Getting directions and navigating around a new area can be daunting, but the Apple Watch makes it easier and safer. Learn how to get directions on your Apple Watch.
If you’ve ever been exploring a new city and tried to get directions on your phone, you’ve undoubtedly struggled with keeping your eyes on where you’re going while also trying to stare at your phone to find landmarks and check on your progress with the navigation route. Your Apple Watch can help you get directions to your destination, whether you’re walking, driving, or biking.
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On the Apple Watch, there are two main ways that you can look up an address and use navigation: The easiest way is to ask Siri, and the other option is to use the Maps app’s voice search feature.
To use Siri to navigate to a location on your Apple Watch, perform these steps.
If you wish to have an alternate route or change from walking to driving or biking directions, you should use the Maps app.
Once you are in the navigation interface by selecting a navigation type in the previous section, your Apple Watch will provide you with feedback when driving or walking in order to help get you to your destination. By raising your wrist, you will see the next action for navigating to the destination (Figure C).
When you’re getting close to needing to perform the next step (e.g., left turn, right turn, keep going straight, etc.), the Apple Watch will give you haptic feedback. When needing to turn, the Apple Watch will give off an audible tone if unmuted and a haptic vibration:
When you’re on the last leg of the navigation trip, you’ll need a slight vibration and again when you arrive.
All of this feedback makes it super easy to keep your eyes on the road and/or street when walking or driving instead of being distracted by your directions.
You can choose which alerts you receive on your Apple Watch when navigating to locations. To change these alert settings, follow these steps.