So how can you use Google Maps for navigation in truck mode?
In short, you can’t BUT you can come close using one of the following methods. Most of the time GPS navigation apps for Android don’t have data as accurate as Google Maps.
Truck drivers need precise routes and precise destinations for delivery of cargo without delays or other risks.
There are very good applications that can create routes in truck mode, such as Sygic, Copilot Truck and other apps.
However, these apps are no match for Google Maps that offers the information needed especially by professional drivers: postal codes in industrial areas, special locations that appear only on Google maps or precise coordinates of warehouses.
To use Google Maps in truck mode, we need a very good Gps application to take over the locations offered by Google and guide us with the truck on special routes to those locations.
You can use an app like iGO, Sygic or others.
On Google Play you’ll only find the official versions of the apps but if you search the internet you can find modified versions that allow you to retrieve a location from Google Maps and use that location when generating a suitable route for trucks.
Method 1: Google Maps Truck Mode using iGO Primo or Nextgen
iGO Primo Truck edition is one of the most popular GPS navigation apps and is used by many truck drivers due to its ease of use and very accurate routes depending on the size of the truck you drive.
iGO Primo (or the newest version iGO NextGen) uses maps from Navteq(HERE), one of the global leaders in this segment.
However, even though it has very good coverage, it does not manage to be as detailed as Google’s app when it comes to locations, points of interest, and mapped roads.
Using iGO in combination with Google Maps is a great solution when it comes to Android GPS applications for truck drivers.
How to use iGO and Google Maps for truck routes?
Download iGO Primo or NextGen for truck (a version that supports importing from Google Maps) and install it on your smartphone or tablet. You may need special permissions to install it – follow this tutorial:
Go to Settings -> Security.
Check Unknown sources and you’re all set.
After installation, let the app run in the background and open Google Maps.
After you open Google Maps, search for the location you want to go to. Tap the Share icon on the bottom of the screen.
From the list that opens up, select iGO Primo. If you don’t see iGO Primo press the More icon and you should see it.
Now iGO Primo will open and show you the location on its own map screen. From there, choose Navigate to, and select your route settings.
Method 2: Google Maps Truck Mode using Send to Navigation
You can use another app from Google Play – Send to Navigation.
This app takes your location from Google Maps and lets you send that location to your favorite truck GPS navigation app – in our case iGO Primo or Nextgen. If you don’t’ like iGO Primo, you can use Sygic truck or other supported apps:
Install iGO Primo for trucks or iGO form Google Play (the official app), or one of the apps listed above supported by Send to Navigation.
Next, install Send to Navigation from Google Play.
Start all three apps – Google Maps, Send to Navigation and your truck GPS app ( in our case iGO Truck).
Open Google Maps and choose your destination. Slide to the bottom and select Share. Then choose Send to Navigation.
The Send to Navigation app will open and let you send that location to your preferred app (if already installed) or it can point you to Google Play to download an app from the list.
Your truck GPS app will take the Google Maps location and generate an optimized route to your destination. Now you’re all set.
Method 3: Using coordinates from Google Maps and sending them to your truck GPS app
This method involves searching for a location on google maps. Copy the coordinates of that location and paste them to the truck GPS application. iGO Primo or Sygic Truck both have support for coordinates input.
Example using coordinates from Google Maps on iGO Nextgen.
That’s it. Now you know how to hack your way into using Google Maps for navigation in truck mode.
Until Google decides to add truck driving mode to Maps, this is one of the few alternatives that are helpful for truck drivers worldwide.