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#171086 5-Apr-2015 17:59
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I've discovered something that appears to be ten times harder to accomplish than it should be.

As a touring motorcyclist who likes to get out for a blast in the weekends from time to time, I like to find new and interesting routes by looking on Google Earth or various other online maps.

What I'd really like to do is make up a route entirely arbitrarily on my computer screen (definitely not just based on "A to B" directions!) and transfer that to my Android phone (currently an S3 but soon to be an S6) which is connected to the bluetooth headset in my helmet.

From there I want my phone to give me directions according to the route I'd planned on my PC and transferred to it.

Take a look at - this allows you to trace out an entirely arbitrary route (if you click "snap to roads") but you can't then save the resultant trace or use it in any way.

The missing link is to then be able to transfer this to a phone which has GPS so can then give directions on the road.

Garmin have an app that seems able to do this but you need a Garmin GPS unit to make it work. I don't want to buy another device to be able to do what I inherently feel my android phone should be able to do by itself. 

You can kind-of do this in Google Maps, but it's based on the "driving directions" for an A to B route - making it impossible to plan out a few deviations on the way, or to map up a round trip.

Surely this must be easily possible and I'm just being galactically stupid?? Anyone got any experience in this area??

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  #1277572 5-Apr-2015 18:17
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you can drag the route out of the way in google maps to make waypoints, but I have no idea how to get that route to move over to a phone. Would think google being google it would just happen but seems not.


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  #1277576 5-Apr-2015 18:20
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You can do it in google maps as far as I am aware

if you want more than 10 waypoints you need to revert to classic maps

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  #1277585 5-Apr-2015 18:31
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You used to be able to do this with Nokia (Here) Maps and the Nokia (Here) Drive app on Nokia phones which does turn by turn navigation using your Nokia account creating the route with the online Nokia Maps via your computer.  I haven't tried recently (since Microsoft acquired the Nokia handset operation).

I think Nokia have released apps for Android and iOS for Here Maps/Drive. You might be able to go into the Here website and make up the route and transfer to the phone.

Check out the Here options here.

ere's how to sync to Android with an Here account.

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  #1277586 5-Apr-2015 18:32
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and after a bit of research I have found that you can use the standard maps, edit your route as much as you want, copy the link from the address bar and simply email your self.  It should work on your phone and open maps

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