Your Location with Maps on the iPad - dummies

Your Location with Maps on the iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

With Maps on the iPad or iPhone, you can quickly and easily discover exactly where you are, find nearby restaurants and businesses, get turn-by-turn driving instructions from any address to any other address, and see real-time traffic information and a photographic street view of many locations as well.

You can’t use the app unless you’re connected to the Internet via either Wi-Fi or 3G.

Start with something supremely simple yet extremely useful — determining your current location. Here’s how:

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

  2. Tap the Maps icon on your Home screen.


  3. Tap the little arrow icon in the middle of the gray bar at the top of the screen.

    The arrow icon turns a soothing purple to let you know that Location Services is doing its thing and that you’ll soon see a blue circle, which indicates your approximate location. And if you move around, your iPad can update your location and adjust the map so that the location indicator stays in the middle of the screen.


Just so you know, if you tap, drag the map, or zoom in and/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.