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Introductory help pages for both Android and iOS.

1. How-To guide

1.1. About the app

Free app

The ViewRanger app is free to download.   You can use the app to show your position, record your tracks, plan routes and save the free online maps for offline use.  Some advanced features in the free version are disabled such as BuddyBeacon location sharing, identifying Peaks with Skyline and the new 3D flyover.  The amount of free online maps that can be saved for offline use is limited.

Introducing PREMIUM

The free app can be upgraded to PREMIUM with an in-app purchase of the PREMIUM upgrade or a map subscription.  This will unlock all the advanced features in the app and allow the saving of large areas of the free offline maps.

Existing customers, who have made purchases in the past, may find they are already upgraded to PREMIUM  an easy way to check if you have been upgraded already, in the app, is use Profile tab (in green bar), Tracks, tap any track, scroll down and tap "View in 3D".  If it opens you are PREMIUM!

More about the PREMIUM packs can be found here.

1.2. Account

Create your ViewRanger account and profile

When you first launch the ViewRanger app, you’ll see the following screen.
Create an account using Facebook or Google or sign up by entering your email address and creating a password.
Your email address is your unique ViewRanger account username and all content such as map purchases, tracks and routes will be linked to it. 
If you already have an account use the Log in option and enter your existing credentials to access your account.

Create account


The next step is to add your full name and profile picture, then you’re ready to go.
You can add more details to your profile - such as interests, date of birth and location – by logging into our community site http://my.viewranger.com

1.3. 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. Zoom in and position the map onto the area you wish to download. Once you are satisfied with the selection then press the Download button. This will download and save the map area on screen for later off line use.

Download map

Free ViewRanger online maps

  • OpenCycleMap
  • ViewRanger Landscape Map
  • Satellite
  • Ski Map
  • Transport Map
  • OpenStreetMap (online only)
  • Bing Aerial Imagery (online only)
  • Open Street Map (online only)
Select online map

How to upgrade to premium maps

Tap 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.

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 and subscriptions in the ‘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. Position the screen over the area, then tap download button.

Download Map

The current map layer you are going to save is shown at the top of the screen.  To swap map layers press the map options button in the lower right corner of the screen (top right on iOS) and select an available map layers.

Map layers

You can also download a strip of map to cover a route by using Profile tab (in green bar), Routes, tap the route, tap 3 dots at the top and save for offline use.

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, park or subscription – 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.  Zoom in and position the map onto the area you wish to download. Once you are satisfied with the selection then press the Download button. This will download and save the map area on screen for later off line use.

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 ‘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. Position the screen then download.

Premium map Subscriptions

Some ViewRanger premium maps such as Great Britain, 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 ViewRanger app, will not automatically renew.

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

 

1.4. Tracks

How to record a track

A Track is a record of your movements during your chosen activity.
A Track should not be confused with a Route, which you either download or create then follow.  A route is a plan of where you intend to go.

To record a new track, tap the + icon in the bottom-right corner of the map screen then select ‘Record Track’. Now simply press the red button in the centre of the screen to start recording. All of your movements will now be tracked and recorded by the app. To stop a track recording, from the map screen tap the trip time button, to return to the track controls screen, then tap the square stop button, which gives you the option to Delete, Cancel or Save your track.

Track controls

A track will also start recording automatically every time you start following a route in ViewRanger.

How to view your trip stats

As soon as you stop and save a track you’ll be able to see all of the associated stats, such as distance, duration, speed and altitude gain.

To see live stats while you’re recording a track, tap the button showing your trip time, then swipe the track recording screen to the left to cycle through three screens of stats. If you press and hold your finger on one of the stats boxes, you’ll see a list of options allowing you to customise your stats screens to show the information that’s relevant to you.

How to a share a track

As soon as you save your track, two options will appear at the bottom of your screen prompting you to ‘Share on Facebook’ or ‘Tweet’ your track. Tap either button and follow the instructions to share your adventure with your followers.

