It was September of 2012 when iPhone users were first introduced with Apple Maps. Till then, the Google Maps were having sole control over searching locations and most of the other maps related searches. But after the launch of Apple Maps what unfolded was actually not what iPhone users were expecting. There were plenty of hitches in finding locations because most of them were inaccurate. But then Apple worked on maps harder and for the last few years, Apple Maps have been working perfectly alright.
Yet, there are very less users of Apple Maps because there are many who still don’t know how to use them efficiently so that they become really helpful at the end of the day. If you are one of those “don’t know how to use Apple Maps” then just relax and read this article carefully and use the tips provided in it. We are sure, after reading this article you will surely be able to use Apple Maps like a pro!
10 Tips to Use Apple Maps like a Pro!
#1. Dropping a pin
This is the simplest way to use your Apple Maps and you may also follow this tip as a starter to the Apple Maps as well. All you need to do is that, whenever you go to your friend’s home just tap on the Map and drop a pin there. This will help you to get not only the directions of the location for which you don’t have the exact address but by using it you will also be able to add a new contact or update an existing contact as well. That is not it, by dropping a pin on a particular location you may also able to share the location with your friends also, which they can use and you all have a fun together at that very location.
#2. Let the Compass Mode Direct You
If you are on a long tour to the countryside, then in the Compass Mode of Apple Maps, you will find your best navigator. If will help you to know where actually you are heading and that too in simplest of way possible. Here is how you get the compass mode on.
Step #1. Just tap on the Location button at the bottom left of your screen and let the map get centered on you.
Step #2. A blue beam will appear just in the front of the location indicator. Now you will see that the compass will move as you are moving as well, but it will keep on indicating North always.
Step #3. Use the satellite view option now by just tapping on the “i” button at the bottom right of your screen. This will help you to identify major landmarks easily, while you are on the drive.
#3. Expecting No Services While Driving? No Worries!
Although, the OS X versions of Apple Maps allows you to have a PDF file for an offline viewing but what if you are expecting ‘No Service’ Zones while you are on your way? Well, there is absolutely nothing to worry about because certain things are not in your control. All you need to do is to tap the share button at the top right of the screen and send email option so that you can send a .vcf file and you will get a good enough view of a map which you may later zoom into view, if and when needed.
#4. Know what Popular Locally is
When you are at an unknown place and will be staying there for a while, then it is always advisable to know what the local people prefer. The best thing to know about this is to find what kind of apps are popular among the natives because it will help you to know their culture, their likes, and dislikes, hence it will help you to interact with them better. Plus, this feature will also help you to search local authorities as well. To view this, just tap on the location indicator and then just tap on “Current Location, which has popped up just now!
#5. Know the Traffic Ahead
We always like to reach on time and without any hassles as well. But again, certain things are not in our control and traffic is one of those things for which we don’t have any say. So if there is a heavy traffic ahead, then Apple Maps will help you to find an alternative route as well. All you need to do is to tap on “i” button at the bottom right of your screen and then select “Show Traffic”. Your phone will automatically then show the red and orange color lines in front of you and that is what you are looking at when it comes to traffic intensity.
#6 Ask Siri
Yes, we know that Siri can be a bit frustrating at times, but it also works perfectly on many occasions. So use Siri time and again and she will be happy to help you. To make Siri help you with some sort of perfection, just don’t ask her by yelling at her randomly. Just be polite and ask her about a precise place where you are heading or preferring to go. Like “Hey Siri, get me the directions.” Once Siri responds you with, “Where you would like to go?” then you can ask for the address for the place you are going. Remember, Siri is the best helper when you ask her questions like where is the nearest tavern or the closest pizza joint and so on.
#7. Control your Volume
If you are listening to the radio, even when your Apple Maps is helping you to navigate, you can control your navigation voice very easily. You can raise or down the volume of the Maps without touching the other things making noise in your car. You may even turn the Maps volume off completely if you want uninterrupted music to take over or you are listening to live commentary or podcasts or audio books. Just go to Settings and make your choice.
#8. Flyover, a bird’s eye view
This is a feature which will enable you to have a bird’s eye view of where you are traveling to. It is certainly not meant for any kind of navigation, but it still is a cool feature, to say the least. There are hundreds of cities where you can use the flyover feature and believe us, the list is just keeping on growing. All you need to do is to search a city, then tap on its label and then select “Flyover Tour” if it is available for that particular city.
#9. Share your Location with Your Friends
Want to inform your friends where you are exactly now? Just tap on the share button at the top right of your screen and you can share your current location with your friends. You can share it via email and also with other social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. What’s more is that you can even add a note to your location and also a reminder as well! Cool, isn’t it
#10. Know Where You Have Traveled Later
Locations Services feature of Apple Maps will help you to retrieve your past visits to all the locations whether they are recent or earlier. It will also show you the frequent locations so it will help you again to travel if you want to go there for one more time. From starting point to the end point with the hours you have spent at that particular location, you will get all the details. If you feel that this is not needed at all then you can turn off the option and it will not appear again.
These 10 tips will help you to not only use your Apple Maps better but also to know the app and its cool features well. The maps app is favorite of many, but most of them even don’t know the coolest features it has which you now know. Share your knowledge with your friends and make Apple Maps more helpful to you and to them as well.