How to fix iPhone disabled 2018
So far in this blog, you have learned not only a number of general problem-solving techniques but also how to troubleshoot and work around a wide variety of issues. To make it easier to find these problems (or, in many cases, to prevent problems before they happen), these issues have been focused and grouped according to specific topic areas.
These have included cellular, Wi-Fi, apps, web browsing, email, phone calls, cameras, photos, device protection, privacy, the battery, and accessibility. That's a wide-ranging list, but there are plenty of iPhone troubles that don't it fit into any of these categories.
The purpose of this blog is to gather together a selection of the most common of these miscellaneous problems, annoyances, and head-scratchers, and to provide solution and workarounds to complete your iPhone troubleshooting education. In this blog, we have to explain How to fix iPhone is disabled 2018
Troubleshooting Miscellaneous Problems
I'll begin this blog with a look at a few miscellaneous problems that can make your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) easier to use and more efficient. You Find It Difficult to Reach Items at the Top of the iPhone Screen
The large height of the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 (not to mention their even bigger Plus versions) means that even people with average-size hands can find it quite a stretch to reach items at or near the top of the screen when they're using the device one-handed.
Solution: Double-tap the Home button, by which I mean you lightly tap the button rather than firmly pressing it. This slides the current screen's contents down about half way, making it much easier to access those items at the top, especially when you're using the phone one-handed.
To push the screen back up, either double-tap the Home button once again or tap in the blank area above the screen contents (you can also wait about eight seconds and the screen will restore itself automatically).
Double-Tapping the Home Button Doesn't Do Anything
In the previous section, you learned that you can reach items at the top of the big iPhone 6 (and later) screen by double-tapping the Home button. However, you might find that this technique doesn't work for you.
Solution: Here are a few troubleshooting techniques to try:
Remember that this feature is only available on the iPhone, not the iPad or iPod touch. And, as of this writing, the only iPhone models that support this feature are the 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, and 7 Plus.
If you see the multitasking screen (that is, the screen that shows all your running or recently run apps), it means you're double-clicking the Home button rather than double-tapping it. Two light taps are all you need.
This feature is called Reachability and it's an accessibility setting. If it doesn't work for you, it might mean that the setting has been turned off. To check, follow these steps:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap General to open the General screen.
\3.\ Tap Accessibility to open the Accessibility screen.
\4.\ Tap the Reachability switch to On
Your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) Disturbs You at Inconvenient Times
If you're in a meeting, at a movie, or going to sleep, you don't want your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) disturbing the peace with incoming phone calls or alerts. Most people handle this by activating Airplane mode, which turns off all the antennas on the device.
That ensures you're distraction-free for a while, but it suffers from a major drawback: Without any working antennas, your device can't communicate with the world, so it doesn't download messages or perform any other online activities.
That might be what you want, but it's less than optimum if you're expecting something important. Plus, you have to remember to activate Airplane mode, something you can't always do when you're busy.
Solution: Configure Do Not Disturb mode, which silences all device distractions – including Notification Center alerts and phone calls – but keeps your device online so that it can continue to receive data.
That way, when you're ready to get back to the action, all your new data is already on your device, so you can get back up to speed quickly. To activate Do Not Disturb, open Settings, tap Do Not Disturb and then tap the Manual switch to On.
You can get the most out of Do Not Disturb by configuring it to suit the way you work.
Here are the steps to follow:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Do Not Disturb to display the Do Not Disturb screen.
\3.\ To set a time to automatically activate and deactivate Do Not Disturb, tap the Scheduled switch to On. You then tap the From/To control; use From to set the start time and use To to set the end time, then tap Back to return to the Do Not Disturb screen.
Note Rather than schedule Do Not Disturb mode, you can invoke it at any time by following steps 1 and 2 to display the Do Not Disturb screen, then tapping the Manual switch to On.
\4.\ If you want to allow certain calls even when Do Not Disturb is activated, tap Allow Calls From and then tap who you want to get through Everyone, No One, Favorites (that is, anyone in the Phone app's Favorites list), or a particular contact group.
\5.\ If you want Do Not Disturb to allow a call through when the same person calls twice within three minutes, leave the Repeated Calls to switch in the On position. If you don't want to allow this exception, tap the Repeated Calls switch to Off.
\6.\ If you want Do Not Disturb to handle calls and notifications normally (that is, non-silently) when your device is unlocked, tap the Only While Device is a Locked option (where Device is iPhone, iPad, or iPod).
The Onscreen Keyboard Clicks Are Driving You (and Everyone Near You) Crazy
By default, the iOS onscreen keyboard makes a clicking noise each time you tap a key. Apple must think this aural feedback is useful since the clicks are on by default, but I don't know anyone who doesn't find them annoying and purposeless.
Even if you don't mind the incessant clicking, I guarantee that every person within earshot of your device is cursing you silently (or perhaps not so silently).
Solution: Turn off the keyboard clicks by following these steps:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Sounds to display the Sounds screen.
\3.\ Tap the Keyboard Clicks switch to Off
When You Type Two or More Spaces, iOS Always Adds a Period (.) Before the Spaces
This is actually, as the programmers say, a feature, not a bug. It's a built-in shortcut that enables you to end most sentences efficiently with a quick double-tap on the space key.
Solution: If you'd rather be able to enter multiple spaces without the period showing up, you can turn off the shortcut. Here are the steps to follow:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap General to display the General screen.
\3.\ Tap Keyboard to display the Keyboards screen.
\4.\ Tap the "." Shortcut switch to Off
You Can't Type in Another Language
Your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) is set up with a default keyboard appropriate to your location, and it also comes with a keyboard of Emoji symbols. If you want to type in another language such as Arabic, Greek, or Russian, there is no direct way to do it using the default keyboard.
Solution: You need to install a new keyboard layout for the language (or languages) you want to use. Here are the steps to follow:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap General to display the General screen.
\3.\ Tap Keyboard to display the Keyboards screen.
\4.\ Tap Keyboards to open the Keyboards screen, which displays a list of installed keyboards.
\5.\ Tap Add New Keyboard to display the Add New Keyboard screen.
\6.\ Tap the keyboard layout you want to use.
To switch from one layout to another, display the onscreen keyboard and then tap and hold the Keyboard button (which is to the right of the 123 or ? 123 buttons). This displays a list of the installed keyboards, and you then tap the layout you want to use.
Your Device Display Is Too Harsh for Night Use
Many of us keep our iOS device (iPhone and iPad) at our bedside to use as a clock or alarm. Dimming the display is a must for nighttime use, but for many people, the screen colors are still too harsh and they can make it hard to get to sleep.
Solution: You can use the Night Shift feature to shift the screen colors toward the red end of the spectrum. This gives the screen a "warmer" feel overall, which makes it less harsh for night viewing and is more conducive to sleep.
Follow these steps to activate and configure Night Shift:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Display & Brightness to display the Display & Brightness screen.
\3.\ Tap Night Shift to display the Night Shift screen.
\4.\ To set a time to automatically activate and deactivate Night Shift, tap the Scheduled switch to On. You then tap the From/To control; use From to set the start time and use To to set the end time, then tap Back to return to the Night Shift screen.
Note Rather than scheduling Night Shift, you can invoke it at any time by following steps 1 to 3 to display the Night Shift screen, then tapping the Manually Enable Until Tomorrow switch to On.
\5.\ Use the Color Temperature slider to adjust the screen colors to make them warmer (slide to the right) or less warm (slide to the left).
If your children have access to your iOS device (iPhone and iPad), or if they have devices of their own, then you might be a bit worried about some of the content they might be exposed to on the Web, on YouTube, or in iTunes. Similarly, you might not want them installing apps or giving away their current location.
Solution: For all those and similar parental worries, you can sleep better at night by activating the iOS parental controls. These controls restrict the content and activities that kids can see and do. Here's how to set them up:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings. The Settings app appears.
\2.\ Tap General. The General screen appears.
\3.\ Tap Restrictions. The Restrictions screen appears.
\4.\ Tap Enable Restrictions. iOS displays the Enable Restrictions screen, which you use to specify a four-digit code that you can use to make changes to the parental controls.
\5.\ Tap the four-digit restrictions passcode and then retype the code. iOS returns you to the Restrictions screen and makes the controls available
\6.\ In the Allow section, for each app or task, tap the On/Off switch to allow or disallow your child to use the app or task.
\7.\ Under Allowed Content, tap Ratings For and then tap the country with the ratings you want to use.
\8.\ For each of the content controls – Music, Podcasts & News, Movies, TV Shows, Books, Apps, Siri, and Websites – tap the control and then tap the highest rating for the content you want your children to use.
\9.\ If you don't want your children to make changes to certain settings, such as Location Services and Contacts, tap the corresponding setting types in the Privacy section and then tap Don't Allow Changes.
\10.\ If you don't want your children to make changes to the current Mail, Calendar, or Contacts account settings, tap Accounts under Allow Changes, and then tap Don't Allow Changes.
\11.\ If you don't want your children to adjust the maximum volume limit you've set, tap Volume Limit, and then tap Don't Allow Changes.
Tip To set the maximum volume on the iOS device (iPhone and iPad), open the Settings app, tap Music, tap Volume Limit, and then use the Max Volume slider to set the limit.
\12.\ In the Game Center section, tap the On/Off switches to enable or disable multiplayer games, adding friends, and recording the screen.
Troubleshooting Connection and Syncing Problems
With most syncing running through iCloud these days, many people find they rarely have to connect their iOS device (iPhone and iPad) to their computer. However, if you don't have an iCloud account, then connecting to your computer and syncing through iTunes is required, so all the more reason to make sure things are working properly.
iTunes Doesn't See Your Device
When you connect your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) to your computer, iTunes should start and you should see the device in the Devices list. If iTunes doesn't start when you connect your device, or if iTunes is already running but the device doesn't appear in the Devices list, it means that iTunes doesn't recognize your device.