1.5. Record tracks (iOS)

It's easy to record tracks:

- Start, pause, and stop tracks on the Map screen.

- View time and distance stats on Map screen.

- Tap anywhere on the map to see a bigger map.

Here is how new track recording works:

1. Open the ViewRanger app on your iPhone and select Map tab.

 
Map tab

2. Press the “+” button in the bottom right corner of the Map screen.

 
Plus button

3. Tap the “Record a Track” button.

 
Record a track

4. Choose the type outdoor activity (walking, hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, etc.).

 
Choose activity

5. After you pick an activity type, track recording starts.

 
Track recording

Extra Features:

- Swipe down on the Stats panel to reduce the number stats shown on the screen.

- Tap on any stat to go to a more detailed stat screen. You can see more than 20 stats and navigation details.

- Stopping for a lunch break? Hit the Pause button to reduce battery useage. Then hit Resume or, when your activity is done, select Finish.

- Want a bigger map? Tap anywhere on the Map screen to see a more map and less buttons.

1.6. Routes

How to find routes

There are three ways to find routes to download and follow in ViewRanger:

The Discovery tab

Open the ViewRanger app and tap the signpost button in the top left corner, then scroll through the list of available routes.

You can move the map location at the top of the screen to search for routes in different locations, and zoom in and out of the map by pinching the screen to search a smaller or larger area. Once you’ve found a route you like the look of, open it up and download when prompted.

Discovery tab


The Search tab

If you know the name of the route you want to download, search for it directly by opening the ViewRanger app and tapping the search tab (magnifying glass icon) in the top menu. Tap the map icon next to the search box and change the search option to Routes, type in the name of the route and choose your favourite from the list of available options, then open it up and download when prompted.

Search tab


The my.viewranger.com website

Visit the http://my.viewranger.com website, select the ‘Find route’ option in the top menu, then search for routes using the interactive map, or by using the search boxes in the top-left corner.

Web route search

Once you’ve found a route you want to follow, open it up and select ‘Get this Route’ to add it to your account. To access this route in the ViewRanger app tap the menu button in the top-right corner (three dots), tap ‘Synchronize content’, then choose to ‘Upload routes’.

How to follow routes

Once you’ve downloaded a route you can access it by opening the ViewRanger app and tapping the profile icon in the centre of the top bar, where all of your routes are stored.

Select the route you want to follow, then tap ‘Start Route’. The route will now open on your map screen, with your position updating as you move along the route.

You can view full details of the route – such as photographs, text descriptions and waypoint information – by clicking through the route menu bar at the top of your map screen.  

The green arrow on your map screen always points in the direction you need to travel, and all of your trip stats – such as distances, speeds and altitudes – are visible when you tap the ‘Trip time’ button.

How to create your own routes

There are two main ways to create routes in ViewRanger:

In the app

To create a new route to follow, tap the + button in the bottom-right corner of the map screen then select ‘Plot a route’.

Create route

You will be taken to the route plotting screen. Press and hold on the map to start adding points. The start and end points are represented by a green and red icon. To insert a point between two existing points press on the line that joins the two points and move it to the new position. Hold onto the point and a magnified window appears at the top of the screen. Use this to fine tune the position of the point on the map. We use this window, as otherwise, your finger would obscure the position of the point! Intermediate points are initially shown as a small white dot. Move the map and continue press and holding to add more points as needed. If you make a mistake, tap Undo at the top of the screen, which will remove the last point added. To add text to a point, tap it, and select edit. Once a point is populated with text it turn solid blue. To delete a point, tap it and select Delete. Once you have completed the route, tap Save at the top of the screen. Update the name of the route, if you wish, and tap Save Route and you will be taken back to the map screen.

Please note: Android user still need to use the old method to plot routes (please see related page below)  we are busy updating the Android app to include the new route plotting.

