Every time I start a new search in Google Maps for directions, the default transportation method is always self-driving, and I need to change it to public transportation or walking.

Can I set a preferred transportation method in Google Maps?

  • If you want answers about Google Maps in the browser, and not the phone apps, you should clarify that in your question.
    – Jacktose
    Oct 30 '18 at 16:45
  • Open your Google settings (on Android, you can usually swipe up from the home screen, or use the Google app).
  • (In the Google app) Tap the three horizontal lines (aka 'burger').
  • Tap the 'Settings' gear.
  • Under Google Assistant, tap 'Settings'.
  • Under 'Account' tap 'Preferences'.
  • Tap 'Getting around'. enter image description here
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    As this is web applications, the question is about the web interface of Google Maps, and generally answers should also be about the web interface. There's not indication that the Asker has and Android device.
    – ale
    Jan 24 '18 at 14:46

In Android 7 (but should be the same for previous versions), follow these steps:

  1. open Google Now app (icon with colored G on a white circle)
  2. click on settings (three bars icon top left)
  3. select Customize
  4. select Transportation
  5. select How do you usually commute / get around
  6. Set what you wish to have search results for
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    Ideally, the instructions should be for the web-based version, but I think this is okay for now.
    – jonsca
    Apr 7 '17 at 11:59

Instead of using the web app I suggest using the mobile app so that you can follow your trip as you go.

Once you select a transport method in iOS 10, it continues to default to that option even when closing and re-opening the app. I'm assuming Android has the same behavior.

  • If you were referring to the mobile app, please clarify which OS and it can be migrated.
    – JBallin
    Jan 1 '17 at 21:14

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