OS X Mavericks ships with a new desktop version of the Apple Maps app that lets you explore roads and highways in full-screen mode and get directions directly from your computer. That’s great and all, but if you’re stuck at your computer and need to get out of the house, these instructions won’t do much for you. Fortunately, there is an easy way to get these instructions on your iPhone.
The Maps app in OS X Mavericks allows you to instantly send directions or other map information directly to your iOS device, so you can easily walk out the door without having to look for directions a second time; Searching for directions and exploring maps on the desktop is much faster and easier, and once you find what you’re looking for, you can switch it to your iOS device when you leave. Here’s how to do it.
Send Directions from Your Mac to Your iPhone
Open the app on your Mac (you’ll need OS X Mavericks) and click in the top left corner. A right sidebar opens where you enter your start and end locations. If you are leaving your current location, your starting location will most likely be your current location. This should be pre-populated for you, but if not, just type it in the start location text box. Note that WiFi must be turned on on your Mac for the Desktop Maps app to access your location. Most likely you already have WiFi turned on, but the app has annoyed me many times as I am connected to ethernet and turn my WiFi off.
Next, type your ending location and press Enter. The app gives you a few different options to get there as well as directions, but the first option is usually the best because it will be shorter and take less time. If you’re happy with what you see, go to the toolbar in the desktop Maps app and click the button. It will be an icon with a box with an arrow inside.
Once you click it, you’ll see a number of options, including sending the directions in an Email, an iMessage, or sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. But whatever option you want (or whatever the name of your iOS device is). Clicking on this will instantly pull these instructions onto your iPhone and after a few seconds you should get a notification. Tapping this notification will open the Maps app on your iPhone and automatically bring up the directions you’re looking for on your Mac.
Now all you have to do is click Start in the top right corner and the step-by-step directions will start for you. Happy and safe travels!