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Apr 12, 2001

Apple Watch includes a miniature version of Apple Maps, which offers many of the same features as the full iOS version if you know how to access them. Some of what Maps can do is fairly obvious, but there are a few features that require a bit more know-how.

If you are interested in learning the ins and outs of Apple Maps on Watch OS and would like to know some simple tips for getting the most out of the turn-by-turn directions feature, we've got a handy tutorial for you.

At first glance, Apple Maps on Apple Watch may seem like just a location browser. When you open the app, it automatically populates a map of your current location. You can drag your finger around on the screen to view nearby stores and landmarks. Turn the Digital Crown to zoom in on a particular location. You can also double-tap the screen.

If you find a business or landmark that you'd like to know more about, tap it to bring up the information window. You can see the business's rating, hours of operation, phone number, address, and walking or driving directions. Tap the phone number to call directly from Apple Watch.

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Article Link: How to Use Apple Watch to Get Directions


macrumors 604
Mar 11, 2013
It wouldn't surprise me for some U.S. counties, maybe even states, to ban it's use while driving similar to some of the outcry against Google's smart glasses.


macrumors regular
Jun 6, 2012
I used this on a 4h trip on Tuesday and both phone and watch battery got to 5% by the time i got to my destination from fully charged, leaving me without both for the remainder of the day.

whilst very good, i can't see the point when battery drain was so significant.

Also there is no obvious way to disable the watch directions and solely use the phone, or vice versa.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 1, 2009
Los Angeles
When it's showing you next steps, you can swipe over to see the map indicating which way to go. I much prefer this secondary view, and I really wish you could make it the default display.


macrumors member
Nov 24, 2013
Denver, CO
I have always kept my gps on silent when driving. The vibrations on my wrist remind me to take a look when a turn is coming up. These are the subtle things that make the watch useful. So far the apps on the phone outside of maps, workouts, and watch are far too slow to be useful.

Ultimately so far, the watch is an excellent tool for displaying notifications and simple interactions.


macrumors member
Oct 24, 2013
Still waiting for Apple map to work properly in the UK, outside London. Hate to admit it, but i end up using google maps in a number of instances.

I use it no problem. But I don't use it for find places, mind, just to go to address I already have. I'll good something if I need it then copy it in. :)
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