How to Take an Apple Maps Flyover Tour

Get a birds-eye preview of major cities with Apple Maps' flyover feature.

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Starting with iOS 11, Apple users have had the ability to view Flyover 3D modeling of large cities around the world in Apple Maps. We’ll go over all the details of how to use the AR Flyover feature in Apple Maps below.

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How to Use Apple Maps Flyover Feature

Flyover is an AR (augmented reality) feature, you can move your phone around to view the city in various ways. For example, if I position my phone parallel to the floor, I can see a complete bird’s-eye view of cities such as New York, Florence, or Barcelona. To learn about more ways to use Apple Maps, sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Maps app.
  2. Type in the name of a city, such as Barcelona. If the city you search for has the Flyover feature option, you’ll see Flyover on the screen.
  3. Tap on it.

    Maps flyover 1
  4. Now you’re in AR Flyover mode! Swipe in any direction or move your phone around to see the city, just like you would if you were actually there.
  5. Zoom in and out as usual, by pinching two fingers open and closed.

    Maps flyover 2
  6. You can position your phone parallel with the floor for a bird’s-eye view.
  7. If you want to see an overview of the city, tap the screen and select Start City Tour at the bottom (when available).

    Maps flyover 3

We expect Apple to continue adding more cities to the Flyover feature moving forward. You can also click to view the complete list of cities set up for the Flyover feature. 

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