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How to make a custom route in Google Maps

Google Maps is one of the most convenient apps for travelers, especially when you need to plan a trip whether by car, public transport, or even on foot. It isn’t surprising that such an app has features that allow you to customize the creation of a route for yourself and use different tools to have a comfortable experience with the app.

In this article, you’ll find ways to simplify and compose your route on Google Maps, without excluding steps for different map customization options, including saving and sharing your route. Since some features of Google My Maps aren’t currently available on iOS devices, this article will focus mainly on Windows, macOS, and Android.

How to make a custom route on Google Maps via Windows or Mac OS

In case you’re working via desktop and decided to create a custom route on Google Maps using Windows or macOS, here’re the instructions:

  • Navigate to Google Maps and sign in to your Google account
  • From the top-left corner, click on the hamburger menu
  • Select Your places from the pull-down menu
  • Click on Maps then Create Map
  • Towards the top-left, click on Untitled Map to enter the map’s name and description
  • Hit Save to confirm

Is there customization options on Google Maps via desktop

Yes, through the desktop on any system, you can use a wide range of options to customize your route in Google Maps. Here’re a few of them:

Visual appearance via desktop

To choose a different look for your map:

  • From the bottom of the menu, select Base map
  • Then select either MapSatellite, or Terrain

How to add new directions in a separate layer via desktop

If you want to add point A to B directions as a separate layer on your custom map:

  • From the toolbar under the search bar, select Add directions
  • Select your transportation mode e.g. driving, cycling, or walking
  • Then enter your departure point in the text box A
  • Then enter your destination point in the text box B
  • The directions will appear on your map

How to add markers to Google Map via desktop

To add Markers to your Google Map on Desktop:

  • Navigate to and sign in to My Maps
  • Open your map, then select Add marker
  • Click on a layer, then click on the point to position the place
  • Give the place a name
  • Hit Save

How to add lines and shapes to Google Maps via desktop

To add a shape or line to your Google Maps via Desktop:

  • Navigate to and sign in to My Maps.
  • Open your map, then tap on the Draw a line > Add line or shape.
  • Pick a layer and click on where you want to start drawing.
  • Click on the corners or bend your shape or line. Press and hold the mouse to move the map.
  • Double-click once you’ve finished your drawing.
  • Give your shape or line a name.
  • Once you’re done, hit Save.

How to measure distance on Google Maps via desktop

To measure distances and areas on Google Maps using on Desktop:

  • Navigate to and sign in to My Maps. Open your map or create a map
  • Click on the Measure distances and areas measuring tape icon
  • Click on where you wish to start measuring from
  • Click on the corner and bends of a line/shape
  • Double-click once you’ve finished drawing

How to make a custom route on Google Maps via mobile device

Google Maps doesn’t have the same features as the desktop version for the mobile version, but still, some features are available, one of them is adding markers to your Google Map. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • Launch My Maps
  • Open your map, then click on the plus sign at the bottom-right of the screen to include a new point, then Add a new point
  • Move the map until the “X” is at the place you want it
  • Now, click on Select this location
  • Give your place a name, then decide on a layer
  • Once finished, click on Done

And there are a few other similar options that you’re able to do via desktop.



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