Our favorite iPhones and iPads come with a built-in Maps app, allowing us to not only get turn-by-turn directions for points of interest (POIs), but check other things like reviews for local businesses, see what's around us in various tour guides, get transit directions, and so much more. But did you also know that it has a cool feature called Flyover, allowing you to get detailed 3D maps that you can even interact with? If you can't travel across the world, then Flyover is the next best thing.
Flyover isn't exactly a new feature — it's been around since iOS 6. But over the years, it has evolved to become much more detailed than ever before. Plus, Apple has added more locations and landmarks since its launch in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. If you're ever curious about a potential destination spot for your next trip, Flyover can be the best iPhone feature to take advantage of. Here's how to use it.
How to use Apple Maps Flyover on your iPhone or iPad in Maps
- Open the Maps app.
- Tap the search field and type in the location or landmark you want to see.
- Select the correct location or landmark from the list of results.
- If Flyover is supported, tap on Flyover button next to the Directions button in the information panel at the bottom of the screen.
- Use Flyover to view high-quality 3D mapping of the area and pan-and-zoom to explore. You can also point or tilt your iPhone or iPad in the direction you want to view.
- Optionally, you can let the Maps app give you a tour of the area or landmark by tapping Start Tour. This will move the map around for you and give you a good look around. Tap Pause Tour if you want to go back to manual exploration.
- When you're done with Flyover, tap the X icon to return to the map.
Keep in mind that not all areas and landmarks in all countries support Flyover. So, if you don't see a button for Flyover, that area may not be supported.
Travel around the world from your couch
While Flyover definitely won't replace your next big vacation, it's a good way to get a general idea of a particular locale or landmark before you're there. It's not a recent new feature in the Maps app, but it's one that is worth giving a whirl if you look up an area that supports it. After all, who said you can't see the world from your couch?
Updated May 2022: These steps are current in the latest version of iOS 15.
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Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.