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Google Navigation with Multiple Destinations / Custom Route

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by awells527, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. awells527

    awells527 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I was wondering how people navigate with multiple destinations. It seems that Google Navigation doesn't nativity support it.

    Ultimately, I want to take a route different than the default quickest route to avoid an intersection, and on other GPS's, I would add the detour as a way-point. If this feature isn't available, has anybody found a workaround?

  2. jasnmb

    jasnmb Well-Known Member

    I think you would have to edit the route with a PC on maps.google.com, star the route, then pull up the starred route in the google nav app... or something like that.
  3. awells527

    awells527 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I looked into that, but it seems that it only allows me to star addresses, and not entire routes.
  4. jasnmb

    jasnmb Well-Known Member

    okay, I played with it a bit. It looks like after you modify the route on your PC you can click the "Send" button to email yourself the link to the re-routed directions. Then you can open the link from your phone using google maps.
  5. jasnmb

    jasnmb Well-Known Member

    I just figured out another way. after you change the route on your PC, you can save the directions to your "My Maps". Then open google maps on your phone > menu > Layers > more Layers > My Maps > select the directions you saved.
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  6. awells527

    awells527 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    That's cool that I can get the route on the phone now, but will that work with the turn-by-turn directions?
  7. jasnmb

    jasnmb Well-Known Member

    i found an app by google called "My Maps Editor by Google". see if that will let you edit routes directly on your phone.
  8. bljoseph

    bljoseph Lurker

    I just got my phone today and was looking for similar app. Best Route appears to do the job from the description. I havent actually used it. Hope this helps (several months later)
  9. Hello Forum

    I have been trying to find a navigator that had multiple stops so I wouldn't have to take the time to first do it on the computer. As the original post said - Google doesn't offer that service but it is still in Beta so lets hope they wake up. Meanwhile MapQuest will save the day!

    1. Download & install the MapQuest App from the Android Market; I would suggest clicking the box below the app name for auto updates.
    2. Either enter your location, speak it, or click the little map next to where u would type that info & go to Contacts for start point. (easy to put yourself in your contact list)
    3. Tap whichever button on your phone that brings up the menu & click "get directions"
    4. It now gives u another box for your destination. Again either type it, speak it or press the little map next to the text entry box for contacts.
    5. Now u get a little green box "Get Directions" This loads a map with your first leg.
    6. For additional legs, tap the "Actions" button next to the "Get Directions" & select "Edit Route"
    7. That screen gives you an "Add Locations" enter, speak, or contact the additional location then tap the green magnifier & it loads it. Note: the circular wrench gives you "Avoid Options" like tolls, and Fastest; Shortest; Walking route options.
    8. Repeat as often as needed and when done tap "Get Directions" again. Note: the double arrows allows you to switch the order around.
    9. The center green button "Start Voice Navigator" and your done
    10. There are presets at the bottom center of the screen for gas; hospitals, etc.
    11. The button on your phone for the menu provides additional options like for Settings, Night Mode, etc..
    Now the only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to save it as Favorite or Recent but I haven't field tested it yet. Will be doing that tomorrow so maybe after Navigation cycles through the directions it will save it.

    If someone else figures it out pls post it here. Safe travels and please use bluetooth. There is an app called "Drive Safely" you may want to try. It even puts text messages to your Bluetooth while your driving.
  10. takeshi

    takeshi Android Expert

    Better yet, enter a feature request or promote on if there is already one.

    There's nothing to figure out. You can't do so with Google Maps Nav currently. Use another app that offers the feature.
  11. You can load a stored map as suggested, but what if you have changes enroute? Another way is to use stored "Places" (the pushpin while in Google Maps, not Navigation). Store the waypoints that get the route you want as individual Places. Click each next Place and then the "Directions to" as you reach each waypoint. Allows for easier changes en-route or side-trips that still get you back to your waypoint.

    And if you have not already, make sure to load the Labs (under More...) "Pre-Cache Map Area" tool. Under a "Place", then "More", you can select "+Pre-Cache Map Area" to download the maps of the area to your phone. This really helps if selecting mountainous waypoints that may not have network/data/cell connectivity when there. Select enough waypoints to make sure the cache areas overlap between waypoints.
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  12. Slbenso1

    Slbenso1 Lurker

    The best way I know to do this is with the Badger Map. It is a multi-point routing system that is built on top of Google Maps. It is specifically made for Salespeople who are navigating to multiple points that are in the field, so you can upload all your points from a spreadsheet and then build routes on top of that. You can also have the routes translated into calendar entries. Saves a ton of time, and does everything we are talking about here automatically.
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  13. Stephen Hayes

    Stephen Hayes Lurker

    I also use Badger! I used to have a similar problem to you. With Badger Maps, I can choose to either take the fastest route between multiple points or I can manually change my order. I think Google Maps also let's you put more than one location, but it's not as customizable.
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