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1.2. Maps

How to see your GPS position on the map screen

To see your precise position on a detailed map, open the ViewRanger map screen and tap the GPS button at the bottom middle of the screen.
The map will then centre on your location, with a crosshair pinpointing your precise position.

    
GPS button shown on iOS(left) and Android(right)    


 

How to view and change map types

When you first open the ViewRanger map screen you’ll see a free online map covering the whole world that can also be saved for offline use.

To view and switch to other maps, tap the map options button in the top-right corner of the map screen, which opens a menu showing different options. From here you can choose to visit the ViewRanger Map Shop and upgrade to premium maps, or browse the other free online maps.

Map options button

How to use free online maps

Every ViewRanger user has access to the free online maps listed below, which cover the whole world. The first five can all be saved for offline use, so you can use them without phone signal in even the most remote locations.

To save and store a free online map to use offline, simply select the map type you want to use, tap the map options button in the top right corner of the map screen, then choose to save/download an offline area. Tap to select a tile, drag to select a large area, then download.

Save map offline

Free ViewRanger online maps

Select online map

How to upgrade to premium maps

Tap the map layer button in the top right corner of the map screen, or the menu button (three dots) in the top right corner of the app, then select Map Shop. You now have the option to select detailed premium maps by country, with more than 20 countries to choose from.

Map shop

Choose the country you want to explore, then scroll through the available map options and select the map you want to buy. You can buy ViewRanger maps with cash using your iTunes or Google Play Store Account, or using ViewRanger credits if you’ve purchased one of our credit packs.

Choose country

Some ViewRanger premium maps will give you the option to download them directly to your device, so they’re always stored for offline use; but others will appear as online maps in the ‘My Maps’ section of the app. They can be saved and stored exactly the same as the free online maps.

To do this, select the map type you want to use, tap the map options button in the top right corner of the map screen, then choose to save/download an offline area. Tap to select a tile, drag to select a large area, then download.    

You can also buy premium maps directly from our webshop: https://shop.viewranger.com

How to buy premium map tiles

If you want to download small areas of premium mapping – rather than an entire country, region or park – either tap the map options button in the top right corner of the map screen and choose the ‘Get More Tiles’ option; or visit the map shop, select the relevant country, then choose the option to download map tiles.

Map download grid


To download map tiles you need ViewRanger credit, and if you don’t have any in your account you’ll be prompted to buy some when you try to download a tile.

How to save maps for offline use

Free maps

To save and store a free online map for offline use, simply select the map type you want to use, tap the map options button in the top right corner of the map screen, then choose to save/download an offline area. Tap to select a tile, drag to select a large area, then download.

Premium maps

Some ViewRanger premium maps will give you the option to download directly to your device – so they’re always stored for offline use – but others will appear as online maps in the ‘My Maps’ section of the app. They can be saved and stored exactly the same as the free online maps.

Simply select the map type you want to use, tap the map options button in the top right corner of the map screen, then choose to save/download an offline area. Tap to select a tile, drag to select a large area, then download.

Premium map Subscriptions

Some ViewRanger premium maps such as France 3 month and 1 year subscriptions, start as an online map but can be saved for offline use.

Renewing map subscriptions; Subscriptions purchased via Google Play, iTunes (using the free version of the ViewRanger app) or Amazon will automatically renew.   Subscriptions purchased via our webshop or the premium version of the iTunes ViewRaner app, will not automatically renew.

Subscriptions can be managed in Google Play, iTunes or Amazon store apps.

 

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