Solution: Here are some possible fixes:
Trust the computer. You can't connect to iTunes until you've told iOS that you trust the computer that's running iTunes. On your device, tap Trust.
Check the connections. Make sure the USB connector and the Lightning connector are fully seated.
Try a different USB port. The port you're using might not work. If you're using a port on a USB hub, try using one of the computer's built-in USB ports.
Try a different cable. It's possible that the USB cable is defective, so try a different cable if you have one.
Restart your device. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the device shuts down. Press and hold Sleep/ Wake again until you see the Apple logo.
Restart your computer. This should reset the computer's USB ports, which might solve the problem.
Check your iTunes version. You need at least iTunes version 12.5.1 to work with iOS 10.
Check your operating system version. On a Mac, your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) running iOS 10 requires OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later. On a Windows PC, your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) requires Windows 7.
iTunes Won't Sync Your Device
iTunes might see your iOS device (iPhone and iPad), but it might refuse to sync the device.
Solution: It could be a couple of things. First, connect your device, switch to iTunes on your computer, and then click your device in the Devices list. On the Summary tab, make sure the Automatically sync when this device is connected check box is selected (where the device is iPhone, iPad, or iPod).
If that checkbox was already selected, then you need to delve a bit deeper to solve the mystery. Follow these steps:
\1.\ Open the iTunes preferences:
Mac. Click iTunes and then click Preferences.
Windows. Click Edit and then click Preferences.
\2.\ Click the Devices tab.
\3.\ Deselect the Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically check box.
\4.\ Click OK to put the new setting into effect and enable automatic syncing once again.
Another possibility is that your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) is currently locked. That's not usually a problem for iTunes, but it sometimes gets confused by a locked device. The easy remedy is to disconnect the device, unlock it, and then connect it in again.
You Have Trouble Syncing Music or Videos
You may run into a problem syncing your music or videos to your iOS device (iPhone and iPad).
Solution: The most likely culprit here is that your files are in a format that iOS can't read, such as WMA, MPEG-1, or MPEG-2.
First, convert the files to a format that iOS does understand using converter software (such as Format Factory; see www.pcfreetime.com/). Then put them back on iTunes and try to sync again. This should solve the problem.
iOS-supported audio formats include AAC, Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4; Audible Enhanced Audio; AAX; and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV. iOS-supported video formats include H.264, MPEG-4, and Motion JPEG.
An App Opens Each Time You Connect Your Device
Each time you connect your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) to your computer, you might see the Photos app (on your Mac) or the AutoPlay dialog box (in Windows).
This is certainly convenient if you actually want to send photos to your computer, but you might find that you do that only once in a blue moon. In that case, having to deal with iPhoto or a dialog box every time is frustrating and time-consuming.
Solution: You can configure your computer not to pester you about getting photos from your iOS device (iPhone and iPad).
Note Configuring your computer not to download photos from your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) means that in the future, you'll either need to reverse the setting to get photos or manually import them.
Here's how you set this up on your Mac:
\1.\ Click Spotlight, type image and then click Image Capture. The Image Capture application opens.
\2.\ In the Devices list, click your iOS device (iPhone and iPad).
\3.\ At the bottom of the Devices pane, click the Connecting this camera opens the menu, and then choose No application.
\4.\ Click Image Capture and then click Quit Image Capture. Image Capture saves the new setting and then shuts down. The next time you connect your iOS device (iPhone and iPad), Photos ignores it.
Follow these steps to convince Windows not to open the AutoPlay dialog box each time you connect your iOS device (iPhone and iPad):
\1.\ Open the Default Programs window:
Windows 10. In the taskbar's Search box, type default and then click Default Programs.
Windows 8. In the Start screen, type default and then click Default Programs.
Windows 7. Click Start and then click Default Programs to open the Default Programs window.
\2.\ Click Change AutoPlay settings. The AutoPlay dialog box appears.
\3.\ In the Devices section, open the list for your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) and choose Take no action,
\4.\ Click Save. Windows saves the new setting. The next time you connect your iOS device (iPhone and iPad), you won't be bothered by the AutoPlay dialog box.
Resolving Web Issues
We live in a world where the promise of “information at your fingertips” (IAYF, to those in the know) has gone from a pie-in-the-sky daydream just 10 or 15 years ago to let-me-look-that-up-for-you reality now.
That’s because our fingertips are never far from a device – particularly an iPhone or cellular-enabled iPad – that’s connected to the Internet and its vast supply of information.
Whether you need to resolve an argument, get directions to the nearest café, or remember the name of the actress who starred in Blossom, your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) is right there to help.
It helps that the Safari app that comes with iOS is a solid web browser that has all the features you’re likely to need. It’s a great browser, but unfortunately, it’s not a perfect one, so you might encounter frustrations both small and large that can get in the way of your web surfing.
This blog tackles many of the most common Safari irritations and annoyances and shows you how to either work around them or fix them once and for all. So the next time you’re at a dinner party and someone claims that Dustin Hoffman was in Star Wars, you’ll be able to set the record straight in record time.
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Troubleshooting Web Surfing Problems
You Have Trouble Viewing the Page Text or Other Information
We’re quite a number of years into the mobile web revolution, so it’s surprising how many websites are still not optimized for mobile viewing. This means you’ll often visit a site that was built with a desktop browser in mind, so the text, images, and other data appear unreadably tiny, especially on a smaller iPhone or iPod touch screen.
Solution: Many websites enable you to zoom in on the page by placing two fingers on the screen and spreading them apart.
A quick way to zoom in on a page that has various sections is to double-tap on the specific section – it could be an image, a paragraph, a table, or a column of text – that you want to be magnified. Safari zooms the section to fill the width of the screen. Double-tap again to return the page to the regular view.
Note The double-tap-to-zoom trick doesn’t work on all pages. If the web page developer has set the page’s maximum-scale property to 1, it means you can’t zoom the page to anything larger than its original size.
It Takes a Long Time to Scroll Back to the Top of a Long Web Page
Although most web pages contain only a screenful or two of text and images, some pages are quite lengthy and consist of many screens. If you’re reading a particularly long-winded web page and you’re near the bottom, you may have quite a long way to scroll if you need to head back to the top to get to the address/search bar.
Solution: Save the wear and tear on your flicking finger! Instead, tap the status bar at the top of the screen once to display the address/search bar, then tap the status bar a second time; Safari immediately transports you to the top of the page.
Tip If you’re using any model of the iPhone 6 or later, you might find it hard to reach the top of the screen if you’re surfing one-handed. Remember that you can lightly double-tap the Home button to drop the Safari screen down halfway and bring its top bar within easy reach.
You Want to View a Website’s Desktop Version
Many websites recognize that you’re surfing with an iOS device (iPhone and iPad) and display a “mobile” version of the site. This version is usually easier to read and navigate, but that ease almost always comes at the cost of having access to fewer site features.
Solution: If a site isn’t displaying the feature you want, you can request the site’s “desktop” version (that is, the full version that you’d see if you were using a desktop browser). Follow these steps:
\1.\ Swipe down on the screen to reveal the menu bar.
\2.\ Tap the Share button.
\3.\ In the bottom list of share actions, tap Request Desktop Site
You Find a Web Page’s Extra Features Too Distracting
Reading an article or essay online is no picnic. The problem is the sheer amount of distraction on almost any page: background colors or images that clash with the text; ads above, to the side of, and within the text; site features such as search boxes, feed links, and content lists.
And those ubiquitous icons for sharing the article with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and on and on. Even worse, many of these features blink or change, so reading the page content is a real challenge.
Solution: Safari can help you solve this problem by offering the Reader feature for pages that support it. Reader removes all those extraneous page distractions that just get in the way of your reading pleasure.
So, instead of a cacophony of text, icons, and images, you see pure, simple, large-enough-to-be-easily-read text. How do you arrive at this blissful state?
By tapping the title bar at the top of the Safari screen and then tapping the Reader button, which appears on the left side of the address bar. Safari instantly transforms the page, and you see something similar to the page.
You Want to Open New Tabs in the Background
Depending on your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) and your version of iOS, when you tap and hold a link and then tap Open in New Tab, you might find that Safari immediately switches to the new tab and loads the link while you wait.
That’s often the behavior you want because it lets you view the new web page as soon as it loads. However, you might find that most of the time you prefer to stay on the current web page and check out the new tab later.
Solution: Having to perform the extra tap to get back to the current tab gets old in a hurry. The solution is to configure Safari to always open new tabs in the background. (This setting is off by default on the iPhone and iPod touch, but on by default on the iPad.) Follow these steps:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings. The Settings app slides in.
\2.\ Tap Safari. iOS displays the Safari screen.
\3.\On the iPhone or iPod touch, tap Open Links and then tap In Background. On the iPad, tap the Open New Tabs in Background switch to On.
You Want to Read One or More Pages While You’re Offline
In your web travels, you’ll often come upon a page with fascinating content that you can’t wait to read. Unfortunately, a quick look at the length of the article tells you that you’re going to need more time than you currently have available.
You have a long flight or another stretch of offline time coming up, so that would be perfect, but how do you save web content for offline reading?
Solution: You can take advantage of a Safari feature called the Reading List. As the name implies, this is a simple list of things to read. When you don’t have time to read something now, add it to your Reading List and you can read it at your leisure, even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
There are a couple of techniques you can use to add a page to your Reading List:
Use Safari to navigate to the page that you want to read later, tap the Share button, and then tap Add to Reading List.
Tap and hold a link for the page that you want to read later and then tap Add to Reading List.
When you’re ready to read, open Safari, tap the Bookmarks button and then tap the Reading List tab. Safari displays all the items you’ve added to the list and you just tap the article you want to read. To make the list a bit easier to manage, tap Show Unread to see just the pages you haven’t yet perused.
Safari Does Not Offer to Save Website Passwords
A quintessential modern skill is remembering the dozens of usernames and passwords that give us entry into our favorite websites.
