Using Google Maps then xfering to an Iphone. Possible?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by dakos, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. dakos

    dakos Adventure everywhere

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    9
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Hey all, I'm planning a trip down to the florida keys in may and I've got my non-highway route all planned out but I'm stumped when it comes to a way to transfer my maps from my computer onto my iphone.


    Is there an app out there or anything that I can use?


    Also, what would you guys reccomend for live tracking gps on my iphone?



    Thanks in advance. I used the search function, but got back results that were too broad.
    #1
  2. yatman

    yatman Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2007
    Oddometer:
    253
    Location:
    Awesome-Vancouver Island, British Columbia
    Hi, I really like the "EveryTrail" app and it works well for me. The tracks and the cursor that moves along your track with the graph of speed and altitude is cool.
    MotionX GPS is popular on here as .GPX files can be easily transferred and saved to it.
    You could try TopoMaps app
    Hope you find this helpful.

    yatman :wink:
    #2
  3. legalbeagle

    legalbeagle mutepuppy

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2010
    Oddometer:
    72
    Location:
    Idaho
    I have Topo Maps and the TomTom App on my iPhone 4s (carried over from earlier iPhone versions). If your trip is mostly on back roads/dirt roads that can be found on regular maps, I really like the TomTom app. I haven't used the Topo Maps very much because the TomTom app is pretty amazing and has actually had roads loaded in the map that were really just goat trails in Arizona, Eastern Oregon and Central Idaho. Actually, come to think of it, in three years of riding with it I can't remember getting on a trail/road that wasn't on the map. IMHO the TomTom app is worth the $. It even works flawlessly with my Scala Rider G4 and politely interrupts my music with the turn by turn directions. (The sexy female british accent setting is my favorite!) You can upload routes with the trip planner and there are several good online programs for converting GPX files. Unlike the Topo which requires downloading local maps from a network, the TomTom app is preloaded with maps and also regularly updates for free. This means it works anywhere and you don't need cell coverage.
    #3
  4. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,660
    Location:
    Cincinnati OH/Stuart FL
    I'm just going to say that MotionX is the easiest way to do what you want to do. Step by step...

    1. Make up your route in Google Maps and copy the link.

    2. Go to this website....

    http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/convert_input?convert_format=gpx

    Paste your GM link and hit convert, and then you download your GPX file.

    3. Just email your GPX file to gpsimport@motionx.com and it will email you back a file that you open with your iphone and it imports to Motion X.

    You are done, go ride! :deal
    #4
  5. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,451
    Location:
    Earth
    ^^^ Nice clear directions. Good solution. Works like a charm. Love it. Thanks.
    #5
  6. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2010
    Oddometer:
    433
    Location:
    Relocated to Scottsdale, AZ from SF Bay area
    Make certain that use use the iPhone's mail app. Gmail doesn't work (the hypertext link which should be the routes to download to the MotionX app aren't valid)
    #6
  7. Mikemm

    Mikemm Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Oddometer:
    791
    Location:
    SE Florida
    Ive had great success using google latitude on iron butt rides allowing friends to track me.
    #7
  8. hadye

    hadye The Pharaoh

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2012
    Oddometer:
    85
    Location:
    Kuwait
    How do you do that with the TomTom on Iphone ?
    #8
  9. mbishara

    mbishara Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    31
    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    I tried using GPS visualizer and then converting and forwarding the attachment to gpsimport@motionx.com. I received a ink from Motion-X.

    If I click on the link the GPS drive is supposed to open up with my new route. But nothing happens when I click the link for some reason....

    This is a good way to use the Greatest Road app by downloading other people's GSX files and then transferring it to GPS Drive....

    Unfortunately it's not working for me.....

    Any suggestions
    #9
  10. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2010
    Oddometer:
    820
    Location:
    Brooklyn, California
    You can also copy gpx files to Motion-X using iTunes... that's what I do.
    #10
  11. mbishara

    mbishara Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    31
    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    I assume GPS Drive right? Not GPS Maps? Because GPS Drive can import GPX files but it doesn't give turn by turn navigation. Only GPS Drive Drive does that.

    This is what I received from their support department:

    "Only MotionX-GPS supports GPX file importing. MotionX-GPS is designed for tracking and recording outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing, off-roading, flying, geocaching, or exploring new places. MotionX-GPS is available worldwide. For more info visit, http://gps.motionx.com/iphone/overview/.

