Apple Maps has come a long way since its somewhat fraught launch back in 2012. Apple has slowly but steadily been improving the service with even more changes coming when iOS 12 lands in a few weeks. Indeed, it is now to the point where Apple Maps is very close to being on par with Google Maps in many aspects.
One of the great features of Apple Maps is the ability to create favorites for your favorite locations, restaurants, or businesses. It is a quick way to find directions to that favorited spot without having to do a search for it every time or swimming through your recent searches – if it is there still. In this How To, I’ll show how quick and easy it is to add a favorite to Apple Maps and how to find it again once you have them saved.
First, open up Apple Maps on your iPhone or iPad and then do a search for the place you are wanting to add to your favorites. This can be anything from your place of work, a restaurant or bar, a business, or even your home airport.
Once you find the location through search, you will see it displayed on the map. In my example, I’m searching for one of my favorite restaurants in my home town, Pepi’s. Once you find it, swipe up on your iPhone to pull up the information card for that location. There you will see the ability to make reservations, call the restaurant, get directions and see photos from the location if available. Just below the photo carousel, you will see a row of buttons, the third of which is a heart icon for Favorites. Tap it and that place will now be saved to your favorite places in Apple Maps.
That’s it! The location is now in your favorites. But how do you find your favorites later? Easy. Just go back to search, scroll down to the bottom of the list, and you will see a Favorites search. Tap it and your list of favorite locations will be displayed for you. From there, you can tap whichever location you are wanting to go and Maps will show it to you and you can get directions to it.
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