Maps on the Apple watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by nando97l, May 3, 2015.

  1. nando97l macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2015
    Can anyone tell me about there experiences of Maps on the Apple watch, I'm really curious to how it performs and works on such a tiny device. I also can't find any videos about the maps app anywhere on the web, expect for apples own video. Thanks
  2. whatos macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2015
    Maranello Italy / California USA
  3. jannette macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2011
    Bishop's Stortford
    I used it yesterday coming back from the grocery store. I obviously knew the way but wanted to see if the Watch would tap me when I needed to turn left or right or go straight on. It did so but did not cope with roundabouts very well! I don't think one could use it with complete confidence to go on a journey that you have never done before!
  4. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    You don't use maps to visually navigate on the watch. You ask Siri to find a location, and use the map to validate the result. From there, the watch gives you simple turn by turn instructions with taptic cues when you have to change direction.
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Is using Siri the only way to start maps direction? I have a speech disability, so Siri can't understand me.
  6. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    I used my iPhone 6 plus in the car yesterday to navigate and became conscious of my Apple watch tapping me and looked at it to see that it was giving me the next turn. Very cool. Didn't expect this.
  7. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2013
    No. You can start the maps app on the watch and select a contact manually to initiate navigation.
  8. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    I started maps on my iPhone yesterday before heading to the grocery store and the navigation popped up on my watch.
  9. Banich2 macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2015
    San Francisco, California
    Just make sure you save addresses with all of your contacts, including your own. When you're away from home, the Maps glance will give you an estimated distance/travel time from home, and when you're at home it will do the same for work.
  10. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2009
    Wichita, KS
    I find the most useful feature is the next turn/direction (including estimated distance) showing up on the watchface if I raise my wrist while driving. It also shows you ETA.
  11. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    It's OK for driving, but I would definitely use it more for walking directions.
  12. swandy macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    I agree that it is great when walking. And I was also surprised when starting directions on my iPhone that they also appeared - including the tapping - on my Watch.
    Not sure if I really like that idea - could be distracting, and certainly unnecessary. Most of the various notifications/message/emails/etc. only show up on your active device (iPhone if not locked/sleeping otherwise Watch) with the exception of phone calls. So why is the Maps the only exception that the notifications appear on both? Now the obvious answer is that the Watch has no way of knowing you are looking/listening to the iPhone I guess. But I would like an option within the Maps app on the iPhone to not have the directions/taps sent to the Watch - like you can turn off the verbal direction cues.

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