Say you live in Chicago and you have a friend in Fairfield, Iowa. You want to send her a birthday card, but you forgot her address. You know she lives somewhere on Main Street, across from a park close to the railroad tracks. The easiest thing would be to call her, but you want the card to be a surprise. If you have another friend in the same city, you can call them and ask them to look up her name in a local phone book, which usually lists the address (but not the Zip code). If that's not possible, try using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
Look it up yourself
The easiest way to do this is to install WhitePages Mobile (free, app2.me/3197), which lists 200 million U.S. adults and businesses. You can use this app to search by the person's name or do a reverse phone number search.
Use the Maps app to find the address
You can actually use the built-in Maps app to find an address or narrow your search. Here's how you do it using the Fairfield example:
- Open Maps. If you are not in the street Map view, tap on the icon in the lower right corner and select "Map" from the four options towards the bottom of the screen (Fig. 1).
- Type "Main Street Fairfield, Iowa" in the search field at the top of the screen, and tap on the search button. This displays a map of Fairfield with a pushpin at the beginning of Main Street (see Fig. 2) Map view displays parks as light green areas. In this example, there are 4 such green areas.
- Railroad tracks are indicated by a gray line. Note that the park at the top of the map in Fig. 2 has a gray line above it. Zoom in on that area of the map to confirm that the gray line is indeed the railroad tracks.
- The zoomed in view does not actually show houses, but you can switch to Satellite or Hybrid views to locate a specific house.
- When you see the house, press down on it until the pushpin icon appears (Fig. 3). The address closest to the pushpin will appear above it. (Note that in some cases, Maps will list a range of possible addresses.)
You might need to refine this if you are searching for an address in a large city. For example, searching on "Broadway, New Your City" will probably not help much. (Broadway is a very long street.) In such cases, it's better to search for the closest cross street and home in from there.