Online at my.viewranger.com

You can add more detail to the routes you create by logging into your account at http://my.viewranger.com and using our online route editor.

To create a new route select the ‘Routes and Tracks’ dropdown menu, then choose to either ‘Create a route from scratch’, ‘Create a route from GPX’, or ‘Create a route from my ViewRanger track’.

Creating a route from scratch

Make sure your map is centred on the area you want to explore, then click the map to start creating your route. A red line will appear displaying your route, with a green icon showing the start, a red icon showing the finish, and a series of blue icons in-between showing each waypoint. You can click on each waypoint to edit them – adding descriptions, photos, audio files or bespoke icons – and selecting the ‘Route information’ button in the top menu allows you to add extra information including route name, activity type, difficulty level, main image and full route description.

To access your route in the ViewRanger app, tap the menu button in the top-right corner of the app (three dots), tap ‘Synchronize content’, then choose to ‘Upload routes’.

Creating a route from GPX

This is much quicker than clicking out your route on the map, because if you have a GPX file containing your route it can be uploaded in seconds. Select ‘Create a route from GPX’ from the ‘Routes and Tracks’ dropdown menu, browse your computer for the file you want to upload, then hit Upload. The line of your route will automatically appear on screen, and you can add extra information to it by either selecting ‘Route information’ in the top menu or clicking on each individual waypoint.

Creating a route from a track

Any track you record in the ViewRanger app can be converted into a route.

Select ‘Create a route from my ViewRanger track’ from the ‘Routes and Tracks’ dropdown menu, and you’ll see a list of all the Tracks you’ve recorded. Select the track you want to use, click ‘Create route from track’ and the line of your route will automatically appear on screen.

You can add extra information to it by selecting ‘Route information’ in the top bar or clicking each individual waypoint.

1.7. Follow a route (iOS)

The follow route design brings forward detailed route information onto the Map screen and makes it easier and safer to follow routes.

To start, downloaded a route guide and offline maps onto our device.

Download a route

Once downloaded, we headed to the starting point and tapped the Start Route button.

Start route

The ViewRanger app adds information to the top of the Map screen. It shows a direction arrow pointing to the next waypoint, and any juicy tidbits you need to know. In this case, we needed to walk up the street to the official trailhead or start point.

 
Map screen

You can also tap the route info box on top of the Map screen to see a full list of helpful waypoints and navigation details.

 
Full waypoint

During the hike, the device vibrates to alert you about important trail details like trail junctions, overlooks, or fun facts. This route guide, in particular, showcased some beautiful wildflower and overlook photos too.

 
Important waypoint

On the route details screen, the app shows some helpful information. The blue dot represents your GPS location and displays a straight-line distance between you and each waypoint. And, you can see how far each waypoint is from the start and end points. This can be super helpful to understand where you came from, where you are, and what lies ahead.

 
Route details

If there’s no waypoint copy or media posted by the route author, sometimes you’ll see basic navigation stats. On the screen below, we see distance to next marked waypoint, distance to end point (the summit in this case), and compass bearing.

 
Empty waypoint

GET STARTED

Just follow these simple steps:

  • Download the latest ViewRanger app on the Apple App Store. It's a free update.
  • Find a route in the ViewRanger app.
  • Download the route onto your phone. Tip: Don’t forget to download the offline maps.
  • When ready, tap Start Route button.
  • As you follow the route, waypoint directions and descriptions display on top of the Map screen. Tap to see a full list of all waypoint details for the route. Please note: Route details vary greatly by publisher and can include waypoint descriptions, photos and audio clips to guide you along the way.

1.8. Search and Go to Position

The way search, and go to a coordinate location, works if different in Android and iOS.   iOS has the new search interface and we will be updating Android likewise soon.

iOS (iPhone and iPad)

You can perform a search on Place, Community and Routes.  Search is located under the Menu tab (3 dots in in green bar).  While Go to Position is under the plus button "+" on the map screen.

