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9.3. Download premium map tiles

You can download maps and other files within ViewRanger on the phone. These files can be quite large, so if you are not using a wifi connection check your data tariff.

Summary

This is a summary of the download functionality. Read the following sections for a more detailed description and screen grabs.

Map Shop section in app

To see the list of maps available to download go to the menu tab (in green bar), then Map Shop.
There are free Miniscale maps and other paid for mapping. To download an item tap it. You will be shown a preview. If you wish to purchase, scroll down and tap Download. You'll be told how large the item is and if there is any charge.
When you tap a layer you'll see any relevant commands - for some there layers will be a Download item, for grid based layers there will be an option to view its grid on the map. For many layers you can choose to view them on the map - this swaps to the map view, panning and zooming to show the layer's bounds - though you'll only see the layer if you've actually downloaded it.

Two methods to download tiles

You can use the Quick tile purchase buttons or via the Map Options button method.  The Quick method is a easy way to quickly get the tiles and the Map Options button way allows fine control of the download of tiles.  If you have problems with the Quick method use the Options method.

Quick Buttons For Downloading Tiles

If the map moves away from where you own tiles, and would otherwise see empty white screen, it now shows buttons giving your credit balance and the price of the tile. Press the button to download the tile.

Quick tile purchase buttons

If you zoom right in on a map, past where you could before, and there are tiles available, you'll also see the buttons.

You'll never see the buttons where previously you would have seen map, only where you would have seen white or not been able to zoom to.

To switch off the buttons use menu tab (in green bar) > Settings > Map > Tile purchase buttons.

Downloads within the map view with Map Options button

When downloading in the map view you should first switch on the download grid using Map Options button in top right, Get more tiles. You'll be asked which scale and layer you'd like to use. Tap one.

Note that the grid being displayed may not be for the map scale being displayed - if you are choosing maps of a new location you'll look at an overview map to choose your tiles.
A grid is drawn over the map. Each square tile can be downloaded individually. Green tiles are already on the phone, red squares are not. Grey tiles indicate that part of the tile may be on the phone.
As you move around the screen the tile that would be downloaded if you ask for it is drawn with a bold outline.

The download grid

The grid over a ref map

Note that the grid being displayed may not be for the map scale being displayed - if you are choosing maps of a new location you'll look at an overview map to choose your tiles.
A grid is drawn over the map. Each square tile can be downloaded individually.
As you move around the screen the tile that would be downloaded if you ask for it is drawn with a bold outline.
To download the tile that is outlined in bold and choose Download.

All the tiles on screen can be downloaded by pressing Tile.  We recommend only downloading about 12 tiles at a time.  To switch back to tile individual tile downloads, press Area.

Credit balance

After a short pause ViewRanger will tell you how large the tile will be, how much you will be charged and what your balance will be after downloading the tile. Answer OK to confirm, Cancel to stop. If you reply No then the tile is not downloaded and you are not charged.

Download progress

Progress during download

If you say OK then the tile is downloaded and you are charged.
Progress is shown on screen. You can press the Cancel button to end the download and if you do so before it completes downloading you won't be charged.
The ViewRanger server remembers the tiles that you have downloaded and only charges you for new tiles. However, the server does not have a record of other map products you have bought, including custom maps, so avoid downloading duplicates.
It will only charge you for areas where there is a map. In Great Britain you are only charged for land, not sea - but other countries usually charge for any map.

Colour coding

The grid's colour coding

Green tiles are already on the phone, red squares are not. Grey tiles indicate that part of the tile may be on the phone.

 

Step-by-step getting started with downloads

Here's a detailed step-by-step breakdown of the steps to start downloading maps for a new country.

  1. Start ViewRanger on the phone and goto menu tab (in green bar), Map Shop.  You'll then see several countries listed.
  2. Tap on the country name you require. You'll then see a list of the maps and layers available. Most countries have a free overview map at the bottom of the list.
  3. To download a free overview map, tap it, scroll down and choose Download. ViewRanger will tell how how large the map is and confirm it is free, then you can agree to download.
  4. Once you have downloaded an overview map, view it. You'll be returned to the map view, zoomed out to see the whole map.
  5. Zoom in several times using the zoom button.
  6. To download map squares, switch on the download grid. To do this, from the map screen, press Layer button top right, Get more tiles. You'll be asked which scale you want to download. The grid is then shown over the map, each box being a map tile. Boxes surrounded by red are available to download, boxes surrounded by green are already on your phone.
  7. If the overview map does not have enough detail to select the map, then check the Downloads list for a more detailed overview map (there are for USA, UK and Netherlands). For some countries we recommend you download some intermediate small scale tiles.
  8. To download a map tile move the map so that the tile you want is at the screen centre and has a thick boundary. Tap the tile and choose Download. Once downloaded the boundary will be green. To actually see the map tile you downloaded zoom in a few times with the zoom button.

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