Search card.
  3. Swipe left on a previous destination.
  4. Tap Remove.

Learn more

  1. Turn-by-turn navigation works on iPhone 4s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad 2 or later, and iPad mini or later with cellular data capability.
  2. Flyover is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or later, and iPod touch (5th generation or later). To use Flyover as you move your device through space, you need an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro, or iPad (5th generation) with iOS 11. Cellular data charges may apply.

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