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Getting directions

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

Video: Getting directions

Now, let's take a look at the directions feature in Maps, If you know the exact address of your destination, If you find a location you want to travel to, a quick That draws out the route Maps suggest you take to get there.

Getting directions

Now, let's take a look at the directions feature in 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 it right into the search bar. But if you don't have an exact address, tap in the Search field and enter a location, neighborhood, or service you're looking for. For example, maybe I'm looking for a nearby coffee shop. I'll tap the Locate button to find my current location and then enter coffee, to find some coffee shops. Let's say I want to visit this coffee shop here. I can either tap its name to get info like their phone number or website or to read some reviews.

And then I can tap Directions to Here. This gives me an opportunity to choose my starting point if I want to get directions from some place other than my current location. I can also tap this squiggly arrow to reverse the locations and get directions from the coffee shop to another location. I'm going to cancel this for now though. If you find a location you want to travel to, a quick way to get directions is to tap the blue car button to the left of the name. That draws out the route Maps 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 the choice 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 or an iPad, you won't get spoken directions. But on the iPhone 4S or later, at any time during your trip you can look at the top of your screen to get your estimated time of arrival and to see how much farther you have to go. Tap the Info at the top of the screen and then tap Overview to see your entire route.

This can help you make sure you're on the right track. You can also tap the List button at the bottom of the screen to see the directions as a list. Tap Done and then Resume to go back into turn-by-turn directions. By the way, if you happen to miss a term, Maps will automatically reroute you and get you back on track. You can continue to use your phone while using turn-by-turn navigation. If you press the Home button or open any other apps, you'll see this blue bar at the top of your 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 direction is 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 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 through the directions to see your next steps. This is also the default behavior of Maps on the iPod Touch and iPad since they can't offer audible directions. So even if you're on a 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 setting by going to Settings >Maps.

And here under Navigation Voice Volume, you can choose No Voice, if you don't want to hear instructions or set the volume to low, normal, or loud. Let's go back into 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 and subways. But starting with iOS 6, Apple 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 you may want to look into some of these third party apps as many of them are very good. 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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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
      50s
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
      43s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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