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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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