Google is updating the Android version of Google Maps with Multiple Destinations feature that exists on its desktop version. To be precise, users will start seeing a new plus icon underneath the directions field in Maps. The users can hit that plus icon to add a third destination to stop at. After the third, users can still add a fourth destination, fifth, and so on.
According to Android Police and The Verge, Google is enabling the multiple destination feature server-side, not an actual update to the Maps app. The new feature appears to have originated from an update to the Maps server since the Google Play Store shows that the last app update was a few days ago. Perhaps, the version is getting updated on the Google Play store but doesn’t guarantee that the multiple destination feature will surface after the update.
The feature is available for biking, walking, and driving directions. Hopefully, it wouldn’t be long before the iOS users receive the feature. Meanwhile, Android Police has discovered a tricky way to bring multiple destinations feature to Google Maps on Android. First, plan the multiple destinations trip via a desktop Google Maps and then share that link to the phone via whatever way comfortable for the users. Then, manually open the link in the smartphone and Google Maps on the phone will begin showing the multiple waypoints in a single trip.
There should be an upper limit to the number of stops a route can have. But, the actual number limit is not listed anywhere. For users who are curious to grab the further updates coming on Google Maps, Google had announced a beta testing program for Maps on Android sometimes back during early June. The web giant, of course, is seeking for feedback about the app.