Use Maps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to use these Maps features to find your location, get turn-by-turn directions with real-time traffic information, and more.

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

Choose your route and add a favorite location

After you enter your destination, Maps will show you multiple routes.

Maps will default to the quickest route. To select an alternate route, tap the timestamp next to the route.


Tap Start to begin. Maps will give you spoken directions and an estimated time of arrival.


You can tap Overview in the top-right corner to see your route. If spoken directions are available, Maps will provide them with the onscreen directions. Spoken directions might not be available on all devices or in some countries.

To add a location to your favorites, tap  on the Pin label. Then, tap  , in the upper-right corner.

See traffic information

Open Maps and tap   , then tap Show Traffic. If there's traffic in the area, you'll see these colors:

  • Orange dots show traffic
  • Red dots show heavy traffic

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

Use public transportation and find places nearby

With iOS 9, you can use Transit* and Nearby to get details on public transportation and places. 

With Nearby, you can find convenient places to shop, eat, and more. You can also explore categories by tapping one, like Food or Entertainment.

Transit shows you detailed map information on bus, train, transit lines, and subway stations.

Transit is available in select cities. Even if the feature isn’t yet supported in your city, you can still download routing apps from the App Store. Make sure you're in Transit view, then tap View Routing Apps.

To get Transit information, follow these steps:

  1. Open Maps and enter your destination.
  2. Tap     to get transit directions.
  3. Tap Start.

Use pins to plan or mark your destinations

Pins can help you remember places or plan trips. You can also use a dropped pin to mark the start of your trip. To place a pin, tap the screen with the tip of your finger on the location you want. To move a pin, touch and hold your finger where you want the pin to move.

To see more options for a location,  tap   in the Dropped Pin label.

Use gestures with Maps

  • Pinch to zoom lets you zoom in and out on a map.
  • Two-finger rotate turns the Map window and offers a 360-degree view.
  • Two-finger drag tilts the Map window and shows you 3D and Flyover views*.

Change your settings

You can change certain settings in Maps, like Navigation Voice volume, distances, and map labels. To do this, go to Settings > Maps.

You can change the voice volume when you’re connected to a cellular-data network.

Clear your recents

  1. Open Maps.
  2. Tap the address bar.
  3. Tap Favorites > Recents > Clear > Clear All Recents. 
  4. Tap Done.

Get help

Get help if you can't see your location or report a problem.

*Turn-by-turn navigation is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad 2 or later, and iPad mini or later with cellular data capability.

*Transit is available on iPhone 5 and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air and later, iPad mini 2, and iPod touch (6th generation) with iOS 9.

*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). Cellular data charges may apply. 

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