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

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

Android user? See our Offline Map – Android instructions.

IMPORTANT: Keep the screen on and stay in the app

When downloading the route and map tiles for offline use, you will need to keep the screen on and stay in the app until it is finished. If you leave the app screen at all, then the maps will not finish downloading.

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How to download a route for offline use.

  1. Select the route you want to download.
  2. Tap the download button.
  3. If you want to see your route’s download progress, tap the “download” button again, and you will see a download status bar. A WiFi connection is fastest, but the app 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.
  4. Keep the Ride with GPS app open with the screen on while you download routes to ensure they are downloaded completely.
  5. When you’re ready to go, launch navigation straight from this page by tapping the three dot icon to the right of the downloaded route name. Select Navigate from the list that appears.

Navigating an Offline Route

Now that you have the route and map downloaded, it’s time to start navigating:

  1. From the app home screen, tap the Routes tab on the bottom of the screen, and then tap Offline in the top right of the routes screen.
  2. You can also access and navigate your downloaded routes by tapping the drawer icon in the upper left corner of the app screen and then selecting Available Offline.
  3. Tap the play button to start navigation. This will bring up the map with your current location and start recording. 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.
You can also start navigation by tapping on the route name and then tapping the Navigate button.

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.
All the routes for this event will then get these icons indicating they are available for offline use.

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 as long as you have routes that cover an entire state and have downloaded all these routes.

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.
How do I update downloaded maps?
Viewing the updated route on your device while you are connect to cellular or wifi will automatically update the route that you have downloaded.
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