Safari can help here by offering to store a website’s account data and then enter it automatically each subsequent time. That’s a major timesaver, but sometimes Safari doesn’t offer to save a site’s login data.
Solution: There are three main reasons why Safari might not be offering to save a site’s username and password:
Some websites request that browsers not save passwords, and Safari honors those requests. In this case, you can add the password manually, as shown below.
Safari might be configured to not save usernames and passwords. To check, open Settings, tap Safari, tap AutoFill, and then tap the Names and Passwords switch to On.
Safari might be in Private Browsing mode, in which case it does not save any data, including website login data. To check, open Safari and examine the menu bar.
If the menu bar appears black or dark gray instead of white or light gray, then Safari is in Private Browsing mode. To fix this, exit Private Browsing mode by tapping the Tabs icon and then tapping the Private button to deactivate it.
Here are the steps to follow to enter a website’s username and password manually:
\1.\ Tap Settings to display the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Safari. The Safari screen appears.
\3.\ Tap Passwords. Settings prompt you for your passcode or Touch ID.
\4.\ Enter your passcode or Touch ID. The Passwords screen appears.
\5.\ Tap Add Password. The Add Password screen appears.
\6.\ Fill in the website’s address, your username, and your password. The password appears in regular text instead of the usual dots, so make sure no one’s peeking over your shoulder as you do this.
\7.\ Tap Done. iOS saves the login data for the site.
You Want to Save Your Credit Card Data
Shopping is a favorite online pastime, and it’s one where if you do it often enough, entering your credit card’s number and expiration data by hand get can tiresome.
Solution: You can save your credit card data in Safari so you don’t have to constantly enter your card’s particulars. Follow these steps to configure Safari to save your credit card data when you make online purchases:
\1.\ In the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Safari. The Safari screen appears.
\3.\ Tap AutoFill to open the AutoFill screen.
\4.\ Tap the Credit Cards switch to On.
Tip Instead of adding your credit card data by hand, Safari enables you to enter the data automatically using the camera. In the AutoFill screen, tap Saved Credit Cards, enter your passcode (you really should use a passcode or Touch ID.
If you’re adding credit cards to your iOS device (iPhone and iPad), then tap Add Credit Card. Tap Use Camera, position the credit card within the camera field, and then wait until the card info is recognized.
You Want to View a Site’s Pop-up Window
Pop-up ads have been a scourge on the web for almost as long as there has been a web. The frustration caused by these irritants was so great that for a while now, all modern browsers have included a pop-up blocker that is activated by default, and iOS Safari is no exception.
However, not all pop-up windows are annoyances. Some might show useful information or a key feature of a website’s interface. With pop-ups blocked, however, you miss out on this information or feature.
Solution: You can temporarily turn off Safari’s pop-up blocker when you visit a site that has a pop-up window you want to see. Here are the steps to follow:
\1.\ In the Home screen, tap Settings to display the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Safari. The Safari screen appears.
\3.\ Tap the Block Pop-ups switch to Off
You can now use Safari to visit the site, and its pop-up window will appear in a new tab. When you’re done with that site, follow the above steps once again to tap the Block Pop-ups switch back to On.
You Want to View a Link’s Address Before Tapping It
As you know, in iOS Safari you “click” a link in a web page by tapping it. These days, however, a savvy surfer always checks a link’s address before clicking it because you just never know where you might end up.
The address doesn’t always indicate a nefarious or shady site, but it doesn’t hurt to check. In a regular web browser, you can see where a link takes you (that is, you can see the link’s URL) by hovering the mouse pointer over the link and checking out the link address in the status bar.
That doesn’t work in iOS Safari, so how can you find out the address of a link before tapping it?
Solution: Tap and hold the link for a few seconds. Safari then displays a pop-up screen showing the link text and, more importantly, the URL. If the link looks legit, either tap Open to surf there in the current browser page or tap Open in New Page to start a fresh page. If you decide not to follow the link, tap outside the menu.
Troubleshooting Searching Problems
You Want to Use a Different Search Engine
Google is the default search engine on iOS. Almost everyone uses Google, of course, but if you have something against it, you might want to switch and use a different search engine. For example, many people dislike Google’s ad-tracking, so they switch to DuckDuckGo, which doesn’t track its users.
Solution: You can use Safari to navigate to another search engine’s URL and search from there. However, Safari’s default search engine is more convenient because it means you can search directly from the address box.
Although Google is the default search engine for iOS, it’s not the only one it supports. Here are the steps to follow to set up a different search engine as the Safari default:
\1.\ Open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Safari. The Safari screen appears.
\3.\ Tap Search Engine. iOS opens the Search Engine screen.
\4.\ Tap the search engine you want to use. you have four choices: Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.
It Is Difficult to Find Specific Information within a Web Page
When you’re perusing a page on the web, it’s not unusual to be looking for specific information. In those situations, rather than reading through the entire page to find the info you seek, it would be a lot easier to search for the data.
You can easily do this in the desktop version of Safari or any other computer browser, but, at first glance, the Safari app doesn’t seem to have a “Find” feature anywhere.
Solution: Safari does offer such a feature, but you need to know where to look:
\1.\ Use the Safari app to navigate to the web page that contains the information you seek.
\2.\ Tap the web page title bar (or swipe down on the screen) to display the menu bar, and then tap inside the address/search box at the top of the Safari window.
\3.\ Type the search text you want to use. Safari displays the web page matches, but at the bottom of those matches, it also displays “On This Page (X matches),” where X is the number of times your search text appears on the web page.
\4.\ Flick the search results up to hide the keyboard.
\5.\ Tap Find “search” (where the search is the search text you entered). Safari highlights the first instance of the search term. The On This Page message now appears at the bottom of the results screen.
\6.\ Tap the down-pointing arrow to cycle forward through the instances of the search term that appear on the page. Note that you can also cycle backward through the results by tapping the up-pointing arrow. Also, when you tap the down-pointing arrow after the last result appears, Safari returns you to the first result.
\7.\ When you’re finished with the search, tap Done.
You Want to Search the Web Using Voice Commands
You can use Safari to type search queries either directly into the search box or by navigating to a search engine site. However, these days typing suddenly seems like such a quaint pastime thanks to the voice-recognition prowess of the Siri app. So why type a search query when you can just tell Siri what you’re looking for?
Solution: Launch Siri by pressing and holding the Home button (or pressing and holding the Mic button of the device headphones, or the equivalent button on a Bluetooth headset). Here are some general tips for web searching with Siri:
Searching the entire web. Say “Search the web for the topic,” where a topic is your search criteria.
Searching Wikipedia. Say “Search Wikipedia for the topic,” where the topic is the subject you want to look up.
Searching for a particular search engine. Say “Engine topic,” where Engine is the name of the search engine, such as Google or Bing (although not DuckDuckGo, for some reason), and the topic is your search criteria.
Siri also understands commands related to searching for businesses and restaurants through its partnership with Yelp. To look for businesses and restaurants using Siri, the general syntax to use is the following (although, as usual with Siri, you don’t have to be too rigid about this):
“Find (or Look for) something somewhere.”
Here, the something part can be the name of a business (such as “Starbucks”), a type of business (such as “gas station”), a type of restaurant (such as “Thai restaurants”), or a generic product (such as “coffee”).
The somewhere part can be something relative to your current location (such as “around here” or “near me” or “within walking distance”) or a specific location (such as “in Indianapolis” or “in Broad Ripple”). Here are some examples:
“Find a gas station within walking distance.”
“Look for pizza restaurants in Indianapolis.”
“Find coffee around here.”
“Look for a grocery store near me.”
Note, too, that if you add a qualifier such as “good” or “best” before the something portion of the command, Siri returns the results organized by their Yelp ratings.
What is Siri?
In this Blog
Introduce yourself to Siri
How to use Siri with your iPhone or iPad
How to use the Dictation feature as an alternative to the virtual keyboard
How to use your iPhone with CarPlay in your vehicle
Siri is designed to be a virtual assistant that responds to commands, questions, and requests that you say, as opposed to type, into your mobile device.
Siri has access to the content stored in your iPhone or iPad, as well as an ever-growing arsenal of Internet-based resources that you can use to quickly gather information or answers that you need within seconds after you verbally state your request.
Because Siri functionality is primarily web-based and requires Internet access to use, it’s continuously evolving. Recently, more and more third-party developers have been integrating Siri functionality into their own apps and smart devices, which has broadened the types of commands and questions Siri can respond to.
For example, if you want to order an Uber, instead of launching the Uber app, you can speak a command into your Internet-connected iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.
If you have smart lighting or a smart thermostat installed in your home, simply say, “Hey Siri, turn on the living room lights.” or “Hey Siri, dim the dining room lights by 50 percent.” If your home’s temperature needs an adjustment, say, “Hey Siri, set the thermostat to 70 degrees.”
Depending on how you set up Siri within Settings, simply say,
“Hey Siri,” to activate this feature from all newer iPhones or iPads. Older devices must be plugged into an external power source to activate Siri using the “Hey Siri” command. When you do this, the familiar, “What can I help you with?” screen appears, and you hear Siri’s “ready” tone.
You can also press and hold down the Home button for two seconds to activate Siri at any time.
Even with ongoing improvements being made to Siri, it’s important to realize that Siri does not understand everything, and this feature does have its limitations in terms of what it can do and which apps it works with.
When you get accustomed to working with Siri, however, this feature can make you more efficient when using your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Apple HomePod.
In addition to using cutting-edge voice recognition, Siri uses advanced artificial intelligence, so it doesn’t just understand what you say, it interprets and comprehends what you mean and then translates your speech to text.
And if you don’t initially provide the information Siri needs to complete your request or command, you’re prompted for more information.
Siri can now translate spoken words or sentences (almost instantly) between languages. When iOS 11 first launched in late 2017, Siri supported English, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Additional languages will be added moving forward.
