Switching from Google Maps Route Planning to Route4Me

Why Switch?

Google Maps isn’t ideal for route planning. It doesn’t let you make a route with more than 10 stops, and it’s only able to sort addresses in the same order that you put them in.

Route4Me is different. You can add as many stops as you want, and it can automatically shuffle your stops around so that they’re in the optimal order. Better routes allow you to save time, cut fuel expenses and make more money.

 

Switching from Google Maps to Route4Me

Switching over to a new route planning solution is easy. This guide will show you how to quickly migrate your addresses to Route4Me.

 

Preparing an Excel file for Import

The quickest way to import your addresses into Route4Me is by adding all your addresses to a spreadsheet file.
Route4Me supports .CSV, .XLS and .XLSX files. Your spreadsheet should contain a single sheet that must include a header row and data rows. The table header defines the type of information you’re adding, while the corresponding data fields contain the actual information you input into the system.

Move routes from Google Maps to Route4Me easily

The only required column is the “Address” column, where you should include: the street name and number, city, state and zip code. Alternatively, you can only input the street name and number into the “Address” column, then enter separate columns for the city, state and zip code.

You can also add an unlimited number of custom columns.

 

Importing Address Data into Route4Me

You can import your address data to Route4Me for one-time use (use it to plan a route or a set of routes immediately) or for recurring usage (add them to Route4Me’s address book and use it to plan routes whenever needed).

 

Importing Addresses for One-Time Usage

To import addresses for one-time usage, take the following steps:

1. Open your web browser and go to www.route4me.com.
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2. Select “Login” and enter your credentials.
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3. Select “Routes” → “Plan new route.”
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4. Select “Upload a File” in the route planning options window.
Move routes from Google Maps to Route4Me easily

 

5. You also have the option to set your route parameters, such as tour type (round trip or end at a stop), navigation preference (shortest distance or shortest amount of time), and how many sub-routes you want to create (for when you have multiple drivers servicing those addresses). When you’re done, select “Create Route and Proceed to Add Addresses.”
Always get an optimized route when you switch from Google Maps to Route4Me

 

6. Click anywhere on the upload area, then navigate to your spreadsheet file.
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7. Review your addresses on the map. Addresses that need your attention are marked under the “Review” and “Not Found” tabs. Edit addresses as needed, then select “Finish Import.” The system will optimize the address sequence and open your planned route.
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8. If you need to add addresses/stops to your planned route, select the “Insert” tab and then select the “+ Addresses” option.
Always get an optimized route when you switch from Google Maps to Route4Me

 

9. Type in the address and select “Finished Adding Addresses.”
Move routes from Google Maps to Route4Me easily

 

10. If you want to keep your current address-to-route distribution while uploading multiple routes, you need to consolidate the routes into a single spreadsheet, add a column called “route_no,” and then upload the spreadsheet to Route4Me.
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Note that you can also view multiple routes on the same map. Go to “Routes” → “Routes Map.”
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Click the checkboxes next to the routes you want to display to make the routes appear on the map and in the timeline section.
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Importing Addresses for Recurring Usage

For recurring usage, upload your addresses to Route4Me’s address book. The address book allows you to keep track of your addresses and all the information that is important about them, such as how often you visit them, the date they were last visited, etc.

1. In your Route4Me account, select “Address Book” → “Address Book List.”
Move routes from Google Maps to Route4Me easily

 

2. Select “File” → “Upload Addresses.”
Move routes from Google Maps to Route4Me easily

 

3. Click anywhere on the upload area, then navigate to your spreadsheet.
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4. The system will notify you if there are any geocoding issues you need to review. Click the “Show x destinations” button next to “Addresses to review.”
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5. Modify the addresses as needed, then select “Add to address book”.
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6. Your addresses and all the information associated with them will be added to the address book. If you want to view the locations on a map, go to “Address Book” → “Address Book Map.”
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7. Here you can use the addresses to create territories, apply advanced filters, and make custom address selections.
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Once the migration is complete, you’ll be able to start enjoying the many benefits that Route4Me has to offer.

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