How to use the map

OsmAnd gives you great possibilities for using the maps. You can customize them, download different types of maps and even edit them!

We recommend you to download the World basemap before proceeding. You can then move on to downloading the map of your region or the one you're planning to travel to. OsmAnd uses the OpenStreetMap, the maps made by the open-source project, a community of volunteer contributors who work on the maps every day. This is why they are so up-to-date. They're also quite compact and rapidly rendered as the basic OsmAnd map is a vector-type map, which means it carries vector representation of the map details rendered together on your device as opposed to the tile or raster maps that are 'pictures'.

Customize your map (Android)

As you open the map, you'll be able to customize its view in may different ways.

You can choose what exactly you'd like to see on the map in terms of additional details for each navigation profiles. To do that, just tap Menu-> Configure map. You can set all the needed parameters for your map. At this screen, there are two parts: Show and Map rendering.

In Show section, we configure the parameters for displaying them on the map.

In Map rendering section, we change the parameters that change map style: add more information about objects on the map, change colors of objects and etc.

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Go to the Show section. There, you'll be able to choose:

"Favorites": show Favorites on the map.

"POI overlay...": show needed Points of interest (POI) on the map or find POI.

"POI overlay labels": add labels of POI overlay.

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"Transport": show transport routes and stops.

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"GPX files...": choose and show GPX tracks on the map.

"Map markers": show Map markers on the map.

"Map source...": choose data of the main map (Offline vector maps by default).

"Mapillary": viewing images of streets by Mapillary service.

"Overlay and Underlay map...": show added layers of the map, needed special plugin.

"Recording layer": show your recording (audio/video/photo) notes on the map, needed special plugin.

"Contour lines" and "Hillshades layer": show contour lines and hillshades on the map, needed special plugin.

"OSM notes (online)" and "OSM edits": show OpenStreetMap edits and notes on the map, needed special plugin.

"OsmAnd Tracker": show your sharing contacts from OsmAnd Tracker on the map, needed installation third-party app.

Go to Map rendering section. There, you'll be able to choose:

"Map style": choose your style for the map.

"Map mode": set day/night mode for map and application. You can see information about Sunset or Sunrise in the second line of Map mode.

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The night mode has a darker layout and low brightness in general. This is made to help you avoid eye strain. The day mode is set by default: it is your OsmAnd map the way you see it when you launch the application.The Sunrise/Sunset mode changes the color scheme automatically based on the time set on your device. The Light sensor option turns the night and day mode on based on the lighting in your environment. Light sensor option works on phones that have a light sensor on the front. When you get to a dark place, be it a night outdoors or a dark room, the app will switch to the night map viewing mode. As you get to a lighted area, it'll change the map viewing mode to Day.

"Map magnifier": choose scale for your map. You can change it to long click to "+" or "-" on the map.

"Road style": change style of roads on the map (Default, German road atlas, American road atlas, High contrast roads, Bold outline).

"Text size": set text size on the map.

"Map language": choose language for text on the map (Local name by default). You can set "Transliterate if "Language" name is missing".

"Details": show any details on the map - More details, Show road surface, Show road quality, Show access restrictions and toll, Show Low Emission Zones, Colour-code buildings by type, Street lighting, OSM mapper assistant, Nautical depth contours.

For example, More details adds more information about objects on the map, like colors of polygons, more icons...

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"Hide": hide any details on the map - Boundaries, Polygons, Buildings, Hide water, House numbers, Proposed objects, POI icons, POI labels, Underground objects, Overground objects.

"Routes": show special routes - Show cycle routes, Show node network cycle routes, Alpine hiking scale (SAC), Horse routes, Whitewater sports).

You can switch on Hiking symbol overlay: Disabled, Colouring according to OSMC, Colouring according to route scope, Node networks.

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Viewing widgets (Android)

You can see much information on your screen except the map: widgets, compass, map scale, app buttons. You can choose what exactly you'd like to see on the screen for each navigation profiles.

OsmAnd offers a wide range of widgets to help you see exactly what you need during navigation and when you just view the map. Of course, you can click on widgets to change the displayed information.

For configuration widgets, you should choose navigation profile and go to app menu-> Configuration screen.

Note: you should switch on Plugins: (app menu-> Plugins) for displayed some of widgets.

You can see all the icon variants of the screen below.

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You can also switch to view the dashboard at the start. A dashboard is a starting screen with different cards containing information about different groups of settings or files. The dashboard shows your Favourites (favorite places), your GPX tracks list, the plugin's information, etc. To adjust your dashboard settings, please go to OsmAnd - Dashboard and press the settings button in the upper-right corner.

