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How to avoid highways on Google Maps for your directions on desktop or mobile

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How to avoid highways on Google Maps for your directions on desktop or mobile

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  • You can avoid highways on Google Maps for your directions if you wish to avoid traffic or take an alternate route. 
  • It’s easy to set this preference on Google Maps, whether you’re using the website or mobile app. 
  • Here’s how to set up your Google Maps to avoid highways.
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Google Maps can be a useful tool when it comes to getting from point A to point B in a timely manner. 

But sometimes you may not necessarily want the quickest way, or you have a feeling there’s going to be traffic on those larger roads. 

That’s when it’s time to take advantage of a lesser-known tool on Google Maps: Avoiding highways.

Here’s how to set up your Google Maps to do that, whether you’re using the desktop or mobile version of the site.

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How to avoid highways on Google Maps on desktop

1. Go to maps.google.com.

2. Click into the blue right-turn icon, located next to the “Search Google Maps” bar.

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Click on the blue arrow icon.
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3. Enter your starting and ending points.

4. Click “Options.”

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Click on Options.
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5. Tick the box next to “Avoid Highways.”

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Check the box next to Highways under Avoid.
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How to avoid highways on Google Maps in the mobile app

1. Open your Google Maps app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

2. Select the three stacked lines to open the menu (the location may vary depending on the kind of phone you have).

3. Tap “Settings.”

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Tap Settings at the bottom.
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4. Select “Navigation settings.”

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Click on Navigation settings.
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5. Scroll down to the “Route options” section and toggle on the “Avoid highways” option.

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Switch the toggle on Avoid highways.
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From there, you can also choose to avoid tolls and ferries if you wish.

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