How to Switch to Satellite View in Apple Maps on the iPhone

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Here's a fun thing to try with Apple Maps on your iPhone; did you know you can change your Maps settings from Map to Satellite and see all the real-life detail of the area you're viewing? This setting is Apple's version of the popular Google Street View. Let's get started learning how to change Apple Maps' settings to Satellite now. 

Related: How to Name, Edit & Change Home, Work & Favorite Addresses in Maps on iPhone

To change your Maps setting to Satellite:

  1. Open the Maps app.
  2. Tap on the information icon (the lowercase i) at the upper right of your display.

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  3. Tap Satellite.
  4. Tap the x to exit Maps Settings and return to full screen.

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  5. Now, instead of an animated map, you'll see one created from satellite photography.
  6. To zoom out, bring two fingers together in a pinching gesture on your screen. To zoom in, reverse the gesture and move your fingers outwards from the point you'd like to enlarge.
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a 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.