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Now go to app menu-> Configure screen. This menu has four tabs: Quick action, Right panel, Left panel, Remaining elements.

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Quick action button is a flexible menu of shortcuts providing direct access to whatever features you need to access most frequently: You select and add them to this 'toolbar'. In this way, the next time you need to add a new favorite, add a navigation destination, enable or disable voice guidance, etc. These actions are now directly accessible.

Right panel is the part of the screen with Widgets. You can choose the next parameters for each widget: Show/Hide/Collapse. Collapse add special button near widget for collapsing widgets. Almost all widgets are clickable on the screen:

Parking shows the place of your parking, needing a special plugin. Clicking on the parking widget moves to your saved parking place on the map.

Intermediate destination, Intermediate arrival time, Destination, Arrival time are widgets which showed information during navigation.

Intermediate arrival time can show Intermediate arrival time or Intermediate time.

Arrival time can show Arrival time or Time to go.

If you click to widget of Destination, the map is moved to your destination point. Information of this widget is a distance to your finish point.

Touching the widgets Arrival time, Intermediate arrival time changes information.

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Magnetic bearing and Relative bearing display the horizontal angle between the direction of an object and another object, or between it and that of true north.

Clicking to the widget changes Magnetic to Relative bearing and back.

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Mapillary widget gives access to Mapillary application by one click.

Speed widget shows your current speed.

Speed limit widget shows speed limit for a given section of road.

Altitude widget shows your height above sea level.

GPS info widget shows number of sattelites. You can click to this widget for adding gps-applications.

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GPS logging is the widget for start/stop/pause recording your GPX track, needed special plugin.

Audio/video notes is the widget for making audio/photo/video notes on the map, needed special plugin. In settings of this widget you can choose your preferred action (Record audio/Record video/Take a photo).

Current time widget shows your current time.

Battery level widget shows battery level of your device.

Radius ruler widget cives access to the Radius-ruler tool with compass. More information about this tool, you can read here.

OsmAnd Tracker status widget can access to OsmAnd Tracker application and shows status from OsmAnd Tracker. More information about this application, you can read here.

FPS debug info widget shows Frames per Second (FPS) of your screen.

Left panel is the part of the screen with navigation information:

Compass icon can manage Map orientation by clicking to it and shows a compass. There are three type of orientation: "Movement direction", "Compass direction", "No rotation". You can set this settings for each navigation profile: app menu-> Configure profile-> General settings-> Appearance (Map orientation).

Next turn, Next turn(small), Second next turn show arrow with distance of turn during your navigation.

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Remaining elements part:

Street name show name of street where your moving or stay.

Lanes shows lanes of road where you are. Yellow and green colors of lanes show your lanes to choose during navigation.

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Coordinates widget shows your current coordinates of on top of the screen.

You can change coordinate format app menu-> Configure profile-> General settings-> Units & formats (Coordinate format).

Note: you can share your own coordinates by clicking on the widget.

Map markers widget shows your active markers on Top bar or on Widgets. Read more about Map markers here.

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Transparent widgets makes your widget icons transparent.

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Customize your map (iOS)

You can change the map to make app use as comfortable as possible. To do that, tap app menu-> Map, choose profile for setting.

There are five sections of this menu: Show on Map, Map type, Map style, Overlay / Underlay, Map Language.

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In the section Show on map, you can choose items for shoowing them on the map:

"Favorites": show Favorites on the map.

"POI overlay": show needed Points of interest (POI) on the map or find POI.

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"OSM Edits/Notes (offline)" and "OSM notes (online)": show OpenStreetMap edits and notes on the map, needed special plugin.

"Mapillary": viewing images of streets by Mapillary service.

"Trips": choose and show GPX tracks on the map.

In the section Map type, you can choose preferred type of the map. More information about Map style you can read here.

In the section Map style, you can choose many parameters for changing the map or add more objects on the map:

"Application mode": set day/night mode for map and application.

The night mode has a darker layout and low brightness in general. This is made to help you avoid eye strain. The day mode is set by default: it is your OsmAnd map the way you see it when you launch the application.The Sunrise/Sunset mode changes the color scheme automatically based on the time set on your device.

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"Map magnifier": choose scale for your map.

"Text size": set text size on the map.

