How to Save a Route on Google Maps

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Google Maps is the most popular navigation app out there thanks to its host of features, fast relay of traffic information and, well, because it’s Google. Strangely, there’s one feature on Google Maps that just isn’t used all that often because Google doesn’t make it crazy-convenient to use, and that’s the option to save a route in Google Maps.

There are a couple of ways to save your favorite routes in Google Maps, which we show you here.

Pin Your Favorite Trips

On your phone, you might have noticed the “Go” tab across the bottom of the screen. This brings up a segment where all your “pinned” routes pop up at the bottom, giving you easy access to all your favorite routes that you’ve pinned.

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So how do you pin a route?

Set directions to where you want to go, tap the route you want to take, then at the bottom-right corner tap “Pin.”

Save Route Google Maps Pin

That route will now join your other pinned routes under the “Go” icon.

To unpin a route, just select it under the Go heading, then tap “Pinned” at the bottom right corner.

Save a Route to Your Android Homescreen

Another way to save a route you travel regularly on Google Maps is to save it to your Android homescreen.

To do this, go to the Google Maps app and set the route you want to save by entering the destination into the box and tapping “Directions.” Make sure you’ve set whether you want to travel by foot, car or public transit.

Next, tap the three-dot menu icon at the top right, then tap “Add route to Home screen.”

How To Save Route On Google Maps Add Route To Home Screen

This will create a widget which you can touch and hold then drag wherever you want on your home screen. You can even create a folder full of these routes.

Save a Route for a Longer Trip

If you’re planning a road trip, My Maps is a great way to create a map with all the points of interest you want to go through. You can also use My Maps to create routes with multiple destinations, which you can then access in the Google Maps app.

First, go to Google My Maps in your browser or download the My Maps app for Android. We recommend the browser version for creating your route because it feels a bit easier to use, and you can save it to use in the Google Maps Android app.

Tap “Create a New Map” or the “+” icon to create a new map and give it a name.

How To Save Route On Google Maps Create New Map

In the map you’ve created, tap the “Add directions” icon under the search box, then enter your destinations into the Directions boxes that appear on the left side of the screen.

How To Save Route On Google Maps My Maps

Once you have two destinations added to a route, you can add more by clicking “Add Destination” and either entering the destination into the new box or using your mouse to add that point to your route directly on the map.

You can add as many destinations as you want this way or even create different routes on the same map by clicking the “Add directions” icon again to create another route map layer.

How To Save Route On Google Maps Finished

Once your route is ready, you can open the Google Maps app, go to “Your places,” then tap Maps and select the map you created. Tap the route you create to bring up the best way to get to your destination(s).

In some cases, if you need to change your route, it can be easily done too. You can also show speed limits in Google Maps for over 40 countries.

Robert Zak Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

3 comments

  1. When I send my custom route to my phone, the map that comes up is the fastest route between the two points, not the route I planned out.

  2. Why does this need to be done in two separate apps? I should be able to plan a multi-step route in the google map app and save it…..the pin method sounds difficult – so I would need to unpin all necessary stops each time I want to go multiple places in one trip? OR? There is a way to plan a route with multiple stops, which I have done – now I simply want to save that route for when I actually GO.

  3. The my maps is great for charting a route, however it does not show the step by step like when you you go from point s to point b.
    Is there anywhere around that?

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