How to Get Directions from the Apple Calendar App on Your iPhone & iPad

Here's a time saving and convenient iPhone feature; the Maps app can give you directions straight from the Calendar app! Just enter a destination into Calendar events you create, then get turn-by-turn navigation with the tap of a finger.

The Apple Calendar app has long been a great free calendar app for iPhone and iPad users. One of the most convenient and useful aspects of the Calendar app is the ability to get a map, driving directions from your current location, and an estimated travel time to your appointment's locations without ever leaving your Calendar. Let's go over how to use the Calendar app as another iPad and iPhone navigation app; we'll learn how to get directions from your iPhone Calendar app now.

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How to Get Directions to an Event Directly from the iPad & iPhone Calendar App 

We've already written about how to add a stop to the turn-by-turn directions in the Apple Maps app. We've also taught you how to change your home address in Maps on your iPhone. For more great tips about using your iPhone as a navigation tool, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's go over how to get directions to Calendar events straight from the Calendar app. Accessing directions from the Calendar app begins with adding the event's location when you add an event to your Calendar

  1. Open the Calendar app or Calendar widget.
  2. Tap the plus sign at the upper-right corner of your display.

     iphone calendar widgettap the plus sign to create a calendar event
  3. Add an event to your Calendar as usual by giving it a name, date, and time, but also be sure to add a location.
  4. Type the address into the Location field provided. Your phone may offer a list of possible destinations once you start typing, and you can tap the correct one to add it to your event. 

    enter the address into the location fieldtap the address suggested by your iphone to enter your destination
  5. When you've finished entering all the necessary data, tap Add.
  6. Now, when you look at your Calendar entry, you'll see the address below the name of the event; tap the address to get directions.

    tap add to finish creating your calendar eventtap the address in your event for directions
  7. You'll see be taken to the Maps app, tap Go next to your chosen route to navigate to your appointment or event.

    tap go to see the directions to your calendar event

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.