Planning a long trip with numerous stops? This wikiHow will teach you how to add multiple destinations in Google Maps in the mobile app and your computer. You can create a map with multiple destinations for drives, walks, and bike rides.
[Edit]Using the Mobile App
- Open Google Maps. This app icon looks like a multicolored map pin that you’ll find on one of your Home screens, in the app drawer, or by searching.
- Tap . You’ll see this blue Directions button in the lower right corner of your screen and will start Directions mode, which will prompt you for a starting location and destination.
- The process for adding multiple destinations is the same for both iOS and Android.
- Enter your starting location. By default, Maps will use your device’s current location. You can enter any location by tapping the “Your location” text field and then entering a custom one.
- Tap “Choose on map” to place a pin on the map you want to use as your starting location. Drag and zoom the map underneath the pin to position it.
- Tap “Choose destination” and enter your first destination. You can type the address, search for a business or place, or tap “Choose on map.” If you tap “Choose on map,” you can pan and zoom the map to place a pin for your destination.
- Ensure that you have driving, cycling, or walking selected. Multiple destinations are not supported for transit or rides.
- Tap the (Android) or (iOS) button. This three-dot button appears after you have entered your starting location and your destination, a route is shown on the map, but before you’ve tap Start.
- Tap . This will add a new line underneath your first destination.
- If you don’t see this option, your device may be too old to support the feature.
- Enter in the second destination. You can search for a location or address, or tap “Choose on map” to place a pin.
- Continue adding more stops (if needed). You can add up to nine destinations. Each time you add a destination, a new “Add stop” line will appear underneath until the limit is reached.
- To rearrange your stops, you can drag and drop the two-line place-holder icons that are displayed to the right of the stop’s address.
- Tap . You’ll see this blue text to the right of the estimated trip time, below the list of stops you’ve added.
- Tap . You’ll see this at the bottom of your screen and will start navigation.
[Edit]Using the Google Maps Website
- Go to https://www.google.com/maps on your computer. The Google Maps site allows you to create maps with up to nine additional destinations.
- Click the Directions button on the right side of the search box. This will open the sidebar and allow you to enter a starting location and your first destination.
- Select your mode of transportation. Use the buttons along the top of the sidebar to select how you will be traveling. You can only set multiple destinations for driving, walking, and cycling. You cannot set multiple destinations for transit or airplanes.
- Enter your starting location. You can type an address, a business or landmark, or click a spot on the map. Click the “My location” option at the top of the search results to use your computer’s current location. You may be prompted by your browser to allow Google Maps to see your location.
- You must enter a starting location before you can add multiple destinations.
- Enter your first destination. Click the “Choose destination” box and then enter a destination just like you did your starting point.
- Click if you haven’t already. If you started by selecting your destinations first (i.e. by clicking a spot on the map or searching for a destination when you first opened the map), click the round “Directions” button and pick a starting location. You’ll need to be in “Directions” mode with both a starting location and a destination before you can add multiple stops.
- Click the button below the destination. This will add a new destination line for your second destination.
- Make sure that you have both a starting location and a destination set, or the “+” will not appear.
- If you don’t see the “+” button, you may need to close “Route options.” You may also have the wrong travel method selected, as airplanes and transit do not support multiple destinations.
- Add your second destination. After clicking the “+” button, enter in your second destination like you did the first. You’ll see your route adjust so that you’re taken to your second destination after reaching the first.
- Repeat for additional destinations. You can continue to add destinations in this fashion until you’ve completed your trip. You can only specify a single method of transportation for the entire trip.
- You can set up to ten total locations, including your starting point. If your trip has more destinations, you may have to create multiple maps for your trip.
- Drag the dots next to each destination to reorder them. You can drag and release the dots next to each destination if you need to reorder your trip. The new route will automatically be calculated.
- Click the route you want to use. If there are multiple possible routes for your trip, they’ll be listed below your destinations, along with the total travel time. Click the route to view the turn-by-turn directions.
- You cannot send a trip with multiple destinations to your mobile device, so this option will be grayed out.
- Click the “Print” button to send the map to your printer. You’ll have two options: printing with the map, or printing text directions only.
- You can also click the Share button and send a link to the map to others via email.
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