How to Access Indoor Maps on iPhone & iPad

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For certain locations of malls and airports, Apple actually has indoor maps you can view directly from the Maps app. I love this feature because it allows me to figure out where I am without having to find a directory or physical map somewhere inside the location.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Easily access a map of a mall or airport directly from the Maps app on your iPhone.
  • Avoid anxiety about locations within a large space without having access to a directory.

How to View Indoor Maps in the Maps App

I love being able to view indoor maps view the Maps app because I can be quite anxious in large public spaces, so being able to use a map on my iPhone to navigate directly where I need to go is a huge stress relief. If you like tips about using your iPhone, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day

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  1. Open Maps on your iPhone.

    Open Maps on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the search box and type in the name of the airport or mall. 

    Tap the search box and type in the name of the airport or mall. 
  3. When you see the location you want, tap it or swipe up to access the menu options.

    When you see the location you want, tap it or swipe up to access the menu options.
  4. From here, depending on what map you’re looking at, you will see options for various stores and/or locations within the building. Tap one of the options to see it plotted on the map.

    From here, depending on what map you’re looking at, you will see options for various stores and/or locations within the building.
  5. You'll see all the gates, shops, or other type of location you selected. 

    Tap one to see the spots plotted on the map. 
  6. Swipe up for a list of all locations. 

    Swipe up for a list of all locations. 
  7. When you tap a location, it will get larger on the map, making it easier to find.

    When you tap a location, it will get larger on the map, making it easier to find.

And that's how you view indoor maps! Apple is constantly updating its inventory of indoor maps, so hopefully, we'll have access to even more of them in the future.

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.