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How to Avoid Tolls on Google Maps
- If you haven’t already, download Google Maps in the App Store.
- Open the app and search for your destination.
- Tap the blue button or Route.
- Sidenote: you can tap the up and down arrows next to the search boxes to switch your “from” and “to” if needed.
- Enter your “from” address or use your current location.
- Tap the three vertical dots right of the search boxes.
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- Select Route Options.
- Toggle on Avoid Tolls.
- To save your preference for avoiding tolls with Google Maps, toggle on Remember settings.
- Tap the back arrow to return to the map.
- Tap the blue circle with a white arrow pointing up to begin navigating.
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How to Avoid Tolls on Apple Maps
Apple Maps has two ways to avoid tolls in its iPhone app.
Go to Maps > Driving & Navigation.
Under Avoid, choose Tolls.
You also have the option to avoid highways.
Alternatively, open Apple Maps and input your destination.
Tap Directions, and swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Then tap Driving Options.
Under Avoid, toggle Tolls to the On position.
There's also a toggle for avoiding highways.
These options remain in effect for the next time you use the app, but Apple offers faster routes with tolls (if applicable), so you can make an informed decision.
On the Apple Maps desktop app, there’s no option to avoid tolls. It offers you multiple routes, though, and indicates whether there are tolls along the way. You can also send navigation routes from your Mac to your iPhone, and then adjust toll settings once you’re in the car.
How to Turn Off Tolls on Google Maps on a PC
The process of turning off tolls on Google Maps on the desktop app is a bit different but no more complicated. Follow the steps below to find out how it’s done:
- Go to Google Maps on your browser.
- Find your destination on the “Search Google Maps” bar in the upper-left corner of your window.
- Click on the “Directions” button on the left sidebar.
- Choose your current location or the location from which you’ll start your journey.
- Select your mode of transportation.
- Click on “Options” on the blue ribbon.
- Under “Route options,” check the “Tolls” box.
- Go to the “Close” button.
That’s all there is to it. Since people shouldn’t use Google Maps on their laptops while they’re actually driving, Google Maps lets you send your directions to your phone. This is a much more convenient option than printing the map. You can do this by following the steps below:
- Click on the “Send directions to your phone” on the left sidebar.
- Choose whether you want Google Maps to send the directions directly to the app, via email, or through a text message.
You’ll receive the directions immediately. When you start your journey, all you need to do is open them with Google Maps and tap on the “Start” button.
How to use the “avoid tolls” feature on the desktop version of Google Maps
Avoiding tolls via the desktop version of Google Maps is fairly similar to the process on the mobile app, with a few small changes:
1. Go to maps.google.com.
2. Type your destination into the search bar at the top left corner of your screen.
3. Click “Directions” and then input your starting point – as you type, options will autofill below the search bar, when the right one pops up, click on it (or, if you’ve added your address as a preset, like work or home, simply select that option).
Foto: Find the address you want to go to.sourceDevon Delfino/Business Insider
4. Click “Options,” located just below the starting point and destination information in the left sidebar.
Foto: Click “Options.”sourceDevon Delfino/Business Insider
5. Under the section labeled, “Avoid,” tick the box next to “Tolls” – your new route will be generated.
Foto: Google Maps will generate a new route that avoids tolls.sourceDevon Delfino/Business Insider
The tactile nature of printed directions can provide peace of mind when navigating through new areas, but as long as you have enough battery power to keep your phone alive during your trip, you might consider checking out another useful feature for the popular GPS tool: Google Maps offline. That way, heading to more remote areas won’t be an issue, and you won’t have to waste ink (or buy a printer) to accommodate your needs.