Android

You can perform a search on Places, Routes, People and Coordinate.  Search is located under the Search tab (in green bar).  Tap the category icon to the right of the search field to swap search modes.    



1.9. 3D Flyovers

Bring your tracks and routes to life with 3D Flyovers. Pan and zoom around routes before you leave on your trip. Replay your recorded tracks.

Use can use 3D Flyovers in the app or on the website http://my.viewranger.com

3D Flyovers is a premium feature.

3D Flyovers

Replay Your Tracks

Relive your recorded tracks in amazing 3D. Zoom and pan around in 3D maps during track playback.

In the app:  Profile tab (in green bar), Tracks, tap the track, scroll down, View in 3D.
On the website:  Routes and Tracks > My Tracks, click the track, Menu, View in 3D.

Preview Any Route

Flyover routes before you go. Visualize every turn, every climb, and every vista on 3D maps. Note: Data connection required. 3D maps not available for real-time navigation and offline use.

In the app:  Profile tab (in green bar), Routes, tap the route, tap 3 dots at the top, View in 3D.
On the website:  Routes and Tracks > My Tracks, click the track, Menu, View in 3D.

Pause, Replay, Faster, Slower and Settings

While playing, tap the screen and use the icons at the foot of the screen to pause,replay, speed up or slow down or change the settings.

Share with Friends

Everything is better in 3D. Share routes and recorded tracks with your family and outdoor-savvy friends.


1.10. Skyline

How to use Skyline augmented reality

To get started with ViewRanger Skyline augmented reality, which uses your phone’s camera to label more than 9 millions landscape features around the world, simply open the map screen and tap the mountain icon in the bottom left-corner. This will open the Skyline camera view on your phone.

If you’re in an area with mobile signal or WiFi, you’ll immediately see labels for any peaks, lakes, towns, villages, ridgelines, mountains passes or cliffs within a 20-mile radius of where you’re standing. If you’re planning to explore an area without phone signal, simply download and save some maps for offline use before you set off and they’ll automatically download Skyline data with them.

To refresh any offline maps you’ve already downloaded so they include Skyline data, tap the menu button in the top-right corner of the app (three dots), select the ‘On Device’ tab, select the map you want to use, then tap ‘Refresh Skyline data’. The app will download all Skyline data for that map section onto your mobile device. Once installed, you’re ready to explore. You will need to do this for each section of offline map stored on your device.

Skyline

How to calibrate your phone for greater accuracy

If the accuracy of the labels looks slightly off, your phone may need calibrating.

The quickest way to calibrate is by waving your phone around in a figure of eight motion, or rolling your wrist in a circular motion. Moving from the Skyline view back to the normal map screen, then tapping the mountain icon to re-enter the Skyline view can also help.

Calibrate

Metal can interfere with your phone’s compass, which has a negative effect on the Skyline view. Move away from any objects, such as cars, that could cause interference. Make sure your phone case contains no metal and that you aren’t keeping your phone in your pocket next to your keys.

How to navigate with Skyline

Launch the ViewRanger app and select the profile tab in the top menu. Find a route you’ve downloaded or created, open it up, then tap the blue button to start following it.

Tap the mountain icon on your map screen to open Skyline, hold your phone up to the landscape and pan around until you see the blue navigation arrows pointing you in the right direction.

As you navigate along your route any associated waypoint information, such as photographs or facts, will pop up within the Skyline view to provide a narrative as you travel through the landscape.

How to take photos with Skyline

While using the Skyline view, simply tap the camera icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen to take a photograph. The picture will be saved to your camera roll, so you can share with friends or post on social media when you have signal or WiFI connection.

1.11. BuddyBeacon location sharing

How to get started with BuddyBeacon

BuddyBeacon allows you to share your real-time location with friends. A mobile connection is required to send a Beacon, but the app will also send old positions once it reconnects if you’ve been exploring an area with no signal.

