Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS How to Use Apple Maps on Apple TV Explore the world on your TV screen by Jonny Evans Writer Johnny Evans is a former Lifewire writer who specializes in iPhones, iOS, and Apple TV and blogs daily about it at other publications. our editorial process Jonny Evans Updated on June 04, 2020 iPhone & iOS Switching from Android Tweet Share Email You can access and explore Apple Maps with an Apple TV. One way to do this is with the TV Maps app from Arno Appenzeller. The app is one of the first mapping apps to appear for Apple TV. It lets you share routes and mapping information using a companion iPhone app on your smartphone. What Is TV Maps? TV Maps is a full-featured map client that includes standard road maps, 3D Maps, and Apple’s Flyover feature (where available). The app lets you skip across the planet in standard, satellite, and hybrid view. There’s also a Flyover Demo mode that lets you watch maps of some cities as screensavers. You can also share routes, maps, and locations using the companion TV Maps app that’s available for iOS devices. It comes into its own for groups of people trying to plan a trip, or for people who may be about to visit somewhere completely new. It is much easier for any family to work together using a map on the big TV screen than using a computer or iPhone. Controls TV Maps is built to work with your Siri Remote Control on Apple TV 4. It will also work with any compatible remote control, including the Remote app on your iPad or iPhone. This brings all the benefits of touch sensitivity, but some of its controls aren’t immediately obvious. To access mapping pins, or to zoom in and out of the map or moving your view you must tap the Play/Pause button. You can also access the following features using the touch surface on your remote: Search.Change point of view.Create a route.Access Flyover, drop a pin and navigate standard, satellite, and hybrid views by selecting the gear icon that appears. The app always launches in street view, and you can slide up and down along the edge of the Siri Remote to zoom in and out of what’s taking place on the screen. Once you master the controls you’ll be able to explore maps just like you would with iOS on an iPhone or macOS on a Mac. If you press and hold the touch surface, select the Gear icon, and then choose Flyover demo the app will take you to one of Apple's flyover maps, before cycling through to another destination. How to Create and Share Directions Here's how to create and share directions with Apple Maps on Apple TV. Press and hold the touch surface on the Siri Remote. Press the leftmost button on the menu that appears at the top of the TV screen. You will be asked to set both start and end points for your trip. Make your selection, then press Go. Following a short delay the system will determine your route, including the journey distance and duration. It will also offer two additional icons you can use: a phone icon that lets you share with your iOS device, and a Show directions button that will allow you to review the path on your TV screen. You can also dictate locations in the Entry fields using your Siri remote, which works well when you speak slowly and clearly. If there is a drawback it is that, rather than offering directions in list form, it provides them as a sequence of boxes at the top of the Apple TV screen. It would be nice to fully exploit the available on-screen space and explore the entire route in one or more views. Does It Work? Depending on the speed of your Internet connection you may experience some lag at times. This is because TV Maps uses Apple’s MapKit for mapping, rendering, and creating directions. You may also experience some delay loading map segments and some stutter when exploring places in flyover mode, though in part this likely reflects the higher resolution images the app is grabbing from MapKit and Apple’s iPhone and iPad-focused servers. Conclusion One of the great things about Apple’s platforms is the developer community. TV Maps is a really excellent example of how developers are empowered to create solutions people need using the tools Apple provides. The biggest irritation with this app is the delay you encounter when loading some images. On the whole, however, this seems to be a great solution if you want to view maps on your TV.