How to Classify Drives

Classifying drives can be done in the MileIQ mobile app (swipe to the right for business, or left for personal), or on the MileIQ web dashboard.


Mobile App

After you've installed the MileIQ app, the next step is to take a drive. Until you take a drive, nothing will be displayed in the app, as the best part of MileIQ is the fact that drive detection is automatic! There's currently not an option for manually starting or stopping a drive.

Once the MileIQ app has detected that you've taken a drive, a drive card will automatically show up with start and end locations, mileage, and time. At this point, drive details like notes, parking, and tolls can be added.
This is a screenshot of a drive card within the MileIQ app
Note: The above screenshot of a drive card in the mobile app is using our Name your Location feature to easily recognize your 'home'. Also, this feature will make it easier to find drives to and from a specific location in the future. For more information, please see here: How to: Name your Locations


Business / Personal Classification

The primary classification category with MileIQ is whether the drive was for business (swipe right) or for personal (swipe left). A simple swipe across the screen in either direction classifies the drive.


This is an image of a drive card being classified as business.

This is an image of a drive card being classified as personal.


Custom Purpose Classification

MileIQ now offers Custom Purpose classification with a long swipe and pause on our mobile app.  Swiping a drive card halfway across the screen will reveal a "Choose Purpose" prompt.

This is an image of a custom purpose being attached to a business drive by long swiping to the right.

This is an image of a custom purpose being attached to a personal drive by long swiping to the left.   

Releasing the drive card at this point will bring up the MileIQ Custom Purpose grid (on IOS) or a Custom Purpose list (on Android) with secondary classifications related to the primary category. Simply tap on the correct purpose, and the drive is now classified with the custom purpose.

This is an image of the custom business purpose screen.

This is an image of the custom personal purpose screen. 

As shown above (example screen for iOS), the default secondary Business purposes are:

• Between Offices
• Customer Visit
• Meeting
• Errand/Supplies
• Meal/Entertain
• Temporary Site
• Airport/Travel

And the default secondary Personal purposes are:

• Commute
• Medical
• Charity
• Moving

The listed purposes can easily be added to and customized from the MileIQ web dashboard. For steps to create Custom Purposes, please see the How to: Create a Custom Drive Purpose article. Once the new purpose is added it will show up from the Custom Purpose Grid.

This is an image of a new custom purpose on the custom purpose grid. 

After your first classification, continue to drive as normal, allowing the app to capture all your drives. At the end of the month, you can create a report from our web dashboard ( to submit to your employer or accountant for reimbursement. That's it!


iPhone and iPad Exclusive!

If you have MileIQ on an iPhone, then you can take advantage of our new classification features!


Web Dashboard

Once logged into the MileIQ Web Dashboard at, you'll see all your recent drives from the drive list. You can classify drives individually or as a group.




Classify a Single Drive

To classify an individual drive, click on the checkbox next to the drive and a drive card will appear on the right-hand side of the dashboard.


The drive card will show all the drive details, where a Purpose can be selected.
Alternately, you can select the Classification buttons next to the drive selection mark.



Classify a Group of Drives 

To classify a group of drives, you can use the search box (to find specific drives) and/or click on the top checkbox to select all drives in the list. Then, a multiple drive card will appear.
A purpose selected from the Group Drive Details pane will be applied to all selected drives.
A confirmation window will appear at the bottom of the screen.

And that's it! You've successfully classified drives from the MileIQ Web Dashboard.


Additional Information:

• Circumstances may vary, but according to the IRS (and most employers), any trip from your home to an office location is a commute which is a personal expense. That said, it never hurts to ask your employer if they reimburse. Please consult your tax preparer if you have any further questions related to the reimbursement of travel expenses.

• A drive that has been classified incorrectly from the mobile app can be un-classified by tapping on the 'Undo button' at the bottom right of the app interface.

This is an image of the MileIQ app with the undo button highlighted at the bottom right of the screen.

• For more information about what determines a drive, please see What determines a drive?
• If you're missing drives, please ensure your device is optimized per Drive detection best practices
• Learn more about automating the classification of personal drives here: How to set Work Hours.


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