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Old November 22nd, 2009, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Any idea on how to save GPS location for future navigation?

In my Prius's GPS, I can save the location of where the car has been, and use that for future navigation need. In Droid, I don't exactly see a way of saving the current location into something like a contact so I can come back in the future. And there's no street address (inside a vast private property), so that's not going to work either.

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I know the phone automatically stores a destination you've already looked up. Next time you start typing the same first letters, it automatically suggests it to you. You just select it then.

I dunno if this is what you wanted to hear. Hope it helps.
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It actually stores many destinations you've looked at, not just one.
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I noticed you can create a navagation shortcut for quick launch. Might be worth trying.
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Download My Maps Editor from Google. I think it has that ability.
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I noticed you can create a navagation shortcut for quick launch. Might be worth trying.
Not what I'm looking for. Perhaps this is more of a question of limitation for Google Navigate, but the place I'm trying to save is a cemetery with lots of private road. The road does show up in the google map, but they're unlabled.

I'd like to save a location, and use Google Navigate to get back to it in the future.
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Not what I'm looking for. Perhaps this is more of a question of limitation for Google Navigate, but the place I'm trying to save is a cemetery with lots of private road. The road does show up in the google map, but they're unlabled.

I'd like to save a location, and use Google Navigate to get back to it in the future.
You can make and save locations on your pc via my maps in Google maps and then they will be there in your Google Nav on your phone.
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Assuming, of course, that you log into Google Maps using the same email address that you use on your phone, right?
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From what I've read one way to do this is as suggested above, by using My Maps on Google maps online on your PC, and then accessing the My Maps layer from Google Maps on the Droid.

I took a look at My maps and wasn't able to figure out how to use it exactly, in the limited time I had to play with it.

I was trying to save a location on the Droid the other day, and could not find a way to save it as a contact from the map, or save it as a favorite. There is a LOT of room for improvement i Google Maps/Nav beyond the excellent basics they currently provide.
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Not what I'm looking for. Perhaps this is more of a question of limitation for Google Navigate, but the place I'm trying to save is a cemetery with lots of private road. The road does show up in the google map, but they're unlabled.

I'd like to save a location, and use Google Navigate to get back to it in the future.
Use My Maps Editor. It's in the market. You can then use it to mark your location, save it to a layer and pull it up in Google Maps and Google Nav. This is how I create favorites for Google Nav.
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You can make and save locations on your pc via my maps in Google maps and then they will be there in your Google Nav on your phone.
Can you provide a quick "here's how" summary...when I looked at My Maps the other day it wasn't clear to me how to do it. I didn't have a lot of time to play with it, but I got a little frustrated...
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Also if your using an address you can long press on a screen and use add shortcut and add Directions. Only works if you add address.
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From what I've read one way to do this is as suggested above, by using My Maps on Google maps online on your PC, and then accessing the My Maps layer from Google Maps on the Droid.

I took a look at My maps and wasn't able to figure out how to use it exactly, in the limited time I had to play with it.

I was trying to save a location on the Droid the other day, and could not find a way to save it as a contact from the map, or save it as a favorite. There is a LOT of room for improvement i Google Maps/Nav beyond the excellent basics they currently provide.
Ok, I created a map with the lable on the map in the My Maps. How do I direct the Google Navigate to go there?
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Ok, I created a map with the lable on the map in the My Maps. How do I direct the Google Navigate to go there?
i assume you mean from your phone?

Open up maps and press menu-layers-more layers-my maps.
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Can you provide a quick "here's how" summary...when I looked at My Maps the other day it wasn't clear to me how to do it. I didn't have a lot of time to play with it, but I got a little frustrated...
This is what i do

go to

Google Maps

on the top left you should see my maps click that and if you dont have one listed create one.

After you create one click edit. You should see (top left inside the map) a place to add points and lines and polygons.

I clicked on add Placemark or what ever and moved it on top of my house.

When your done hit done and or save. Then look at my post above for how to open it from your phone. You might have to have the same account (Google gmail account) for this to work.

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i assume you mean from your phone?

