The use of Apple Maps on the Apple Watch was a huge part of the Apple Watch announcement, enabling users to concentrate more on what’s happening around them opposed to having to stare at a phone screen to get directions. It also taps you on the wrist when you’ve got a turn coming up, so you never miss a direction. Here, we talk you through all the features that the Maps app boasts as well as how to use it.

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How to use Maps on Apple Watch

The ability to use Apple Maps on your Apple Watch is a key selling point of the smartwatch. You can open the Maps app by pressing the Digital Crown to access the home screen, and then tapping on the Maps icon. You can also open the Maps app by tapping on an address in a text or email, or by accessing Glances by swiping up from the watch face screen.

By default, your current location is displayed when you open the Maps app. You can zoom in and out of your location by scrolling with the Digital Crown, or pan around the area using your finger as you normally would in the Maps app for iPhone.

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To find a new location, you have to ‘force touch’ the display by pressing firmly. Force touch is one of the innovative features used by the Apple Watch, which is thanks to the built-in technology that’s able to detect pressure as well as touch, offering a new type of interaction.

You can either get directions to a contacts address by selecting the Contacts icon, or you can search for an address manually using the Search icon.

If you choose to search for a location, you’ll be served with a list of recent places that you’ve searched for – both on your Apple Watch and iPhone. If you want to find somewhere new, you can use the dictation tool to search for the location. Maps will then search for the location, contact information, opening times and reviews (if applicable, of course).

You then choose whether you require walking directions or driving directions, then simply click Start. The Apple Watch will then display the relevant instructions turn-by-turn, vibrating on your wrist when a turn is approaching so that you never miss anything.

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For those of you that aren’t a fan of using dictation to search for a location on your Apple Watch, there is an alternative available. If you search for a location and get directions using your iPhone, the directions will automatically appear on your Apple Watch.

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How to stop directions in Maps on the Apple Watch

One of the most important steps to take, if you don't want your Apple Watch battery to run out, is to stop the directions once you are no longer following them.

To do so press down on the map until you see the words Stop Directions and tap on the X. For more battery saving tips for the Apple Watch read: How to make Apple Watch battery last longer.

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