How to Go to another Location in Your iPad’s Map App

By Nancy C. Muir

Your iPad’s Map app has just about everything you need to figure out where you are, information about your destination, where you’re going and lots of other great facts. To get started, open the Maps app.

  1. With Maps open, tap the Search field. The keyboard opens.

    If you’ve displayed directions for a route, you won’t see the Search field; tap the Clear button on a directions screen to get back to the Search field.

  2. Type a location, using a street address with city and state, a stored contact name, or a destination such as Empire State Building or Detroit airport. Maps first displays buttons for categories such as Food and Health that you can use to narrow your search, and then displays suggestions as you type if it finds any logical matches.

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  3. Tap a suggestion or tap the Search key on the keyboard, and the location appears, with a pin inserted into it and a label with the location and an Information icon.

    Note that if several locations match your search term, several pins may display in a suggestions list.

  4. Tap the arrow on the right side of the information box to see more about the destination.

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You can tap the Dictation key on the onscreen keyboard and speak a location to the iPad if you prefer. Tap the Search field, tap the Dictation key, speak the location, and then tap the Dictation key or the Search field again. What you’ve spoken appears there. Next, tap the Search button on the keyboard to display the location.

Try pressing the Home button and asking Siri for a type of business or location by zip code. If you crave something with pepperoni, for example, say, “Find pizza in 99208 zip code.” Tap an item in the results to display a small map you can tap to open the Maps app to find your way there.

When you start a search, icons for categories of nearby businesses appear. This Nearby feature is new in iOS 9.

Tap the screen and drag in any direction to move to a nearby location.

Tap the Share button and then tap Add to Favorites. Tap Save in the screen that appears (modifying the location name first, if you like), and the location is saved to Favorites. Now when you tap in the Maps Search field, Favorites are listed. Tap Favorites to view and go to a favorite site.

If you enter a destination, you may want to enter its city and state as well. Entering just Bronx Zoo could land you in Woodland Park Zoo in Tacoma, Washington, because Maps looks for the closest match to your geographical location in a given category.