Navigation & Mileage Tracking: MileageWise’s Waze Integration

Thanks to MileageWise’s integration with the Waze navigation app, you can now bid adieu to the hassle of juggling navigation and mileage tracking apps.

Plus, as a bonus, you’ll no longer need to endure the tedious task of scribbling down your mileage on a piece of paper.

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Waze Mileage Tracker vs. MileageWise: What’s the Difference?

Now, you might be thinking, “I already use Waze route planner to navigate, why do I need MileageWise?

Well, the Waze application might help you get from point A to point B, but it won’t help you keep track of your mileage for business purposes. That’s where MileageWise comes in.

Navigating Business Mileage

As a self-employed individual or small business owner, it’s not always easy to keep track of your mileage. Thankfully, there are apps available that can simplify the process.

Two popular car apps are MileageWise’s mileage tracker app and Waze for road trips and while they might appear similar, some notable differences could make one a better fit for your specific requirements.

In this article, we’ll delve deeper into how the integration of Waze navigation in MileageWise can be advantageous for you.

Features of Waze Mileage Tracker


Waze as a Navigation App

Waze is a popular navigation app with an integrated mileage counter. Waze is primarily known for its community features and turn-by-turn directions, but people also use it for finding gas stations, shortcuts, or avoiding tolls.

It’s also known for its user-generated content, which includes live traffic updates, road hazards, speed camera notifications, and local gas prices.

Waze also offers voice-guided navigation, which allows drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

Limitations of Waze Mileage Tracking

While Waze can track the distance traveled during a trip, it’s not designed to be a comprehensive mileage tracker app for tax purposes, like MileageWise.

Waze’s mileage tracking is more focused on providing distance information for navigation purposes, rather than providing a detailed log for business or tax purposes.

Additionally, Waze does not offer automatic trip tracking, which means you must manually start and stop tracking for each trip.

Here are a few of the most important features and advantages of Waze Mileage Tracker:

  • (Limited) Mileage Tracking: It’s important to note that the Waze mileage tracker requires manual activation and is not automated. To track your mileage, you must ensure that the Waze app is running at all times. This means that you need to remember to activate the feature each time you begin your journey and keep the app running throughout your trip. Without manual activation, the mileage tracker will not record your trips. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that the Waze mileage tracker requires active engagement from the user to accurately track and log their miles
  • Mileage reports: Waze Mileage Tracker provides detailed mileage reports that you can use for tax or reimbursement purposes. The reports include information such as the trip date and time, distance traveled, and start and end locations. However, it is important to note that Waze mileage reports are not IRS-Proof by any means since they do not distinguish between business and personal trips and therefore do not meet even the most basic IRS mileage log requirements.

On the other hand, it’s one of the most used navigation apps. Let’s see some review snippets:

Waze User reviews and ratings:

According to user reviews on the App Store and Google Play, Waze Mileage Tracker is easy to use and provides accurate mileage tracking. Some users have reported issues with the app not tracking all of their trips, however. Here are a few of their reviews:

    • Sam Burnside – March 13, 2023
      I would never use any other app for navigation, I’ve been using Waze for the past 4 years and never had an issue once, the fact it works with android auto and Apple car play so I can have it on the screen of my car is a great too, built-in audio player that works with Spotify when the car I’m in doesn’t have a screen is a great feature too. The live updates from other users by far are the best things about the app, show police and closed roads even if they’ve just closed. Highly recommend this app.
    • Ivaylo Parvanov – January 15, 2023
      Car navigation works well and the reports and traffic data on this app are the best. I like that it provides lane suggestions. Things where it can catch up with the competition: – stop signs and traffic lights visualization and voice (skip this stop sign and turn left at the next) – I could not figure out how to make reports using Google Assistant in the car (android auto), and I do not want to activate “OK google”

Exclusive Features of MileageWise

MileageWise is a dedicated mileage tracking app that offers a range of unique features and benefits. Here are some of the key features:

