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Google Maps navigation: this is how route planning suggestions can be adapted and used on the smartphone

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With the Google Maps route planning Not only can navigation be started with the push of a button, but routes and routes can also be explored. Sometimes you’ll want to use them off the suggested route, but that’s not that easy – the navigation wants to be smarter than the driver, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With a few tricks you can put navigation in its place and enforce your own route.


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With Google Maps it is possible, in just a few steps, to display the mathematically perfect route from A to B and, depending on the device used, start navigating immediately. However, in the past it has often been shown that navigation does not always take the selected route and sometimes takes the user very quickly and without their knowledge to an alternative route that is supposed to be the best one. Anyone who uses Maps Navigation frequently should have experienced this by now.

If you don’t have local knowledge or have taken a closer look at the route beforehand, you probably won’t notice the deviation from the previously selected route at all or too late, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The problem is that the Google Maps algorithms always use the current location and use this to find the best route to your destination. What may have been the best way at the time of planning or departure may not be the best way a few hours later. Whether due to traffic jams, new construction sites or a previously different route with new possibilities.

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So we just have to give Google Maps Navigation more data to follow important waypoints and not just avoid them. This can even be done conveniently from the browser and then sent to another device at the touch of a button. We use a combination of different tools for this.

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Google Maps route planning very often offers several ways to reach the destination, usually up to three different routes. Depending on the route, the routes can differ greatly, in many cases there are only a few minutes or kilometers between the alternatives. This, in turn, has the great potential for Google Maps Navigation to change its mind on the fly and then head off in a different direction. But maybe you want to take a completely different route.

1. Adjust the route
We have already shown you how a route can be adjusted at will. To do this, you need to switch to the browser and adjust one of the suggested paths to your liking using drag and drop. In fact, this is possible at any point and guarantees that the respective waypoint is moved to any position. Of course, Google Maps will continue to take roads, directional lanes, and more into account for change and new intermediate routes, so you can’t traverse fields or forests with this tool.

Unfortunately, route planning can only be used for inspiration, as the selected route cannot be sent to navigation. All customizations will be lost. There may be various reasons for this, but it cannot be avoided in the normal way. You can read how you can adjust the route in this article.

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2. Create scales
Now comes the most important part of all customization: once you’ve created your perfect route, you need to search for highlights or places you absolutely want to pass. Or look for places you definitely don’t want to drive to and take the respective alternative to this route as an important waypoint. Now right-click on the desired point and select the entry from the context menu Add another travel destinationas shown in the screenshot above.

The respective point is then set as an intermediate destination. You can set up to 8 intermediate goals, each of which will be placed at the end of the list (before the goal). For this reason, it is advisable to start at the beginning of the route. If you want to delete individual waypoints or change the order (of course it makes sense in both order and route), you can do that very easily using the menu in the left sidebar.

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3. Use the path
If you have now clicked on the perfect route, it must of course still be sent to the device used for navigation. To do this, click “Send addresses to my smartphone.” Now you can send the route directly to your smartphone as a notification or send the route planning link with all stops by email or SMS. All three options lead to the same goal. The notification is the fastest, but of course it disappears after a single tap.


Of course you can also create the scales directly on your smartphone and save the way through the desktop browser. But that is much more time consuming, less convenient, and you have to switch between individual views more often. The advantage is that you can also save it to your desktop via a link or send it to your email inbox.

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If you have entered enough star waypoints, navigation should take you to the desired route and destination. may not deviate at all. Of course, this isn’t exact for the street, but if you want to drive for a long time on the freeway, for example, pick a point at the beginning and end of the freeway and you’ll probably be driving 99 percent of the way there. Attention: Of course, this can also be counterproductive, since Google Maps cannot protect you from traffic jams. You have to find the right fine tuning for you.


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