How to Find New or Recently-Used Locations on iPhone’s Maps - dummies

How to Find New or Recently-Used Locations on iPhone’s Maps

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

Instead of flipping through a large unwieldy piece of thin, easily ripped paper, otherwise known as a map, iPhone’s Maps lets you type in the address you seek. As fast as your Internet connection allows, the equivalent of quadrant K-5 appears on your iPhone screen. You can also find addresses from Contacts and from bookmarks that you set up in Maps. Follow these steps to map-folding freedom:

  1. Open Maps from the Home screen.

  2. Tap the Search field at the top of the screen.

    The keyboard opens and a list of your recent searches appears.

  3. If you seek a recently searched for address, tap it in the list.

    Or you can do it this way: Type one of the following in the search field (if an address is already in the search field, tap the X at the right end of the field to delete the text):

    • An address in the form of a street name and number or an intersection, with the city and state or just the name of a city or town.

    • A neighborhood or landmark.

    • The name of a person or business that’s stored in your Contacts.

    A list of potential matches from Contacts and the Maps database appears; if you see the address you seek in the list, tap it to open a map showing that location.

  4. Tap the blue Search button in the bottom right corner of the keyboard.

    A red pin on the map indicates the address you seek. The address is written on a flag attached to the pin. If the location is near your current location, you also see the travel time under the driving button.


If you want to keep the found address for future use, tap the right end of the flag, and then tap Add Bookmark, to store the address in Maps or tap Create New Contact or Add to Existing Contact to store the address and associated information in Contacts.

To view and use an address you’ve recently used, bookmarked, or from your Contacts list, do the following:

  1. Open Maps from the Home screen.

  2. Tap the Bookmarks button to the right of the Search field.

  3. Depending on where you want to pull the address from, do one of the following:

    • Tap the Bookmarks button at the bottom left of the screen to use a bookmarked location.

      A list of bookmarks opens.

    • Tap the Recents button at the bottom in the center of the screen to use an address you’ve recently accessed.

      A list of recently used addresses opens.

    • Tap the Contacts button at the bottom right of the screen to choose a person or business from Contacts.

      Your All Contacts list appears. Scroll through the list to open the Info screen that contains the address you seek.

  4. Tap the address you wish to use.

    A map opens and a red pin indicates the address or location you’re looking for.

If you want a clean slate, you can clear your bookmarks by opening the list and tapping Edit, and then tap the red and white minus sign followed by the delete button, or simply swipe across the bookmarked address and tap Delete.

Although bookmarks can be removed singly, removing recent locations is an all or nothing deal: Tap Recents and then tap the Clear button and the list is emptied. If you want to save a Recents address, open it, and then save it as a bookmark or an addition to Contacts.