Change Map Modes

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This recipe shows how to change the type of map being displayed in an MKMapView to either Road, Satellite or Hybrid.


To change the mode of a MKMapView:

  1. Start with an existing MKMapView or review the Displaying a Location recipe.
  2. Change the map type in code using one of these statements:
mapView.MapType = MKMapType.Standard; // the default, road map
mapView.MapType = MKMapType.Satellite;
mapView.MapType = MKMapType.Hybrid;

  1. To add a segment control to allow the user to switch between modes, add the following code:
int typesWidth=260, typesHeight=30, distanceFromBottom=60;
mapTypes = new UISegmentedControl(new CGRect((View.Bounds.Width-typesWidth)/2, View.Bounds.Height-distanceFromBottom, typesWidth, typesHeight));
mapTypes.BackgroundColor = UIColor.White;
mapTypes.Layer.CornerRadius = 5;
mapTypes.ClipsToBounds = true;
mapTypes.InsertSegment("Road", 0, false);
mapTypes.InsertSegment("Satellite", 1, false);
mapTypes.InsertSegment("Hybrid", 2, false);
mapTypes.SelectedSegment = 0; // Road is the default
mapTypes.AutoresizingMask = UIViewAutoresizing.FlexibleTopMargin;
mapTypes.ValueChanged += (s, e) => {
    switch(mapTypes.SelectedSegment) {
    case 0:
        mapView.MapType = MKMapType.Standard;
    case 1:
        mapView.MapType = MKMapType.Satellite;
    case 2:
        mapView.MapType = MKMapType.Hybrid;

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