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How to Use Maps Features in iOS 9

Using Siri, Favorites and Pins in Maps

Even as Apple ushers in new features with iOS 9, some parts of Maps remain the same. Here are ways you can use Siri to get more out of Maps, along with some tips on using the Favorites and pin-dropping features in iOS 9's built-in mapping app.

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Even as Apple ushers in new features with iOS 9, some parts of Maps remain the same. Here are ways you can use Siri to get more out of Maps, along with some tips on using the Favorites and pin-dropping features in iOS 9's built-in mapping app.

Ask Siri

For for directions that don’t require your fingers to tap out an address, you can ask Siri. Any time you ask Siri for directions, Apple's voice assistant will look up the destination and automatically start navigation.

Siri can give directions to specific contacts stored in your Contacts app. Hold the Home button and say, “Siri, get me directions to (Contact Name)." If the contact has only one address, Siri will began navigation. If there's more than one address, Siri will ask you to clarify which address you want before starting navigation.

You can also ask directions for a specific address. Just gold the Home button and say, “Give me directions to (address, including city)" or "Give me directions to (specific local venue).” If your iPhone is plugged in, you can use a "Hey Siri" command to get directions without holding the Home button, though you may need to enter your passcode if your phone is asleep.

Silence Siri's Turn-by-Turn Directions from Your Apple Watch.

If you're using Apple Watch for navigation you know the watch's haptic technology will guide you to every destination without voice navigation. So why let Siri's turn by turn directions interrupt your favorite music and podcasts while you're driving? Turn her off and rely on the tap.

1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap Maps

3. Change Navigation Voice Volume to No Voice.

Add a Favorite to Maps

Favorites let you keep a list of locations so you don't have to search for them the next time you want to go. The nice thing about favorites is that once you create them they're added to every device you own that uses the same iCloud account, so a location you make a favorite on your iPhone will also pop up on your iPad.

1. Open the Maps app.

2. Tap the Search for place or address field.

3. Search for a location by address or name, tap Search, then select a location from the Best Matches list.

4. When the location loads, tap the Share button.

5. Tap Add to Favorites.

6. Give your Favorite a name and tap Save.

Drop a Pin in Maps

Sometimes a place you've found and want to get back to isn't a place you can find by using the Map app's search features. Think about all those times you park your car somewhere and need to retrace your route. When you want to return to a location, just drop a pin in Maps to find it again. You can also use a dropped pin instead of the Send Current Location option in Maps to let people know where you are.

1. Navigate to the location on the map where you want to drop a pin. If you're currently at that location, tap the Current Location button at the bottom of the screen to jump to that spot.

2. Tap the Info button at the bottom right of the screen and then tap Drop a Pin.

3. Dropped pins are purple and you can only have one on the map at a time. To save the location for the dropped pin, tap the address.

4. When the Dropped Pin information appears, tap the Share button. In the resulting window tap Add to Favorites.

5. Type a name for the pin in the Favorites' name field, then tap Save. Your dropped pin will become a permanent (red pin) favorite location on your map. Once a pin becomes a Favorite, you're free to drop another pin.

If you drop a pin and it lands in the wrong spot, don't worry. Just tap and hold the pin, which will allow you to pick it up and move it anywhere on the map.