Send to iPhone Missing in Apple Maps

Send to iPhone Missing in Apple Maps?  You’re not alone.

At the top of the new Apple Maps app, you should see a little arrow allowing you to share directions from Maps straight to your iPhone.  The link (if it’s working) looks like this:

Send Apple Maps to iPhone

Send Apple Maps to iPhone

However, when I first fired up Apple Maps, I didn’t have the option to share with my iPhone.  And how does Maps know what I wanted to send it to in the first place?

The Solution

It turns out that the solution was pretty simple.  All I needed to do was log out of iCloud on my Mac and then log back in.  Once that is complete, your gadgets associated with your iCloud account should show up in the sharing menu of Apple Maps.  To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Open iCloud Settings
  3. Click “Sign Out” (You are going to have to confirm the deletion of each category that you have associated with your iCloud account.  Don’t worry, this info should repopulate when you log back in.)
  4. Sign back in to your iCloud account
  5. Quit Apple Maps
  6. Open Apple Maps
  7. Tweet, Like, and Comment on this post (…ok, technically speaking, this step is optional)

Once that is done, your different Apple devices should show up when you want to share directions from Apple Maps.

If this helped you, please share:

Have any other problems or advice setting this up for your machine?  Leave a comment to help everyone else!

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36 Responses to “Send to iPhone Missing in Apple Maps”

  1. Apollo2x October 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    It worked like butter! Thanks!!

    • Luke October 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Great to hear! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Alan Bailward (@AlanBailward) October 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Nope, didn’t work for me 🙁

    • Luke October 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

      Bummer, have you tried restarting the computer? I think I’ve seen someone else suggest that as a solution.

  3. Bill October 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Worked for me as well/ Thanks

    • Luke October 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Great news. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Neil October 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Worked for me. Thanks a lot!

    • Luke October 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Sweeeet. Thanks for letting everyone know.

  5. nathaniel October 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Worked for me too! Thank you.

    • Luke October 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Nice! Thanks for taking the time to share.

  6. Phillip Rumple (@zackrspv) October 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    That worked without issue, thank you.

  7. kaminionek October 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    worked for me.. wonder if this occurs only when you upgrade from an older OS version? (my case Mountain Lion MBA 2012) if so then maybe a clean install and restore from backup would be the best option to upgrade? everything else works like a charm tho.. I used to do a “clean” install when transitioned from snow leopard to lion on my MBP – because of boot times. anyways.. so far so good. tks mate 😉

    • Luke October 24, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      Good thought. I upgraded from Mountain Lion as well. I would be surprised if people with newly purchased machines with fresh installs of Mavericks have to go through this, but who knows? Maybe someone in that situation will hop on and leave a comment to answer that for us.

  8. sudieb October 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Thanks for the great (and easy) solution!

  9. hans October 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm #


  10. marco October 24, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    thanks!!!! perfect!!!! great!

  11. rixter55 October 24, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Thanks, Luke! Worked like a charm. Offered your advice on another thread elsewhere. Tweeted and FB shared as well. 🙂

    • Luke October 24, 2013 at 9:05 am #

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for the shares…I really appreciate it.

  12. Ted October 24, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Do you need ios7 for this to work? I tried this and my phone is still not showing up on Maps, but I haven’t upgraded to ios7 yet.

    • Ted October 25, 2013 at 7:52 am #

      Just an FYI, I updated my iPhone 5 to ios7 last night, and my phone now appears on the Maps share tab, so apparently you do need to have your phone updated for it to show up.

      • Luke October 25, 2013 at 8:54 am #

        Thanks so much for coming back and giving an update. I did some searching but couldn’t find the answer to your question. Good to know. I’m sure you’re not the only one who was curious about this.

  13. gasaxeman October 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Thank you. Works well.Now if I can trust the map.

  14. Lenny Catalanotto October 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Worked!!! Thanks….

  15. Brian Pex October 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    I always have done fresh installs. Didn’t want to this time! Same issue but it is fixed.. So far so good!!

  16. Bruce October 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    thank you!

  17. The Ultimate Movie Experience October 26, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    Totally worked for me too! Thanks bro!

  18. benkovitch October 26, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    worked for me

  19. Craig Steed October 26, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    worked for me, thank you!!!

  20. therockstardad October 26, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Awesome. Worked like a charm. I wish Apple would post these instructions instead of us having to scour the inter web to figure out the solution. Thanks for posting!

  21. chris October 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    worked like advertised!!

  22. K H October 27, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Worked only after I did the same on the iPhone.

  23. Doug November 2, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    One more thing to try… I had tried various suggestions, here and elsewhere – log out of iCloud, restart, make sure my Address book lists my iPhone as “iPhone”, etc. – to no avail. I did all that again today, on BOTH my iPhone and Mac, and this time I was very careful to use the exact same AppleID email address on both, and it worked. I can’t be sure, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if I had used variations from other the years on the two devices – i.e.,, and Now, making sure they matched may or may not have been “it”, but I can finally send to my iPhone. 🙂

  24. Lionel December 14, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Worked for me, brand new machine with mavericks still needed it though.

  25. M December 31, 2013 at 2:17 am #


  26. badawat February 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    thanks so much – worked for me too!

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