By saving a route on Google Maps, you can quickly get directions to your selected destination. You can save tracks on your iPhone, iPad, and Android phones, and we’ll show you how.
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What to know when saving routes to Google Maps
While Google Maps announces an official “save route” option, as of this writing in December 2021, it’s not available to everyone. So, in this guide, we will use the “pin” option to save your path as a pin.
When saving routes, know that you can only save driving and public transportation routes. If you save a driving route, your source location will always be your current location no matter what you used when you saved the route. For public transportation methods, though, you can customize the source location.
Save a route in Google Maps on iPhone, iPad and Android
On your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use the Google Maps app to save your favorite routes to your favorite places.
To get started, open the Google Maps app on your phone. In the app, on the right side, tap on the directions icon.
At the top of the Maps screen, type both the source and the target locations you want to get directions to. Then choose your preferred way to reach your destination (driving or public transit).
On the same page, at the bottom, click on the “Install” option. This adds your current track to the list of installed tracks.
To view your installed routes, including the one you just saved, open Google Maps and tap Go at the bottom.
In the “Go” tab, you will see all your installed tracks. Tap on a route to unlock actual directions.
Removing an installed track is just as easy. To do this, on the directions page, click on “Installed” at the bottom. This removes the selected track from the list of installed tracks.
This way you get directions to your favorite places without manually clicking many buttons. very useful!
Save a path to your Android home screen
On Android, you can add a shortcut to a path to your home screen. Then, when you click on this shortcut, your route will open directly in Google Maps.
To do this, open Google Maps and find the directions you want to save.
On the directions screen, in the upper-right corner, tap on the three dots.
In the three-dot menu, tap “Add track to home screen”.
In the “Add to Home Screen” box, either drag the widget and place it on one of your Home screens, or click “Add automatically” to add the widget to a vacancy on your Home screen.
You are now just a click away from your favorite route in Google Maps. Enjoy!
In addition to the routes, you can also save your favorite places on Google Maps. Check out our guide on that to find out how to do it.
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