You can now plot out your next road trip with the Waze Live Map on desktop and then send these directions right to your phone. This new feature is live for everyone, and you can access it through Waze’s Live Map on desktop. Naturally, the Waze app needs to be installed on your phone to load the route, but that’s the only requirement.
Waze lets you share directions to your phone in two ways: You can log into your Waze account on both the web and mobile app and sync the two devices, or you can skip signing in on desktop and load the directions by scanning a QR code with your phone.
Once you’ve done either, the directions load seamlessly in the Waze mobile app so you can instantly begin navigation mode and avoid the tedium of looking up the same route again.
Waze also lets you plot out trips up to a week in advance, making this helpful for planning excursions and travel arrangements early. The app will remember your departure time, send you alerts when it’s time to go, and will have the directions ready. You could also snap a photo or screenshot of the QR code to scan for later, which might be a useful trick if you’re going on a long drive through areas with poor mobile connection.
How to send trip directions from Waze’s Live Map to the mobile app
- Load up Waze’s Live Map in your preferred desktop browser.
- Click “Plan a drive.”
- Punch in your starting point, destination, and departure time as usual.
- Click “Save to app.”
- Open your phone’s camera app and scan the QR code in the pop-up window. The driving instructions will load in the Waze app. The Live Map page also lets you sign in to your Waze account to sync the instructions without scanning the code, and has links to download the Waze app if you don’t have it yet.