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If you own an iPhone, you are probably already familiar with the built-in Maps app. Apple has made searching for locations even easier by bringing the Maps app to Mac. With it, you can search for locations, get directions, see traffic conditions, and more. Here's how to start using Maps on the Mac.

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How to search for a location in Maps on the Mac

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The most important, and standard, feature that any good mapping service requires is the ability to locate a place. With Maps, you can search for specific addresses, cities, street names, business, and more.

  1. Launch the Maps app from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click on the Search bar.
  3. Enter your query into the Search bar. Try businesses, street addresses, cities, and more.

The location you searched for will appear on the map with a red pin designating the location

How to reset your current location in Maps on the Mac

If you are searching all over the world but want to quickly get back to your current location, you can jump back using the current location finder.

  • Click the arrow button next to the Search bar.

The map will jump back to your current location, which will be designated with a blue dot.

How to search for an address from one of your contacts in Maps on the Mac

You can search for more than just general locations. On the Mac, you can type in the name of a person or business in your Contacts app, if you have the address saved, to find the location on the Map.

  1. Launch the Maps app from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click on the Search bar.
  3. Enter the name of a person or business in your Contacts into the Search bar.

The contact will appear at the bottom of the search suggestion list under Contacts.

How to switch to transit or satellite view in Maps on the Mac

You can see all available transit routes in most major cities around the world. Apple is still updating this feature, so it might not be available in the location you are looking up just yet. You can also switch to satellite view to see a more detailed version of an area.

  1. Launch the Maps app from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Search for a location.
  3. Click Transit in the upper right corner of the Maps window to view train, bus, and other public transportation routes.
    • Transit routes will be designated with different colored lines running through the cities.
  4. Click Satellite in the upper right corner of the Maps window to view a satellite image of the location.

How to get driving, walking, or transit directions in Maps on the Mac

Once you've found the location you are looking for, you can get directions from your current location, or from any other location.

  1. Launch the Maps app from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click Directions in the upper left corner of the Maps window.

  3. Enter a Starting location or select My Location.
  4. Enter an Ending location.
  5. Click Drive to get driving directions.

  6. Click Walk to get walking directions.
  7. Click Transit to get transit directions.

The step-by-step directions will appear on the left side of the Maps window.

How to show traffic in Maps on the Mac

If you are worried about how long it is going to take to get to your destination, you can check current traffic conditions to help give you an estimate of when you should leave.

  1. Launch the Maps app from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click on the Map tab in the upper right corner of the Maps window.

  3. Click Show in the bottom left corner of the Maps window.
  4. Click Show Traffic.
  5. Click on a traffic icon to see what might be causing the slowdown.

How to show the 3D map in Maps on the Mac

You can get a more robust view of an area by using the 3D tool in the Maps app. It simulates building structures to help you get a better idea of what an area looks like. When you enable the 3D map, make sure you zoom in close to really see what it can do.

  1. Launch the Maps app from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click Show in the bottom left corner of the Maps window.
  3. Click Show 3D Map.

  4. Click and drag the 3D icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to increase or decrease the level at which you are viewing 3D buildings.
  5. Click and drag the compass in the bottom right corner of the screen in a circular motion to rotate your view.


How to use Flyover

Some destination spots around the globe have been given special attention by the Maps development team at Apple. Flyover is a feature that takes you on a visual adventure across a city. You will fly around, looking at iconic spots, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Buckingham Palace in London.

  1. Launch the Maps app from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Search for a Flyover city. You can see a list of cities supporting Flyover here.

  3. Click on Start next to the 3D Flyover Tour tab at the bottom center of the screen.
  4. Click on End when you want to stop the tour.

How to send map locations or directions to your iPhone in Maps on the Mac

If you've figured out where you want to go and have directions ready, you can send them to your iPhone so they are waiting for you when you are ready to leave. All you have to do is open Maps on the iPhone when you head out.

  1. Launch the Maps app on your Mac.
  2. Click Directions in the upper left corner of the Maps window.

  3. Enter a Starting location or select My Location.
  4. Enter an Ending location.

  5. Launch the Maps app on your iPhone.
  6. Click on the Share button in the Maps app on your Mac.
  7. Select your device.

  8. Tap Show when you see the directions pop up in the Maps app on your iPhone.

If you are signed into iCloud and sync the Maps app, your searches will automatically sync between your iPhone and Mac. This feature is useful if you want directions starting from somewhere other than your current location.

How to share map locations or directions with others in Maps on the Mac

If you want to send directions to someone else, save a location to one of your notes apps, or show friends and family where you are staying on your vacation on your social feeds, you can share locations and directions from the Maps app.

  1. Launch the Maps app.
  2. Search for a location or get directions.

  3. Click on the Share button.
  4. Select the app with which you want to share the Maps info.

Anything questions?