"Details": show any details on the map - More details, Show road surface, Show road quality, Show access restrictions and toll, Show Low Emission Zones, Colour-code buildings by type, Street lighting, OSM mapper assistant, Nautical depth contours.

For example, More details adds more information about objects on the map, like colors of polygons, more icons...

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"Hide": hide any details on the map - Boundaries, Polygons, Buildings, Hide water, House numbers, Proposed objects, POI icons, POI labels, Underground objects, Overground objects.

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"Routes": show special routes - Show cycle routes, Show node network cycle routes, Alpine hiking scale (SAC), Horse routes, Whitewater sports).

You can switch on Hiking symbol overlay: Disabled, Colouring according to OSMC, Colouring according to route scope, Node networks.

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"Transport": show transport routes and stops.

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"Road style": change style of roads on the map (Default, German road atlas, American road atlas, High contrast roads, Bold outline).

"Contour lines": show contour lines on the map, needing a special plugin.

In the section Overlay/Underlay, you can set layers for the map. For example, use a Bing Earth map as an underlay and add a hillshade overlay. To change the transparency of the layer, just drag the transparency slider.

"Hillshade": show contour lines on the map, needing a special plugin.

"Overlay and Underlay": show added layers of the map, needing a special plugin.

In the section Map Language, you can choose language for text on the map (Local name by default). You can set "Transliterate if "Language" name is missing". Please note that the Map language sets the language of the names on the map.

Viewing widgets (iOS)

You can see much information on your screen except the map: widgets, compass, map scale, app buttons. You can choose what exactly you'd like to see on the screen for each profiles.

OsmAnd offers a wide range of widgets to help you see exactly what you need during navigation and when you just view the map. Of course, you can click on widgets to change the displayed information.

For configuration widgets, you should go to app menu-> Configure screen, choose profile for setting.

Note: you should switch on Plugins: (app menu-> Maps & Resources-> Plugins) for displayed some of widgets.

In iOS, you need to turn on the plugin to view the widget. Please go to Maps & Resources and switch to plugins using the button below, after that switch on the plugin you need.

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You can see all the icon variants of the screen below.

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Now go to App menu-> Configure screen. For each profile, this menu has four tabs: Quick action, Right panel, Left panel, Remaining elements.

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Quick action button is a flexible menu of shortcuts providing direct access to whatever features you need to access most frequently: You select and add them to this 'toolbar'. In this way, the next time you need to add a new favorite, add a navigation destination, enable or disable voice guidance, etc. These actions are now directly accessible.

Right panel is the part of the screen with Widgets. You can choose the next parameters for each widget: Show/Hide/Collapse. Collapse add special button near widget for collapsing widgets. Almost all widgets are clickable on the screen:

Parking Position shows a place of your parking, needed special plugin. Clicking to the parking widget moves to your saved parking place on the map.

Intermediate destination, Intermediate arrival time, Destination, Arrival time are widgets which showed information during navigation.

Intermediate arrival time can show Intermediate arrival time or Intermediate time.

Arrival time can show Arrival time or Time to go.

If you click to widget of Destination, the map is moved to your destination point. Information of this widget is a distance to your finish point.

Touching to widgets Arrival time, Intermediate arrival time changes information.

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Magnetic bearing and Relative bearing are showed the horizontal angle between the direction of an object and another object, or between it and that of true north.

Clicking to the widget changes Magnetic to Relative bearing and back.

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Mapillary widget gives access to Mapillary application by one click.

Speed widget shows your current speed.

Speed limit widget shows speed limit for a given section of road.

Altitude widget shows your height above sea level.

Trip recording is the widget for start/stop/pause recording your GPX track, needed special plugin.

Current time widget shows your current time.

Battery level widget shows battery level of your device.

Radius ruler widget can access to Radius-ruler tool with compass. More information about this tool, you can read here.

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Left panel is the part of the screen with navigation information:

Compass icon can manage Map orientation by clicking to it and shows a compass. There are three type of orientation: "To direction of movement", "To compass", "Do not rotate (north is up)". You can set this settings: app menu-> Settings-> General settings-> Map orientation.

Next turn, Next turn(small), Second next turn show arrow with distance of turn during your navigation.

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Remaining elements part:

Transparent widgets makes your widget icons transparent.

Display position always in center, your arrow is in center of the screen.

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Note: for "Car" profile you can see Street name and Lanes during navigation.

Street name show name of street where your moving or stay.

Lanes shows lanes of road where you are. Yellow and green colors of lanes are mean your lanes for moving during navigation.

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