How to Use Maps on Apple Watch (2022)

Easily navigate with the Maps app on your Apple Watch.

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Using the Maps app on your Apple Watch is surprisingly simple and not that different from navigating on your iPhone. The app interfaces are almost exactly the same on both devices, other than the smaller interface on the watch, which makes getting directions on your Apple Watch incredibly easy.

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Use Apple Maps directly from your Apple Watch.
  • Get directions to a specific location even if your phone isn’t nearby.

How to Use Navigation on Apple Watch

For more tips on your Apple Watch features, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Here, here's how to get directions from your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Maps app.

    Open the Maps app.
  2. Tap the Search field to search for a location, or turn the Digital Crown to scroll down and see your favorite locations and recent searches.

    Tap the Search Bar to search for a location.
  3. Tap to select the location you want to navigate to.

    Tap to select the location you want to navigate to.
  4. Scroll down and select your preferred method of transportation.

    Scroll down and select your preferred method of travel.
  5. Confirm the route you want to take by either tapping the suggested route or scrolling down and selecting one of the alternate options. (If you want to see the turn-by-turn instructions before choosing a route, just tap the three dots in the right corner of that route.)

    Confirm the route you want to take.
  6. Navigation will start. If you want to pause navigation, tap the three dots icon.

    Tap the three dots to pause navigation.
  7. Scroll down with the Digital Crown to either resume or end navigation or call the business you are navigating to.

    Scroll down with the Digital Crown to either resume or end navigation.
  8. To see an overview of your route, tap the map icon.

    Tap the map icon.
  9. Tap the three lines icon to return to turn-by-turn navigation.

    Here you can see a view of the map rather than the turn-by-turn navigation steps.
  10. You can also scroll with the Digital Crown to see each step on its own. Your watch will automatically advance to the next step time when it is time, as well as notify you at each turn with a sound and vibration.

    You can also scroll with the Digital Crown to see each step on its own.
  11. You can tap the red X icon to end navigation at any time.

    You can tap the red X to end navigation at any time.

Now that you know how to use Apple Watch Maps, you can quickly navigate to any location from your wrist! 

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a passionate writer and Apple enthusiast. When he’s not drafting iPhone Life articles, he prefers to spend his free time gaming with friends, watching anime with his wife, or playing with his three cats.