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post #1 of 6 Old 11-08-2012, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Import custom google map into google navigation on android phone

I actually have tested it and it works! Now if you have an android phone (with Waypointer app), a mount, and bluetooth in your ear, you can create a custom rounte in Google Maps and get turn-by-turn in your ear via Google Navigation...

From: Google Product Forum

"It is not a highly polished or elegant process to create/import/run the custom route. In other words, it isn't automated. But it is pretty simple for anyone with very very basic computer skills. Check out the youtube link below. It goes like this...

1. create a special browser "bookmark" in your firefox browser from this site GMapToGPX Communications From Elsewhere (it's not really a bookmark, its a javascript function)
2. create your route on your PC, with google maps, by right clicking "directions from here""directions to here""add a destination"(repeatedly) until you have your finished route
3. click that special "bookmark" which will create .gpx file code in your browser window
4. copy and paste that code from the browser window into a blank text file
5. save it with a .gpx suffix
6. stick that .gpx file on your phone
7. open the Waypointer app, touch the "Open File" button, and select your .gpx file
8. hit the big green button in the middle of screen (or hit the "Map" button to preview your route and then start navigating from the map preview screen)"

Like I said it's not a super-simple automated process. But it is not bad.

While navigating you will hear "you will be at your destination in one quarter of a mile" as you approach every one of your "destinations". So you might think that it will stop navigating, like I did. But it doesn't stop navigating. As I got to my first waypoint, it asked me if I wanted to use Google Navigation or Verizon GPS. I'll have to make the Google Navigation the default. I'll report back on how that turns out. But when I tested, I had to manually select Google Navigation at each waypoint. Other than that, very cool solution to the $500 GPS

The Waypointer app is well worth the $1.29.

Thanks google.
Thanks Waypointer dude!!!

Spread the word, there are so many android users looking for this!

Play store app...

You tube instructions for making it happen...

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-10-2012, 05:25 PM
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Thanks for posting this. I've been using my droid for a while as a GPS in other vehicles and this will be great for laying out my ouwn routes ahead of time for my bike.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-12-2012, 09:09 AM
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fwiw, since this process generates GPX files, it can be used on a variety of navigation apps and converted to any GPS device that can import waypoint route files.

The missing piece is that the process currently requires a PC as the first step in creating a route and generating the GPX output... it would be _great_ if those steps could be accomplished on a smartphone.

I have been using this process since 2006 to create routes for my Meridian GPS that I use on the 1150GS, but, on any trip where the route needs to be changed, it requires finding a PC to generate a new route.

The good news is that mapping apps such as ViewRanger allow easy GPX waypoint route generation on Android and iOS devices by tapping the map to add route turnpoints which can either be used on that app or exported to be used elsewhere.

Hope that this information is of value.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-12-2012, 09:11 AM
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Forgot to add, I have a page at Converting Google Maps Directions to Waypoint Files that also goes into detail about using this tool.

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post #5 of 6 Old 04-18-2015, 03:11 PM
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Hey Folks
Ive had the problem, similar to what was mentioned in the google forum thread
I also posted in on facebook vstrom group
What are people using for turn by turn custom route navigation on their mobile devices? (w voice nav to bluetooth headset, so can keep eyes on road and glance at screen a bit). I created a custom route (backroads) in google maps and emailed the link to myself. I see the entire route in google maps android, but it stopped on the first leg, on desktop shows red pin at end but on mobile red pin at 1st leg). Some in thread mentioned osmand app. There's also gpx files on sundayrides dot com
PS, since I have less that 10 posts, i had to remove the urls from my posts
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-19-2015, 12:23 AM
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fwiw, custom routing is now possible using google maps.

on the pc, create a custom route by dragging it to create the route you want.

click the gear icon at the bottom right of the map, and select "share"

copy the link (shorten is best) and email it to your phone.

The custom route will _now_ be retained in mobile maps... this is pretty new... up until a few months ago, mobile maps would discard the custom routing and replace it with a standard google point to point route.

however, it may be necessary to return to the email link if mobile gmaps "looses track" of your custom route. Some people have posted difficulties if the ride is started at a point outside of the custom route... i.e. google "reroutes" as if the rider has chosen to take an alternate route.

Hope that this information is helpful,
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