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How to set departure and arrival times for directions in Maps on iPhone and iPad

Ios 14 Maps Cycling Directions
Ios 14 Maps Cycling Directions (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

When Apple revealed iOS 15 for the best iPhone, there was a lot of hype surrounding some big changes coming to FaceTime, Focus, Safari, Maps, and more. But while Apple focused more on the fancy new interactive globe and new maps, it didn't talk about how you can now set custom departure and arrival times when you get directions in the Maps app.

That's right — iOS 15 now lets you choose what time you want to leave for your destination and even select what time you want to arrive for the optimal driving or transit experience.

Here's how to set departure and arrival times for directions in Maps on iPhone and iPad.

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How to change departure time for directions in Maps on iPhone

If you need to get directions but aren't planning to leave right this second, then the Maps app allows you to change your departure time to something else, whether it's later in the day or even tomorrow. Here's how to change your departure time for getting directions.

  1. Launch the Maps app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Search for your intended destination.
  3. Tap Directions.

Change departure and arrival time in Maps on iOS 15 by showing: Launch Maps, find destination, tap Directions, tap Leaving Now (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select your transportation method if you aren't driving.
  2. Tap Leaving Now to bring up the Date and Time picker.
  3. Under Leave At, select your preferred departure date and time.
  4. Tap Done.

Change departure time for directions in Maps on iPhone by showing: Select departure date and time, tap Done (Image credit: iMore)

Your directions will be updated to reflect the new departure time. All routes will be based on predicted traffic at your selected time.

How to change arrival time for directions in Maps on iPhone

When you need to get to a specific location by a certain time, it may be better to change the arrival time instead of departure. This ensures that you get there by the time you specify, and you get an idea of the best time to leave. Here's how to change your arrival time for directions.

  1. Launch the Maps app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Search for your intended destination.
  3. Tap Directions.

Change departure and arrival time in Maps on iOS 15 by showing: Launch Maps, find destination, tap Directions, tap Leaving Now (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select your transportation method if you aren't driving.
  2. Tap Leaving Now to bring up the Date and Time picker.
  3. Tap Arrive By to change to the arrival time.
  4. Under Arrive By, select your preferred arrival date and time.
  5. Tap Done.

Change arrival time for directions in Maps on iPhone in iOS 15 by showing: Tap Arrive By, select preferred arrival date and time, tap Done (Image credit: iMore)

Again, much like changing the departure time, the directions are based on predicted traffic. So while it should be good when you leave, things can also change depending on actual traffic reports.

Questions?

As you can see, it's easy to change your departure and arrival times for directions in Maps on iPhone and iPad. Do you have questions about this new iOS 15 feature? Let us know in the comments.

Christine Chan
Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.

4 Comments
  • Christine - after you set a “leave later” or an arrival time, does Siri give you a reminder when it’s time to leave or is there a place in Maps that lists all your scheduled trips?
  • As of this time, no, there's no way to "save" it or have Siri remind you (just tried it out). I think it's more to get an idea of what the route will look like. Apple should probably change that, though.
  • Ugh, that’s unfortunate. It would be incredibly useful to have that functionality. Thank you for the response!
  • Indeed it would be! I filed a radar with Apple for that after you suggested it. Hopefully they will consider it!