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Saving Google Maps routes: tutorial


Google Maps allows you to plan routes and save them for later use. The procedure varies depending on the terminal used. We show you how to save a Google Maps route on your cell phone, tablet and PC.

Why save Google Maps routes?

Saving Google Maps routes has several advantages. This allows you to always access a specific route, for example your bike ride after work or your hiking routes during vacation. You can even save routes to share with others. It’s also useful if you’re going on vacation to a remote area and you are not sure you benefit from a quality network. It’s easy to find sights and other places when the Google Maps route is saved offline. This also helps reduce mobile data consumption.

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Save routes with the Google Maps app for Android and iOS

Google’s Maps app lets you view directions on your smartphone. This also works with saved routes. To save a route, follow these steps:

Step 1 : In the app’s maps view, click the three dots in the upper right corner and select the option “Add route to home screen”.

Screenshot of Google Maps app functions
The functions of the Maps application are accessible via the three dots.

2nd step : the application then asks you to confirm your choice. Click on ” Add “. A message will then appear indicating that the route has been added to the home screen.

Screenshot of the “Add to Home Screen” feature in Google Maps
By clicking “Add”, the selected route is saved on the home screen.

Step 3: to retrieve the route, go to thehomepage of your smartphone. The route is saved there as an icon.

Screenshot of the home screen of an Android smartphone
The route can now be viewed from the home screen.

Save routes with My Maps

Google’s My Maps service allows you to create personalized maps, save Maps routes and share online with other people. For this, you need a Google account to log in.

Screenshot of the My Maps service
With My Maps, it’s easy to create routes.

Initially, no card is saved. To create one and then share it, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the button “Create a new card” located on the left.
  2. Once you have entered or found the desired location, you can“Add to map”.
  3. My Maps allows you to use different layout functions. The places can thus be numbered on the general map.
  4. It is also possible to integrate markers on a map using the layers. The different levels can be accompanied by a description. Just double-click on it to view it.
  5. Likewise, you can give a name to your map, for example “Tour of the historic district”. This is particularly useful if you want to share it with other people.
  6. My Maps offers even further functions, such as connection points, so that driving routes or hiking routes can be represented visually.

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Save Google Maps routes to a PC or tablet

To enter and save Google Maps routes on a desktop, laptop, or tablet, follow these steps:

Step 1 : after creating the desired route, go to ” Details “ in the overview of alternative routes.

Screenshot of a route on Google Maps
You can access other functions by clicking on “Details”.

2nd step : you now have several possible choices. You can send the route to a smartphone or share as a link.

Screenshot of Google Maps sharing functions
It is possible to send a route to a smartphone or share it by link.

Step 3: Additionally, you can mark your route. To do this, simply use the “Bookmarks” function of your browser.

Open saved Maps routes

To view your saved routes, it all depends on the terminal and function used to create them. For example, a shared link can be opened on all terminals. You can forward the link to others by email or SMS, or simply save it for yourself.

The method is different when the Google Maps route has been saved on a mobile phone**. It can then only be viewed on this device. However, you can later share it with other users.

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Share saved routes

After saving Google Maps routes, you can share them with others. To do this, for example, use the share button in the browser under ” Details “. You can send the link by messaging or email.

Google Maps can also be embedded in websites. This allows visitors to find the address of businesses more quickly. You can even prepare itineraries, especially on local information sites. For example, it is possible to offer hikes in dedicated areas.

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Save Google Maps routes offline

It may be wise to save maps for offline use during outdoor activities and abroad, where Internet access is not always guaranteed. Offline maps make it possible to make map extracts permanently accessible on a terminal. To do this, you need to download the routes. Please note: you will need enough memory on your terminal.

Step 1 : Search for the area you want to download an offline map for. All you need to do is find a significant landmark.

2nd step : by clicking at the top right of your Google profilego to the profile view where the different functions are listed.

Step 3: select the option “Offline maps”. You will then see a list of all the regions for which you have already downloaded a map. You can also use this list to update existing maps.

Screenshot of user profile in Google Maps
You will find the “Offline Maps” option in the user profile.

Step 4: click on “Choose your own card” to continue.

Step 5: You access a map view of the previously selected area. Google indicates with a box the section for which an offline map is loaded. You can move the frame or zoom in or out.

Step 6: confirm the process by clicking ” Download “. The map is now permanently saved as an offline map.

Screenshot of Google Maps offline map feature
You can freely set the size of the map you want.

In the offline map you can now plan and save the desired route. However, the route must be in the map section available offline. Another tip is to first plan the route online and then download it with the corresponding map sections for offline use.

Bottom line: Saving routes with Google Maps takes practice

Saving routes on Google Maps is not very intuitive and differs depending on the device used. But once you become familiar with the user interface, saving the different routes becomes faster and faster, especially on My Maps.

Caution: remember to update maps regularly so that your Google Maps services are up to date.

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