Do you have any questions about how to get started using the built-in Maps app on the Mac? Let us know in the comments and we'll help you out.

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The rainbow-colored circle is a painful sight to see for Mac users. If you’re lucky it disappears in a few seconds, but more often it remains for minutes, leaving you helplessly locked out of the app or your whole Mac. Since it’s not always clear how to deal with with the wheeling cursor or what caused it in the first place, let’s break it all down. In this article we’ll take a look at what is the spinning beach ball, why and when it shows up, and what you can do about it.

What is a spinning color wheel?

Initially, it’s a system indicator. It’s official name is the Spinning Wait Cursor, not so official — the Spinning Beach Ball of Death or SBBOD. The ball signifies that your Mac cannot handle all the tasks given to it at this moment.

Every app on your Mac has a so-called window server. When an app receives more events than it can process, the window server automatically shows you the spinning ball. It usually takes about 4 seconds for the app to decide that it’s non-responsive.

Why does the Mac spinning wheel of death appear?

Well, the reasons are countless. First, it can be a stand-alone issue with a certain app. Second, it could be faulty hardware or insufficient RAM. We’ll go over each possible issue and see how it can be fixed, depending on the cause. Sometimes, the only way out it getting a new Mac, but most of the cases can be fixed with the right software or system commands.

How to stop the spinning ball on Mac?

In case you just need unlock one frozen application, that’s a job for Force Quit.

To fix an application stuck with a spinning cursor right now:

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner.
  2. Choose Force Quit (or press cmd+alt+esc).
  3. Select the app that won’t respond.
  4. Click Force Quit.

Simply shutting down the process is a brutal way of problem solving and it doesn’t address the issue that caused the freezing. It could have been an accidental glitch in the program, but if it keeps freezing or spreads further to other software and services, you need to look deeper.

What if the application keeps freezing when you open it again?

Reset or reinstall the freezing application. Macs don’t have a proper uninstaller and moving applications to the Trash bin leaves plenty of app leftovers. Some of them could be the reason why the spinning wheel showed up, so if you leave them the issue will stay.

How to reset a Mac app to its default settings or uninstall it

There are two ways to reset apps: one would be to use application’s own preferences or settings and look for reset options there. But in case the app won’t let you do that (because it keeps freezing), you can turn to third-party solutions, like CleanMyMac X for instance. It’s a handy app for Mac maintenance and cleaning with plenty of useful tools, including reset and uninstallation.

  1. Download CleanMyMac X, an app for Mac maintenance.
  2. Open it and click on the Uninstaller.
  3. Select the app you need to reset from the list.
  4. Click on the small arrow next to the application icon
  5. Click Applications Reset.

If the beach ball keeps rolling when you use the app again, reinstall it completely by pressing Uninstall instead or Reset. Remember, simply moving the app to the Trash doesn’t do the trick, since its leftover files remain on your hard drive.

Important: if you have a licence for the paid app, makes sure to save the number somewhere.

What if your whole Mac becomes unresponsive?

Possible issue: Overworked processor

One of the reasons for the wheel to show up could be that your Mac is getting old. You can figure out if that’s the case by checking the CPU usage. To check the CPU usage, turn to Activity monitor. Find it in the Applications/Utilities folder or run a Spotlight search. Or, if you have CleanMyMac X, use it’s Menu in the top bar.

The bottom table shows System load in percentage. If it’s way above 50% and remains there for long, especially without any specific reason like games or heavy rendering programs, this might be the signal your processor is the bottleneck.

Fix: If your processor is overworking regularly, only buying a new Mac will fix the problem entirely. Sorry.

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Possible issue: Low disk space

You don’t even need to have a full startup disk to see the nasty ball. Just a heavily loaded hard drive, with lots of large files can already cause troubles with loading.

Fix: Hard drive cleanup. Thankfully, that’s an easy task. You can get CleanMyMac X and in free up tons of space in a few minutes. With CleanMyMac you don’t need to dig into folders and look for files you don’t need, the app will find and sort them, plus all the system junk your Mac has been accumulating for months.

Possible issue: Insufficient RAM

Another possible hardware issue is insufficient Random Access Memory. To figure out if you need more RAM, open the Activity Monitor again. It’s in the Applications/Utilities folder. In the Memory tab, you can see Memory pressure table with a graph. If the graph is red and your memory is constantly strained under all the running apps, you’ve found the problem.

Fix: You can upgrade RAM by buying and installing more of it. It’s usually enough to have 8 GB for most tasks and applications, apart from heavy video rendering and the likes. Here’s a detailed guide on how to upgrade RAM on Mac.

That’s about it concerning the spinning beach ball and how to deal with it. We hope this guide has been of help and you’ll stop the spinning wheel of death on your Mac once and for all.

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