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1.9. Android Wear watch

How to install ViewRanger on your Android Wear device

Pair your Android phone and smartwatch.  Now download the ViewRanger for Android Wear app directly from the Google Play Store on your Android Wear 2.0 watch.  If you don't have Android Wear 2.0, just install ViewRanger on your phone and the Wear app will appear on your watch after a few minutes.  The ViewRanger watch app is the same for Android Wear 1 and 2.0.

How to follow routes

More than 150,000 ViewRanger routes worldwide – plus any routes you've created ­– are available to follow with Android Wear. You can either stream routes directly from your phone to your watch, or add them to your watch and follow them without using your phone.  When you stream routes you are using the resources on the phone for GPS and recording a track - we recommend this method as it increases battery life and the GPS is generally more accurate.  When you add a route to the watch you are using all the resources on the watch and can't record a track - we recommend you use this method only if you really really want to leave your phone behind.

Streaming routes: If you have your Android phone and watch in close proximity, as soon as you start following a route on your phone it will be activated on your watch. The map that's open on your phone will be visible on your Watch. Plus, view live trip stats including GPS position, altitude, distance travelled and trip duration.

Adding routes: Open ViewRanger on your phone, search for nearby routes or select a route you've created, then click the blue Add button to add it to your smartwatch. Your phone must have Bluetooth switched on for this to work. Once your route is added, you can follow it on your watch independently of your phone. The map that’s open on your phone when you transfer the route will appear on your watch. Plus, view live trip stats including GPS position, altitude, distance travelled and trip duration.

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How to record tracks

Swipe to the screen that says ‘Record track with your phone’ when you open the Android Wear app, then hit the big red button. You need your Android phone in close proximity to the watch for this to work, as the track will be recorded on your phone. As you swipe through the watch screens you can view your GPS location on the same zoomable map that’s open on your phone. Plus, view live trip stats including GPS position, altitude, distance travelled and trip duration.

How to view maps

If you simply want to view your position on a detailed map without following a route or recording a track, swipe through to the map screen when you open the Android Wear app to view the same map (Premium or Open) that’s open on your phone. This mode will display your position on the map, and you can zoom in and out by swiping or pinching the screen or using the side buttons on some devices.

There is no auto zoom between scales on the watch - it just shows the same scale map that is currently shown on the phone.

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