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Once you've created your route and optimized in Road Warrior, the next step is to Navigate.

For optimized or calculated routes the optimal path will be displayed as a purple line connecting the dots. Each stop has a sequence number associated with it to indicate the order of the stops in the route.

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Note that the purple path line is only high level overlay. It is not a detailed path and is not intended for actual navigation. Actual navigation is best left to your selected 3rd party navigation apps (e.g. Google Maps, Waze, Here).

How to Navigate

From either the list view or the map view, select your stop labeled #1. In the stop dialog that pops up, you will see an action button labeled "Navigate".

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Once you hit Navigate, a 3rd party navigation app will launch with the stop location as the targeted destination. By default, Google Maps is the selected nav app in the settings. Road Warrior will forward the location information to the 3rd party app. Just hit go and you're on the road with turn-by-turn voice guided navigation from your favorite nav app.

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After you arrive at your stop in the navigation app, press the back button until you arrive back at the Road Warrior app. Once here you can check-in or move on to your next stop by repeating the process until complete.

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Navigation settings are available at the system-wide app level as well as the individual navigation level.

App Level Settings

General Navigation Settings are accessible in the Road Warrior app settings. You can locate the app level settings by:
1) Open the left side panel
2) Click Settings
3) View under Route Defaults

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The general app settings include the following:
  • Enable or disable the display of Detailed Navigation Settings
  • Enable or disable the display of Navigation Bar

Destination Level Settings

Destination level settings allow you you change the options for a specific target destination. If you always want to use the same options, you may choose to "Do not show again" once you are comfortable with you have selected the options you want.

Selecting your choice of navigation app may be a personal preference, or you may also have specific requirements such as offline navigation or truck friendly routes.

Navigation App

Here are the available options:
  • Google Maps (default)
  • Waze
  • Here WeGo
  • Sygic
  • Navigon
  • Yandex
  • Other


Note that the Other option will allow you to navigate to some apps not even on this list. This sends the standard geo intent to the Android OS. Android will then present you with a list of all the apps registered which support this integration.

Target is the value which is passed to the navigation app to location the destination point. You can choose to navigate to a Coordinate or a Address under “Navigation Target.” There are trade-offs for each and not all navigation apps support both. In general "Coordinate" is the most reliable. However, "Address" works well in well-known urban areas and has the added benefit of friendly address in the GPS.

Navigation App

Here are the available options:
  • Address
  • Coordinate

    In general Coordinate is the most reliable. The coordinate is the latitude and longitude numeric values. When using coordinate, the selected navigating app may reverse lookup the coordinates attempt to display as an address (which can include a range of addresses, for example: 100-200 Main Street). This may not match exactly the address in Road Warrior, but it is only superficial and will still navigate you to the known coordinate of the stop.

Address works well in well known urban areas and has the added displaying friendly address in the GPS even if you are not using the label feature. It also requires that your data is complete, unambiguous and free of errors. You can always verify your addresses by searching in Google Maps and making sure Google does not auto-correct your address.

Destination Label

The label is the "Friendly Name" provided to navigation app. This is used primarily when passing a coordinate as the target. Not all navigation apps support this feature and is not available in all modes. When available it will be visible, otherwise hidden. This allows you to have custom information available when you arrive at your destination. You can choose to include your name or address values from the stop.

Navigation Label

Here are the available options:
  • None
  • Name
  • Address

GMaps Mode

The Google Maps Mode determines which screen you will open once you click navigation.

GMaps Mode

Here are the available options:
  • Map View (default)
  • Navigate Preview
  • Navigate Directly

    The benefit to Map View option is two fold. First, it allows you to verify the destination location on the map prior to getting directions and navigating. Secondly, the "Map View" is the only mode in Google Maps which allows for passing the customized label text. This is useful when you arrive at your destination to have your own custom info available.

The benefit to Navigation Preview option is it allows you to verify the destination location on the map prior to getting directions and navigating. This mode does not allow for a custom label.

The benefit to Navigate Directly is that you can launch directly into navigation with as few clicks as possible. The major drawback is that since you do not validate your location beforehand, you could end up at an unintended location. Additionally, this mode does not allow for a custom label.

Do not display this again

If you are happy with the default settings, or once you are comfortable with the options you have set, you may choose to not display this screen anymore and launch directly to navigation. This allows one less click to get going. Once you have disable the display and if in the future you want to redisplay to change options, you can enable again in the App Settings by checking the option below:
Display Route Notification

Navigating to multiple stops
One of our new Road Warrior features is the Route Notification Bar. The Route Notification is a notification bar that allows you to check into stops and navigate to your next stops without having to go back to the Road Warrior app.

To enable the Route Notification widget, open the side menu, go to Settings, then scroll down and check "Display Route Notification".

Display Route Notification

After you have done this, when you optimize a route or tap Navigate on a stop, the Route Notification will show up in your phone's notification pane, similar to Spotify or Google Maps. To view this, pull down from the top of your screen.

Notification Widget

The Route Notification widget allows you to do a few different actions:

  • Forward/Backwards Arrows - these allow you to cycle between the different stops in your routes. Tapping the back arrow will cycle to the previous stop, and tapping the forward arrow will cycle to the next stop.

  • Navigate - this button will start navigation to your current stop, using your selected Navigation app

  • Check In - this button will check in to your current stop

  • Close - this button will close the route notification (if this button does not show, you can view it by swiping down on the notification

I liked the prior nav settings, how do I get back to that?
You to reset to the legacy prior defaults, choose the following settings:

  • Navigation App: Google Maps
  • Navigation Target: Coordinate
  • GMaps Mode: Navigate Directly
  • Do not display this again ✓


I drive a truck, how can I use Road Warrior?
Consider downloading an offline Navigator like Sygic Truck. Sygic has a truck friendly version and is optimized for offline navigation using TomTom maps.

Road Warrior is saying my navigation app won't launch. What's the deal?
Check your settings to make sure the correct app is selected. Be sure that the app selected is installed on your device. This may need to be done separately by downloading from the Google Play Store.