As an EXPAT from the United States living in the United Kingdom, I’ve had to learn to live in the mixed world of Imperial versus Metric measurements. Here in the UK, the roads are measured in miles but just about everything else is measured in meters, centimetres, etc. It makes things fun! For travel to continental Europe however, it is a bit easy as everything is in metric, much like it is for Canada and Mexico in relation to the United States. Apple has made it quite easy for you to
switch from one measurement standard to the other in the included Maps app in iOS 6 and iOS 7 and in this How To I will show you how to change Maps from miles to kilometers.
To start, on your iPhone or iPad go into Settings and scroll your way down until you find Maps. When you tap Maps you will see all of the settings that you can adjust for the app including your preferred mode of transportation (driving or walking) and if you want the map to always be in your devices language (in my case, English). The top setting is the Distances with the choice of “In Miles” or “In Kilometers”. Tap the one that you want to use then close Settings.
From this point forward when you open the Maps app it will measure in the distance you selected: Miles or Kilometers. To change it back simply go back into Settings and change it. This change does not require you restart your device – it takes over immediately.
If you are using a maps app other than the including Maps in iOS then you will need to make this change from within that app itself. For example, in Google Maps you can adjust the distance measurements by going into Settings and selecting Distance units.
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