If you regularly need directions to get to a particular address from your current location, such as from work or the grocery store to your home, it’s easy to create a quick shortcut that will always give you directions to a preset. location in Apple Maps. Here’s how.
But first know that Siri can already take you home
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But if you haven’t defined “home” or if you want regular directions to another custom destination no matter where you are, you can set up the shortcut below.
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How to create a shortcut to a “Home” directions
To perform this magic trick, we need the Shortcuts app, which is built into your iPhone by default. If you cannot find shortcuts, navigate to the home screen and swipe down with one finger to the center of the screen. Type “shortcuts” in the search bar, then tap the “Shortcuts” app icon that appears.
In the Shortcuts app, tap “My Shortcuts” at the bottom of the screen, then tap the Plus (+) button to add a new shortcut.
When you see the New Shortcut page, tap the ellipsis button (three dots) next to the name. On the screen that appears, set the name of the shortcut to whatever you want. For our example we used ‘Go home’. When you’ve set the name, tap Done.
Now you are back to the main screen with shortcuts. Tap ‘Add action’.
In the window that appears, find ‘Maps’ and tap ‘Show directions’.
Then the action “Show directions” will be added to your shortcut. Then tap “Destination” in the action bubble to set the destination address.
Tip: By editing this action, you can also change the directions from ‘Driving’ to another mode of transport, such as ‘Walking’ or ‘Bus’. You can also tap “Maps” to change the navigation app to another one on your iPhone, such as Google Maps.
After tapping “Destination”, you will see a new popup window where you can set the destination address. Enter your home address (or wherever you want to go) and tap it in the search results list.
And that’s all you need to do to set up the shortcut. Very short and simple. To add an icon to your home screen that will launch the shortcut, tap the ellipsis button next to the name “Go Home”.
In the panel that appears, tap ‘Add to home screen’.
Configure the icon if necessary, then tap ‘Add’. Then return to your home screen and find the “Go Home” shortcut icon. Tap it.
The shortcut will run and you will see directions from your current location to the address you set in the shortcut.
Very handy. You can also start the shortcut with your voice: activate Siri and say “Go home”. Use the shortcut as often as you want, wherever you go, and it will always guide you home. Safe travels!
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