How to Connect Maps and Contacts on Your iPad - dummies

How to Connect Maps and Contacts on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Maps and contacts on your iPad go together like peanut butter and jelly. Here, you discover two helpful tasks that illustrate maps and contacts at work. To see a map of a contact’s street address, follow these steps:

  1. Tap in the search field, tap Favorites, and then tap the Contacts tab at the bottom of the overlay.

    A list of your contacts appears.

  2. Scroll through the list, or tap in the search field and begin typing the contact’s name.

    The list is updated as you type.

  3. Tap the contact’s name whose address you want to see on the map.

    A pin appears on the map at that contact’s address.

If you find a location by typing an actual street address in the search field, you can add that location to one of your contacts or create a contact with a location you’ve found. To do either one, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the location’s pushpin on the map.

  2. Tap the little gray right arrow to the right of the location’s name.

    That contact’s info overlay appears.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the info overlay and tap Create New Contact or Add to Existing Contact, whichever is applicable.

  4. Fill in the new contact information and tap Done. Or select an existing contact from the list that appears.

    The info screen for Black’s Barbecue appears as an overlay.
    The info screen for Black’s Barbecue appears as an overlay.

You work with your contacts by tapping the Contacts icon on your Home screen.

Don’t forget that you can swipe across your iPad screen with four or five fingers to switch apps. So if you’re in Contacts, a four- or five-finger swipe from right to left should bring you back to the Maps app. If you have a lot of open apps, you might need more than one swipe to find the Maps app.

And don’t forget that you can also use a four-finger swipe upward or double-press the Home button to reveal the multitasking screen and switch between Contacts and Maps (or any open apps, for that matter).

If nothing happens when you swipe with four or five fingers, tap Settings→General, scroll down to the Multitasking Gestures On/Off switch, and make sure it’s on.

You can also use the Slide Over or Split Screen feature with Maps, to see two apps at once on iPads that support those features.

You can also get driving or walking directions from most locations, including a contact’s address, to any other location, including another contact’s address.