Maps, Apple’s mapping application that was introduced with OS X Mavericks is a popular and easy way to navigate almost anywhere in the world.
Many features available in versions Maps app for iPhone and iPad available to Mac users, including the ability to add your favorite locations.
The information in this article applies to Maps on the following operating systems: macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS High Sierra (10.13), macOS Sierra (10.12), OS X El Capitan (10.11), OS X Yosemite (10.10) ) and OS X Mavericks (10.9).
Using your favorites in Maps
The Favorites feature allows you to save a location anywhere in the world and quickly return to it. Defining favorites in Maps is similar to using bookmarks in Safari . You can save frequently used locations to your favorites list in Maps to quickly open a saved site. However, the Favorites feature in Maps offers more options than Safari bookmarks. Favorites gives you quick access to information, reviews, and photos of the places you save.
How to access the Favorites map
To obtain access to your favorite sites, click on magnifying glass icon in the search bar . (In older maps, click the Bookmarks» on the Maps toolbar.) Then click » Favorites» or favorites icon (heart) in the drop-down bar.
The left pane of the Favorites screen contains the Favorites, Recents, All Contacts, and Contacts categories from the Contacts app. Maps provide quick access to all your contacts provided that you may want to target the contact’s location if the entry contains an address.
- Category » Favorites » contains your saved places. These can be restaurants, businesses, friends’ homes, places of interest, or places you’ve pinned in the Maps app. The Favorites feature starts with an empty list, but you can add your favorite places in several ways.
- Recent The category contains a list of recently visited places in Maps. Every time you type an address in the search bar, use a favorite, or a contact address to go to a location in Maps, that location is added to the Recent list. The latter also includes any pinned locations, even if there is no name to pin.
- Category » Contacts » contains all your groups contacts . You can click on any group to find a specific contact. You can also use the search bar on the Favorites page to find a specific contact. Contacts that contain an address in use appear in bold, and contacts that do not have address information appear in gray. Tap the address field in a contact to navigate to that location in Maps.
Adding Favorites to Maps
When you first start using Maps, the favorites list is empty and you can fill it in with places of interest. However, you may notice that the Favorites list does not have a method to add a new favorite. Favorites are added from the map using one of several methods.
Add Favorites Using the Search Bar
Use the search bar at the top of the Maps app to enter your favorite location.
Enter a location or place name in the Maps search bar. If more than one location has the same name, select what you’re looking for in the left pane. Maps will take you to that location and reset the pin icon and address on the map.
Press address banner next to a pin to open the information window. Depending on the location, it may contain a lot of information or simply indicate the address and distance from you.
With the information window open, click the » Favorites» (heart) at the top of the screen to add the location to Favorites.
Add favorites by manually removing pins
If you’re wandering around the map and come across a location you want to return to later, you can reset the pin and then add that location to your favorites.
To perform this type of addition, scroll the map until you find the location of interest. Then:
Place the cursor on the position you want to remember. Then right click and select Drop Pin from the popup menu.
The address shown on the pin banner is the best guess for the location. Sometimes you may see a range of addresses, such as 201-299 Main St. In other cases, Maps displays the exact address. If you add a pin to a remote area, Maps may only show the regional name, such as Wamsutter, WY. The address information displayed in the output depends on the amount of data that Maps contains about that place.
After dropping the pin, click on pin Banner, to open the information window.
If you want to save the location, click the icon Heart» in the info window to add the location to Favorites.