To share your location with friends, give them your ViewRanger username (the email address you used to create your account) and BuddyBeacon PIN (you create your PIN on first send of your beacon  see below). They then need to visit the www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon web page, click ‘Add BuddyBeacon’, and enter your details. They’ll then be able to see your position and track your movements on a live map every time you send a Beacon.

Your friends can also view your position in the ViewRanger app by entering your username and PIN in the BuddyBeacon menu. Then as soon as you send a Beacon, they will be able to see your position on their map screen.

Note that to use the beacon you need a Premium subscription  the basic Premium is enough, or any map subscription.

How to send a Beacon

To share your real-time location with friends, launch the ViewRanger app, tap the green + button in the bottom-right corner of the map screen then select BuddyBeacon.

BuddyBeacon

From the menu that pops up, select ‘Send beacon now’, and choose a 4-digit PIN when prompted. This means your location has been shared with everyone following you either in the app or at www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon

How to watch a Beacon

Launch the ViewRanger app, tap the green + button in the bottom-right corner of the map screen, select BuddyBeacon, select ‘Add a buddy’. All you need to do now is enter the ViewRanger username(their email address) and PIN of the person you want to locate, and when they send a Beacon you’ll be able to locate them on your map screen. 
If you have already added buddies then use the Locate now button found in the BuddyBeacon menu.

If you tap on the icon showing the location of your Buddy in the app, you can choose to Navigate to them, centre their position on your map, track their movements, and select the icon you’d like to use to display their position.

You can also view a Buddy on our live map by entering their username and PIN at www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon

1.12. Points of Interest

How to mark Points of Interest

To mark a Point of Interest (POI) on your map – such as a footbridge, waterfall, campsite or pub – launch the ViewRanger app, tap the green + button in the bottom-right corner of the map screen then select ‘Add POI’.

Add POI

You’ll be asked to enter a name for the POI, then you need to position it. Two red icons will appear on your map screen – a small one containing a blue circle, and a larger one containing four red arrows. The blue circle pinpoints the position of your POI, and if you hold your finger on the red arrows you can drag and drop it exactly where you want it. Once you’re happy with the position, tap Done and your POI will be created.

With your POI selected, you can use the menu above to navigate towards it, centre its position on your map, export it as a GPX file, and change its icon.

1.13. Apple watch

ViewRanger for Apple Watch delivers offline maps, detailed route guides, and live trip stats directly to your wrist. The app pinpoints your exact location using GPS and tracks your movements on zoomable maps (using the digital crown). It’s compatible with all versions of Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone, and works as a standalone app when following a route using the built-in GPS on Apple Watch Series 2 and 3.

How to follow routes

More than 150,000 ViewRanger routes worldwide – plus any routes you've created ­– are available to follow with Apple Watch. You can either stream routes directly from your iPhone to the Watch, or add them to the Watch and follow them without using your iPhone.

Streaming routes:

If you have your iPhone and Watch in close proximity, as soon as you start following a route on your phone it will be activated on the Watch. You can also start following routes in the Watch app by tapping the Routes button, choosing from the list of nearby routes you've either downloaded or created, then hitting Start. The map that's open on your iPhone will be visible on your Watch.

Streamed maps are managed by the watch system cache and is limited to 10 MB..

Start Hiking

Adding routes:

Open ViewRanger on your iPhone, search for nearby routes or select a route you've created, then click the blue Add button to transfer it to your Apple Watch. Once your route is transferred, you can follow it on your Apple Watch and leave your phone at home. The map that’s open on your iPhone when you transfer the route will appear on your Apple Watch.  It is important to keep the screen alive while you are adding a route to the watch  do this my turning the crown back and forth during the progress bar.

When using built-in cellular on the new Apple Watch Series 3 you can view up to 10 routes within one mile (1.6 kilometres) of where you’re standing and add them without needing the iphone.  When adding the route this way it wall always use the "ViewRanger Landscape map".

