Maps Tips

How to use the Flyover feature in Apple Maps for Mac

Apple Maps has a cool feature called Flyover that lets you get 3D views of a selected area. While it doesn't serve much purpose in a navigational sense, it's still a cool feature to play around with and has some practical use if you're trying to scope out certain areas before visiting them. Here's how to use it on your Mac:

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How to ask Siri for walking and directions using Google Maps, or another transit app

Siri can help you do all kinds of things, including help you get transit directions, even if Apple Maps doesn't support them. If you've got Google Maps or another transit direction app installed, Siri is smart enough to integrate with it in most instances. Here's how:

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How to estimate your travel time in the OS X Mavericks Calendar app

If you juggle your appointments, meetings, and events using the Calendar app on your Mac, you've probably run into a time or two where knowing the estimated travel time would have been helpful. Luckily, this is now a default feature of the stock Calendar app as long as you're running OS X Mavericks. Here's how to access it:

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How to use Local Search with Maps for OS X Mavericks

The Local Search feature in Maps is a great way to find local places by general category, without needing to know a specific place or name. Whether you're in an area you aren't familiar with or you just want to try something new and out of the ordinary in your home area, the Local Search feature in Maps can help. Here's how to use it:

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How to get real time traffic information with Maps in OS X Mavericks

Maps is new to OS X Mavericks but shares a lot of the same DNA as the iOS Maps app. That includes being able to obtain real time traffic information so you know what to expect once you're on the road. It can also help you decide what route to take. Here's how:

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How to change the default direction type in the Maps app for iOS

By default, the Maps app in iOS always gives you driving directions. For people that live in larger cities, sometimes walking directions are more convenient and what you actually use most often. Instead of having to choose walking directions each and every time, just tell Maps to load them by default. Here's how:

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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:

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How to cache maps for offline use in Google Maps 2.0 for iOS

If you use Google Maps for directions on your iPhone or iPad, you've undoubtedly ran into a spotty service area and had issues retrieving directions. Caching maps for offline use before hand can prevent something like this from happening.

While Google doesn't make caching maps for offline use a very obvious option, it is there and we can show you how to use it.

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How to change the default volume for voice navigation in Maps for iPhone

If you use Apple Maps for iPhone, odds are you use the voice navigation feature as well. Depending on how you use it, the default volume may be too low to use without an external speaker or too loud if you're using your car speakers.

You have the option to adjust this default setting whenever you'd like. Here's how:

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How to find places on the map and get turn-by-turn directions using Siri

Complete guide to finding places, businesses, and getting directions with Siri.

Siri isn't only your digital assistant, it can be your digital co-pilot as well, helping you find where to go, how to get there, and what you can do along the way. That includes local businesses, points of interest, and complete voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation. And when you're done, if you ask nicely, Siri will even show you the way home. f you're using iOS 6 or later, you can also use Siri to guide voice guided navigation using the built-in iOS Maps app. If you aren't exactly sure what you're looking for Siri can also help you find types of businesses. After you've gotten to where you need to be Siri can also help you return home if you just ask her to.

Here's how:

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