How to Nav­i­gate with Ap­ple Maps

iPhone Life Magazine - - iPhone LIfe - BY DONNA CLEVE­LAND

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oogle Maps has set the bar high when it comes to nav­i­ga­tion apps, and yet I keep com­ing back to Ap­ple Maps for its seam­less in­te­gra­tion with iOS and its ever-im­prov­ing fea­tures. For those of you on the same page, here are some tips to make your Ap­ple Maps ex­pe­ri­ence that much bet­ter. Take that, Google!How to Save Lo­ca­tions as Fa­vorites

Set­ting lo­ca­tions as Fa­vorites makes it re­ally con­ve­nient to get di­rec­tions on the fly, es­pe­cially when you're plan­ning a route with mul­ti­ple stops. To save a fa­vorite in Maps, first iden­tify a lo­ca­tion, such as the Statue of Lib­erty. Type your query in the search bar in Maps and tap on it. Swipe up on the in­for­ma­tion card, scroll all the way down, and tap Add to Fa­vorites. To ac­cess your Fa­vorites in the fu­ture, swipe up on the search card lo­cated along the bot­tom of the app and scroll down to the bot­tom, past the list of re­cent lo­ca­tions. Tap Fa­vorites for a list of lo­ca­tions you've saved. Tap on a des­ti­na­tion and tap Di­rec­tions, and you'll be on your way.

Avoid Toll Roads

Noth­ing puts a damper on a road trip like hav­ing to stop and pay at a bunch of toll­booths. With Ap­ple Maps, you can plan a route that avoids tolls al­to­gether. Here's how: Go in to the Set­tings app on your iPhone and scroll down to Maps. Se­lect Driv­ing & Nav­i­ga­tion, and tog­gle on the op­tion to avoid tolls. Now, when you re­quest di­rec­tions to a des­ti­na­tion in Maps, the high­lighted route will avoid tolls by de­fault. Faster routes that re­quire tolls may ap­pear, but next to the route you'll see a dol­lar sign in­di­cat­ing it in­cludes toll roads. If you want to save time and don't mind spend­ing some money, you can choose the toll road route. Oth­er­wise, your toll-free route will be ready to go.

How to Find Your Parked Car

No more get­ting lost in the park­ing lot or tak­ing pic­tures of signs to help re­mem­ber where you parked. This Ap­ple Maps fea­ture helps you spot your car among a sea of ve­hi­cles, as long as your car comes with a Car Play sys­tem or Blue­tooth stereo that pairs with your iPhone. To make sure you have the fea­ture en­abled, head to Set­tings on your iPhone, se­lect Maps, and tog­gle on Show Parked Lo­ca­tion. When en­abled, your parked car will ap­pear on your map view as a blue pin, as well as un­der Re­cent Lo­ca­tions on the search bar and on the Maps wid­get. If you tap on your parked car, you can see more spe­cific in­for­ma­tion and add notes or pho­tos to help you re­mem­ber the ex­act lo­ca­tion. Tap Di­rec­tions to get walk­ing di­rec­tions to your ve­hi­cle.

Stop Along Your Route

Did you know you can take a pit stop along your route with­out can­cel­ing di­rec­tions to your fi­nal des­ti­na­tion? Once you're en route to your des­ti­na­tion, you can do this by swip­ing up on the bar at the bot­tom of your screen to see a se­lec­tion of des­ti­na­tions along your way, such as gas sta­tions or cof­fee spots. Tap the name of a place to see a re­vised route and ETA, and tap Go. Once you're done tak­ing the de­tour, just tap Re­sume Route and you'll be back on track to your orig­i­nal des­ti­na­tion.

Donna Schill Cleve­land is the Ed­i­tor in Chief of iPhone Life mag­a­zine. Af­ter a short stint as a news­pa­per reporter, she be­came web ed­i­tor at iPhone Life, where she con­tin­ues to pair her pen­chant for sto­ry­telling with her love of Ap­ple prod­ucts. Donna holds a mas­ter's de­gree from the Univer­sity of Iowa School of Jour­nal­ism & Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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