To use the translation feature, activate Siri and say, “Translate [word or sentence] into [language].” Siri says the translation and simultaneously displays it on the iPhone or iPad’s screen.
If you’re going to make use of the translation feature while traveling overseas, you’ll need to have Internet access from your iPhone or iPad. Consider using a low-cost personal Wi-Fi hotspot from a company like SkyRoam (www.skyroam.com), which offers unlimited Internet connectivity for up to five devices in more than 100 countries, for a flat fee of $8.00 to $9.00 per day.
What You Should Know Before Using Siri
For Siri to operate, your device must have access to the Internet via a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. Every time you make a request or issue a command to Siri, your iOS mobile device connects to Apple’s data center.
Thus, if you’re using a cellular data connection, some of your monthly wireless data allocations get used up (if a cellular data allocation is imposed by your wireless service provider).
Because a Wi-Fi connection is typically significantly faster than a cellular data connection, Siri often responds faster to your requests and commands when you use a Wi-Fi connection.
You should also understand that heavy use of the Internet, especially when connected via a cellular data connection, depletes the battery life of the iPhone or iPad faster. So, if you constantly rely on Siri throughout the day, the battery life of your device will be shorter.
If your iPhone or iPad is placed in Airplane mode (and Wi-Fi connectivity is turned off), Siri does not function. You’ll receive a verbal message stating that Siri is unavailable.
In iOS 11 Siri is “smarter” and better able to assist users with a broader range of tasks, and it’s also more customizable than ever. To customize Siri features, launch Settings and tap the Siri & Search option.
From the Siri & Search submenu, you can completely turn off the Siri feature by turning off the virtual switches associated with the Listen for “Hey Siri,” Press Home for Siri, and Allow Siri When Locked options.
Turn on the virtual switch associated with the Listen for “Hey Siri” feature if you want your iPhone or iPad to continuously be listening for the words “Hey Siri,” which will cause the feature to activate, even if you’re across the room from your mobile device. When using the “Hey Siri” command, there’s no need to touch your iPhone or iPad to use the Siri feature.
Turn on the Press Home for Siri feature if you want to be able to activate Siri by pressing and holding down the Home button on your iPhone or iPad for about two seconds.
When you turn on the virtual switch for the Allow Siri When a Locked option, you (or someone else) can access Siri while the phone is still locked. This potentially allows someone to access content stored within your phone or to access a phone feature without entering your private passcode or scanning your fingerprint using the Touch ID sensor or using the iPhone X’s Face ID feature.
This feature is convenient, but when it is turned on your mobile device is not as secure as it is when the feature is turned off. You also use the Siri & Search submenu in Settings to set the default language to your native language and to customize Siri’s voice.
From the Siri & Search submenu within Settings, tap the Siri Voice option to give Siri an American, Australian, or British accent, and choose between a male and female voice. You’ll discover that regardless of which combination of options you choose, the iOS 11 version of Siri sounds more human.
The Voice Feedback menu option allows you to determine if Siri will beep and provide voice feedback rather than displaying content on the screen. Choose the Always On option if you want Siri to always provide voice feedback (even when the ring switch of your iPhone/iPad is set to Silent).
Select the Control with Ring Switch option if you want Siri to refrain from giving you audio feedback when the ring switch is manually set to silent. This setting is overridden when you use a Bluetooth headset or when your iPhone is connected to your vehicle via CarPlay.
The Hands-Free Only option allows Siri to provide verbal feedback only when you use the “Hey Siri” command and when a Bluetooth headset is connected or the iPhone is connected to your vehicle via CarPlay.
The first time you turn on the “Hey Siri” feature, your iPhone or iPad asks you to speak several Siri-related commands so that the device can learn what your voice sounds like. Follow the onscreen prompt and say what’s requested. This process takes less than one minute, and you need to do it only once.
Right from the start, Siri will probably understand most of what you say. However, as you begin using this feature often, you will become acquainted with the best and most efficient ways to communicate questions, commands, and requests to generate the desired response.
To get the most out of Siri, turn on your iOS device’s master Location Services functionality (Settings, Privacy, Location Services), and then make sure Location Services is set up to work with Siri.
Also from the Location Services submenu, tap the Siri & Dictation option and select the While Using the App option. With this setting enabled, Siri is able to use Location Services only when you’re actively using Siri.
Providing Siri with Your Personal Info
Siri works best when it knows details about you, including your name, phone number(s), home address, work address, and the names of your relatives.
Providing Siri with this information is a two-step process. First, launch the Contacts app, and create a record for yourself. Be sure to include as much information as possible
Next, go to the Siri & Search submenu in Settings, tap the My Information option, and select your own Contacts entry.
The more information you include in your personal Contacts entry, the more helpful Siri will be when it comes to responding to questions or commands, like, “How do I get home from here?” “How long will it take me to get to work today?” or “Call mom at home.”
By default, Siri addresses you by your first name, based on the information in your own Contacts entry. However, you can activate Siri and say, “Siri, call me [nickname].” Siri remembers your request and addresses you by that name in the future.
Siri also uses information stored in the Related Name fields as you create or edit entries within the Contacts app. By tapping this field, you can add a relationship title, such as mother, father, brother, or sister when creating or editing Contact app entries.
You can teach Siri which of your contacts are your relatives. Simply activate Siri and say, “[name] is my father,” for example. Siri will remember these relationships in the future.
Then, when using Siri, if you say, “Call Mom at home,” Siri knows exactly to whom you’re referring. Otherwise, if you activate Siri and say, “Call my mom at home,” the first time you use Siri for this task, Siri asks who your mother is.
As long as you have a Contact entry for your mother stored in the Contacts app, when you say your mother’s real name, Siri links the appropriate contact and remembers this information. This applies to any nickname or title you have for other people, such as “wife,” “son,” “mother,” “dad,” or even “Uncle Jack.”
Allowing Siri to Work with Third-Party Apps
A growing number of third-party app developers are implementing ways to use Siri. To turn on this functionality for compatible apps, launch Settings, tap the Siri & Search option, and then scroll toward the bottom of the Siri & Search submenu until you see a list of third-party apps that are installed on your iPhone or iPad and that support Siri.
Tap each listing and then turn on or off the virtual switch associated with each app to indicate whether you want Siri functionality to work with it. For example, if you have the Philips Hue smart lighting system installed in your home, and you want to be able to control the lights using your voice, be sure to turn on Siri functionality for the Hue app.
If you want to use Siri, you first must activate it. There are multiple ways to do this:
Use the “Hey Siri” command. This works even when the device is in Sleep mode, but not when the iPhone or iPad is powered off altogether. On compatible iPhones and iPads, whatever you’re doing, simply say the phrase, “Hey Siri” out loud, and Siri responds.
Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or iPad for two seconds.
Press and hold the Call button on your wireless Bluetooth headset that is paired with your iPhone or iPad. This enables you to speak to Siri on your device from up to 30 feet away.
If you’re using Apple EarPods, press the middle button on the controls on the cable.
Press the CarPlay button built into the steering wheel or dashboard of your compatible car when your iPhone is linked with your vehicle.
If you want to use Siri with Apple’s AirPods, pair the AirPods to your iPhone/iPad, launch Settings, and then tap the Bluetooth option. Below the My Devices heading, tap the Info (i) icon associated with the AirPods listing.
Below the Double-Tap on AirPod heading, tap the Left and Right option (one at a time) and then choose the Siri option if you want to be able to activate Siri by double-tapping on one (or either) of your AirPods while they’re in your ears. Otherwise, you can use the “Hey Siri” command to activate Siri while wearing one or both AirPods.
Using Siri as Your Virtual Assistant
When Siri is activated, the message “What can I help you with?” displays on the screen, along with a rainbow-colored, animated wave graphic. On some iPhone and iPad models, you simultaneously hear Siri’s activation tone. When not listening for spoken commands, the Some Things You Can Ask Me screen replaces the animated wave graphic. Tap the colorful orb icon at the bottom-center of the screen to activate or reactivate Siri.
Once Siri is activated, you have about five seconds to begin speaking before the feature deactivates. To reactivate it, simply tap the microphone icon or repeat one of the previously mentioned steps.
For the most accurate results when using Siri, speak directly into the iPhone, iPad, AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePod, or headset. Try to avoid being in areas with excessive background noise. Also, speak as clearly as possible so Siri can understand each word in your sentence.
Discovering How Siri Can Help You
The great thing about Siri is that you don’t have to think too much about how you phrase a command, question, or request. Siri automatically interprets what you say.
When you’re in a quiet area, activate Siri and then speak. Stop speaking when you’re finished, and Siri responds accordingly. However, if you’re in a noisy area, Siri might have trouble determining when you’ve stopped speaking. To avoid this problem, press and hold the Home button as you speak to Siri. When you’re finished speaking, release the Home button so Siri can process your request.
To get the most out of using Siri—with the least amount of frustration as a result of Siri not being able to comply with your requests—develop a basic understanding of which apps this feature works with and how Siri can be used with those apps.
Siri can be used with most of the apps that come preinstalled with iOS 11 plus an ever-expanding collection of third-party apps. Siri can also find information on the Internet by performing web searches. You can use Dictation mode, however, in any app where the microphone key appears on the iPhone or iPad’s virtual keyboard.
The following sections provide a sampling of what Siri can be used for, as well as tips for how to use Siri effectively.
For an up-to-date summary of Siri’s capabilities and a sampling of how to phrase commands or requests to work with Siri’s newest features, visit this page of Apple’s website: www.apple.com/ios/siri.
Here are some quick tips on using Siri:
You can use Siri to launch an app. To do this, activate Siri and say, “Launch [app name].” If it’s a game you want to play, simply say, “Play [game name].” Another option is to say, “Open [app name].”
