Plan on adventuring into an area with limited or no cell-phone network? Now you can 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 and you will get an error about missing tiles next time you try to use these routes.

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.
  7. Stay in the app to ensure the entire route and map has finished downloading.
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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 Ride This just left of the trashcan.
    You can also start navigation by tapping the menu icon at the right then selecting RIDE THIS, or by opening the route, tapping the menu icon in the upper right corner and selecting RIDE THIS.
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You can queue up many routes to be downloaded. The app will download one map at a time until they are all ready to go.
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Navigating an Offline Route

Now that you have the route and 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 diamond-shaped road 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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You can also start navigation by tapping the menu button ( ) then tap RIDE THIS.
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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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FAQ

  • 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.
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