In connection with our March ride, one of the recommended GPS mapping applications was OsmAnd. On the May ride, I have been asked if we can get it working instantly on a phone for the ride. Since I am using a Garmin 62s for a long time now, I am out of touch with the changes of OsmAnd and embarrassingly, I could not get the downloaded GPX file loaded in the map on the spot.
Finally I had the time and could put together a quick tutorial on how to use OsmAnd on our ride. So here we go….
- First step is to download and install OsmAnd from Google Play or Apple App Store. After starting the application, you need to download the country specific map to the phone. The map is about 170-200MB, so better to get it done when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
I like OsmAnd because it is a good quality software, free to use (including the maps) and can work off-line, without phone or data coverage, relaying only on the built in GPS in the phone. You even can switch the phone to flight mode to save battery power by disabling cellular and data connection.
- Once you have OsmAnd running and you have the map, go to the KLR Ramblers website and download the GPX file for the ride.
- Start OsmAnd, touch the menu sign.
- In the menu, select My Places.
- In “My Tracks” select the “+” sign and find the GPX file you just downloaded.
- When the GPX file is loaded, it will be found in the My Tracks list and you are good to jump to the next step.
Go back to the main screen and touch the “Navigation” symbol.
- In the navigation option, select the “Settings” sign.
- Roll down to the “GPX Route” option.
- Touch the “Select GPX” option and you will see the list of GPX routes you have uploaded.
- Select the route which you would like to follow, and on the next screen immediately un-select the “Calculate route between points” option.
Even the most expensive GPS is still unable to read our mind (fortunately), and will take you to places with auto-routing where you did not want to go.
In my opinion, better to do the research and put your route together by yourself than making extra miles on crowded, boring highways, wasting time and petrol instead of riding on the pleasant tiny gravel roads of the country side.
- Going back to the main screen, you will see the route displayed on the map. Remember, a route in a GPS means a series of way-points connected with straight lines to indicate the order you are planning to pass through those points. Here is a post about way-points, routes and tracks and how these are working. You still need to find the way between those points, but all this laid down over a map, it is rather easy.
On the June ride we have a GPX file with the route only. I made this tutorial for that ride. On other rides we provided the track as well. If you are loading a GPX track into OsmAnd, you will get a couple of different options when you lay it over the map, but I am sure If you got through this tutorial without trouble, you will deal with that successfully as well.
Take care on the road, and see you on out next KLR Ramblers ride.