How can an adult with an iPhone get lost? How can that possibly happen? Because every Target store and Walmart store look the same. Finding your car in a strange parking lot is almost as much of a challenge as finding your way back home from a mall or shopping center you’ve never visited before. Fortunately, there’s a Hompass in my iPhone.
Compass? No. Hompass
Yes, I’ve been lost a few times. And disoriented even more than that. And it had nothing to do with what I drank for lunch. And it wasn’t a bad Apple’s Maps app, either.
Fortunately, the iPhone and even Apple’s Maps make it easy to figure out where you are, and from that you’re just a few finger taps from mapping your way back home.
I’m here to tell you that there’s an easier way. Forget about the built-in compass. All you need is Hompass.
No, I’m not exactly sure how to pronounce Hompass, but I don’t think it rhymes with compass. It’s more like home pass, and probably not anything at all like hump-ass.
What Hompass does is very clever and better than trying to navigate through the menus of Apple’s Maps app or even Google Maps (you have both, right? It’s required these days).
From wherever you are Hompass shows you both the direction and distance (and intervening geographical obstacles in satellite view) from your current location to home.
What if you’ve been out late at night and you’re worried about waking up a spouse or parent or significant other by coming in past curfew?
Homepass has favorites. Add a friend’s house or apartment address as a favorite and Hompass will display the route from whichever bar you were kicked out of and you can bypass home altogether.
What’s also useful is that Homepass can switch between the home viewport and current viewport with ease, enable map views with a tap.
And, yes, there’s a built-in compass mode (which, if you’ve been drinking late or carrying too many shopping bags, is mostly worthless– it’s easier just to follow the little red line on the screen).
Hompass could do more, of course, but why bother? All you need to do is find the shortest route back home with just a touch.