Routes - I don't find them useful

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On my computer, I prepared and saved the route from point A to point B (via my stops which are not suggested if I only choose destination B).
Then the route is synced to my Android TomTom GO Navigation and shown on Android Auto display. So far so good. But - any idea how to start navigating?
If I drive, I always see the whole route. The arrow with my location is moving but without navigation.
What is then the idea of the "route"?
 
So if I understood your message correctly you see your route in 2 D to see it in 3 D

press the arrow

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I will try with your suggestion on the phone.
Here is an example of how it works on Android Auto. The arrow is moving with my location. The instructions shown on the upper left aren't correct (aren't for the next move). There is no button to change for 2D. :
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Normally, Android Auto mirrors the details displayed on your phone.
Have you tried the same route on your phone without Android auto the route shows in 2 or 3D? ..
 
Normally, Android Auto mirrors the details displayed on your phone.
Have you tried the same route on your phone without Android auto the route shows in 2 or 3D? ..
It is on my to-do list - after you showed me how it looks on the phone. But I have a lot of work today.
TomTom on Android Auto is different in many features from TomTom on the phone.
 
I think what you want is not exactly going from 2D to 3D but from "route drawn" to "driving the route" so to speak (and this should automatically change 2D to 3D, or you could then use the button Willy875 mentioned).

Isn't there any "Drive", "Start" or something like that anywhere in the menu? I have a GO60 so it's quite different from your device but, I think, if you go to your "route menu" there should maybe be something like that.
 
I tried using the route on the phone this morning.
I found one important difference when I tried to use the route on the phone.
I opened the route and it is shown on the screen (I was not at the starting point!!).
Because the navigation didn't start when I drove, I pressed the button to change it to 2D.
It shows my position with an arrow in 2D, but the navigation still doesn't start. But this view showed the button "DRIVE" above. And when I click "DRIVE", it finds out that I'm not at the starting point, so it shows me two options: TO STARTING POINT and TO NEAREST POINT.
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I clicked "TO NEAREST POINT" and this will start with navigation. I was on the other trip, so I can't confirm if this will navigate along the saved route, but it is expected to.
TLDR: The routes aren't supported on TomTom on Android Auto. Even it doesn't show in the menu. If a user opens (on the computer) the prepared route on the phone and isn't at the starting point, he must go to 2D view and then he will have two additional buttons that will start navigation.
 
Nice. From what I know with my GO60, that's the way it should work, I mean, it will take you to whatever point you choose (starting or nearest one) and then it will take you along the route.

I think I only used once, maybe twice in almost ten years since I have it, as you have to drive very close to any middle point so it notices you have got there and now you want to drive to the next one. I use it to visit abandoned places which aren't usually that close to a driveable path so this does not work that well to me (yes, I could try and set driveable places as middle points but that has other issues).

Glad it worked.
 
I agree. It is used sometimes (longer trips if you want to see something that isn't on the suggested route), but not often.
And the conclusion is that it works only on the phone, but not on Android Auto (using the same application and phone).
 
The routes aren't supported on TomTom on Android Auto. Even it doesn't show in the menu. If a user opens (on the computer) the prepared route on the phone and isn't at the starting point, he must go to 2D view and then he will have two additional buttons that will start navigation.
Yes :(

I bought recently subscription for TomTom Go Android, for use on Android Auto, and then I discovered how much Android Auto version is stripped and "light" compared to phone version :(

But interestingly, in many navigation applications saved custom routes does not work in Android Auto (Google Maps, Mapy.cz...). That is frustrating. Only OsmAnd has wide variety of functionality even in Android Auto version (it has Favorites and Routes, and in them we can have subfolders/categories). I don't know any other similar app that has that (in Android Auto). And I don't understand why. Having different folders/categories is important, and having access to saved custom routes is also very important. We can prepare route using plan.tomtom.com, we can save it and have it synced on phone, but then we go into the car and found out that it is unusable on Android Auto (!). If we use phone on phone mount - then it works. I don't see reason why it would not work on Android Auto.
 

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