    GPS Drive does NOT support GPX file importing. MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution. MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Guidance using industry-leading road maps. MotionX-GPS Drive is only available in the US and Canada. For more info visit http://drive.motionx.com/iPhone/overview/."

    If I can find a way of doing this with GPS Drive then problem solved.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
    #11
  12. 65bellett

    65bellett Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2012
    Oddometer:
    13
    Location:
    Sunny Wallan
    Aviatortroy I can't thank you enough!! No more printing out page after page from googlemaps:clap
    #12
  13. AdventuresAbound

    AdventuresAbound n00b

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3
    The iPhone has a free Google Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation and continuous tracking. If you use Google's Chrome browser and have a Google id (gmail sign-in), you can let Google know everything about you and make things super easy on yourself at the same time!

    Once you have Chrome installed on your computer, and the Chrome and Google Maps app installed on your iPhone, follow these simple steps:

    Make sure you're "signed in" on your Chrome browser on your computer.
    Open your Google Maps in a new tab
    Open the Chrome app on your phone
    In the upper left corner click on "New Tab". It should show you all the tabs you have open in Chrome on your actual computer
    Click on the tab with your Google Map. Allow it to use your location (will be auto prompted)
    When it opens click the button in the top left that says "Open in the Google Maps app"
    All done. Now you have your map synced with the one in your browser, and awesome GPS navigation.

    Although I think it's a little Big Brother-ish, syncing Chrome between devices is awesome. I have my work computer, home computer, and phone all synced so if I'm looking at something cool at work, I can pull it right up at home without needing to search again or email myself URLs. Hope that's helpful
    #13
  14. mbishara

    mbishara Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    31
    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    That does sound good but the Google GPS is a little bit behind the rest. The other issue, more importantly, is that you need data roaming with Google Maps if you're outside of your home area.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
    #14
  15. mbishara

    mbishara Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    31
    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    I'm really getting into the iPhone idea. I have multiple GPS softwares and each one works better for a specific scenario.

    When I want to upload someone else's GPX file for a specific ride I use GPS Drive. It's great and you can upload the entire map so data roaming isn't an issue.

    In conjunction with the iPhone Greatest Ride App is great. Greatest Ride is an app that let's people upload their routes. So wherever you are you can pick some great routes that other people uploaded and export the GPX file into GPS Drive.

    And then there's Google Maps and iPhone Maps for city driving where data is not a concern.

    Tom Tom is also pretty good as long as you want to get from point A to point B. All maps are loaded on Tom Tom as well so data is not used.

    With all of this I find the iPhone hard to beat, especially with my blue tooth setup, MP4 player, telephone, radio, etc.

    Pretty much an all in one device.


    http://www.maged-bishara-montreal.ca/
    #15
  16. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,144
    Location:
    Meadowlands, NJ (just east of the USA)
    I'm not sure if this works on the iPhone, but I can do it w/ Android...

    After you create your route in Google Maps on the PC, scroll down to the bottom of the directions and click 'Save to My Maps'. (You'll need to have a free Google / GMail account for this).

    On your device, open the Google Maps app. From there, go to 'My Places' (on Android, it's in the 'Layer' button that looks like a stack of papers) and open your directions. Voila!
    #16
  17. mbishara

    mbishara Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    31
    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Yes this also works on the iPhone. And the Google Maps app now has turn by turn voice directions.


    http://www.maged-bishara-montreal.ca/
    #17
  18. bdolnik

    bdolnik Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2013
    Oddometer:
    108
    Location:
    Spacecoaster
    Are you SURE this is the case? I can not find a way to get this to work. I have many saved routes in my Google Maps profile on the PC, and I have setup Google Maps on the iPhone with the same profile. Only searches, home and work show up on the iPhone. None of the saved routes (maps). Have you actually done this or are you just thinking it works?
    #18
  19. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2010
    Oddometer:
    433
    Location:
    Relocated to Scottsdale, AZ from SF Bay area
    He's just wishing. I wish it could do that too.
    #19
  20. Bleemus

    Bleemus Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2013
    Oddometer:
    1,150
    Location:
    Winhall, Vermont
    I tried the Motion-x directions above and the route I created in Google Maps shows as 14 separate tracks in Motion-x. Is there a setting on GPS visualizer that will make this all one track?
    #20