Plan on adventuring into an area with limited or no cell-phone network? You can still navigate your route with the OFFLINE MAPS feature where you pre-download the route and map tiles before heading out.

Our Premium and Basic memberships unlock this feature for our Android app.

iPhone user? See our Offline Maps on iPhone instructions.

Quick Outline:

How to make a map available for offline use

  1. Select the route you want to download.
  2. Tap the download icon in the lower right corner.
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  4. You’ll have the options of:
    • Save Map & Route (Recommended). This will give you the turn-by-turn directions and maps for viewing.
    • Only Save Route. This option does not download a map but will give you turn-by-turn directions.
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  6. After making your selection you will be brought to a page of all your AVAILABLE OFFLINE routes. The app will show it’s progress in downloading the map tiles and if it is complete. WiFi works fastest but it will use your cellular network if no WiFi is present. Tap the pause button if you don’t want to download yet. Tap again to resume.
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  8. During the download, you will see two new icons in the lower corner of the route that signify that you have the turn information and or the map tiles. They start gray and turn orange once the download is complete.
  9. Whenever you’re ready to go, launch navigation straight from this page by tapping the diamond navigation button just left of the trashcan.
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You can also start the download process from your list of routes by tapping the menu icon ( ) for that route then tap DOWNLOAD.
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Navigating an Offline Route

Now that you have the route and/or map downloaded, it’s time to start navigating:
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  1. Tap the upper left corner to bring up the app drawer then tap AVAILABLE OFFLINE.
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  3. Tap the navigation sign next to the trashcan to start navigation. This will bring up the map with your current location.
  4. Tap the record button to start tracking where you have been and all your stats for the ride.
  5. When you are finished riding, press & hold the record button and select Save. The app will upload your ride the next time you connect to a network via WiFi or Cellular data.
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Offline Maps Storage Location

This option is only available for Android devices that have a microSD card installed. Not all Android devices will have this option. It will only appear if a microSD card is installed in the device and ready for use.

To change the location of the offline maps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Navigation
  3. Offline Storage Location:. You’ll be prompted to choose one two location paths. Your exact path may differ from the example given here. The microSD card will usually have the indication of “card” in the path. For this example, I will choose /storage/extSdCard for my offline maps.
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  5. After you select the location, you’ll get a prompt to confirm the change. Select CONTINUE to transfer the files.
  6. Depending on the number of offline routes you have, the time needed to transfer the files to the new location will vary but should only take a few minutes to transfer.
  7. Once complete, all your current and future offline map files will reside on this new location. To switch back to the original location, select the first path from the list.
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Conserving Battery

Keep the screen off as much as possible and listen for the audio cues. The screen is the number 1 use of battery time on your phone, keeping the screen off will extend battery run-time from a couple of hours to over 12+ hours on most devices. Some riders use headphones with only one ear-bud while others use bluetooth speakers that are waterproof so they can keep their phone tucked away.

Turn off un-needed wireless tech.Most devices will allow you to turn off each wireless technology separately. Turn off Wifi, Bluetooth, and turn off cellular data.

When you are ready to ride but know you will be in an area without cellular coverage, go to the home screen of your phone, Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data OFF. Tap the slider so it is no longer green.

Use a dynamo hub and USB charging system. Several manufacturers like SineWave Cycles, Schmidt, and SuperNova make USB chargers that connect to your dynamo hub. These work great to keep your phone topped off on the longest of rides but you will still need to keep your screen turned off as the current provided by these chargers is not quite enough to charge the battery and keep the screen on the entire time.

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Download All for Events

While viewing an event page in the app, you can download all the routes associated with the event with one tap rather than having select each route individually.

  1. Tap the menu icon ( ) in the upper right corner.
  2. Select DOWNLOAD ALL
  3. You’ll be taken to the AVAILABLE OFFLINE section of the app and have all the routes queued up for download.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change the downloaded map view to be Satellite or Topograhic?
At this time the map type is restricted to RWGPS which is based on the Open Street Maps data.
What is the range of the offline map tiles?
The maps will download for the entire length of the route and about a screen’s width from the route. This will give you enough map to get back on track should you miss a turn or want to explore a bit.
Can I just download an entire state/country?
Technically yes you can but your phone will likely run out of space long before it is finished.
How do I delete an Offline Map?
When viewing your list of AVAILABLE OFFLINE maps, just tap the trashcan icon. Tapping the trash for Offline Maps, only deletes the downloaded content, it does NOT delete the original route.
How much data will this use?
The data usage in downloading a map will vary depending on the length and geographic coverage of a route. A typical 60 mile route will take about 20MB of space. With a broadband connection speed, the download should only take a couple of minutes, but make sure to wait until it says “Download Complete” before starting navigation or activating Airplane Mode.
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