Quickly Zoom In & Out of Maps with a Tap
Surely everyone with an iOS device knows that Maps can be zoomed out by using a two-finger pinch gesture, and zoomed in by using a two-finger spread gesture, and repeating either gesture will continue to zoom the screen in or out as desired.
While the gestures are pretty quick, you can zoom in or out much faster by just using screen taps:
- Zoom out by using a two-finger single tap on the active Maps screen
- Zoom in by using a one finger double tap on the active map
The result of the taps are an immediate jump to a lower or higher zoom level, similar to what you’d experience on a desktop when clicking on the zoom in/out button in Google Maps on the web. Because of how Apple Maps handles location detail by zoom levels, don’t be surprised if you end up using these taps constantly, and remember that the detail level can be improved quite a bit by making a simple change to the Maps font size.
It’s worth mentioning that these one-finger and two-finger taps for zooming in and out are pretty much universal across apps in iOS, and you’ll get just as much use out of them in Mail, Safari, and your other favorite iPad and iPhone apps as you do in the Maps app.