Planning a New Route on an iPhone

 

The Route4Me iPhone app helps you save time by planning your routes on the go when you have multiple service appointments. To plan a new route, tap “Routes”, then select the “+” icon in the top right of your screen.

 

 

 

Specifying the Route Settings

The first thing you need to do when planning a new route is to specify the route settings.

  • – Route Name: Specify the name of the route, as it will be displayed in your routes list;
  • – Route Schedule: Input the start date and time for your route;
  • – Optimization Type: Select the type of optimization for your route;
  • – Optimization For: Choose between shortest distance, shortest time and shortest time with current traffic;
  • – Travel Mode: Choose whether you want the route to be planned for driving or walking.

Tap “Done” to save your settings.

 

 

 

Adding Your Stops

After specifying your route settings, you need to start adding your stops.

Tap “Set Your Departure Address.”

 

 

 

Select one of the available options for adding stops:

  • Add New: Manually type in the street name and number, city, state and ZIP code.
  • Select from Contacts: Select an address associated with one of your phone contacts.
  • Set Current Location as Start: Your detected location will be set as the departure for the route.
  • Select from Favorites: Select one of your saved “Favorites” addresses.
  • Select from Recents: Select an address that has been recently routed.

 

 

 

Adding a New Stop by Manually Typing in the Address

To add a new stop to a route, tap “Add New”, then type in the address on the “Add Destination” screen.

 

 

 

As you type in the address, the app will provide an auto-complete suggestion list. You can either type in the full address (or until the list is only showing one option), or you can tap on the correct address to add it to the route.

 

 

 

Choosing the address from the suggestion list will ensure that it is properly geocoded.

 

 

 

The app will notify you if the address is incorrect or unavailable to be inserted into the route.

 

 

 

After typing in a correct address and selecting in from the auto-complete list, you can optionally type in an alias.

 

 

 

Finally, tap “Add” to insert the address into the route.

 

 

 

You can keep adding addresses by tapping “Add Another Destination” and repeating the same process.

 

 

 

Adding a Stop from Your Phone Contacts

If you the address data for the stops you need to visit is available in your iPhone’s address book, you can access it through “Adding a new Stop from Your Phone Contacts.”

To add one of your contacts to a route, open the route and tap “Add (Another) Destination”, then tap “Select from Your Contacts.”

 

 

 

Tap on the name of the contact you want to add to the route.

 

 

 

Tap on the address.

 

 

 

After going through the validation stage, tap “Add.”

 

 

 

The contact will appear in your route stops list.

 

 

 

Set Current Location as Start and End

The Route4Me app uses GPS data to determine your location at all times. You can use this functionality to add your current location as the first or last stop on the route.

Open the route and tap “Add (Another) Destination”, then tap “Set Current Location as Start” or “Set Current Location as End.”

 

 

 

Tap “Confirm” when prompted.

 

 

 

Adding a Stop from your Favorites List

You can save addresses that you visit on a regular basis as “Favorites”, so you can easily retrieve them when planning new routes. You can do that by tapping and holding on a destination you have already added to your route, then tap “Add to Favorites.”

 

 

 

To add an address from your Favorites list to a route, open the route and tap “Add (Another) Destination”, then tap “Select from Favorites.”

 

 

 

Tap on the address you want to add in the list.

 

 

 

Finally, tap “Add” to insert the address into the route.

 

 

 

Favorite addresses will display a yellow star in the routes list.

 

 

 

Adding a Stop from your Recents List

Stops you include in your routes are automatically saved to the “Recents” list. To add one of your recent destinations to a route, open the route and tap “Select from Recents.”

 

 

 

Tap on the address you want to add to the route.

 

 

 

Finally, tap “Add” on the address validation screen.

 

 

 

Optimizing Your Route

Tap “Plan Route” when you are done adding all the destinations to the route and defining your route settings.

 

 

 

Next, tap “Confirm.”

 

 

 

Your route will be optimized in seconds! The planned route will display useful information, such as the estimated duration or distance between stops.

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