How to make GPS road routes on your phone

This guide shows you how to make road routes to destinations without an address using Google Maps. Every hike and trip on this site have a Google Map with the parking place already plotted in, however, Google Maps don’t recognize parking places that are outside roads and remote roads as valid destinations, when you try to make the route directly from the site using the more options menu on the maps. On those remote parking places, Google Maps moves the marker to the nearest known attraction, which becomes totally wrong. When this happens, you must manually insert the destination in the app by memorizing where it is, then reinsert it into Google Maps. Keep reading this simple guide to see how this is done, if you are unfamiliar with making road routes

This guide shows you how to make road routes to destinations without an address using Google Maps. Every hike and trip on this site have a Google Map with the parking place already plotted in, however, Google Maps don’t recognize parking places that are outside roads and remote roads as valid destinations, when you try to make the route directly from the site using the more options menu on the maps. On those remote parking places, Google Maps moves the marker to the nearest known attraction, which becomes totally wrong. When this happens, you must manually insert the destination in the app by memorizing where it is, then reinsert it into Google Maps. Keep reading this simple guide to see how this is done, if you are unfamiliar with making driving routes on your smartphone

How to make GPS road routes

1: This is an example of a map where the destination is at a place that Google Maps don’t recognize, so here we have to insert it again manually

2: Change the map to satellite view in the corner and zoom in, this makes it easier to memorize and recognize what your destination looks like

3: Be sure to activate the GPS function on your phone before proceeding. This is usually what Google Maps looks like when you open the app

4: Now find the destination again by zooming and changing to satellite view, then tap and hold for a few seconds until the red marker appears

5: Click the directions button to see the available routes. The fastest is set by default. Click start and follow the directions from wherever you are

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