Share ETA When You Get Walking or Cycling Directions in Apple Maps

When you plan to walk or bike using Apple Maps, you can share your ETA with others via this new feature.

In iOS 14.5, you can now send your estimated time of arrival (ETA) to your contacts when you plan your walking or cycling or route in Apple Maps. Whether you want to let your friends know when to expect you, or you just want to make sure someone knows where you’ll be, this new feature helps you coordinate with others.

Related: How to Share Google Maps Directions & Apple Maps Directions on Your iPhone

  1. Open Apple Maps.

    Apple Maps
  2. Search the location you’d like to walk or cycle to.

    Select destination
  3. Tap Directions.

    Tap Directions
  4. Tap the walking icon or the cycling icon. To learn more about other ways you can navigate using Apple Maps, sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter.

    Select walking or cycling
  5. Select the route you’d like to take.

    Tap Go
  6. Tap Share ETA.

    Tap Share ETA
  7. Select the contacts you’d like to share your ETA with. If they are iPhone users, they’ll receive a notification that includes your ETA. If they’re not iPhone users, they’ll get a text message saying where you’re headed and when to expect your arrival.

    Choose contacts to share with

One thing to keep in mind is that if you share your ETA with a fellow iPhone user who has uninstalled Apple Maps, they will not receive this notification, so it’s good to check in with them independently to make sure they received your ETA.

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.