How to Add a Stop in Apple Maps
Don’t you think that Apple Maps does a fab job getting you from point A to B as quickly as possible? But what if your plans change and you want to make a quick stop before getting to point B?
Well, there is no need to fret, because you can include a “Pit Stop” in just a few taps (or through Siri) at any point during your travels. Apple Maps then calculates the best route possible to minimize delays.
Read on to learn how to do this.
How to Add a Stop in Apple Maps on an iPhone
Apple Maps allows you to add one additional pit stop at a time, which will enable you to rest on those longer journeys. For example, you may want the nearest gas station or diner.
Apple Maps doesn’t allow you to search for a specific location as your “Pit Stop.” It will offer you a selection of locations. To add a pit stop:
- While in navigation mode, swipe up on the info panel at the bottom.
- Depending on the time of day, you’ll be presented with icons of nearby gas stations, restaurants, coffee places, etc. Tap one to select it.
- Apple Maps will begin directing you there after a few seconds.
If you change your mind about the pit stop and want to continue to your original destination instead, tap the blue “Resume Route” bar at the top of the screen. This will remove the pit stop.
To add a pit stop using Siri while en route:
- Start by saying “Hey Siri” to get Siri’s attention.
- Then say “Add diner,” or coffee shop, gas station, etc.
- Siri will provide relevant stops for you to choose from. Just tap the “Go” button beside the name of the stop you want to navigate to.
- If you can’t use your phone at the moment, Siri will also ask you to confirm verbally, beginning from the top selection downwards.
- So if you don’t want to go to a particular coffee shop, for example, say “No,” and Siri will offer the next coffee shop as an option. Repeat this until you get to the one you want.
- When Siri highlights the pit stop you want to add, say “Yes.”
- Siri will then ask you if you’d like to call the location or get directions. Say “Call” if you want to speak to the establishment. To go straight there, say “Get directions.”
The directions will be automatically added to your current route.
How to Add a Stop in Apple Maps on a Mac
When using Apple Maps via your Mac, you won’t have the option to add a pit stop. However, you can plan your route and then send it to your iPhone or iPad to add a stop when you’re traveling. Here’s how to plan a journey using the Maps app on your Mac:
- Launch the “Maps” app, and click a location on the map, like a business or landmark.
- Via the place card, do one of the following:
- Select “Create Route” and enter the destination in the “To” field, or click the “Swap Directions” icon, then enter the starting point in the “From” field.
- Choose “Directions” to adjust the starting and ending points if needed.
- Select “Plan.”
- Choose “Leave” to decide when you want to leave your starting point or “Arrive” to choose when you want to get to your destination.
- Click on the date to enter a different date, or use the calendar to select one.
- Add the time you want to leave or arrive.
- Click “Options” to choose any of the following:
- For driving, choose to avoid tolls and motorways.
- If you’re taking public transportation, choose your preferred transport mode, e.g., bus or train.
Before you travel, share your planned route with the Apple device you’ll bring to the trip. Ensure you are signed in using the same AppleID. Once you’ve started your journey, you can add a “Pit Stop.” Here’s how:
- Swipe upwards from the info panel at the bottom of the navigation screen.
- Depending on what’s available, icons of gas stations, restaurants, coffee places, or banks, etc. will display. Tap one to select it.
- Apple Maps will then begin directing you there.
To remove the stop, tap the blue “Resume Route” bar at the top of the screen. This is useful if you decide you want to continue the journey instead of stopping off.
To add a “Pit Stop” using Siri:
- To wake Siri up, say, “Hey Siri!”
- Then say “Add” followed by the location you want to visit.
- Siri will then provide relevant stops for you to choose from. Select the “Go” button beside the name of the stop you want to go to.
- If you can’t get to your phone, Siri will also ask for verbal confirmation and go through your options.
- So if you don’t want to go to a particular gas station, for example, say “No,” and Siri will announce the next gas station and so on. When you hear the location you want, say “Yes.”
- Siri will then ask you if you’d like to call the location or get directions to head straight there.
- Say “Get directions” to include the stop in your current route.
How Do I Change the Starting Point in Apple Maps?
If you want to start your journey from a location other than the one you’re physically at, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Maps app and search for a place.
2. Select the location, then choose “Directions.”
3. Ignore the suggested route from your physical location, and select “My Location” instead.
4. On the right, press the reverse icon.
5. Tap into the cleared “From” text box to enter a search for your starting location.
6. Tap the “Route” button, then select “Go.”
Adding a Quick Maps Pit Stop
When using the Maps app for directions on those long journeys, you can add a pit stop location for a time-out. When adding a stop, the app will provide you with nearby services so you can fill up, grab a bite to eat, or buy a well-deserved coffee. Luckily, you can get Siri to add your pit stop while you drive, and you can remove the stop if you change your mind.
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