Deleting routes:

Force touch on the route details screen to delete a route (and saved maps for the route) off the watch.

How to record tracks

Select ‘Track Recorder’ when you open the Watch app, then hit ‘Record Track’. You need your iPhone in close proximity to the Watch for this to work, as the track will be recorded on your phone. A track will be recorded automatically when you start following a route on the Watch, if you have your iPhone with you.
As you swipe through the Watch screens you can view your GPS location on the same zoomable map that’s open on your iPhone, with your track appearing as a green line on the map. Plus, view live stats including GPS position, altitude, elevation gain, distance travelled and trip time.

Track stats

How to navigate in map-only mode

Select the Map option when you open the Watch app to view the same map that’s open on your iPhone. This mode will display your position on the map, and you can zoom in and out using the digital crown.

Map on watch

1.14. Wear OS watch

ViewRanger for Wear OS 2.0 works with both iPhone and Android smartphones. Or, use the watch app by itself. Just download routes and offline maps onto the watch before you leave home.

How to install ViewRanger app on your Wear OS device

Ensure the firmware on your watch is up to date.

Install the latest "Wear OS" app onto your Android phone or iPhone from your app store.  This allows the watch to utilize resources on the mobile device, such as GPS and wifi, to limit the battery drain on the watch.

Connect the watch to your Android phone or iPhone using the "Wear OS" app.

Now download the ViewRanger app directly from the Google "Play Store" on the watch. 

Please contact our support if you have a Wear OS 1.5 Watch for install instructions.  We no longer support Wear OS 1.0

ViewRanger account

You must have a ViewRanger account to use the app on the watch:  

  • If the watch is connected to an Android phone, if not already done so, the watch will ask you to log in or create an account on the phone.
  • If the watch is connected to an iPhone, if not already done so, log in or create an account on the iPhone.  Then sign in with that same account on the watch.
  • If the watch is not connected to a mobile device and you don't have an account choose "Sign in with Google".
Sign in

Watch screens

You can swipe between screens in the ViewRanger app on the watch:

Routes screen

Routes are a plan of your trip.  The watch will navigate you along the route.

On the routes screen you can find the routes you have recently opened in the ViewRanger app on your mobile device, find route near to where you are now, or access a collection of routes selected just for you.  You can also find your downloaded routes and follow or delete them from the watch.

If your watch does not have a GPS chip you will not see any routes as you can't navigate without it.

Record track screen

A track is a recording of where you traveled.  It contains statistics like length, speed and elevation.

Track record

On this screen you can start track record on the Android phone. 

If you are an iPhone user,  this screen will not appear.  Start the track record on the iPhone instead.

If you have a Casio Pro Trek watch, a second button on this screen will allow you to record a track on the watch itself.  This exclusive feature is only on Casio ProTreck watches.  We recommend you record the track on the Android phone or iPhone, with its large battery, so you save on battery on the watch.  Once you finish track record, the track is uploaded to our server, if you are online.   If not online, when you are back online, you must must close the app and re-open it before the track will be uploaded.   To close the app go into settings, Apps & Notifications, App Info, tap ViewRanger, Force stop. 

Map screen

On this screen you can view your location on a map, swap map layers and download a map for offline use.  Initially, the watch must be connected and online to view maps but they can be saved for offline use.

Coordinates screen

See your current position and elevation.
If you have an Android phone the coordinate format and unit of measure is taken from the ViewRanger app on the phone.
If you have an iPhone the coordinate type defaults to decimal and the unit of measure is taken from the iPhone regional settings.
If stand alone, the coordinate type defaults to decimal and the unit of measure is taken from the watch regional settings.

Setting screen

Here you can remove downloaded maps from the watch.

Settings screen

Additionally, if you are not connected to an Android phone, you will see the option to "Log out".   If you are connected to an Android phone, account is managed on the phone.

Logout


Navigation Menu and Notifications

Pull the navigation menu down from the top of the screen to access shortcuts to different screens in the app. 

