How to Use the Maps App in an iPhone

By Amanda Long

When you need directions, it is helpful to have a GPS map to assist you. The map app on the iPhone does just that. It will grab your GPS location and give you a direct route to the address that you indicate by typing it in. It will also give you the approximate time it will take you to get there and track your progress along the way.

Things You'll Need

  • Cellphone data service

Step 1

Open the maps app by touching the application titled "Maps" on the main iPhone screen.

Step 2

Search for a location or get directions to someplace you are going. If you search for a location, that location will be indicated on the map. However, if you want to drive to a location from your current location, select "Get Directions" on the lower portion of the screen.

Step 3

Enter your starting address. You can use your current location as the starting address by tapping the arrow in the lower left hand corner. If your settings allow for the phone to grab your current location, then it will automatically import your location into the starting address. If not, you will be prompted to go to your settings to turn on the location feature.

Step 4

Enter your ending address. Type as much of the ending address as you know, including city and state. This will help the application know what state you are trying to find the location in. Press the "Route" button as soon as you have entered your information.

Step 5

Look at the route that the application is suggesting you take. At the top of the screen, you have the following choices: vehicle, local transit or walking. The default selected is "Vehicle." When you choose each of these options, the application will calculate the approximate time it will take you to get to your desired location based upon the method of transportation.

Step 6

Press the "Start" button to start your journey. This will give you step-by-step instructions for how to get to your location, moving you one step closer and updating the time until you arrive as you pass each step. Choose the forward and back arrows if you want to move ahead or repeat any steps.

Step 7

Close the application when you are finished using it by pushing the menu button at the bottom of your iPhone.

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