For more information about how Siri can be used, activate Siri and say, “What can you do?” Or after activating Siri, wait for the “What can I help you with?” message, and then tap the small question mark that’s displayed in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Tap the Bluetooth icon displayed in the bottom-right corner of the screen to switch between using your iPhone or iPad’s built-in speaker, a Bluetooth headset/speaker, AirPods, or CarPlay.
Siri understands commands related to the Home app and HomeKit-compatible “smart” equipment, which means that you can control home automation equipment that your iPhone or iPad is linked with, such as your lights, thermostat, door locks, or security cameras.
Siri also responds to requests or questions related to almost anything having to do with sports, movies, entertainment, restaurants, music, weather, locations, or stocks. Plus, Siri can look up information when you pose almost any type of question, or you can use it to verbally control almost any iPhone/iPad-related feature that’s adjustable from within Settings or Control Center. For example, you can activate Siri and say, “Turn on Airplane mode” or “Turn off Do Not Disturb.”
Finding, Displaying or Using Information Related to Your Contacts
Every field in a Contact’s entry is searchable and can be accessed by Siri. Or you can ask Siri to look up a specific contact for you and display that contact’s Info screen.
Again, the more information you include in each entry stored in your Contacts database, the more helpful Siri can be.
When Siri displays the Info screen for a Contact, it is interactive; you can tap a displayed phone number to initiate a call or tap an email address to launch the Mail app to send email to that address. If you tap a regular address, the Maps app launches, and if you tap a website URL, Safari launches and opens that web page.
Siri can also use information stored in your Contacts database to comply with various other types of requests for sending text messages and emails, giving you directions to specific addresses in Contacts, and looking up information you have stored in the database (such as birthdays and names).
Initiating a Call
Initiate a call by activating Siri and then saying, “Call [name] at home,” or “Call [name] at work.” This works if that person has a Contacts entry associated with their name, as well as a phone number labeled Home or Work, respectively.
You could also say, “Call [name]’s mobile phone,” or “Call [name]’s iPhone.” If you just use the command call, and that person has several phone numbers in their Contacts entry, Siri gives you the option to select which number you want to call.
Alternatively, if someone’s contact information or phone number is not stored in your iPhone, you can say, “Call” or “Dial” followed by each digit of a phone number.
You can also ask Siri to look up a business phone number or address by saying, “Look up [business name] in [city, state].” Or, you could say, “Look up [business type, such as a dry cleaner] in [city, state].”
On the iPhone, when Siri finds the phone number you’re looking for, Siri says, “Calling [name] at [location],” and then automatically initiates a call to that number by launching the Phone app. Siri also has the capability to initiate FaceTime video calls. Use a command, such as, “FaceTime with [name].”
Setting Up Reminders and To-Do Items
If you constantly jot down reminders to yourself on scrap pieces of paper or sticky notes or manually enter to-do items into the Reminders app, this is one Siri-related feature you’ll truly appreciate.
To create a reminder, complete with an alarm, simply activate Siri and say something like, “Remind me to pick up my dry cleaning tomorrow at 3 p.m.” Siri creates the to-do item, displays it on the screen for your approval, and then saves it in the Reminders app. At the appropriate time and day, an alarm sounds and the reminder message is displayed.
When creating a reminder using Siri, provide a specific date and time, such as “tomorrow at 3 p.m.” or “Friday at 1 p.m.” or “July 7th at noon.” You can also include a location that Siri knows, such as “Home” or “Work.” For example, you could say, “Remind me to feed the dog when I get home,” or “Remind me to call Emily when I get to work.”
Siri also is compatible with the Notes app and enables you to create and dictate notes. To create a new note, activate Siri and begin a sentence by saying, “Note that I….” You can also say, “Note: [sentence].” What you dictate is saved as a new note in the Notes app.
Reading or Sending Text Messages
When you receive a new text message but can’t look at the screen (such as when you’re driving), activate Siri and say, “Read new text message.” After Siri reads the incoming message, you’re given the opportunity to reply to that message and dictate your response.
Using Siri with the Messages app, you can also compose and send a text/instant message to anyone in your Contacts database by saying something like, “Compose a text message to John Doe.”
Any time you dictate a text message or email that will be sent to someone else, make sure that when Siri translates your spoken words into text that the transcription is correct; otherwise, you could wind up sending a message that makes no sense or that has a meaning you didn’t intend.
Checking the Weather or Your Investments
The Weather app can display an extended weather forecast for your immediate area or any city in the world, and the Stocks app can be used to track your investments.
However, Siri has the capability to automatically access the Web and obtain weather information for any city, as well as stock-related information about any stock or mutual fund.
When you request stock information, you get a verbal response from Siri, and information about that stock is displayed on the iPhone or iPad’s screen.
Finding Information on the Web or Getting Answers to Questions
If you want to perform a web search, you can manually launch the Safari browser, and then use a search phrase or question to type what you’re looking for in the Search field. Another option is to perform your web search by entering it into the Search field via your iPhone or iPad’s Spotlight Search feature.
Siri can also be used to perform web searches, by saying something like
“Look up the [company] website.”
“Access the website cnn.com.”
“Search the Web for [topic].”
“Google information about [topic].”
“Search Wikipedia for [topic].”
“What is the definition of [word]?”
You also can ask almost any type of question, and Siri seeks out the appropriate answer from the Internet. A question might be, “What does the Canadian flag look like?” or “What is the population of New York City?”
When you ask Siri a question that requires your iPhone or iPad to seek out the answer on the Internet, this is done through Apple using Wolfram Alpha. To learn more about the vast topics you can ask Siri about, from unit conversions to historical data, visit www.wolframalpha.com/examples.
If you’re looking for the latest scores related to your favorite professional or college team or sporting event, just ask Siri. It’s also possible to ask sports-related questions and then have Siri quickly research the answers via the Internet. When it comes to sports, here are some sample questions or requests you can use with Siri:
“Did the Yankees win their last game?”
“What was the score of last night’s Patriots game?”
“What was the score the last time the Yankees and Red Sox played?”
“Show me the baseball scores from last night.”
When it comes to movies, Siri can also help you decide what to go see, determine where movies are playing, look up movie times, and provide details about almost any movie ever made. Here are some sample questions or requests you can use with Siri that relate to movies:
“Where is [movie title] playing?”
“What’s playing at [movie theater]?”
“What’s playing at the movies tonight?”
“Find the closest movie theater.”
“Show me the reviews for [movie title].”
If you’re looking to try out a new restaurant or want to learn more about a local dining establishment, Siri knows all about restaurants too. Plus, thanks to Yelp! and OpenTable integration, you can view detailed information about restaurants, make dining reservations, or read reviews.
Here are some examples of how you can use Siri when you want to know more about restaurants:
“Where’s the closest Japanese restaurant?”
“Table for two at Palm Restaurant in Boston for 7 p.m.”
“Show me reviews for [restaurant name] in [city].”
The detailed information Siri displays is interactive. For example, tap the phone number in a restaurant listing to initiate a call to that restaurant, or tap the listed address to launch the Maps app and get detailed directions.
Scheduling and Managing Meetings and Events
Like many apps that come preinstalled with iOS 11, the Calendar app is fully compatible with Siri, which means it’s possible to use Siri to create or modify appointments, meetings, or events by using your voice. To do this, some of the things you can say include
“Set up a meeting at 10:30 a.m.”
“Set up a meeting with Drew at noon tomorrow.” “Meet with Emily for lunch at 1:00 p.m.”
“Set up a meeting with Rusty about third-quarter sales projections at 4:00 p.m. on December 12th.”
You can use Siri to reschedule or cancel events stored in the Calendar app. For example, you could say, “Move my 2:00 p.m. meeting to 4:00 p.m.,” or “Cancel my 6:00 p.m. dinner with Rusty.”
To obtain an overview of your schedule, ask a question like, “What does the rest of my day look like?,” or “When is my next appointment?” You can learn about a specific event as well, by asking, “When is my next meeting with Kevin?” or “Where is my next meeting?”
Siri can also tap the Calendar and Maps app simultaneously if you ask a question like, “How do I get to my next meeting?” This works if you’ve filled in the Location field when creating an event in the Calendar app.
Sending Email and Accessing New (Incoming) Email
If you want to compose an email to someone, activate Siri and say, “Send an email to [name].” If that person’s email address is listed in your Contacts database, Siri addresses a new message to that person.
Siri then says, “What is the subject of your email?” Speak the subject line for your email. When you stop speaking, Siri says, “Okay, what would you like the email to say?” You can now dictate the body of your email message.
When you’re finished speaking, Siri composes the message, displays it on the screen, and then says, “Here is your email to [name]. Ready to send it?” You can now respond “yes” to send the email message or say “cancel” to abort the message. If the message isn’t what you want to say, ask Siri to “Change the text to….”
Meanwhile, if you’re expecting an incoming email from someone, you can activate Siri and say, “Any new email from [name]?” and not have to first manually launch the Mail app.
Siri also now has the capability to search through the subjects of your emails. So, you can activate Siri and say, “Do I have any emails about [subject]?”
Setting an Alarm or Timer
Siri can control the Clock app that comes preinstalled on your iOS device so that it serves as an alarm clock or timer. You can say something like, “Set an alarm for 7:30 a.m. tomorrow,” “Wake me up tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.” or “Set a recurring wakeup call for 7:30 a.m.” to create a new alarm.
Or, to set a 30-minute timer, say, “Set a timer for 30 minutes.”, a countdown timer is displayed on the iPhone or iPad’s screen, and an alarm sounds when the timer reaches zero.
You can also simply use “Hey Siri” and ask “What’s today’s date?” “What time is it?” or “How many days until Christmas?” if you’re too busy to look at the iPhone or iPad’s screen, such as when you’re driving.
Getting Directions Using the Maps App
Pretty much any feature you can use the Maps app for—whether it’s to find the location or phone number for a business, obtain turn-by-turn directions between two addresses, access public transit information, or map out a specific address location—you can access using Siri.
