How to Change Your Default Transportation Mode in Maps

Maps on iPhone assumes you want directions for a car by default. But if you often use public transportation or walk, you may want to change your default transportation mode for Maps. Changing your default transportation mode for Maps is easy within iPhone settings. That way, when you open Maps and select a route, you’ll automatically see the directions and estimated travel time for the mode of transportation you plan to use. Here’s how to change your default transportation mode in Maps.

How to Change Your Default Transportation Mode in Maps

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Tap Maps.

  • Under Preferred Transportation Type, select either Driving, Walking, or Transit.

Next time you use Maps to get directions, the app will automatically look for routes with your preferred transportation mode. If your preferred transportation mode is transit and there aren’t available routes using transit, Maps will let you know that transit directions are not available.

 
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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at connerleecarey.com; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.