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How to use Siri to get directions and maps on iPhone or iPad

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Ios 14 Siri Hero (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

With Siri and Apple's built-in Maps, you know longer have to stop, type, and search for directions. You can simply tell Siri where you want to go, and you'll get a route to go right there. It's great if you're in a new area of town or traveling in a new city. And if you get lost, you can even ask Siri to take you home.

How to get directions with Siri and Maps on iPhone and iPad

Lost? Hey, Siri!

  1. Launch Siri by saying, "Hey, Siri."
  2. Say something like, "directions to Mile High Drive."
  3. Tap a mode of transportation. Otherwise, Siri will pick Drive or Walk, depending on how close you are.
    • Drive
    • Walk
    • Transit
    • Ride
  4. Tap Go to begin navigation immediately. It'll start within five seconds if you don't.

To get directions using Siri, say Hey Siri and as to find the directions. Tap a mode of transportation, then tap Go for your navigation (Image credit: iMore)

From there, Siri will guide you, turn by turn, to where you want to go.

How to find local businesses with Siri and Maps on iPhone and iPad

Not sure of place names? If you just ask Siri to direct you to the nearest restaurant or gas station, she can help you find what you're looking for!

  1. Launch Siri by saying, "Hey, Siri."
  2. Say something like, "directions to the nearest Chinese restaurant?"
  3. Tap the option you want if Siri presents more than one.

To find local businesses, Launch Siri by saying Hey Siri, then ask for directions. Tap on the option. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap a mode of transportation. Otherwise, Siri will choose Drive or Walk, depending on how close you are.
    • Drive
    • Walk
    • Transit
  2. Tap Go to begin navigation. Otherwise, Siri will start within five seconds.

To find local businesses, tap a mode of transportation, then tap Goto begin navigation. (Image credit: iMore)

How to find your way home with Siri and Maps

You first have to make sure that you have yourself added as a contact to your iPhone or iPad and have your address added to your contact card.

  1. Launch Siri by saying, "Hey, Siri."
  2. Say something like, "how do I get home?" or "take me home."
  3. Tap a mode of transportation. Otherwise, Siri will pick Drive or Walk, depending on how close you are.
    • Drive
    • Walk
    • Transit
  4. Tap Start to being navigation immediately. It'll start within five seconds if you don't.

What's coming?

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas (opens in new tab). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Changes are coming to the Maps app in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. These include the introduction of cycling directions that will consist of bike lanes, paths, and roads. Electric vehicle routing is also incoming.

Apple also plans on introducing expanding travel guides in the new software releases. The guides will automatically update when new places get added.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

Updated July 2020: Everything is current for iOS 13 and added information about what's coming in iOS 14.

Bryan M Wolfe
Bryan M Wolfe

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.

1 Comment
  • I would love to use apple maps, but the thing that keeps me going back to google maps is I have yet to figure out how to add something to my route. Use case example: on a road trip with directions to my destination plugged in, I want to add the nearest whataburger to my route. How do I do that?