How to use routes you find on your desktop and use them on your smartphone

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Via the QR code

The QR code is probably the most convenient way to activate a route on your smartphone.

Each route on RouteYou (desktop) will offer a download button (1).


Select the option ‘Most used / Open in RouteYou app’ (2).

A QR code will then be displayed (3). Scan this QR code with your phone. You will simply need to use your smartphone’s camera, as most phones have a built-in QR code scanner. Or you can install a free QR code scanner on your smartphone.

After scanning the QR code, the route will open on your smartphone.

1) Click on the map icon.

2) Click on 'Start'. You can now follow the route. You are now in navigation mode. To find out more, click here.

A little more technical background

There are two possibilities, both of which have very similar functions:

1) The route opens in a browser on your smartphone. You can now see the RouteYou website on your mobile phone. The website works in the same way as the RouteYou application, but within the browser of your phone. You can now navigate the route (for more information, click here).

2) If you have already installed the RouteYou application, your device will detect the installed application and open the route in the app. To find out more, click here. Consult the FAQ if you have already installed the RouteYou application, but the route does not open in the app.

Tip! You can also mention this QR code in your communications (brochure, e-mail, poster, ...). This will allow other users to easily activate the proposed route on their smartphone.

Via the route code

The route code is a short code, such as:


The code always starts with an '&' followed by a number of letters. You can find the code for your specific route on RouteYou under ‘Download / Most used / Open in RouteYou app' (see image below).


Follow these steps:

1) Write down or copy the route code.

2) Take your smartphone and either (a) launch the RouteYou application (!!! not the old application, click here to learn more about the difference) or (b) launch the RouteYou website via your browser on your smartphone.

3) Open the main menu in the top left corner and enter (or copy-paste) the code below in the search bar. (see image).

You will now be able to view the route. Click on the map and click ‘Start’ to navigate. Read more here.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have installed the RouteYou application, but the route still opens in the browser. How can I solve this problem?

Normally, if you have installed the RouteYou application (find out how to do this here) then a route will open on it automatically. You then need to click on a route link on your smartphone (e.g. via e-mail, Facebook post, QR code, ...).

However, there are exceptions (Safari/Apple like to do things a bit differently from Google Chrome). Sometimes the route is opened via the RouteYou website on your smartphone and not via the RouteYou application. This is not a problem in itself, as the functionality is quite similar in both environments.

How do we solve this problem?

Method 1: Via ‘Last viewed’

Method 2: Via the route code

How do I know if I'm using the old or the new application?

Read more here.

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