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.
iPhone user? See our Offline Maps – iPhone instructions.
Do you find yourself in the following situations?
- Riding an area with little to no cell phone coverage?
- Worried about incurring data charges on your phone?
- Navigate and conserve battery life?
No sweat, the offline maps feature can download each of the routes needed for your tour, weekend getaway, or daily excursion.
Plan. Download. Ride.
How to make a map available for offline use.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Whenever you’re ready to go, launch navigation straight from this page by tapping the diamond navigation button just left of the trashcan.
Navigating an Offline Route
Now that you have the route and/or map downloaded, it’s time to start navigating:
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- Tap the navigation sign next to the trashcan to start navigation. This will bring up the map with your current location.
- Tap the record button to start tracking where you have been and all your stats for the ride.
- 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.
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:
- Go to Settings
- 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.
- After you select the location, you’ll get a prompt to confirm the change. Select CONTINUE to transfer the files.
- 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.
- 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.
When you are ready to ride but know you will be in an area without cellular coverage, turn on Airplane Mode on your phone but make sure “Location Services” are enabled to continue using the GPS. Otherwise the app will not know where you are.
- 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.
- 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.