Orient the Map on the iPhone/iPad

Years ago in college, I took an Army ROTC class on Map Reading and Land Navigation and the Major teaching the course said something that always stuck with me: ALWAYS orient the map in the direction you’re heading!

With the introduction of the iPhone 3GS and its built-in compass, you can now orient the map in the direction you’re heading. How? Easy and this trick works with all iPhones starting with the iPhone 3GS such as the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4s and any iPads with an activated 3G or 4G cellular connection.

First: Bring up the Maps application by pressing the Maps icon shown here:


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Second: Find your position on a map. To do so, press on the arrowhead in the lower left-hand corner (as indicated by the red arrow). The blue dot indicates your relative position on the map. Usually the map scrolls upwards which is not the direction you’re heading.

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Third: The map app will begin locating your position with additional precision. You may see a blue circle around the blue dot. The map, however, is still not oriented in the direction your heading though. Usually the map scrolls upwards which is not the direction you’re heading.


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Fourth: Orient the map in the direction you’re heading. To do so, press on the arrowhead in the lower left-hand corner (as indicated by the red arrow) again. You’ll notice the map will rotate and begin scrolling downward and you will see a whitish cone appear on top of the blue dot indicating your position and the direction you’re heading.


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NOTE: You may see the following screen which indicates that the compass is experiencing some interference. You may also notice that the whitish cone on top of the blue dot on the map is not directly on top of it but skewed to the left or right. Just follow the instructions on the following screen.

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