Navigation Menu

On the watch face access the notifications to cancel route and map downloads.

Maps

Swipe through to the map screen on the watch to display your position on the map.

Map on watch

Initially, the watch must be connected and online to view maps but they can be saved for offline use. 

- To zoom and pan maps, tap once on screen.
- Use finger to pan, zoom or scroll as needed. Or, use top and bottom buttons on watch to zoom in and out.
- Tap again to center map on your GPS location.
- To change map type, select Map Layers. Select map type. You will see how the maps types you own and are compatible with the watch. 

Map Layers and Downloading Maps

The Map Layers button on the map screen on the watch lets you select different maps to show and download the selected map for offline use.

How to save offline maps
- Tap Map Layers button. Select map type you want to save.
- Tap Map Layer again. Select Download.
- Scroll, pan, zoom to the offline map area you want to download. Select Save.
- These selected maps are now saved onto your watch for offline use.

When you add a route to the watch it also adds the maps to the watch too.

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Routes (in more detail)

More than 150,000 ViewRanger routes worldwide – plus any routes you've created ­– are available to follow with Wear OS. You can either stream routes directly from your Android 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 traveled and trip duration.

Adding routes

Routes can be added directly on the watch (but only if the watch has a GPS chip).

From the watch:
- Launch ViewRanger app on watch
- Go to Routes screen. Watch needs a WiFi or data connection to show unsaved Routes.
- Select Recents shows routes you have recently reviewed, downloaded, or created.
- Select Nearby to see routes within 1.5 kilometers or 1 mile of your current location.
- Select Downloaded for a list of route guides saved on the watch.

From the Android phone:
Android Users:
- Launch ViewRanger app on Android smartphone.
- Find and download route guide onto phone.
- Launch ViewRanger app on watch.
- On your phone, tap Add to watch button. The ViewRanger app sends route guide (and optional offline maps) to watch.
- Once download, the route guide and maps are saved on the watch.
- Any routes saved on your watch are listed on the Routes page under Downloaded. Now, you can explore without a phone or data connection.

From the iPhone:
- Launch ViewRanger app on iPhone.
- Find, then view or download your route guide.
- Launch ViewRanger on watch.
- Swipe to Routes screen on watch. Select Recents. Recents shows routes you have recently viewed, downloaded, or created in your ViewRanger account. Note: Your watch needs to be connected to Wifi or your phone to download route and offline maps.
- Under Recents, select the route to download.
- Once downloaded, the route guide and offline maps are saved on the watch. Any routes saved on your watch are listed on the Routes page under Downloaded. Now, you can explore without a phone or data connection.

Start Hiking

Updating Routes

If an update is made to a route, the route must be deleted from the watch and download again before the update is seen.

Deleting Routes

On the Routes screen tap "Downloaded".    Long press the route to remove from watch.

Navigating a Route on the Watch

When you start a route, on the watch or on the phone, keep the app on the watch in foreground while navigating for better experience.  If you receive a message that pushes the app into background, open the watch app again to hear the alarms again.

Advanced / Troubleshooting

  • The GPS altitude on Wear OS 1.5 is the raw wgs84 altitude, while on Android Wear 2.0 we correct it - so it is better to be using 2.0.
  • A watch needs to have GPS chip to allow you to add a route to it for stand alone navigation.   That's the only requirement. A compass is not required on the watch; both for Wear OS 1.5 and 2.0
  • We recommend you use a smart watch that is made for the outdoors to ensure it has a good battery and a power efficient GPS chip.  Some watches are designed for short burst fitness sessions only and may not be suitable.
  • When tethered and swapping maps on the phone it can take over 60 seconds to refresh the map on the watch.
  • On the watch settings ensure location is on and battery saver is off.
  • iOS devices must set the location permission for the "Wear OS" app to "Always".
  • If your watch face support complications you can add ViewRanger complications to your watch.
  • Unsure of what ViewRanger account the watch is using?   Swipe to the last settings screen.  If it says "logout" then you are using an email or gmail account on the watch, otherwise, you are using what the app is signed in with on the Android device.
  • Ensure you are running ViewRanger  9.2.82 or above.
  • Known issue (which we will be fixing soon): If you have a GPS watch without barometer alarms will not sound.

