iOS is a great mobile OS but I rely more on Android. Right now, I have come to know about a trick on printing map directions using iOS Map app that I would be sharing here. The Map app on iOS is perfect for people who want to find out the alternate ways to reach the destination. The iOS map appears at your device proper directions of routs. This ease you to locate an unknown place and reach to your desired point without any trouble.
Printing is a great idea here if you take same route daily, printing will give instant access to map and save battery and data uses. Also, you can send the printed papers as a reference to some friends to find him the latest trick router to reach the place. Install Airprint or Printopia at your iOS to get connected with a printer.
How to print the directions from iOS map app
- iOS map apps was recently updated, get the update if you are still waiting. Now when you open the map and search the route, you will find a small paper curl button on the right bottom of the map app. Just Tap it.
- Once you tap, the map will curl and you will get options to “Drop Pin”, “Print” and “Show Traffic”. Tap on the Print button. Now, if you have Airprint on your iPhone, you will need to select the printer. Also you can connect through other printer types through your Mac using apps like Printopia.
- Once you have selected the printer and number of copies, it will print the map with directions, and step to step visual guide with all the directions.
How to save the direction from the iOS map:
Again, you can save the map with direction for offline usage. This is very helpful while you are in some place without any connectivity due to remote area or some technical issue with your device.
For this, you will need a JailBroken iPhone. There is a Cydia app named OfflineMaps that can be used to cache and store maps on iOS. You will be able to browse the area change points on the route, keep directions and points cached, and store them with custom name for better management using the OffilineMaps Cydia Tweak. There are also other ways to save maps offline, Nokia map app for iOS provides a simple and great way to save map and directions on iOS.
Download Nokia maps for iOS by visiting http://m.maps.nokia.com/ using your iOS browser. You will be prompted to download the application and install it. Now, search the map you are looking for and open that. Once you are on router directions, tap the arrow button beside the search bar and you will get the option to save the map offline.
The barrier here is that you can zoom to certain level on an offline map. With Nokia maps you get much more that route directions. It also facilitates you with guides and information about the area, along with Point of Interest (e.g shops, food and entertainment corners).
Nokia maps on experience on iOS 5 running on iPad is even more delighting due to the HTML 5 supported browser and Nokia is improving their maps thus competing with iOS maps and Google maps.