How to Find Your Current Location with Maps on the iPad mini

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The intelligent iPad mini does something supremely simple yet extremely useful — it can determine your current location. At the risk of sounding like self-help gurus, here’s how to find yourself:

  1. Make sure Location Services is enabled by tapping Settings→Privacy→Location Services.

    Tap the Location Services switch to on (green) if necessary.

  2. In the list that appears below the switch, tap Maps.

  3. Enable Location Services for the Maps app by tapping While Using the App.

    A check mark appears on the right to show you that While Using the App is selected. The other option, Never, essentially cripples the Maps app, so if you select it the rest of the steps aren’t going to work.

  4. Tap the Home button to return to the Home screen.

  5. Tap the Maps icon on your Home screen.

  6. Tap the Location Services icon in the lower-left corner of the screen.

    The icon’s background turns blue which assures you that Location Services is doing its thing. You’ll soon see a blue circle on the map, which indicates your approximate location.

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If you tap, drag the map, or zoom in or out, your iPad continues to update your location, but it doesn’t continue to center the marker. That’s a good thing, but it also means that the location indicator can move off the screen. If that happens, or you move around and the location indicator moves away from the middle of the screen, just tap the arrow icon. Your iPad updates your location and adjusts the map so your location indicator is in the middle of the screen.