Navigate and Complete Routes – iPhone Route Planner
Route4Me’s iPhone Route Planner app provides seamless continuity throughout the entire multi-stop route planning, optimization, navigation, and visitation process. Once you plan and optimize a route, you can easily navigate it using integrated navigation or Google Maps. Additionally, you can attach various types of proof of delivery (POD) to stops along the route. Furthermore, after finishing your route, Route4Me’s iPhone Route Planner app will provide detailed route KPIs.
In this guide, you can learn how to use Route4Me’s In-App Voice-Guide Navigation, attach proof of visit to stops, set route stop statuses, check route KPIs, and more. Additionally, you can learn how to navigate Google Maps route planner, Apple Maps route planner, and Waze route planner optimized routes.
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Navigate and Complete Multi-Stop Route Flow Overview
Navigating and completing multi-stop routes with Route4Me’s iPhone Route Planner is fast and simple. Follow these quick steps to open, start, navigate and complete your Route4Me-optimized last-mile routes.
First, open the preferred route and then tap and hold the “Hold to Start Route” button to start your route.
Next, tap on the “Navigate” button next to the stop that you want to visit from your current location. After that, select “In-App Navigation” to use Route4Me’s Integrated Voice-Guided Navigation and proceed to navigate the route. Alternatively, you can use Google Maps, Waze, Apple Maps, CoPilot, Uber, and other navigation apps.
As you arrive at a route stop, you can set a specific status to the stop and attach various proof of delivery and proof of service types. To do so, tap on the “Arrived” button and then the “Set Status” button. Next, select the preferred stop status. After that, you can attach an e-signature, image, text note, and other types of POD and POS to the stop. After that, tap on the respective status button to set the stop status and attach the added data.
When you visit and complete all stops on the route, Route4Me will automatically prompt you to end the route and provide a detailed route summary. Alternatively, if you manually end the route, the app will show you all stops without a status. Accordingly, you can then set statuses to those stops to end the route.
In the route summary, you can check the total traveled distance, total route travel time, number of completed stops, and more.
Routes List Visibility – All Routes, My Routes, Draft Routes
To open your Routes List, go to “Routes” in the navigation menu at the bottom of the screen. In your Routes List, you can access 3 types of routes: My Routes, All Routes, and Drafts. Equally important, depending on your subscription and user type, you may have access to a single or multiple Routes List types.
|My Routes||This screen shows all routes that you are assigned to. In detail, when a user is assigned to a route, this user can have a specific level of access to the given route. Additionally, learn more about Route4Me’s User Types and Account-Level Permissions.|
|All Routes||This screen shows all routes that you and your sub-users are assigned to. Additionally, learn more about Route4Me’s User Types and Account-Level Permissions.|
|Drafts||This screen shows your Draft Routes. When you start planning a route, add addresses, adjust settings, etc., and don’t finish optimizing the route, the app automatically saves the unplanned route as a draft. To switch to your Draft Routes, tap on “Routes” at the top of the Routes List and then select “Drafts“. Accordingly, to switch back to your planned routes, tap on “Routes” at the top of the Routes List and then select “Synced“.|
Start Route on Route4Me’s Muti-Stop Route Planner App
First, open the preferred route from your Routes List. Next, you can tap on the arrow icon in the top left corner of the screen to open the route’s details: route start time, route distance, number of stops, predicted route duration and end time, and more.
After that, tap and hold the “Hold to Start Route” button to start your route. After starting the route, you can navigate to each route stop to complete the route. Equally important, when you start a scheduled route, the app automatically updates the route’s start date to the current date.
Share ETA – Send SMS with Estimated Time of Arrival
For your and your customers’ convenience, you can share your estimated arrival time before you start navigating to their location. To do so, tap on the three dots menu icon next to the route stop and then select “Share ETA” from the menu. Alternatively, tap on the information icon next to the preferred stop and then tap on the “Share ETA” button on the stop’s info screen.
Next, the app will automatically prepopulate a text message with a link to Route4Me’s Order Tracking Portal and the respective order tracking number. Accordingly, the recipient can then open their order details and check your estimated arrival time.
In-App Voice-Guided Route Planner Navigation
To start navigating to a route stop, tap on the “Navigate” button next to this stop. Next, select the “In-App Navigation” option to use Route4Me’s Integrated Voice-Guided Navigation. After that, you can select whether you want to use the stop’s address or GPS coordinates. Further in this guide, you can more about adjusting the Navigation Precision Settings.
When you launch the navigation on your Route4Me iOS Route Planner app for the first time, select “In-App Navigation” from the list to use Route4Me’s integrated navigation. After that, whenever you start navigation, the app will automatically use the In-App Navigation by default. Additionally, you can select whether you want to navigate to the stop’s address or GPS coordinates. Finally, tap on the “Continue” button to start the navigation.
