Get Traffic Info on Your iPad - dummies

Get Traffic Info on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

You can find out the traffic conditions with the Maps app on your iPad. With the the map you’re viewing, tap the curling page in the lower-right corner of the screen and then tap the Traffic switch so that it says On.

When you do this, major roadways are color-coded to inform you of the current traffic speed, as shown in this figure. Here’s the key:

  • Green: 50 or more miles per hour

  • Yellow: 25 to 50 miles per hour

  • Red: Under 25 miles per hour

  • Gray: No data available at this time

    Lower Manhattan in mid-afternoon has more traffic than most cities at rush hour.
    Lower Manhattan in mid-afternoon has more traffic than most cities at rush hour.

Traffic info doesn’t work in every location, but the only way to find out is to give it a try. If no color codes appear, assume that it doesn’t work for that particular location.

More about the Maps Info screen

If a location has a little i in a blue circle to the right of its name or description, you can tap it to see additional information about that location.


You can get directions to or from that location, add the location to your bookmarks or contacts, or create a new contact from it. You can do two more things with some locations from their Info screen:

  • Tap its e-mail address to launch the Mail application and send an e-mail to it.

  • Tap its URL to launch Safari and view its website.

Not all locations have any or all of these options, but you should know anyway.

See a location in Street view in Maps


If you see this little icon on an Info screen, tap it to see that location in Street view. Drag your finger left or right to scroll up to 360 degrees. A tiny proxy map in the lower-right corner even shows you the direction of what’s shown on the screen. It’s clever but bear in mind the street view you’re looking at could be one or more years old and out of date.