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How to Find Things with Maps on the iPad

You can use the Maps app on the iPad to find a person, place, or thing. The Maps app requires Internet access to function but don’t rely on your iPad’s web browser (Safari). It is, in other words, an Internet-enabled app because it displays information collected over your Internet connection — whether Wi-Fi or cellular data network — in real time.

To find something with Maps, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Search field in the upper-right corner of the screen to make the keyboard appear and then type what you’re looking for.

    You can search for addresses, zip codes, intersections, towns, landmarks, and businesses by category and by name, or combinations, such as New York, NY 10022; pizza 60645; or Auditorium Shores Austin, TX.

  2. (Optional) If the letters you type match names in your contacts list, the matching contacts appear in a list below the Search field; tap a name to see a map of that contact’s location.

    Maps is smart about it, too; it displays only the names of contacts that have a street address.

  3. When you finish typing, tap Search.

    After a few seconds, a map appears. If you searched for a single location, it’s marked with a pushpin. If you searched for a category (pizza 60645, for example), you see multiple pushpins, one for each matching location, as shown in the figure.


You can tap the little circle with three horizontal lines on the right in the Search field, and a drop-down list of matching locations appears, as shown.

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