How to send directions in Maps from OS X Mavericks to your iPhone or iPad

How to send directions in Maps from OS X Mavericks to your iPhone or iPad

OS X Mavericks brings with it an all new Maps app. If you use an iPhone or iPad, you're probably already familiar with it. One of the best features of Maps for Mavericks is the ability to ping directions right to any iPhone or iPad associated with your Apple ID. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Maps app from your Mac running OS X Mavericks.
  2. In the top navigation, click on Directions.
  3. In the Directions menu that's now on the right of the screen, enter in the directions you'd like to send to your iPhone or iPad.
  4. Once you have a route selected and directions on the screen, click on the Share icon in the top main menu and choose the device you'd like to send the directions to.
  5. Check your iPhone or iPad for a push notification.

That's all there is to it. Your iPhone or iPad don't even need to be on the same WiFi network in order to receive directions since Maps pulls from any device that's associated with your Apple ID. You can also use this method to share directions many other ways including through email, iMessage, AirDrop, Facebook, and more.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to send directions in Maps from OS X Mavericks to your iPhone or iPad


I've used Apple Maps quite successfully in very rural areas in Ia, Mn, & Wi... Apple Maps performance is on par with my Garmin Nuvi765t.

I did this. They still don't show up.

Whoops--skipped a crucial step. You also need to quit maps and then relaunch.

Same here. No devices available to send to. Only the standard sheet items are there. What gives? Is it that I'm on an older Mac?

An annoying solution, but one that works... Go to System Prefs>iCloud, logout and then log back in. Reboot Maps et voilà!

Worked for me as well; I just wish Apple didn't ask you that you were sure you wanted to remove your data for every single iCloud service.

Seriously I have tonnes of docs in iCloud, its going to be a major pain to have to delete them all from my Mac! Apple are way off the mark if this is what they expect users to do!

Is there a way to add another iPhone other than mine to the list? Say I want to send directions to my wife's iPhone or my dad's.

I tried to use the send using Messages but when it opens on the iPhone it doesn't seem to include all of the data for the directions. It has the lat./long. for the to address but the from is blank so it's not usable. If that would work then sending by messages would be a work around for sending to others' iPhones.

The from being blank would be correct because you are technically not in the same location, even if you are standing next to each other. It has to assume that you are sending it to someone in a different location so why fill the from section with your location.

Cannot see iPhone at all listed. Have tried rebooting, logging out of iCloud and back in, tried enabling iCloud Keychain. Any ideas why iPhone not showing? :-(

Hi. IN step 4 above, I see your picture has a number of peoples names, then underneath there are the 'ways' to share. My screen only has the share methods listed. Do you know I can get those contact names to appear as shown in your tutorial here? Thank you.

Perhaps I'm missing something here, but when I send the directions to my phone, I do get the directions on my phone & it manually gets me to my destination, but since I'm driving, I would really prefer the "turn by turn" direction prompting I would get like when I ask Siri for directions. I can't find a way to take the directions & have them converted to the "turn by turn" voice directions. Is there a fix?