To use Maps-related functions, say things like the following:
“How do I get to [location]?”
“Directions to [contact name or location].”
“Find a [business or service name, such as Starbucks Coffee] near where I am.”
“What’s a good steak restaurant in Boston?” “What time does [store name] close tonight?”
“Where is a good barber?” (When you ask a question like this, Siri relies on Yelp! reviews and other information to provide highly recommended businesses or restaurants.)
“How do I get home from here?” If you’re lost or need directions home from anywhere, Siri uses your iPhone’s GPS to pinpoint your current location and then uses the Maps app to provide turn-by-turn directions to help you get home.
If Siri finds multiple businesses or locations that are directly related to your request, it asks you to select one, or all related matches are displayed on a detailed map.
When you ask Siri to look up businesses, landmarks, popular destinations, or restaurants, Siri integrates with the Yelp! online service to provide detailed information about many businesses and restaurants.
Controlling the Music
In the mood to hear a specific song that’s stored on your iPhone or iPad or that’s available via Apple Music (if you’re a subscriber)?
Maybe you want to begin playing a specific playlist, you want to hear all the music stored on your iOS device by a particular artist, or you want to play a specific album? Well, just ask Siri. You can control the Music app or the Apple Music service using your voice by saying things like the following:
“Play [song title].”
“Play [album title].”
“Play [playlist title].”
“Play [artist’s name].”
“Play [music genre, such as pop, rock, or blues].”
You can also issue specific commands, such as “Shuffle my [title] playlist,” or speak commands, such as “Pause” or “Skip” as music is playing.
If you subscribe to Apple Music and use the Music app, activate Siri and request to hear any of the songs in Apple’s online music collection, which comprises more than 40 million songs and albums and is continuously expanding.
You can request to play (stream) music by song title, album title, or artist. Start by activating Siri and saying, “Play [song title],” Play [song title] by [artist name],” or “Play [album title].” Without an Apple Music subscription, you’re limited to hearing the digital music you own.
As you’re listening to music on your mobile device, if you want to hear similar music, activate Siri and say, “Play more music like this,” or if you want to hear music that’s popular, say something like, “Siri, play the number one Country song right now.”
When streaming music from Apple Music, to purchase a song or album, activate Siri and say, “Buy this song” or “Buy this album.” You’re also able to use verbal commands to pause the music, skip to the next song, or repeat the currently playing song.
If you are somewhere and hear a song being played and want to know the name of the song or who sings it, activate Siri and say, “What song is this?” or “Who sings this?” Siri listens for a few seconds and then provides information about the music that’s playing.
Using Dictation Mode
In many situations when the iPhone or iPad’s virtual keyboard appears, a microphone key is located to the left of the spacebar. When you tap this microphone key, Dictation mode is activated. An animated sound wave graphic displays on the screen as you speak.
You can say whatever text you were going to manually type using the virtual keyboard. You can speak for up to 30 seconds at a time. When you’re finished speaking, you have to tap the Done key so that your device can translate your speech into text and insert it into the appropriate onscreen field.
For the fastest and most accurate results, speak one to three sentences at a time, and have your device connected to a Wi-Fi Internet connection.
While using Dictation mode, you can easily add punctuation just by saying it. For example, you can say, “This is a sample dictation period,” and Siri adds the period at the end of the sentence.
You can also use words like “exclamation point,” “open parenthesis,” “close parenthesis,” “open quotes,” “close quotes,” “comma,” “semicolon,” or “colon” as you dictate.
Apple continues to work with most of the world’s major car manufacturers to integrate the iPhone with the stereo system or infotainment system built into many vehicles. This functionality varies depending on the make, model, and year of your car.
In some cases, if your vehicle is CarPlay compatible, there is a Lightning or USB port for your iPhone built into the car. When you plug in your iPhone, your smartphone charges, plus it integrates directly with the car’s in-dash infotainment system.
This enables you to activate the iPhone’s navigation capabilities via the Maps app, Siri functionality, and music capabilities by pressing the CarPlay button built into your steering wheel or dashboard, for example.
In other cases, your device establishes a wireless Bluetooth connection with your car and enables you to play music that’s stored on your iPhone via your car’s stereo or that your iPhone streams from the Internet via Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, or another compatible music streaming app. It’s also possible to use the Phone feature to make and receive calls hands-free while you’re driving.
Every vehicle manufacturer is implementing iPhone integration differently, and this functionality is only built into 2013 or later model year vehicles. If you have an older car, you must use third-party accessories to link your iPhone to the vehicle.
Typically, when you use Siri, information that’s requested is displayed on the iOS device’s screen. CarPlay functionality, however, offers much of the same functionality as Siri but turns off the iPhone’s screen altogether. Thus, Siri offers only verbal responses to a user’s requests, commands, and questions.
iOS 11 offers a new feature, called Do Not Disturb While Driving. When turned on, incoming calls are allowed only when the phone is connected to a car (via CarPlay or Bluetooth) or a Bluetooth headset. Meanwhile, for safety reasons, other potentially distracting features are put into Do Not Disturb mode until you’re finished driving.
To turn on/off this feature, launch Settings, tap the Do Not Disturb option, and tap Activate for the Do Not Disturb While Driving option. The three available options include Automatically When Connected to Car Bluetooth, or Manually.
If you’ve invested in any model Apple Watch, you also have full access to Siri from the watch when it is wirelessly paired to your iPhone or has Internet access.
To activate Siri from the watch, press the Digital Crown for about two seconds until the Siri screen is displayed, and then start speaking into the watch. You can also use the “Hey Siri” feature.
Navigate and Interact with Your World using the Maps App
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Using the Maps app to obtain turn-by-turn directions between two locations Finding any address, landmark, the point of interest, or business on a map Getting real-time public transportation information
The iOS 11 edition of the Maps app once again introduces an impressive collection of improvements that allow the app to work on its own, in conjunction with other iOS 11 features (including Siri, CarPlay, and the Apple Watch), or seamlessly with other popular apps, including Yelp!, Uber, Lyft, and OpenTable. Maps can be used for a lot more than just obtaining navigation directions!
Using Maps for More than Just Real-Time Navigation
The iOS 11 edition of the Maps app is now better than ever at providing accurate, turn-by-turn navigation directions between two locations using the iPhone or iPad’s built-in GPS (Location Services) capabilities, in conjunction with the Internet.
With this version of Maps, more information is clearly displayed on the screen and simultaneously provided to you verbally.
For example, when you’re using Maps for driving directions, on the screen you see the posted speed limit for the road you’re driving along or lanes are merging.
Following are some of the other enhancements made to this version of Maps:
Proactive suggestions—Based on your past use of the app, and information included within other apps, such as Calendar, the Maps app predicts your intended destination and determines the fastest way to reach that destination based on traffic conditions, your schedule, and other factors.
For example, the Maps app consults with the Calendar app to determine the time and location of your next appointment. When you’re leaving a destination, it offers intelligent suggestions based on where you might want to go next, such as home or back to your office.
Search—The Search tool built into the Maps app is now even more useful when it comes to looking up information about businesses, restaurants, points of interest, and services (such as banks, ATMs, gas stations, or hospitals).
Use the improved Nearby feature to see what restaurants, coffee shops, services, and shopping are near your location. To access this feature while using turn-by-turn navigation, tap anywhere near the bottom of the screen (except for the End button) to reveal the Nearby menu.
Mass transit information—If you use mass transit in an ever-growing number of cities around the world, the Maps app determines your current location and helps you map a route using local trains, buses, subways, and ferries (if applicable).
The Maps app uses the Internet to access current schedules and provides step-by-step directions to help you navigate a city’s mass transit system.
Indoor maps—This new feature allows you to access detailed maps of major airports and shopping centers (malls) around the world so you can navigate more efficiently.
For example, while in an airport, the Maps app can help you discover what dining options are available in your terminal, find the closest restroom, and guide you directly to your gate (or from your gate to baggage claim).
Interactive favorites—As you travel around if you discover a restaurant, business, attraction, or any other location you want to remember so you can come back to it sometime later, add that destination to the Maps app’s Favorites list.
This information syncs with your iCloud account, so whether you’re using Maps on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, your selection of favorite locations is always accessible.
As you’re looking at a listing for an address, business, service, or point of interest, simply tap the Favorite button to add the location to your Favorites list.
To later access, your favorites list, access the Maps app’s Search field and then scroll to the bottom of the listed search results/search history. Tap the Favorites listing to access your Favorites list. Tap the desired destination.
To quickly determine in what cities around the world specific Maps feature work in, visit www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/#maps.
When you’re using the turn-by-turn, real-time navigation function of the Maps app and you need to find a nearby gas station, restaurant, or coffee shop, simply tap anywhere along the bottom of the screen (except for on the End button), and then tap the Gas Stations, Dinner, or Coffee icon.
If you tap the Gas Stations icon (or Dinner or Coffee icons), you see a listing of nearby gas stations. Tap the Go button that corresponds to the listing you’d like to choose.
The Maps app automatically reroutes you to that destination. After you’ve visited the gas station, Maps enables you to continue to your original destination without having to re-enter any information into the app.
Your expected arrival time, the amount of time until you reach your final destination, and the current distance from your final destination will be updated to take into account the requested detour.
To switch between using the iPhone’s built-in speaker, a Bluetooth phone headset, or CarPlay (when applicable) while you’re using the Maps app for real-time navigation, tap anywhere along the bottom of the screen (except for on the End button), and then tap the Audio icon.
From the Output heading on the Navigation Voice screen, choose where you want the Maps app’s audio to be played. Also from this screen, tap one of the volume options to change the volume of the voice prompts. Turn on the Pause Spoken Audio option if you want music, podcasts, or audiobooks to pause when the Maps app needs to speak.
