How to Create a Guide in Apple Maps in iOS 14

Apple Maps allows users to create collections, called Guides, of locations to save for later. This comes in handy when you're making vacation plans, saving favorite restaurants, or earmarking other significant locations.

If you're planning a big trip or a busy weekend, you can use the Apple Maps Guide feature to create a list of the places you'd like to go, sort of like having a personal handheld travel guide. You can also save other important locations like nearby stores or restaurants, the airport, hotels, and any other known locations. Personally, I used mine to plan my walking routes when I was exploring downtown Anchorage, and it made it much easier to navigate, including finding a good spot for lunch on my way back from the walking trails and sightseeing landmarks. In certain locations, Apple Maps Guides can also suggest Guides for you, if that sounds like an adventure you'd like to take! You can even share Guides, in case you want to show a friend your itinerary or let your loved ones know where you plan to be. We'll show you how to create your own Guide in Apple Maps, step by step.

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Related: How to Save & Share a Location from Apple Maps on iPhone & iPad

How to Create a Guide in Apple Maps

We've gone over how to name, edit, and change home and work addresses in the Maps app, how to share your ETA with a contact in Apple maps, and how to save and share a location from Apple Maps. For more great iPhone tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day.

    1. Open the Maps app.
    2. At the top of the menu panel you'll see a small gray bar. Slide the bar up.

      Open the Maps appSwipe up on the small gray bar to view your Guides
    3. Tap New Guide.
    4. Enter a title for your Guide and tap Create.

      Tap New GuideEnter the name of your new guide and tap Create
    5. Select your Guide to begin adding locations to it.
    6. Tap Add a Place.

      Tap on your newly created guideTap Add a Place
    7. Enter your desired location into the search bar.
    8. Tap the blue plus sign next to the location you want to save.
    9. Tap Done.

      Tap the plus sign next to the location you want to add to your GuideTap Done in the top-right corner
    10. To add more locations or to edit your Guide, swipe up again on the gray bar at the top of the menu.
    11. Tap the blue plus sign in the bottom-right corner to add a location.

      Swipe up on the gray barTap the plus sign at the bottom-right corner to add another location
    12. Alternatively, you can tap the share icon to share your list, or tap Edit to make changes.

      Tap the share icon at the bottom center to share your GuideTap Edit at the bottom-left corner to make changes to your Guide
    13. You can also swipe left on a specific location to share or delete that location.

      Swipe left on a location to share or delete that specific location

    Now you can open your Guide and get directions to any of the locations at any time with Apple Maps.

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    Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

    Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.