Don't you think Apple Maps does a wonderful job of getting you from point A to point B as quickly as possible? But what if your plans change and you want to take a short break before getting to point B?
Well, there's no need to worry, as you can include a "Pit Stop" with just a few clicks (or via Siri) at any time during your travels. Apple Maps then calculates the best possible route to minimize delays.
Read on to find out how to do this.
How to Add a Stop in Apple Maps on an iPhone
Apple Maps lets you add one extra stop at a time, giving you peace of mind on those long drives. For example, you might want the nearest gas station or restaurant.
Apple Maps does not allow you to search for a specific location as a "Pit Stop". He will offer you a selection of places. To add a pit stop:
- In browse mode, swipe up on the information panel at the bottom.
- According to the time of day, icons of gas stations, restaurants, cafes, etc. nearby will be presented to you. Tap one to select it.
- Apple Maps will start directing you there after a few seconds.
If you change your mind about the pit stop and want to continue to your original destination instead, tap the blue 'Resume Route' bar at the top of the screen. This will remove the pit stop.
To add a pit stop using Siri while en route:
- Start by saying "Hey Siri" to get Siri's attention.
- Then say "Add a restaurant" or a cafe, gas station, etc.
- Siri will suggest relevant stops for you to choose from. Simply press the 'Go' button next to the name of the stop you want to navigate to.
- If you can't use your phone right now, Siri will also ask you to confirm verbally, starting with the selection from top to bottom.
- So if you don't want to go to a particular cafe, say, say "No" and Siri will suggest the next cafe as an option. Repeat this until you get to the one you want.
- When Siri highlights the pit stop you want to add, say "Yes".
- Siri will then ask you if you want to call the location or get directions. Say "Call" if you want to speak to the property. To get there directly, say “Itinerary”.
Directions will automatically be added to your current route.
How to Add a Stop in Apple Maps on a Mac
When using Apple Maps through your Mac, you won't have the option to add a pit stop. However, you can plan your route and then send it to your iPhone or iPad to add a stop when traveling. Here's how to plan a trip using the Maps app on your Mac:
- Launch the "Maps" application and click on a location on the map, such as a business or a landmark.
- Using the placeholder, do one of the following:
- Select "Create Route" and enter the destination in the "To" field, or click the "Swap Directions" icon, then enter the starting point in the "From" field.
- Choose "Directions" to adjust the start and end points if necessary.
- Select plan. »
- Choose "Leave" to decide when you want to leave your starting point or "Arrive" to choose when you want to go to your destination.
- Click on the date to enter a different date or use the calendar to select one.
- Add the time you want to leave or arrive.
- Click "Options" to choose one of the following:
- For driving, avoid tolls and highways.
- If you take public transport, choose your preferred mode of transport, for example bus or train.
Before you travel, share your planned route with the Apple device you'll be bringing on the trip. Make sure you're signed in with the same AppleID. Once you have started your trip, you can add a "pit stop". Here's how:
- Swipe up from the information panel at the bottom of the navigation screen.
- Depending on what is available, icons for gas stations, restaurants, cafes or banks, etc. will be displayed. Tap one to select it.
- Apple Maps will then start directing you there.
To remove the stop, tap the blue 'Resume Route' bar at the top of the screen. This is useful if you decide to continue the journey instead of stopping.
To add a “Pit Stop” using Siri:
- To wake up Siri, say, “Hey Siri! »
- Then say "Add" followed by the location you want to visit.
- Siri will then suggest relevant stops for you to choose from. Select the "Go" button next to the name of the stop you want to go to.
- If you can't access your phone, Siri will also ask for verbal confirmation and review your options.
- So if you don't want to go to a particular gas station, for example, say "No" and Siri will announce the next gas station and so on. When you hear the desired location, say "Yes".
- Siri will then ask you if you want to call the location or get directions to it directly.
- Say "Get Directions" to include the stop in your current route.
How do I change the starting point in Apple Maps?
If you want to start your journey from a location other than where you are physically located, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Maps app and search for a location.
2. Select the location, then choose "Directions".
3. Ignore the suggested route from your physical location and select "My location" instead.
4. On the right, tap the reverse gear icon.
5. Tap the cleared "From" text box to enter a search for your starting location.
6. Press the 'Route' button, then select 'Go'.
Added Quick Maps pit stop
When using the Maps app for directions on those long trips, you can add a pit stop location for a time out. When adding a stop, the app will provide you with nearby services so you can fuel up, grab a bite to eat, or buy a well-deserved coffee. Luckily, you can ask Siri to add your pit stop while you're driving, and you can remove the stop if you change your mind.
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