iOS and Mac OS X are better than most operation systems for interoperability, but some users have expressed frustration on a perceived inability to share directions from a Mac to an iOS device.
Now, with this easy tip, you can share map directions from one Apple device to another in minutes.
Sharing directions from Mac to iOS often carries the mystique that it's hard to do. But the fact of the matter is that it's actually quite easy, providing you’re in a country where this feature is supported, that you’re running the latest Apple operating systems and that the sharing settings on these devices have been set-up correctly.
[It’s worth noting that some users have reported issues of this feature not working when running iOS 7.0.2. Most of these were alleviated by updating to iOS 7.0.3, and restarting their Mac, although others did so by logging out, and then back in, to iCloud.]
At this point, you’ll need to make sure that the two devices are talking to each other. There are two ways of doing this. First, you can enable Wi-Fi syncing and connect them both the same Wi-Fi network, or alternatively physically connect the pair using a USB cable. (Apple Maps on your Mac can only locate you if you have Wi-Fi turned on).
Having connected your Mac, iPad or iPhone, sending directions from one device to another is surprisingly straightforward. Open the Maps app on your Mac and get the route for the journey using the 'Directions' tab, which is first accessed via the top toolbar. The full directions options are then presented cascading down the right-hand side of the screen.
Users should plot their journey using the start and end boxes, press enter, select their preferred route of the options available and click the "Share" button, which is next to "Directions" at the top toolbar.
This will present a number of options, including top choices for "Send to iPhone" or "Send to iPad" (providing both iOS devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and using the same iCloud account as the Mac), ahead of Messages, Email, AirDrop, Facebook and Twitter, which are slightly less convenient – but still useful - options for those running on older systems.
One word of caution here; there’s no confirmation notification from the Mac, but you should see the alert pop up on the iPhone or iPad within the Notification Center. The alert will appear from the iOS Maps app and the title will be of your journey.
Sliding over the Maps notification will launch the directions directly into the Maps app in iOS. If you want voice-dictated turn-by-turn directions – like you get from Siri – you will need to tap on the "Start" button from the Maps app on iOS.
If you were hoping to send the route to a friend's iPhone this way, the best way to do so is to use Messages. From the Share Sheet pick Message and send the iMessage to your friend.