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Now let's take a look at the Directions feature in the Maps, which gives you spoken, turn-by-turn directions to wherever you're trying to go. If you know the exact address of your destination, you can type or write into the Search bar. But if you don't have an exact address, you can enter the location, neighborhood or service you're looking for. For example, maybe you're looking for a nearby coffee shop. Tap the Locate button to find your current location and then enter Coffee to find some coffee shops. Let's say we want to visit this coffee shop here. You can either tap the blue arrow next to its name to get Info, like the phone number or website, or you can tap Directions to Here which gives you an opportunity to choose your starting point if you want to get directions from some place other than your current location.
You can also tap the squiggly arrow to reverse the locations and get directions from the coffee shop to another location. Let's cancel this for now though. If you've found a location you want to travel to, a quick way to get directions is to tap the green car button to the left of the name. That draws out the routes that Map suggest you take to get there. Depending on the roads and the distance, it might offer two or three possible routes. This might be useful if you want to choose to avoid highways or tolls. Tapping a route shows you the distance and estimated travel time at the top of the screen.
So select the route you want to take and then tap Start. On the iPhone 4S and later, that puts you into Automatic turn-by-turn mode. As you drive, your phone will give you spoken directions and alert you when turns and exits are coming up. If you're using an iPod touch, you won't get spoken directions. But on an iPhone 4S or later, anytime during your trip you can tap the directions at the top of the screen to get your estimated time of arrival and to see how much farther you have to go. Tap Overview to see the entire route, this can help you make sure you're on the right track.
You can also tap the List button in the lower left-hand corner to see the directions as a list. Tap Done and then Resume to go back to turn-by-turn. By the way if you happen to miss a turn Maps will automatically reroute you and get you back on track. You can continue to use your iPhone while using turn-by-turn navigation. If you press the Home button or open any other apps, you'll see this green bar at the top of the screen indicating that you're still using Navigation. You'll also continue to hear the audible directions while you're in other apps. Even if you lock your phone, you'll continue to hear the directions and if you wake the screen, you'll see the map and your current position.
When you reach your destination or if you don't need directions anymore you can tap End to stop the navigation. Now when you use the Quick Navigation button, your directions default to driving directions but you can also map out walking directions. First, find your destination on Maps, then tap the blue arrow. Tap Directions to Here and at the top of the screen tap the Walking icon; then tap Route. That takes you back to the map as usual, but at the top of the screen you'll see the distance and estimated time to walk this route rather than to drive it.
You'll definitely want to use the Walking directions in large cities where there are lots of one-way streets. Maps takes those into account with driving directions but not with walking. Also with Walking directions after you tap Start, you can flick to the directions to see your next steps. This is also the default behavior of Maps on the iPod touch since it can't offer audible directions. Even if you're on an iPhone 4S or later, you don't get audible turn-by-turn alerts with walking directions since you can probably look at your phone while walking which you shouldn't do while driving.
Speaking of the audible directions you can adjust the settings by going to Settings, and Maps. And here under Navigation Voice Volume you can choose No Voice if you don't want hear instructions at all or set the volume to Low, Normal or Loud. Let's go back to Maps. Now lastly, you might have noticed this third option next to the Driving and Walking icons that looks like a bus. In previous versions of iOS the Maps app ran on Google Maps which included the ability to route directions over public transit like buses or subways.
But with iOS 6, Apple has created their own in-house version of Maps and unfortunately it doesn't include transit directions. So if you select transit and tap Route, instead of getting directions you'll get a link to several third-party apps that can give you bus and subway directions. So that's a bit disappointing especially if you live in a large city and don't drive that much. But as I record this iOS 6 has still been out only for a few weeks. My hope is that Apple adds public transit directions back into the Maps app in the near future. In the meantime you'll have to use third-party apps or visit Google Maps on your iPhone's browser.
But as you just saw if you're driving or walking, you can easily and quickly get directions in the Maps app.
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