Using your iPhone to navigate from one errand to the next can be made much easier if you know how to map a route with multiple stops in iOS Maps. In previous versions of iPhone’s built-in mapping software, you could add stops along the way on a route, but iOS 16 expands that capability considerably.
With Apple’s updated iPhone software, Maps now lets you plan multi-stop routes before you even hit the road. Even better, you can plug in up to 15 stops in a single trip, which should come in handy for eliminating multiple to-do’s on a car trip or inserting stops and side quests on your next road trip.
For now, Maps limits its multi-stop feature to driving directions. If you want to plot a route on foot, public transit, bike, or rideshare (all Maps options), you won’t be able to add multiple stops. Still, this is a welcome addition that matches a capability that Google Maps already offers its users.
Here’s how to map a route with multiple stops in iOS 16 Maps.
1. In the Maps search bar, enter a destination and on the next screen, touch the driving directions icon. (It’s the one on the far left of the screen below the location name.)
2. On the Directions screen, Maps will display a route from your current location to the destination you chose. Below that, you’ll see an Add Stop option: tap Add stop if you want to add another destination to your route.
3. You will access a search screen. Enter the new location you want to add as an additional stop.
4. Maps will add that stop to your route. You may tap Add stop to continue adding to your route or Go once you are ready to travel.
Maps will plot your multiple stops in the order you enter them, but if you want to reorder your route, just tap and hold the three horizontal bars next to the stop you want to reposition. Drag that stop up or down depending on where you want it on your route.
And that’s all there is to mapping a route with multiple stops in iOS 16 Maps. Due to the integration between Mac and iPhone, you could even plot a multi-stop route on your laptop or desktop and send the directions to your iPhone; you’ll need to be running iOS 16 and macOS Ventura to take advantage of this feature.
This addition of iOS 16 Maps is just one of many new capabilities coming to iPhone via the iOS 16 software update. Our look at the many features of iOS 16 can guide you through how to use the main capabilities, including the email scheduling and how to unsend an email in iOS 16 Mail. We also show you how to change the way iPhone notifications are displayed.