Google Maps Export, iPhone, Turn-by-Turn... Finally!

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by bdolnik, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. NVDucati

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    You may find that the USB power slot you have is a low charge (1.2w) type. If you look you can find 2.5w and even 5w. The low charge rate is less than the consumption - thus the heat.
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  2. vn1114

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    You still save route as .target file, and save POI as .favourites file. Attach those files to an email and send it to yourself. Open that email on iPhone, click on attached files, and those files will be opened by Navigon.
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  3. Davidprej

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    The simple solution I've been looking for is to customize my route in Google on my PC, send it to my iPhone (not android) and have turn-by-turn voice directions. It used to be as simple as creating the custom route, saving it, going to the Google map app on the iphone and then pull up the route. Voila! T-by-T voice directions for customized routes.

    As we all know, Google disabled this functionality for some reason. But I think I've discovered a workaround.

    1. At www.google.com/maps get directions from point A to point B and customize by dragging the route.
    2. Go to the three bars in the upper right hand corner, click on them, click on Share or embed map.
    3. This brings you to a popup box where you can click on the box next to Short URL and then copy and paste that to an email.
    4. Email this link to your iphone.
    5. Touch the link in your email on the iphone.
    6. This brings you to the Google Maps app with your custom map in view.
    7. Click on the white arrow surrounded by the blue circle in the lower right-hand corner and turn-by-turn directions start.

    You can't save your maps this way, but a workaround for this is simply to bookmark them. Or you can pull them up from the email and then continue to modify.

    If you create the custom route using the My Maps Google function on your PC and then save it, you can then bring it up on your phone, but there are no turn-by-turn directions. At least not that I can find.

    This method my seem complicated, but I was just trying to be meticulous in listing every step (pet peeve of mine as I can't follow many instructions in posts). It's actually fairly easy, especially compared to all the alternatives.

    Update - disregard the above. I was so excited that I'd finally figured it out, but didn't test all the way through. The screen showed my custom route and all I had to do was press start (white arrow in blue circle). Well, pressing start wiped out my custom route and reverted to the default route.

    Why Google? Why!?
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  4. Desce

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    Am i missing something ? Is there not an easy way to make a custom map on my pc and then send it to my iPhone for t by t directions? This is frustrating ?? Perhaps operator error?
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  5. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    No, you are not missing anything. Goggle has made it difficult by design.
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  6. jdubb75

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  7. jdubb75

    jdubb75 Vicarious Adventurer

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    This works for me. I just tried it and it seems to work fine.

    I followed the steps you outlined and it worked like a charm. I am using Windows 10 and have an iPhone 6 with iOS 9.2.1.
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  8. GZB

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    I found a bit of a workaround for Google Maps: On your PC, start with the origin and destination; create your route between the two with as many as 10 (the 10 may include start and end...I forget) "places/destinations" instead of dragging the route with the 'grips' (right click to add destinations, then drag the list into the correct order on the upper left screen interface) ; once you have the trip sorted out, save the page as a shortcut to the browser you use (Chrome for Android) and ensure your shortcuts sync between phone and PC. When you open the phone's browser, hit the shortcut, then the 'navigation' button (arrow). Chrome will prompt you to "use the app" and fire up Google Maps. The 10 points was enough for a 150 mile back road trip, so you may need a second route after lunch. Iron butt riders will not be enthusiastic. :(

    I set one up last weekend and had good luck until I lost phone power. (Moto X 2nd gen with USB power fed from the Tiger's dash outlet and a handlebar RAM mount.) I left the browser open with wi-fi on and my USB connection wasn't good (are they ever?), so it died out on me. I don't think leaving the browser open is necessary. I also got several 'lost connection' warnings when I got out in the woods far enough. The whole setup would be much better just saved to the phone.
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  9. jdubb75

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  10. univibe88

    univibe88 Long timer

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    I tried this today, but it didn't work. Only difference is that after I created the route on my PC, I used the "send to phone" link instead of saving it as a shortcut.

    It ALMOST worked. Using multiple destinations forced Googlemaps to route me along the track that I wanted. BUT, it would take me to the first destination and then stop navigating. It wanted me to push blue arrow button to then start navigating to the next point. This did me no good whatsoever with my phone shoved in my jacket pocket.
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  11. Desce

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    Seems like there should be an easy way. I sure haven't found it.
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  12. maloryII

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    So I've been similarly frustrated.

    I think I've found a straightforward solution: Create the route in FURKOT and then import it into Scenic. This works seamlessly and accurately and solves all the frustration I had with:
    • A) Creating a precise route over the backroads I wanted
    • B) EASILY load this route exactly as I created it onto my iPhone so that I could...
    • C) ...Use my iPhone as a GPS and get turn-by-turn directions from by house to my endpoint that followed the route I originally made

    I tried all that crazy Google Earth/GPX/KML nonsense and none of it worked. This does, thank goodness. Scenic is not 100% free but the cost is nominal... but what really helps is that Scenic and FURKOT have deliberate inter-operability.
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  13. sans4ver

    sans4ver Been here awhile

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    easiest way...

    • Create a multi point itinerary in google maps
    • Email the link yourself
    • Open the link on iPhone
    • It opens in google maps with all the waypoints
    Worked flawlessly, though there are other problems with the phone heating up on hot days, display and weatherproofing etc.
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  14. maloryII

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    I find that this method does not work very well at all. In most cases when you open the link on your iPhone app, the Google Maps app will simply re-route you to your 1st waypoint using the fastest way possible. It only takes into account your waypoints, not your actual route. I suppose you could tediously drop dozens of points to force the route, but why do so when other, better apps will simply turn your route into a track?

    If I have this wrong, please enlighten me... but I find Google Maps to be less user friendly for this kind of thing.
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  15. maloryII

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    Additionally, Google Maps only allows you to connect 10 waypoints for turn-by-turn. This is a severe limitation in my opinion.
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