How to Use the GPS on an IPhone 3G

by Catherine Johnson

One of the most anticipated features on the iPhone 3G was the inclusion of GPS technology. Apple's incorporation of GPS (Global Positioning System) onto its portable mobile phone enables users to receive directions and navigate anywhere they are in the world. Whether you are in your car or walking around a foreign city, the iPhone 3G makes it very easy to figure out where you are and how to get to your destination.

1

Tap "Settings" and go to "General." Make sure that "Location Services" is turned on.

2

Go back to the "Home" screen and tap "Maps." Tap the scope icon on the bottom left corner of the screen. Click "OK" when the iPhone asks if Maps can use your current location. The iPhone GPS will now locate where you are.

3

Tap the "Directions" tab on the bottom of the screen. Enter the address of where you want to go in the "End" field. Tap "Route."

4

At the top of the screen, select your mode of transportation: Car, Bus, or Walking. You should see a green pushpin marking your current location on the map. The red pushpin is your destination. The message at the top should indicate how many miles away your destination is and the approximate amount of time it will take to get there.

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Tap the "Start" button on the upper left corner of the screen. Maps will give you step-by-step instructions on where to head next. The iPhone GPS will continue to track your location as you move.

Tip

  • check Besides Maps, there are many other applications now available in the iTunes app store that utilize the GPS on the iPhone. UrbanSpoon, Where and HearPlanet are three popular applications.

About the Author

Catherine Johnson is a freelance writer and designer. Her writings on computer software, electronics, cooking, digital photography, home office productivity, organization, and online technologies have been published by Demand Studios, eHow, Bright Hub, and Associated Content. She has also produced award-winning graphic design, digital images, and websites since 2003.