How to Share Custom Route or Directions on Google Maps For PC and Android

Google Maps is quite helpful to navigate your way in an unknown area or city. It’s also a great way to search for common establishments like restaurants and places of interest. However, if you know your way around that, you might not want to take the usual route that Google Maps suggests. Whether it’s for yourself or others, you can create and share custom directions on Google Maps.


Sharing your location via Google Maps requires show the relevant location to friends and family to help them reach the destination. However, sharing your location doesn’t also mean recommending the best route. There might be more than one options and you’d want them to follow the quickest or the best one. Using this method, you will be able to share custom route and directions from Google Maps.

How to Share Custom Directions on Google Maps via PC

The desktop view makes it convenient to open Google Maps, create custom directions and routes before sharing it with others. Google lets you use a feature called My Maps present inside Google Maps, which means you’ll need to log in with your Google Account before proceeding. Here’s how you can do it.

Setting up Google My Maps

Step 1: Head over to the Google Maps page and login with your Google account details.

Google Maps screen

Step 2: Click on the hamburger menu in the top-left corner of the screen.

Google maps settings

Step 3: Select the Your places option in the left pane.

Your places on maps

Step 4: Navigate to the Maps tab.

Maps section

Step 5: You’ll probably see No maps displayed if you haven’t used this feature before. Click on Create Map at the bottom of the screen.

Create new map

Step 6: The new page that loads up on your screen is the My Maps interface.

Google My Maps for custom directions

Step 7: Tap on Untitled map to set a name for your map.

Map name

You can also give it a short description of the route or directions. Click on Save once done.

Set name and description

Step 8: Change the look of your map by clicking on the small arrow next to the Base map.

Base map settings

That’ll have your basic map setup in place, let’s add the destinations with the custom routes and directions.

Adding Custom Directions

Step 1: Use the search bar to look for a particular location and select it from the drop-down list. Make sure this is the starting point for the route.

Search for destination

Step 2: You will now see the selected location pop up on the Map. Click on Add to map. Google Maps will show the location details for the route.

Add to maps

Step 3: Search for a new location in the search bar and click on the relevant result.

Search for new location

Step 4: Click on Add to map for this location again.

Add to map again

Step 5: After adding the location, tap on directions icon at the bottome-right corner of the dialog box to add directions to the location.

Add directions

Step 6: The pane on the left will ask you to enter the point from where you want directions. Enter the starting point of the trip.

Enter start location for directions

Step 7: You will be able to see that the directions from starting point to the chosen (Point A to B) destination.

Step 8: Use the search bar at the top again to search for the next point and add it to the map just like earlier.

Search for new location

Step 9: Click on Add Destination to add the subsequent stops for the route.

Add destination

Step 10: Enter the location you added on the map as Point C.

Enter new lcoation for directions on Maps

Google Maps will show the route from Point B to C. Repeat the process till here and add all the destinations to the map.

Step 11: For sharing a more precise location, use a Pin icon under the searchbox at the top to activate it. Click anywhere on the map to place the pin.

Adding pin

Step 12: Name the pin and click Save.

Naming the pin

After adding all the pins for locations, you will see that all the selected destinations will be added in the left column.

Step 12: When the final map is ready, click on Share button to send it.

All locations added

Step 13: You can either let anyone with the link view the route or share it with specific individuals using the Share on Drive button.

Share maps

Step 14: Copy the link displayed at the bottom and send it to the relevant contacts. They can access the custom route and directions by clicking on this link on and viewing it on their smartphones.

Copy link to route

This is how you can create a custom map with directions and routes on your PC.

How to Share Custom Directions on Google Maps via Android

Instead of using the web browser, you can use the Google My Maps Android app to create a custom route. Here’s how.

Step 1: Download the Google My Maps app from the Play Store on your Android smartphone.

Step 2: Open the app and select Accept & Continue.

Accept and continue

Step 3: Swipe through the intro screen and tap on Finished.

Finished button

Step 4: Select the ‘+’ icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen to create a new map.

Add new map

Step 5: Enter a name and a description for your map and select OK.

add name for the map

Step 6: Once you’re on the maps screen, tap on the ‘+’ icon again and select Add a new point.

Step 7: Search for the destination using the search button in the top-right corner.

Search for destination

Step 8: Tap on the relevant result to show it on the map.

Show point on map

Step 9: At the bottom of the screen, tap on Select this location to add it to the map.

Add lcoation

Step 10: Tap on the checkmark in the top-right to save it.

Save location

Step 11: The destination you added would be displayed at the bottom. Tap on it to enlarge that portion.

Check directions on Google Maps

Step 12: Now, select the Directions button in the top-right to navigate to the spot. This will automatically open Google Maps on your phone and navigate to the destination.

Directions button

Step 13: Repeat the process and add as many stops or destinations to the map.

Add multiple destinations

Step 14: Once done, tap on the back button on your phone to go back to the main map screen.

Main maps menu

Step 15: Tap on the name of the map at the bottom to bring up further options.

Step 16: Select the Share button in the top-right and send the map to your contacts.

Share map

You have successfully created and shared custom directions on Google Maps via your Android phone.

Share Custom Routes on Google Maps With Anyone

Creating custom routes is time-consuming. However, you can create a custom map with directions and routes for yourself or share it with friends and family. While the My Maps app is not available on iOS, you can use the website to create a custom map on your iPhone. The best way would still be to use a computer as it’s faster and easier to make changes on a large screen.

Last updated on 14 April, 2022

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