Enter Maps Destinations on the PC, Use on the Droid

It can be tedious to enter GPS map points on a phone-size device, especially if you are on-the-go when doing it (e.g., driving). If you know your points in advance, it can be a whole lot easier to enter them on the full-sized PC, then let the tight integration with Google’s My Maps app take care of getting the points over to your Android phone. Here’s how to do it.

On Your PC

  • Log in to your Google account
  • Open up Google Maps
  • Go to the My Maps tab
  • Create a new map, call it Destinations
  • Search for a location, click Edit on the point once it is found by GMaps, and select to Save it to Destinations
  • Repeat for additional points of interest

On your phone

  • Open up Maps
  • Select Layers
  • Select “More Layers” if you need to, then select the Destinations map
  • Tap on a push-pin once to select it, which causes the label “bubble” to be displayed
  • Tap the bubble to get a context menu, which allows you Get Directions, or go directly to Navigate
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7 Responses to “Enter Maps Destinations on the PC, Use on the Droid”

  1. Save Time Entering Driving Destinations on Android Phones [Saving Time] | Computer Tips and Tricks Says:

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  4. Cristian Says:

    I’ve google maps version 3.1.2(#3187) on my htc magic, but I don’t see the Layers options. What version do you have?

  5. Shane Says:

    This is a great tip because, strangely, it’s not entirely obvious. I went looking for my maps in the Maps app, didn’t find it, but more easily found the “My Maps editor” in the Android store. I downloaded that and used it for a while (a pain, because you end up switching between apps, etc.).

    Then, one day, I stumbled upon the “More Layers” item and … tada! … found “my Maps” listed. Life got easier!

    @Christian: The one step Dave missed is 1b: Press the menu button. Then the layars button in step 2. That said, maybe it’s not available in 3.1.2 — the version on our Nexus/G1/Droid is 3.3.1.

    Incidentally, this also works on the navigation enabled maps app in Android 1.6 (on devices like the G1). Also, try the Labs menu item to add a Layer button to the map overlay buttons. It’s a nice convenience.

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