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I have a MacBook (running macOS Mojave 10.14.5) and an iPhone (running iOS 12.3.1). I want to share my Favorites in Maps app between both the devices. They doesn't appear to sync whether I add Maps to iCloud (I can only do this on the MacBook via the iCloud Drive option under System Preferences, not sure it's related at all) nor when I sync via iTunes.

Do I really have to exchange Maps links between devices to get it on the intended device?

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Do I really have to exchange Maps links between devices to get it on the intended device?

No, you do not have to exchange Maps links for Favorites to and fro between your Mac and iOS devices. If you are logged in with same iCloud ID on both of your devices and have iCloud sync enabled, favorite created on one device automatically syncs on the other.

To verify if the settings are configured correctly, on your Mac, go to System Preferences → iCloud → iCloud Drive (Options...) and verify that Maps is checked:

On your iPhone, go to Settings app → Your Name → iCloud and check that Maps is enabled under Apps Using iCloud section:


If the above two verifies, you are all set. Mark a location as favorite in Maps macOS app by searching for it, clicking on the pin, clicking on the ⓘ button and clicking on the heart icon. The heart icon changes to solid fill when the location gets added to favorite.

Now, open Maps app on your iPhone, drag to pull the search view up from the bottom of the screen. You'll see a Favorites entry. Tapping on it will show you the recently added favorite. Tapping on the item name will locate it on the Map view.

Now do the reverse. Search for a location in Maps app on your iPhone, pull up the info sheet for the location and tap on the heart button to add it to Favorites. The heart icon changes to red color to indicate successful add.

Now open Maps macOS app, click within the search bar shown along the top and click on Favorites button to reveal the list of favorites. You'll find the newly added favorite item from your iPhone listed.

Make sure both your devices have an active Internet connection for the sync to happen.

  • Thank you, much appreciated. I hadn't connected it on the phone under my name (I'd been looking under Maps in the main settings menu). A note for anyone else looking at this, the sync didn't happen immediately, it took a few minutes. – Iain Jun 24 at 9:07
  • @Iain Sync is programmed to happen almost instantly, and may lag based on other factors such as Internet connectivity, latency and any iCloud server related delays. – Nimesh Neema Jun 24 at 9:10
  • We're both programmers, we both know that what's supposed to happen and what actually happens are often two different things ;) – Iain Jun 24 at 9:17

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