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How To Import Google Maps Into Scenic & Create GPX File

By 29.08.2023No Comments

We’ve had a lot of people in the Scenic Forum ask about the process of importing a Google Maps route into Scenic, as well as creating and exporting a GPX file from it. 

The process is very simple. We have created a short video to make things easier, and have included a step-by-step guide here. 

How to import Google Maps into Scenic 

First, let’s show you how to import a Google Maps route into Scenic. 

Step 1: Create your route on Google Maps 

Start by creating your route on Google Maps. Input a starting location, destination, and any stops you want to make along the way. 

If you prefer to take different roads than what Google is suggesting, you can drag the blue line to those roads.

The stops you add in the left-hand panel will become stops in Scenic. The drag points you add will become via points in Scenic. (What’s the difference between a stop and a via, you ask? Check the answer here.)

Screenshot of Google Maps inputting start and end addresses

Step 2: Copy & paste the URL into the Scenic Web App

Now, copy the URL from your browser address bar. Ensure you only do this once your route is complete and do not need to make any changes. 

Now go to https://scenic.app/webapp and login to your Scenic account. (the same login you use for the App)

Step 3: Paste Google Maps URL 

Click ‘Copy-Paste a Google Maps URL to Scenic’.

Paste the URL into the field, enter a Route name and optionally, enter a route description,.

Click ‘Send to Scenic’ to send the route to your Scenic Import Queue.

Screenshot of user entering Google Maps URL into Scenic web app.

Step 4: Open Scenic on your phone and import 

To complete the import, open the Scenic mobile app on your phone.

Open the side menu and select ‘Import’

Tap ‘Import Queue’ to find your route loaded in the system.

Screenshot of user selecting the Import Queue feature within Scenic.

Choose your route and select ‘import’. 

User selecting route imported into Scenic using the Import Queue.

This will take you to the Power Planner, where you can check the imported route and make any desired changes.

Step 5: Save route 

The final step is to save the route into your mobile app. 

Tap the Save button on the top right of the Power Planner, and choose whichever folder you want to save it into. 

User saving Google Maps route into Routes folder within Scenic app.

Once you’re ready to ride, open the route from your saved folder and start navigating. 

Happy riding!! 

 

User selecting their saved route in Scenic mobile app to begin navigating.

How to create a GPX file from your Google Maps route 

GPX files are a generally accepted format to share routes and rides between navigation software and navigation units. You can use it, for example, to share routes with fellow riders, send it to another app, or import it into your Garmin or TomTom.

Here’s how you do export your route to a GPX file: 

Step 1: Open your routes folder and select the route you want to export

Tap the top left corner to open the Scenic menu. 

Select the Routes option. 

User selecting Routes feature within Scenic app to view all saved routes.

Select the route you want to export.  

User selecting route in Scenic app to export as GPX file.

Step 2: Create GPX file and export 

Once you have selected the route you want to export, scroll down to the menu at the bottom and select ‘Export GPX’.

User selecting Export GPX function within Scenic app.

Choose how you want to share your route. Scenic lets you create and share GPX files over: 

  • AirDrop
  • Email
  • As a Note
  • Over social media.

User sharing GPX file from Scenic to friend over email.

Scenic makes sharing adventure easy 

Importing routes from Google Maps and creating a sharable GPX file is a handy little feature – perfect for recommending a ride to your buddies, planning a trip together, or just sharing your bucket list routes. 

If you have any more questions about Scenic features, you can find answers on our help page

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask our community forum. Someone from our community, or myself, will do our best to answer your question. 

Guido

Guido

Independent Developer of ScenicApp

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