How To Print Directions From The Maps App In iOS 5 [Tips]

How To Print Directions From The Maps App In iOS 5 [Tips]How To Print Directions From The Maps App In iOS 5 [Tips]

Having the Maps app on the iPhone is a lifesaver for me. Not only does it help me navigate my way around places I don’t know, but it’ll also tell me how to get there when I leave the house.

However, trying to read directions from an iPhone while driving isn’t ideal, and it’s certainly not safe. Fortunately, iOS 5 allows you to print your directions from directly within the Maps app as long as you have a printer compatible with AirPrint. Here’s how!

To do this, open up the built-in Maps app and begin by tapping the ‘Directions’ button at the bottom. By default, your directions will automatically start from your current location, and the app will assume you’re driving a car. But you can change these if necessary.

How To Print Directions From The Maps App In iOS 5 [Tips]

Once you’ve told the app where you want to go, simply hit the ‘Route’ button in the top right-hand corner. The app will then calculate your route and present you with your directions.

How To Print Directions From The Maps App In iOS 5 [Tips]

Now tap the options button in the bottom right-hand corner. Your map will curl up and you’ll find there’s a ‘Print’ button underneath — tap this!

How To Print Directions From The Maps App In iOS 5 [Tips]

Now you can select your printer. It must be compatible with AirPrint or your iPhone will not find it. However, you can use an application such as Printopia on your Mac to connect to standard printers.

How To Print Directions From The Maps App In iOS 5 [Tips]

Once you’ve selected your printer and the number of copies you’d like to print, simply hit the print button and your directions will be on their way.

  • jeanlouisnguyen

    Free turn-by-turn navigation is a feature I really miss on iOS. It even works for transit (realtime stop-by-stop) and walking navigation (satellite view). I can’t remember the last time I actually printed directions on a piece of paper.

  • MacHead84

    Does it just print out a screen shot of the directions?

  • nthnm

    Realized my printer has AirPlay compatibility because of this article. Don’t think I’ll ever use it – which is why I hadn’t checked until now.

  • Zeteboy

    All printers are now compatible if you install AirPrintActivator.   Heck, even my old HP LaserJet 6 shows up and works. 

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  • Roger Ramshit

    There are turn-by-turn navigation applications. Whereis App is a free one and TomTom and others provide paid Apps so no need to rely on Maps for navigation.

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    ios4 or 5? on your mac or windows? mine on ios5 and windows does work at all. previously on ios4.3 worked likes a charm.
    thanks!

  • Colin Fox

    IOS 5 onmy Mac

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