As always, the Maps app requires continuous Internet access to function. Although the app works with a Wi-Fi connection, if you plan to use the app’s turn-by-turn directions (Navigation) feature, you must use a cellular data connection (which uses up some of your monthly wireless data allocation with each use) because you’ll be in motion and will quickly leave the wireless signal radius of any public Wi-Fi hotspot.
While on the go, if you have a Wi-Fi Only iPad, consider using the Personal Hotspot feature built into your iPhone to create a private Wi-Fi network that will travel with you and that your iPad can utilize, or invest in a standalone personal Wi-Fi hotspot device, such as the SkyRoam Solis ($149.99, www.skyroam.com/solis).
This device is ideal for international travelers using an iPhone or iPad, who don’t want to incur high international cellular data roaming charges) when using the Maps app.
You can use a Wi-Fi connection to preload driving or public transportation directions before your departure, but if your route changes, your iOS mobile device isn’t able to help if it can’t connect to the Internet.
If you’re wearing an Apple Watch that’s paired with your iPhone, navigation information is automatically and simultaneously displayed on your watch. If you’re using an Apple Watch series 3 with a cellular connection, the Maps app works without the assistance of a nearby iPhone.
To use the Maps app, the main Location Services feature in your iPhone or iPad (as well as Location Services for the Maps app) must be turned on. To do this, launch Settings, tap the Privacy option, and then tap Location Services.
From the Location Services submenu, turn on the Location Services switch near the top of the screen. Then scroll down and tap the Maps option. Be sure that the While Using the App option is selected.
Setting Maps App Preferences
To customize your Maps experience, launch Settings and tap the Maps option. From the Maps submenu, select the default Preferred Transportation Type for the way you’ll most often be using the app.
If you’ll typically be in your car and want driving directions, choose Driving. If you’ll most often be using the app while walking, choose the Walking option.
If you rely mainly on public transportation to get around, select the Transit option. Of course, you can always override this default selection while actually using the Maps app.
Also from the Maps submenu within Settings, tap the Driving & Navigation option to personalize preferences related to options for navigating. For example, from under the Avoid heading, turn on the Tolls or Highways option if you want to avoid tolls or highways when the Maps app plans your routes.
From the Driving & Navigation screen, you can turn on or off the onscreen compass display, determine whether you want the current posted speed limit displayed on the screen, and set a default volume for the computerized voice that you hear when being provided with turn-by-turn navigation instructions.
From the Maps menu within Settings, you can select whether the app should measure distances in miles or kilometers and whether all map labels should be translated into English.
If your car is capable of communicating with your iPhone (via CarPlay or Bluetooth), use the Show Parked Location option so your parking location is recorded and temporarily marked in the app every time you park.
If you plan to use Uber or Lyft often, you can request a ride directly from the Maps app. To do this, you must have an active Uber or Lyft account and have the official Uber or Lyft mobile app installed on your iPhone or iPad.
From the Maps submenu within Settings, look for the Ride Book Extensions heading and turn on the virtual switch associated with the app you use.
Getting the Most from Using the Maps App’s Features
In addition to providing detailed maps, the Maps app is capable of displaying useful information within each map, including real-time, color-coded traffic conditions showing traffic jams, accidents, and construction, which can be graphically overlaid onto maps.
Mild traffic is showcased using orange, and heavy traffic is depicted in red. When construction is being done on a roadway, separate construction icons (in yellow or red) are displayed on the map.
When you look up a business, restaurant, point of interest, or landmark, the Maps app seamlessly integrates with Yelp! to display detailed information about specific locations.
The Yelp! information screens are interactive, so if you’re using an iPhone and tap a phone number or the Call button, you can initiate a call to that business or restaurant. Likewise, if you tap a website URL or the Website button (on either an iPhone or iPad), Safari launches and the applicable website automatically loads and displays.
To enhance the capabilities of the Yelp! integration, download and install the optional (and free) Yelp! the app from the App Store. Without the Yelp! the app, when appropriate, the Maps app transfers you to the Yelp! website.
To be able to make restaurant reservations after using the Maps app to look up restaurants, also install the free OpenTable app onto your iPhone.
Once you install the Yelp! the app, launch Settings, tap Maps, and from below the Table Booking Extensions heading, turn on the virtual switch associated with Yelp!.
If you have the Open Table app installed on your iPhone or iPad and use it to make restaurant reservations, turn on the virtual switch for OpenTable from this menu as well to allow the Maps app to seamlessly share information with either or both of these apps.
Although Maps offers a lot of functionality packed into a standalone app, it’s also designed to work with many other apps. For example, as you’re viewing an entry in the Contacts app when you tap an address, the Maps app launches and displays that address on a map.
You can then quickly obtain detailed directions to that location from your current location, or from any address you select. This also works with any address displayed in almost any other app, such as Calendar, Mail, Messages, Notes, or Safari.
Any time you receive a text message or view a Calendar event that has an address included within it, iOS 11 automatically determines you’re looking at an address and turns it into an active link. Tap this link to launch the Maps app and view the address or obtain directions to or from that address.
When creating or editing a Calendar event, by filling in the Add Location field, the iPhone or iPad is automatically able to calculate travel time from your current location to the destination. You can turn on a feature that alerts you when it’s time to leave based on the anticipated travel time and current traffic conditions.
You can use many features built into the Maps app using voice commands and requests, thanks to Siri. For example, regardless of what you’re doing on the iPhone or iPad, activate Siri and say, “How do I get home from here?”
“Where is the closest Starbucks?” or “Where is the closest gas station?” and then have the Maps app provide you with the directions and map you need.
Understanding the Maps App’s Screen
The main screen of the iOS 11 edition of the Maps app sometimes displays a tiny compass in the upper-right corner of a map, as well as a map scale in the top-left corner of a map. The compass displays automatically when North isn’t toward the top of the screen. The map scale appears if you’re scrolling around a map using your finger or zooming in or out.
From the Maps menu within Settings, you can also turn on the compass (driving direction indicator) and have it continuously displayed whenever you’re using the Maps app and viewing interactive maps.
When you launch the app, the top section of the iPhone’s display showcases a map. Tap the Info (i) icon to change your map view. Options include Map, Transit, or Satellite. From the Maps Settings menu, turn on the virtual switch associated with Traffic to superimpose real-time traffic conditions on the maps you view/
When viewing the main map screen, tap the My Location icon near the top-right corner of the screen to pinpoint your current location on the map, and center the map around that location. When you’re using turn-by-turn navigation, your location is displayed on the map using a circular icon with an arrow in it.
When looking at a map of your current location, the current temperature is displayed in the bottom-right corner of the map.
Just below the map is the Search for a Place or Address field. Tap this field and manually enter your desired destination. Keep in mind that as you enter content into this field, the Maps app pulls information from the Contacts and Calendar apps, other compatible apps, and a vast database containing points of interest, businesses, and restaurants.
Below the Search for a Place or Address field is a list of recent destinations as well as what Apple refers to as “proactive suggestions,” for potential destinations. The suggestions are based on your recent activities and data found in other apps.
In the Search for a Place or Address field, instead of manually typing the address of your desired destination, you can type the name of a point of interest, airport, restaurant, service, or business.
For example, if you type “Chinese restaurant” in this field, you see a list of Chinese restaurants that are close to your current location. However, if you want to find Chinese restaurants in another city and state, include the location in your search term —Chinese Restaurants, White Plains, New York, for example.
As you type in this field, the Maps app displays applicable search results. Tap a search result listing to select it.
Alternatively, tap the empty Search for a Place or Address field and then tap the Food, Drinks, Shopping, Travel, Services, Fun, Health, or Transport icon to seek out local businesses or services by category. If necessary, tap a subcategory icon. Next, tap one of the search result listings that are of interest.
When you tap a listing, information about it is displayed. If it’s a business or restaurant, for example, the business/restaurant name, phone number, address, website URL, and other details are displayed. Tap the Directions button to quickly obtain directions from your current location to the desired location.
Tap the Call, Website, Favorite, or Share button to call the business, visit its website, add it to your Maps Favorite list, or share details about the business with others.
While viewing any map, tap a listed point of interest or business that’s displayed in the map itself to view details about it. The information window is fully interactive. For example, if you tap the phone number or Call button, a call to that business is initiated using the Phone app (on the iPhone).
Tap the Directions button to obtain turn-by-turn directions from your current location to the selected destination.
Anytime you look up a listing in the Maps app, information appears in a window. Use your finger to drag this window up or down on the screen to see more or less of its content.
In the Search for a Place or Address field, enter the name of any contact that has an entry stored in the Contacts app to find and display an address for that contact. Navigation details (directions) can be provided. The Maps app searches the contents of your iOS device (including the Contacts app), followed by a web-based search, if applicable.
As you’re viewing a map, place one finger on the screen and drag it around to reposition the map. To rotate the map, place two fingers (slightly separated) on the screen, and rotate your fingers clockwise or counterclockwise. To then return to the north-up orientation, tap the compass icon.
Use a reverse-pinch finger gesture to zoom in or a pinch finger gesture to zoom out. If you’re using the Satellite or Flyover Tour view, you can zoom in very close, and then drag your finger around the map to take a birds-eye tour of the area.
Using the Mark My Location Option
To mark your current location on the map, tap the Info (i) icon to reveal the Maps Settings menu and then tap the Mark My Location option. A virtual pushpin is added to the map.
You can then tap the Edit Location button to fine-tune the stored address or tap the Directions button to obtain directions to that location if you want to return back to it later.
Tap the Share icon to share the marked location with other people via text message or email, for example. You can also add the marked location to the Maps app’s Favorites list, create a new Contacts entry using the address, or add the address to an existing Contacts entry by tapping one of the options displayed if you scroll down in the Marked Location window.
The Mark Location tool is ideal to help you remember where you parked your car. You must manually use this feature unless your car is equipped with CarPlay or there’s an established Bluetooth connection between your vehicle and your iPhone.
