Mapping and tracking android app.
I use Oruxmaps on my Motorola Defy. Works fine for tracking and recording routes, and can upload gpx files which can be followed. Main drawback is availability of maps, OS no longer available so I find the best now is opencyclemap. I use Mobac to create maps then upload to phone,use offline.Posted 3 years agoTracker1972Member
I also rate Oruxmaps and was mightily disappointed when they had to drop OS mapping. So I went to the site and downloaded an old version, where the OS mapping option is still live and works. Keep being tempted by Backcountry Navigator though. Didn’t realise it was a long free trial…Posted 3 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@scumfled – what scale maps do you get access to ?
OP Clearly I need to optimise as I use Endomondo (tracking/logging) and ViewRanger (good for finding my way around citys/towns) and Outside (OS mapping). I also have an OS GetaMap subscription for route planning at home.Posted 3 years agokbombMember
OSMAnd is a good free option for offline mapping using Open Street map data, it can show GPX routes too. In places like Surrey Hills it actually shows you trails and gives you the names of them, in other areas OS maps would be better, depends on your needs, but its a good free offline backup.Posted 3 years agoHughStewMember
Can anyone recommend an android app for mapping, route planning and tracking. There are a plethora of apps out there, but what do STW’ers find best. I want reasonable (preferably free) maps to a reasonable scale for going off-road, and decent route planning and tracking. I’m not too concerned about guidance, as I would keep the device in my pack, and only refer to it when unsure.
Oh, and yes I will take maps and compass with me and not rely on satellite coverage, battery life etc…Posted 3 years agomarkgraylishSubscriber
Long time Backcountry Navigator user here but, as I live in Canada, the OS maps are no use to me but there are many many different map sources to select from in other parts of the world, including satellite imagery.
Be aware that
(1)some options do require payment (but I find it great value for money and has regular updates)
(2)there are some issues with some Samsung phones running Android 4.4 and external storage limitations which are nothing to do with BCN
It’s worth signing up to their e-mail newsletter.Posted 3 years agoB.A.NanaMember
jambalaya/HughstewPosted 3 years ago
BCN uses multimap UK OS Explorer and goes to 1:25k it defaults to that scale (level 15) when you download the section of map you require, but you can alter the download scale which would use less space on your phone.
The way I use it is to download the area of OS map I require on wifi at home beforehand. I usually have my regular areas on the phone all the time. Then download any areas I’m visiting ie we went to North Yorks Moors recently, so I downloaded OS 1:25k for the whole NYM.
You can do all the other stuff ie overlay GPS routes off the internet etc, record your own route etc etc.
I’m pretty sure you can plot a route, but I’ve always done that on my laptop using Bikehike or similar, then downloading it to overlay on BCN.sheepsSubscriber
Another recommendation for BCN. Not used it for active tracking (but it can do it), but I’ve overlaid gpx routes planned in mapmyride and then used it as my primary route finding source. Bit scary not going out with an os map in my pocket!
Ps… don’t get greedy and try and download the whole of northern england and Scotland unless you have a massive capacity on your phone memory. Be selective and be prepared to deleted surplus areas.Posted 3 years agoKojaklollipopMember
Quick question about any of these apps mentioned, do any of them have the facility to locate where you are, so could my partner somehow see where I was in an emergency – I remember when someone did the SDW 3 times I could go online and see where they were but can’t remember the app or software they used, but not looking for live tracking just if i don’t come back from a ride when expected someone could see where I was? Any of these do that or something else that will do it?Posted 3 years agowelshfarmerSubscriber
If anyone still has the 1:25K OS maps on a PC in Memory Map format (qct files) then they will all work with an App called Alpine Quest. It is the only nav app I use these days. You can also download on wifi all sorts of maps and aerial photos off the internet to be used offline. Works well for me as I have very poor to non existent phone signal so on PAYG.Posted 3 years agoKunstlerMember
Quick question about any of these apps mentioned, do any of them have the facility to locate where you are, so could my partner somehow see where I was in an emergency – I remember when someone did the SDW 3 times I could go online and see where they were but can’t remember the app or software they used, but not looking for live tracking just if i don’t come back from a ride when expected someone could see where I was? Any of these do that or something else that will do it?
That is what ‘buddy beacon’ on Viewranger does.Posted 3 years ago
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