Get Route Maps and Driving Directions on Your iPad - dummies

Get Route Maps and Driving Directions on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

You can easily use the Maps app on your iPad (you need to have Wi-Fi access) to get route maps and driving directions to any location from any location as follows:

  1. Tell your iPad to get directions for you.

    You can do so in a couple of ways:

    • If a pushpin is already on the screen: Tap the pushpin and then tap the little i in a blue circle to the right of the name or description. This action displays the item’s Info screen. Tap the Directions to Here or Directions from Here button to get directions to or from that location, respectively.

    • When you’re looking at a map screen: Tap the Directions button in the upper-left corner of the screen. The Search field transforms into Start and End fields.

  2. Tap in the Start or End field to designate the starting and ending points of your trip.

    You can either type them or choose them from a list of your bookmarks, recent maps, or contacts.

  3. (Optional) If you need to swap the starting and ending locations, tap the little swirly arrow button between the Start and End fields.

  4. When the start and end locations are correct, tap the Start button in the blue banner overlay near the lower-right corner of the screen, as shown in.


    If multiple possible routes exist, Maps shows them all to you, as in the figure. To switch routes, just tap the route you want to switch to. Notice that the blue banner overlay updates to tell you the time and distance of the selected route, Route 3.

    When you tap the Start button, it changes into left- and right-arrow buttons.

  5. Navigate your directions using the arrows or a list:

    • Arrows: Tap the arrow buttons, as shown in this figure, to display the next or previous step in your route. Tap the right-arrow button to see the first of your turn-by-turn driving directions. Then, to see the next step in the directions, tap the right arrow again; to see the preceding step, tap the left arrow.


    • List: If you prefer to see your driving directions displayed as a list with all the steps at once, tap the List button on the left side of the blue banner; the directions appear in an overlay, as shown in this figure. Tap any step in the list to see that leg of the trip displayed on the map.


    If you want to return to the step-by-step directions in the blue banner and use the arrow buttons to navigate again, tap the little rectangle in the upper left of the Directions overlay. The list disappears and the banner reappears.

  6. When you’re finished with the step-by-step directions, tap the Search button at the top of the screen to return to the regular map screen and single Search field.

Several companies, including TomTom, NAVIGON, Magellan, and MotionX, offer iPhone apps that give audible directions.

You can’t even install some of the aforementioned iPhone GPS apps on an iPad, and while you may be able to install others, they’ll be pretty much useless unless your iPad has Wi-Fi + 3G.