1.15. Wear OS and iOS

Introduced in ViewRanger version 9.2.48 allows communication between the ViewRangere app on the Android wear watch and the ViewRanger app on the iphone.

You will need to use the "Play store" app on the watch to install viewranger and check the version number under app info.

We are supporting Wear 2.0 and newer (we no longer support Wear 1.5). If your watch does not have it's own GPS, you will need to make sure you have your iPhone nearby.

Users will be able to view routes on your iPhone and see the same routes on your watch. You will be able to download these and follow them on your watch.

If you have one of our ViewRanger map subscriptions, you will be able to access these map layers on your watch. Whole country, one time payment, maps can also be viewed but not map regions (for example Lake District map package) or map tiles.  You will be able to view other free maps too.

When you download a route onto your watch it will also download a map for offline use.

Track recording can only be done on the iPhone.


1.16. Change device and restore maps

It's simple to change phone or restore maps to a device.

Open the app and sign into your ViewRanger account.
Your maps and content are linked to this email address.

You will get the option to synchronize. If you are a new user then skip this option. 
For existing users the synchronize option will download routes and tracks registered against your account to your device.
(It does not download any maps associated with your account)

To recover your maps proceed with the below steps:

Use the Menu tab (in green bar), Maps and pull the list downwards to refresh the list.
Your maps will appear in the list. 
For named map areas tap download to the right of the map name.
For map tiles tap on the name of the tile layer(for example OS Explorer Map Tiles) then from the next screen select download from account. 

1.17. Advanced tips

How to search by coordinates or grid references
If you have a specific map location you want to find for using coordinates or a grid reference, search for it directly by tapping the search tab (magnifying glass icon) in the top menu.

Tap the map icon next to the search box and change the search option to Coordinates. You’ll then see a list of available coordinate searches, such as National grid, Lon / lat, ITM and UTM. Select the type of coordinates you want to use, then type them into the boxes at the top of the screen.

To then see that location on your map screen, tap ‘View Coordinate on Map’.

How to switch distance units from miles to km

On iOS devices

Open the ViewRanger app and tap the menu button (three dots) in the top right corner. Select Settings, then Map, then scroll down to the ‘Map Units’ section. Tap ‘Unit Type’ and you can choose between Metric (km, metres), Imperial (miles, feet) and Nautical distance units.

On Android devices

Open the ViewRanger app and tap the menu button (three dots) in the top right corner. Select Settings, then Display, then Unit. You can then choose between Metric (km, metres), Imperial (miles, feet) and Nautical distance units.

How to customise your map screen

It’s possible to customise your ViewRanger map screen to make sure all of the elements you need to navigate safely and confidently are on there. Open up the app, tap the menu button (three dots) in the top right corner, then select Display Preferences.

This opens up a variety of map screen options, such as adding an extra trip field to show heights or distance, the ability to auto-rotate your map to point in the direction you’re facing, and the option to switch on night vision. Click through the options to find the screen elements that work for you, and remember you can adjust them for each adventure.

How to write data to the SD card

If you wish to use an installed SD card to store maps then prior to download of the maps in the app use Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Storage, Maps folder and set it to the SD card and restart the device.

1.18. Cancel subscriptions / unsubscribe

To cancel an auto-renewing subscription, unsubscribe, please see this page.

To manage your email and notification settings, in the Android or iOS app go to menu tab (3 dots top right), Settings, Notifications. Or use the My.ViewRanger website.

To have your ViewRanger account and data removed, please email support@viewranger.com using the email account you wish to remove.