iPhone Life Magazine - - Top Tips - BY CON­NER CAREY

No­body likes toll roads. If you've been to Dis­ney World in Or­lando, Florida, you know there's a sneaky ex­tra ex­pense that comes, af­ter the fun is over, when you try to leave. Luck­ily, you can nav­i­gate around those pesky wal­let traps with your iPhone. Both Google Maps and Ap­ple Maps of­fer al­ter­nate direc­tions that al­low you to take the (cheaper) scenic route and avoid toll roads. Avoid­ing toll roads is a smart way to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary ex­tra ex­penses, es­pe­cially when driv­ing through cities you don't know.

Since GPS has a bird's-eye view, it's easy for both Google and Ap­ple Maps to lo­cate al­ter­nate road­ways that will al­low you to avoid toll roads. How­ever, the two iOS apps of­fer dif­fer­ent ways to do this. Google Maps has a handy func­tion that al­lows you to es­sen­tially turn off toll roads. Ap­ple Maps on iOS 10 or later en­ables you to change a set­ting to avoid toll roads, but it can't be found within the app. Ap­ple Maps in iOS 9 or ear­lier of­fers mul­ti­ple routes and lets you know when a route you've se­lected has toll roads, which gives you the chance to choose a dif­fer­ent set of direc­tions to avoid them. Since Or­lando is in­fa­mous for its toll roads, we'll use it as our ex­am­ple. Let's take a look.


Google Maps makes it par­tic­u­larly easy to avoid toll roads by al­low­ing you to turn them off. If you haven't al­ready, download the Google Maps app in the App Store and then open the app and search for your des­ti­na­tion. Tap the blue Direc­tions but­ton. Si­de­note: you can tap the up and down arrows next to the search boxes to switch your “from” and “to” lo­ca­tions if needed.

En­ter your “from” ad­dress or use your cur­rent lo­ca­tion. If Avoid­ing Tolls ap­pears above the map, it's al­ready en­abled. If not, then tap the three ver­ti­cal dots to the right of the search boxes. Se­lect Route Op­tions. Tog­gle on Avoid Tolls; and if you'd al­ways like to avoid tolls, tog­gle on Re­mem­ber Set­tings. Tap the back arrow to re­turn to the map. Tap Start to be­gin nav­i­gat­ing.


Be­fore iOS 10, the only way to avoid tolls with Ap­ple Maps was to choose a dif­fer­ent route. Ap­ple Maps would tell you if a par­tic­u­lar route had tolls, but it didn't give you the op­tion to avoid them al­to­gether. For those of you us­ing iOS 10 and later, you'll be happy to know Ap­ple Maps fi­nally of­fers toll-free direc­tions.

Ap­ple Maps lets you turn on “avoid tolls.” You can do this within the Set­tings app, which can be con­fus­ing if you're ex­pect­ing to see the op­tion within Ap­ple Maps. To turn toll roads off, sim­ply go to Set­tings > Maps > Driv­ing & Nav­i­ga­tion. Then tog­gle on Tolls un­der Avoid. When you get direc­tions in Ap­ple Maps, it will au­to­mat­i­cally choose a route with­out tolls—more than one if they're avail­able.

Most of the time, avoid­ing toll roads won't add a lot of time to your trip; although, it will add some. But un­less avoid­ing toll roads is go­ing to add hours, it's usu­ally cheaper to burn a lit­tle more fuel. Con­ner Carey is a writer (cre­ative & SEO), on­line busi­ness con­sul­tant, and vi­sion plan­ner. You can sched­ule a free con­sul­ta­tion or join her email list at con­ner­ She's cur­rently garage-sell­ing all of her stuff to hit the road in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan, and dog, Jodi. Fol­low their ad­ven­tures on in­sta­gram @geor­giatheRV.

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