Route4Me’s In-App Navigation provides turn-by-turn voice directions. To mute or unmute driver navigation directions, tap on the speaker button. To check the alias and address of the stop where you are navigating, tap on the up arrow icon in the bottom left corner of the navigation screen. Additionally, you can check the dynamic estimated time of arrival, which can change depending on the live traffic and other conditions.
Furthermore, you can zoom in and out on the navigation map using pinch gestures. To change the map perspective and switch between 2D maps and 3D maps with detailed building shapes, swipe two fingers up and down.
To close the navigation, tap and hold the X icon in the bottom left corner of the navigation screen. Alternatively, hold the top of the navigation screen and drag it down to end the navigation.
When you arrived at the destination, Route4Me automatically notifies you and shows the respective route stop alias and address. After that, tap on the “End Navigation” button to close the navigation. Next, you can set a status and attach proof of delivery or proof of service to the given route stop.
To do so, tap on the “Arrived” and “Set Status” buttons, and then select the preferred stop status. After that, you can attach such types of proof of visit as text notes, electronic signatures, images, photos, and more. Additionally, you may have other Mandatory Tasks for completing the stop.
Navigation Settings – Route4Me’s iPhone Route Planner App
To open the navigation settings, go to “More” from the navigation menu at the bottom of the screen and then select “Settings“. After that, you can select the preferred default navigation app and adjust the navigation precision settings.
To set the default navigation app, go to “Default Navigation App” and then select the preferred navigation app. After that, when you navigate to a route stop, Route4Me will automatically send route stop details to your default navigation app.
NOTE: To use a specific route navigation app, make sure it’s installed on your device. Currently, Route4Me supports navigation with Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze App, Uber, and CoPilot.
To adjust the navigation precision settings, go to “Navigation Precision” and then select the preferred option. In detail, the navigation precision allows you to navigate to the stop’s address or GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude).
For example, some route navigation apps like Google Maps provide better navigation results when navigating by Address. On the other hand, other navigation apps can use latitude and longitude coordinates to generate more precise navigation directions. Furthermore, you can use location GPS coordinates to navigate to route stops that don’t have an address.
Google Maps Route Planner, Apple Maps, and Waze Navigation
In addition to Route4Me’s In-App Voice-Guided Navigation, you can use other navigation apps. Specifically, you can navigate optimized routes using Google Maps route planner, Apple Maps route planner, Waze, CoPilot, and Uber. Simply tap on the “Navigate” button next to the preferred stop. Route4Me will automatically send the respective address or GPS coordinates to your navigation app.
Set Stop Statuses – Arrived, Done, Skipped, and Failed
As you navigate the route and arrive at route stops, you can set various statuses to your stops. For your convenience, stop statuses have generic names, and you can interpret them as you see fit for your specific routing and business needs. To set a status to a stop, tap on the “Arrived” button and then on the “Set Status” button. Next, select the preferred stop status and then tap on the respective “Mark As” button to save the status.
Equally important, depending on your account settings, you can have different stop statuses available. To enable specific stop statuses for your account, please contact Route4Me’s Support Team.
Proof of Delivery – E-Signatures, Images, and Text Notes
After selecting the preferred stop status, you can attach various types of proof of visit to the given stop. For example, to attach a text note to the stop, tap on the plus icon next to the “Notes” field. To attach an electronic signature to the route stop, tap on the plus icon next to the “Signature” field and then sign on the device’s screen. Similarly, to attach an image or a photo to the route stop, tap on the plus icon next to the “Photo” button and then attach a photo from your device or camera.
After attaching data to the route stop, tap on the respective “Mark As” status button to save it. After that, the stop will be automatically marked as visited, and the app will prompt you to navigate to the next route stop. Accordingly, the stop’s status will be shown next to the stop. To view the data attached to a visited route stop, tap on the three dots menu icon next to the given stop and then select “Notes” from the menu.
Barcode Scanner – Attach Barcode Data to Route Stops
Furthermore, you can scan barcodes and attach barcode data to route stops as custom data. To do so, tap on the three dots menu icon next to the preferred stop and then select “Scan Barcode” from the menu. Next, use Route4Me’s Barcode Scanner to scan the barcode. After that, the app will automatically attach the scanned barcode data to the route stop as Custom Data. To check the attached barcode data, tap on the information icon next to the route stop and then check the “Custom Data” section.
End Route – Route Summary and Route KPIs
When you visit the last stop on the route, Route4Me will automatically prompt you to end the route. Additionally, you can complete the route manually by tapping on the “End Route” button at the bottom of the stops list. When you have route stops without a status, the app will provide the list of the respective stops so that you can set a status to each of those stops. Once you end the route, Route4Me will provide a detailed route summary and route KPIs. Specifically, the total traveled distance, actual route duration, number of visited stops, and more.
After ending the route, editing the route and its stops is automatically disabled. If you want to edit the route after ending it, tap on the “Resume Route” button at the bottom of the stops list.