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Getting directions

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Getting directions

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.

Getting directions

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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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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