How to Avoid Traffic in Apple Maps

Enabling the Traffic setting allows you to view upcoming traffic jams, with heavy traffic marked red and slower traffic marked yellow on your route. This way, when you enter a destination, you can view slow or stopped traffic and select an alternate route. 

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How to Enable Apple Maps Traffic Setting

With the Apple Maps show traffic toggle enabled, slow traffic will be marked in yellow, while stopped traffic will be marked in red. Whenever possible, Apple Maps will now also suggest alternate routes to help you steer clear of the traffic delays. To learn more handy tips about Apple Maps features, consider signing up for our free Tip of the Day. For now, here's how to turn on this iOS Maps setting.

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  1. Open Apple Maps.

  2. Tap the Info icon

  3. Tap the Traffic toggle to view traffic on the map. The toggle is green when enabled.

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. A longtime Apple enthusiast with a Bachelor's in English and Computer Science and three years of experience writing about tech, Ashleigh has written and tested hundreds of articles about devices and features within Apple's ecosystem. She specializes in iPhone, iPad, AirPods, and Mac content and has authored a 60-page in-depth guide about the Apple Maps app. Based in North Carolina, Ashleigh is often crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories and hiking when she's not working.