  • Automatic tracking with Privacy: Unlike Waze, MileageWise offers automatic tracking of your trips. MileageWise’s tracking feature is designed so you can automatically (or manually) track your business mileage without invading your privacy or tracking every move you make. MileageWise only records the starting point and the arrival point of your business trips. This means that the app does not record your entire route or track your every move. The app simply calculates the distance between the starting and ending points, and records this information for your mileage log. This approach helps to preserve your privacy while still ensuring that you have an accurate and complete record of your business mileage. 
  • Battery life: One additional benefit of MileageWise’s GPS tracking approach is that it can help save the battery life of your phone. Because the app only records the starting and ending points of your trips, it uses less battery power than apps that track your every move. This means that you can use MileageWise to track your business mileage without worrying about your phone’s battery draining quickly – the company has just cut 90% of its battery usage.
  • Customizable categories: MileageWise allows you to create custom categories for your trips, such as “client visits”, “supplies pickup” or “personal trips“. This can help you organize your trips and make it easier to track specific types of mileage. Waze does not have this feature which can be problematic when it comes to generating reports for claiming tax deductions. 
  • IRS-Proof reports: MileageWise provides detailed mileage reports that are compliant with IRS regulations. This can be helpful if you need to file taxes or seek mileage reimbursement for business mileage.
  • Google Timeline Import function: MileageWise is the only software that offers Google Timeline importing, which means that it can automatically import your trips from Google Timeline and categorize them as personal or business. This feature saves you time and ensures your mileage log is accurate and up-to-date.
  • AdWise Wizard function: MileageWise’s proprietary AdWise Wizard feature analyzes your trip data and suggests potential trip tax deductions based on your business travel. This can help you maximize your deductions and save money on your taxes by filling in the gaps in your mileage log.
  • Retrospective mileage log creation: With MileageWise’s exclusive retrospective log creation, you can easily create a mileage log for trips you may have forgotten to track. This feature is particularly useful for business owners who have busy schedules and may forget to track their mileage. Additionally, this feature is helpful for businesses with employees who are not consistent with tracking their trips. Retrospective log creation is like having a personal assistant for your mileage tracking needs.
  • Concierge Service: MileageWise Concierge is the latest addition to the MileageWise software family, and it’s a game-changer for anyone who wants to simplify their mileage tracking even further. With Concierge, you don’t have to worry about creating your mileage log yourself. Instead, the MileageWise team will do it for you!

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Retrospective mileage log creation with MileageWise’s Concierge Service means that even if you forgot to track your mileage, the MileageWise team could create an IRS-Proof mileage log for you. They will import your data from various sources, such as your GPS, car, or even Google Timeline, and create a detailed and accurate mileage log that you can use for tax purposes.

MileageWise User reviews and ratings

According to user reviews on the App Store and Google Play, MileageWise is a powerful and feature-rich app that provides accurate mileage tracking. Here are a few of their reviews:

    • John D. – March 10, 2023
      “This app is amazing! It has helped me save so much time and money on my taxes. The integration with FreshBooks is seamless, and the AdWise Wizard feature is a game-changer. Highly recommend!”
    • Sarah L. – February 5, 2023
      “I’ve tried a lot of different mileage tracking apps, but MileageWise is by far the best. The automatic tracking is extremely accurate, and the retrospective log creation feature is a lifesaver. Plus, the customer service is top-notch. Highly recommend!”

Overall, MileageWise can be a powerful and customizable option for tracking your business mileage. It may be more suitable for businesses or individuals with more complex tracking needs.

The Advantages of MileageWise’s Waze Integration for Accurate Mileage Tracking


The Basics of Waze and MileageWise: Navigation vs. Mileage Tracking

What’s the difference between Waze and MileageWise anyway?” Let me tell you, there’s a world of difference! Waze is primarily a navigation app that helps you get from point A to point B, while MileageWise is a mileage tracker app that records the distance you’ve traveled for business purposes. But when these two powerhouses team up, it’s a match made in heaven!

How the MileageWise and Waze Integration Works

MileageWise’s integration with Waze is a straightforward process that allows for seamless and automatic mileage tracking.

To get started, the user just needs to connect to Waze through their MileageWise account by logging in.

Once connected, the user can start a new trip in MileageWise and then click the Waze icon in the upper right corner, and Waze will provide navigation assistance.

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Eliminating the Need for Manual Data Entry

Upon arrival at the destination, Waze notifies MileageWise that the trip has ended, and MileageWise automatically records the mileage driven during the trip. The data is stored securely in the user’s MileageWise account, where they can review and edit their mileage records. The user can also generate reports for reimbursement purposes, making the process of expense reporting easy and efficient.

Time-Saving Benefits of MileageWise’s Waze Integration

The integration between MileageWise and Waze eliminates the need for manual data entry, providing a hassle-free way to keep track of mileage records. The process is accurate, ensuring that mileage data is recorded correctly. Additionally, the integration saves time for the user since they do not need to switch between different apps while driving.

Overall, the MileageWise integration with Waze is an efficient and convenient way to track mileage data, making it a valuable tool for individuals and businesses alike.

Conclusion: Navigate To Your Destination via Waze Inside MileageWise’s Mileage Tracker App

In conclusion, while Waze is a great navigation app, it falls short when it comes to tracking your business mileage. This is where the MileageWise app comes in, with its integration with Waze navigation.

The combination of the two apps means you not only get accurate directions to your destination but also automatic tracking of your mileage data for business purposes.

Plus, MileageWise offers even more features and customization options than Waze Mileage Tracker, such as the Google Timeline importer, retrospective mileage log creator, AdWise Wizard, and Concierge Service.

Download MileageWise’s automatic mileage tracker app from Google Play or the App Store & try it for free for 14 days. No credit card required!


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