How to use Maps with Siri

Siri can help you get directions to where you need to be, or even give you cool Flyover tours of major landmarks.

It's a common occurrence that happens pretty much every day for us: we need directions to get somewhere, whether it's a new restaurant or store or even just our way home from an unfamiliar area. Or perhaps it's easier to take a walk or take public transit somewhere, but still, you'll need directions for that too. Fortunately, we all have our iPhones with us, and Siri can be quite useful in helping us get where we need to go. Here's everything that you can do with Maps and Siri on your iPhone!


How to find a POI nearby by activating Siri with "Hey Siri"

With this method, Siri is more chatty and speaks more information to you.

  1. Activate Siri by saying "Hey Siri".
  2. Tell Siri what you are looking for:
    • "Where can I buy some groceries?"
    • "What's a good Indian restaurant nearby?"
    • "What do you recommend for drip coffee?"
    • "Where can I go to ship a package?"
  3. Siri will give you the highest-rated location for whatever you asked for and ask if that's the one you want.
    • Say Yes if that's what you wanted and she'll ask you what you want to do next, such as call them or get directions.
    • Say No if you want something else, and Siri will give you the next-best location. Repeat the process until you get something that you want.
  4. Again, you can say Yes to the option you want that Siri gives you and then tell it to get directions.
  5. Another way to get directions is to just tap the map for the business that you want.
  6. Tap the green Go button to start turn-by-turn directions.


    How to use Siri to find your way home

    If you're in a new area that you're not familiar with, then you'll want to pull up some directions to get home safely. Siri and Maps can help you out with that without a hitch, but you'll need to make sure that Siri knows who you are and where you live.

    1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
    2. Scroll down and select Siri & Search.
    3. Tap on My Information.
    4. Select your contact card.


    Get directions back home with Siri

    1. Press and hold your Home or Side button, or say "Hey Siri" to activate Siri.
    2. Tell it you want to go home.
      • I usually say "Take me home," but you can also try things like "How do I get home?" or "I want to go home."
    3. Siri will pull up directions for you to get home, and you can just tap on the green Go button once it appears to open up Maps and get turn-by-turn directions.
    4. Or you can wait and Siri will automatically just launch turn-by-turn directions in Maps for you.

      • This is great when you're too busy driving to touch buttons on your screen.



    How to ask Siri for transit and walking directions

    How to get transit directions with Siri

    For those of you living in a location that supports transit directions in Maps, you can just ask Siri to help you figure out the route you need to take and when you should be at your first stop.

    1. Press and hold your Home or Side button, or say "Hey Siri" to activate Siri.
    2. Say "Show me transit directions to [location]."
      • If there's more than one location, Siri will ask you which one you want, going in order of nearest to farthest.
    3. Siri launches the Maps app with transit directions to your chosen destination.
      • You can scroll up to view multiple routes, if available.
    4. Tap on the green Go button to begin the voice navigation for transit directions.



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