How to use Siri to get directions on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch

It’s easy to use Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch to get directions. Here’s how on your iOS device:

  • Hold down the Home button to activate Siri (or say “Hey, Siri” if your iOS device supports this feature).
  • Tell Siri the place you want directions to. For example. “Where is Barnes & Noble?”
  • Siri will show you the location on a map. If there are multiple locations, you can tap the one you want.
  • The location will be shown to you on a map.
  • Siri will then present you with directions from your current location to your destination.
  • Tap Start and you’re good to go.
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Here’s how on the Apple Watch:

  • Open the Maps app by pressing the Digital Crown to access the home screen, and then tapping on the Maps icon. 
  • To search for a new location, tap Search (to look for a specific named location) or Nearby (to browse categories of nearby locations, such as Food and Shopping) from the main menu. Or you can jump to a search directly from the My Location map screen: press firmly and select Search or Nearby from the menu.
  • Once you've selected a target location, select whether you require walking, driving or public transport directions, then tap Start.

The Apple Watch will display the instructions turn by turn, vibrating on your wrist when a turn is approaching.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)