Here's how to add a midpoint to Apple's Maps app for those times when you need to make a stop along your journey. When you're going from point A to point B, there are times when you'll need to buy some gas or food before you get to your destination. While adding a pit stop is a convenient and easy-to-use feature built into Apple Maps, it is limited to three categories: gas, coffee, and food.
How to add a midpoint to Apple's Maps app
- Open Maps on your iPhone.
- Tap the Search bar.
- Search for your destination.
- Tap Directions.
- Tap Go.
- Tap the black section at the top of the screen.
- Tap the white section at the bottom of the screen. You'll see six buttons; the top row will be Gas Stations, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (depending on the time of day), and Coffee.
- Tap the desired item.
- Scroll up to see a list of options.
- Tap Go to add your pick to your route.
- Tap on the blue Resume Route section at the top of the screen at any time to resume your original route.
Now you're on your way to your destination, with a pit stop along the way! I would love for Apple to add a search bar rather than just three buttons, so we aren't limited to just gas, food, and coffee. It would be great to be able to add a specific address, in case you want to pick up a friend, for example. I'd also like to be able to choose another sort of destination, such as a grocery store, shopping center, or whatever type of business I want. Hopefully, more options will come in a future Apple Maps update.
Please drive safely, and do not attempt to do this while driving. You can set it up before you leave your starting point.
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