Apple’s Maps app is best known for the work it does on iPhone and Mac, but it’s also a brilliant app that comes preinstalled on the Apple Watch. It allows you to search for a location and get silent routes to your destination without looking at the screen.
In fact, the use of Apple Maps was one of the most important features announced with the launch of the original Apple Watch, along with the idea of receiving step-by-step instructions on how to get there without having to looking at the phone. screen.
In this article, we’ll walk you through all the features that Maps offers on the Apple Watch, as well as how to best use it. For a comparison between Apple Maps and its rival Google, see our comparison between Apple Maps and Google Maps.
Keep in mind that for most Apple Watch owners, it will be necessary to be within range of the iPhone linked to the watch. The exception is the Apple Watch series equipped with mobile data, which can work independently.
How to launch the Maps app
Open the Maps app by pressing the digital crown on your watch to access the Home screen, then tap the Maps icon. Otherwise, if Maps is in your Dock, press the side button and slide your finger to the Maps screen.
To edit your Dock, open the Watch app on the iPhone you paired with your watch, then go to “ Dock> Edit ”.
You can also open Maps by clicking on an address that comes to you in a text or email.
How to see your location on the map
To see where you are, just click on “My location”. You can zoom in or out of your location by scrolling using the digital crown (the dial on the side of the watch), or you can scroll the map with your finger as you do on the iPhone.
Press the back arrow at the top left of the screen to return to the main menu.
How to find a location
To search for a new location, tap “Search” (to search for a location with a specific name) or “Nearby” (to search for categories of nearby locations, such as Food or Shops) from the main menu.
You can also access a search directly from the “My Location” map screen. Press hard and select “Search” or “Near” from the menu that appears on the clock screen.
If you choose to search for a place, you’ll receive a list of recent places you’ve searched, both on your Apple Watch and on your iPhone. If you want to find a new location, you can also use the dictation tool to find the location.
For those of you who don’t like using dictation to find a location on your Apple Watch, there is an alternative. If you search for a location and get directions using your iPhone, the directions will automatically appear on your Apple Watch.
Maps will then search for location, contact details, hours of operation, and reviews (if applicable).
How to get directions to a site
It’s easy to get directions for home or work – both of these options are provided at the top of the main Maps menu.
Maps extracts these two addresses from your own “Contacts” map. Open “Contacts” and you will see your own card at the top of the list. Make sure there is an address labeled “Home” and one labeled “Work”.
This way, the Maps app will be able to offer you quick directions just by clicking on each one.
You can also get directions to a location you have searched for or traveled by using the “Find” and “Nearby” features described above. And you can get directions to a contact’s address.
Open the “My location” map, press down, then select the “Contacts” icon. (This option is not available on the Home screen.)
How to select turn tips
Once you’ve selected a destination location, you just need to choose whether you need a route for walking, driving, or using public transportation. Open the “ Settings ” app on the paired iPhone and tap Maps to select the mode of transport you’ll use.
Apple Watch will display relevant step-by-step instructions, vibrate on your wrist, and make sounds as you approach a turn to indicate the change without looking at the screen.
A low pitched sound followed by a high pitched sound (ticking, ticking) means you need to turn right at the next intersection; a high pitched sound followed by a low pitched sound (tick toc, tick toc) means that you must turn left.
While it may sound complicated, it quickly becomes second nature. The watch also vibrates and chirps as you approach your destination and when you arrive at your final destination. You can check the estimated time of arrival in the upper left corner of the screen.
Close the route from the Maps application on arrival
An important step to take if you don’t want your Apple Watch battery to drain sooner than expected is to stop Maps directions once you no longer need them or have reached your destination.
To do this, tap the map until you see the words “Stop Direction” and press the “X”. For more tips on your Apple Watch, see the article on how to save your Apple Watch battery.