Managing Your Favorites List
The Maps app offers a Favorites list feature, which enables you to maintain a listing of places you commonly visitor want to be able to quickly refer to later. When looking at the information screen for any potential destination, tap the Favorite button to add that address to the Maps app’s Favorites list.
To access your Favorites list, look below the Search for a Place or Address field and scroll down. Tap the Favorites option. A listing of your Favorite locations is displayed. Tap any listing to obtain information or navigation directions.
Swipe from right to left across a Favorites listing to access Remove and Share buttons. These enable you to manage your Favorites list.
Switching the Map View
When you’re viewing a map, you can switch between viewing perspectives. Options include the following:
Maps—This is the Maps app’s standard view. Roads and their names are displayed, along with points of interest, businesses, and services (including gas stations, restaurants, and hospitals). The posted speed limit and traffic conditions can also be displayed.
When you look up any business using the Maps app, if you then view the location of the business with the Satellite view, you can often determine the best nearby location for parking.
Consider dropping a pin on that location, and then using turn-by-turn directions to get you to that spot. There are also third-party apps, like Parker, that can help you find a parking spot or paid parking lot in a major city.
Obtaining Turn-By-Turn Directions
To obtain navigation information to a particular destination, enter it into the Search for a Place or Address field, or select it from a search result listing after you tap a category, such as Food, Drinks, Shopping, Travel, Services, Fun, Health, or Transit.
Displayed immediately below a search result listing is a blue-and-white Directions button. This button displays your current driving distance to that location. Tap the Directions button to access the Maps app’s trip overview screen.
By default, the Maps app uses your current location as the default starting location. To change this and select any other starting location, after entering or choosing your desired destination, and tapping the Directions button, tap the From My Location option below the To information, and then manually enter your starting location.
For example, if you’re currently in Boston, Massachusetts, but you want to see directions between New York’s Time Square and New York’s LaGuardia Airport, in the Search for a Place or Address field, type LaGuardia Airport, New York.
Tap the Directions button, and then tap the From My Location option. In the From field, type Times Square, New York.
In the To and From fields, you can enter a contact entry’s name, a full address, a city, and state, just a state, or just a country. You can use two-letter state abbreviations, and you don’t have to worry about using upper- and lowercase letters. For example, you can type New York, NY, new york, ny, or New York, New York, and get the same result. This goes for contacts or business names as well.
Choose your desired mode of transportation (Drive, Walk, Transit, or Ride), and then choose your selected route from up to three options. Tap the Go button to launch Navigation mode and begin receiving turn-by-turn directions.
When you tap a destination option, the Maps app calculates your distance from it and displays up to three separate routes on the map. The recommended route is displayed with a dark blue line. Tap the route option you want to follow.
The Maps app takes current traffic conditions into account. So if you think the app is recommending a route that’s longer (in terms of driving distance to your destination), it could be to avoid heavy traffic. Thus, the recommendation could ultimately result in a shorter travel time.
As you’re driving to your desired destination, the Maps app analyzes traffic conditions ahead of you, and, if necessary, recommends an alternative route to save time. Maps notify you that a time-saving route is available, and you have the option of following the alternate route.
Below the map, tap the Go button to choose the selected route and driving directions. Alternatively, tap the Walk, Transit, or Ride icon to alter your mode of transportation:
Drive—Obtain real-time, turn-by-turn navigation directions for driving to your destination.
Walk—Obtain real-time, turn-by-turn navigation directions for walking to your destination.
Transit—Obtain real-time directions for using public transportation to reach your desired destination. This option is not yet available in all cities around the world. When it is available, the best option for using buses, trains, subways, and ferries are provided.
Ride—Request a ride using Uber, Lyft, or another compatible taxi, limo, or ride-sharing service. Thus far, this feature is available only in certain major cities, and you must have the ride service’s optional app (such as Uber or Lyft) installed on your mobile device.
After you select the mode of transportation, tap the green-and-white Go button to begin receiving real-time, fully narrated, turn-by-turn directions to your destination.
Displayed in the main area of the screen is a detailed map that shows where you are and where you’re headed. Along the top of the screen, information about the next turn or driving direction is listed.
Along the bottom of the screen, your estimated time of arrival, the amount of time remaining in your trip, and the current distance between your current location and your desired destination is displayed. A compass (or the direction you’re traveling) and the posted speed limit can also be displayed.
This information continuously changes as you travel toward your destination and automatically updates based on your travel speed and traffic conditions.
Tap the End button to exit out of the navigation mode of the Maps app before reaching your destination.
While you’re using the navigation feature of the Maps app, you can use the App Switcher to switch between apps and use the iPhone or iPad to run another app. The Maps app continues running in the background and alerts you of upcoming turns or directions.
If you receive an incoming call on your iPhone, for example, the Phone app launches but the Maps app continues running in the background. When you switch to another app, with the navigation mode of the Maps app continuing to run, a blue bar pulses at the top of the screen that says Touch to Return to Navigation. Tap it to return to the Maps app.
Tap anywhere on the bottom information bar to reveal an icon menu of additional options:
Gas Station, Dinner, or Coffee icon—Take a detour and find the closest gas station, restaurant, or coffee shop, respectively.
Overview—Switch to a different map view that showcases the entire route from your starting point to your selected destination. Tap the Resume icon to switch back to Navigation mode.
Details—See a listing of all turns and directions you’ll need to follow to reach your desired destination. Swipe down or up in this list to see upcoming directions. Tap Done to return to Navigation mode.
Looking Up Contact Entries, Businesses, Restaurants, Landmarks, and Points of Interest
One of the other primary uses of the Maps app is to find and display addresses, contacts, businesses, points of interest, or landmarks on a map screen. To do this, launch the Maps app, and in the Search for a Place or Address field, enter what you’re looking for.
The following are some things you can enter in this field:
A contact’s name from your Contact’s database. The Maps app looks up that contact’s address that’s stored in the Contacts app.
The specific name of any business or restaurant. (If it’s not nearby, type the business or restaurant name, followed by a comma, and then the city, state, and country). The Maps app looks up the business or restaurant’s address on the Internet, displays it, and gives you the option to receive directions to it.
The type of business or restaurant you’re looking for, such as a Chinese restaurant, seafood restaurant, bank, dry cleaner, or hospital. Enter a business or restaurant type to find nearby listings, or also include the city, state, and country to look up listings in other locations.
The name of a point of interest or landmark. This can include the name of a major airport, or a landmark, such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, The White House, The Golden Gate Bridge, London Eye, or Tower of London. You do not need to know the address for a point of interest. The Maps app maintains a vast database of them.
Any full address that you manually enter (that is, street, city, state, country). The name of a city, state, or country.
When looking up a famous landmark or popular city, you can often tap the Flyover Tour button to view a three-dimensional and animated virtual tour (from a visually impressive, helicopter-like viewing perspective).
Tap the Start City Tour button to begin the animated virtual tour or place your finger on the screen and drag it around to manually explore the city. While doing this, zoom in or out using the reverse-pinch or pinch finger gestures.
If you’re looking for businesses or services in your immediate area, tap the My Location icon first (it’s located in the top-right corner of the screen), so the iPhone or iPad pinpoints your location, and then enter what you’re searching for into the Search for a Place or Address field. No city or state needs to be entered.
However, if you don’t tap the My Location icon first, you must enter into the Search for a Place or Address field what you’re looking for, followed by the city, a comma, and the state, to find local search results. Otherwise, the Maps app defaults to the last search location.
Using the Interactive Location Screens
Once search results are displayed, tap the desired result to view information pertaining to it that incorporates content from the Internet, Yelp!, and the Maps app. This information includes the phone number, address, website URL, hours of operation, and other information for that search result.
The information displayed depends on whether it’s a business, restaurant, point of interest, or tourist attraction. Photos (provided by other iPhone, iPad, and Yelp! users) are often displayed as well.
When applicable, text-based reviews and star-based ratings from other iPhone, iPad, or Yelp! users are displayed for that business, the point of interest, service, or restaurant.
If you look up information about a restaurant, the information screen features Yelp!-related information, including the type of food served, the menu price range (using dollar signs), the hours of operation, and potentially a website link that enables you to view the restaurant’s menu. You can also determine whether the restaurant delivers or accepts reservations.
If reservations are accepted, use the optional OpenTable app to make reservations online. Activate Siri and say, “Make a reservation for [number of people] for [day and time],” or initiate a call from an iPhone to the restaurant by tapping the phone number field. When applicable, the Info or Yelp! screen for a business also tells you whether Apple Pay is accepted at that location.
Quick Tips for Using the Maps App
The following are some additional tips for working with Maps:
When using the Maps app, your iPhone or iPad access the Internet extensively. This drains the device’s battery faster. If you often use this feature from your car, consider investing in a car charger that plugs into your car’s 12-volt or USB jack. This way, your iPhone’s/iPad’s battery remains charged (and can recharge) while it’s being used.
Using the Maps app for Navigation via a cellular data Internet connection requires a significant amount of wireless data usage. Using this feature depletes your monthly cellular data allocation unless you’re subscribed to an unlimited wireless service plan (or a plan with a generous amount of cellular data).
Also, if you’re using international roaming to access the Internet from abroad, using Maps with a cellular data connection can get very expensive.
Use iOS 11’s Handoff feature to switch from using your iPhone to your iPad or Mac (or vice versa) in conjunction with the Maps app, without having to re-enter information.
Take advantage of Siri to help you quickly find businesses, restaurants, points of interest, or acquire driving directions to or from your current location. When applicable, Siri automatically launches the Maps app and provides the appropriate information. For example, say, “Hey Siri, what time does the Apple Store in Boston close?”
On the screen, Siri displays the locations of Boston-area Apple Stores. Tap the desired location and then view the store’s detailed listing via the Maps app, which lists its hours of operation.
Then, tap the Directions button to launch the maps app and obtain turn-by-turn directions to that location, or tap the Call button to call the store.