Open up maps and press menu-layers-more layers-my maps.
Thanks. Now, how do I create a shortcut to do this?
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Thanks for the tips on My Maps...got it working.

Noticed that once you access one of your maps it is added to the Layers list...that at least reduces the number of clicks required.

The only way to create a shortcut (as in one on the home page) that I have found is to go to the home page, press and hold for the menu and select shortcut and then select navigation as the type. Copy/paste or type in the address and then name it and save.

Works great, but excessively tedious...it would be so simple for the shortcut app to at least allow you to access your contacts, or your google maps saved maps...
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Ok, I just managed to do the following:

Create a map in My Map within Google Map on the desktop computer.

Point out the point in this map view, save the view.

Navigate to this map within Google Map, give some start address.

Point A becomes the address you put in. Point B is the coordinate of the point in the map.

Create a contact and copy this coordinate into the address field. I can now navigate to it.

Not anywhere near intuitive, but it does seemed to work.
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bigfire's original question was quite specific -- most other nav systems (cars, Garmin, etc.) let you push a single screen button to "save current lat and long" as a named location. Not only is it very convenient, but as bigfire stated, many locations we go to have no address, Like a particular entrance to a mall. Or a place with no building. Or as where I am now in a side road 50 feet off the main drag that the nav system is not smart enough to know is there.

Which brings up the question of does any one know where to ask for features that Google will pay attention to?
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Doesn't MyTracks do this much easier? I am at work now so I can not test to find out. No GPS signal.
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MY POI is an application in the market that let's you do what your looking for. I use it all the time,very simple interface with Google maps.
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you can't get turn by turn directions with a mytracks track........can you?
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In the marketplace there's an app called Google map address book that I think will let you do what you want. You can save locations based on address or current lat / long. Then self a saved location to load it in Google maps, touch the marker in Google maps and select navigate.
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MY POI is an application in the market that let's you do what your looking for. I use it all the time,very simple interface with Google maps.
anyone else try this app for saving locations?
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I've been looking for a way to do this, and I think I may have just figured it out.
With the map displaying your current location, touch and hold the place on the map you want to save. It will look up and display the address. When the address displays, touch it once. Options will appear. You can then save as a contact and name it as you please.
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anyone else try this app for saving locations?
Yes, I am. The program works great and the developer is top notch. He spent hours working with me to get a database of current locations, a service route, uploaded into the program. During that process he also modified the program to incorporate a couple of suggestions I made and released a new update last Wednesday. You can name the location and sort by name. You can also include POI as a search able app in the search settings and set the program to automatically go either to map or navigation mode when a saved POI is viewed. You can also setup different groups to store your POI's.
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I agree with all of the previous posts in that accomplishing this very simple task, that virtually everyone would want to do with the push of a button, is neither simple nor intuitive.

However I have a solution for you that does not involve installing a new app or saving a new "contact" (although my instructions are similar to those of Rmac57)
"With the map displaying your current location, touch and hold the place on the map you want to save. It will look up and display the address. When the address displays, touch it once. Options will appear."
NOW: Press the little "star" picture in the upper right corner!

If you want to find this place on the map in the future, hit the "settings" softkey (or whatever it's called, looks like 4 lines on my phone), hit "Starred Items" and press the address it stored automatically for the location.

If you want directions to it, press the "Settings" softkey again, press Directions, then to the right of the "End point:" box click the little button, and "Starred items" is an option.

So, it is rather simple... Once you figure it out
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All I do is hit menu-my location and then tap the screen where i'm located and it pulls up a pop up with my location, then tap it again and there will be a little star in the top right corner, select it and it will be saved to your starred items. Then all you have to do to find it is hit menu-more-starred items and its there. Someone might have already suggested this but its the easy way I know of to save locations. You can also search for an address and star it that way also.
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Long press your home screen>click "shortcuts">click "directions">put in the address, name and pick an icon. Boom, click the icon you just created on your home page.

You can put all the shortcuts in a folder.
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I find the solution posted by dryphi (+alnova1) to be the handiest one. You are able to save new locations with just a couple of touches, and they are seamlessly synced with your starred items on the GMaps web site.

Now, there may be two little cons in this approach:

1) New items are named on an address basis and it's not possible to edit them. This could be misleading should two or more locations be on the same street/road.
2) Not every new item is supposed to be a starred item.

I was looking for some more control on saving my locations and so I also followed gthrift's suggestion on My Maps Editor. After all it's a free Google app.

This way you are able to see all your custom maps, create new ones, and save new locations on any of them. It is also possible to add photos, lines and shapes, and to edit a custom address.

The funny part? You can't see your starred items from the Editor! o.O

Well, I believe both approaches come in handy, but I'll stick to the Editor as much as I can.

Thank you dryphi and gthrift for your big help!
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I looked up My Maps Editor in the Marketplace and the most recent 20 or 30 comments indicate that this app no longer works and is not compatible with froyo. Can anyone confirm whether this app works or not on the Droid (with 2.2)?

EDIT: I just downloaded it. The app opens long enough to agree to terms of service and then closes. A retry gives you a quick open and then an immediate closure. So, it is not working.
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Yes, I also read those comments last night but I'm still running on 2.1.

The good news is Google's not supposed to leave its own app behind (...will they?).

In the meantime, you lucky froyers have the starring-not-editing option.
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I was out shopping the other day and wanted to mark where I left the car. I thought this would be a very basic function in places ... "add current location".
I will be able to use Dryphi's solution in most circumstances, but look forward to an upgrade that allows a mobile phone user to simply mark current location by lat/long rather than address.
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This is very easy. When in maps, click on your location (the blue arrow), which should bring up a pop-up bubble. Hit that, and on the next screen there's a star in the upper right hand corner. Hit that, and then it is easily accessible by hitting menu-->starred places. You just cannot name it.
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Danielson2047, that sounded great but on my Galaxy S 4G from Tmobile, I get no bubble and no little star. I am very sad that we cannot simply click to mark our current location, then be able to return to it. If I wanted to mess around with maps I would use one, not a GPS enabled smart phone. I want to park my car, mark the location, walk around and be able to return to it.
None of this means anything if it doesn't make life easier. If I had a great sense of direction, I probably wouldn't need GPS. Any solutions?
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I forgot to say I am using Navigation (the blue arrow icon). Within that app I did select Maps option as well. But if there is a different free navigation app that can allow me to mark current locations BY BEING THERE, NOT just by finding them by address or on a map as in a lot of the above suggestions, please let me know.
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I just installed the program "MY Point Of Interest" from Marketplace... looks nice. You can save your location, search, navigate, etc. Just make a new folder (I called mine "MY Spots" and you can save them all to this folder or make different folders for different categories. I think this will work for you and I think I am going to like it too
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Usually I will look up the address first then I will hit the little STAR icon and it will put the star on the map. Next time I open Google Maps, I click show Starred items and I scroll to the address I need and its as simple as that!
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Hi, I took great interest in your question, and I found out how to do it. First of all you need to download the newest updates from the android market for the Google maps. Second, you will see an application called "maps" in your application area, launch it. Third, on the upper right hand corner you'll see a compass like button tap it, then you'll see your location pop up. fourth, press and hold on the actual cursor which is showing your current location, than you'll see it say "loading address" so than you tap on the address once it's been loaded, than you'll see a new window open with the current address to your current location with a star symbol on the upper right hand corner, tap on it and YOUR DONE! You have now saved your current location! Now when you open the navigation app or the actual map or latitude you'll see your "starred" locations with the current position you have just saved! Cool huh? It’s a little complicated compared to a standalone gps system, but it's capable of saving current positions regardless. READ THE FOLLOWING FIRST: I forgot to include this step as the second step, after you have updated your google maps (if needed) you need to open the app called “latitude” and accept the agreement to share your location with your friends (don’t worry you can turn this feature off in the menu after you have accepted the agreement). Now follow the remaining steps! Good luck! It’s real easy!
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With my previous phone (Apple), I could go to the map, then select the current position and say add it to a contact.

How is that done using the maps on an Android phone?
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