How to install OS maps on your mobile device
Install one of the free Apps and Buy or Subscribe to Maps
Our experience over the last couple of years is that the two main OS navigation Apps behave differently on different devices and often require a fair bit of perseverance to get them working initially. You may need to try both Apps to find the one that works best for you. It is well worth the effort but best to do this before you come away on holiday rather than waste the day when you get here.
We've been users of Memory Map since they pioneered the technology and we still use this software on both Windows and Android. Memory Map allows you to try out a map for 30 days free of charge so it's also a good way of borrowing a set of maps just for your holiday.
We also recommend the OS Maps App because there is a much bigger selection of map rental & purchase options and you can redeem codes off recent printed maps that you may already own. You can also use the OS Maps App in conjunction with OS Maps Online so that (as well as redeeming printed maps) you can then download sections of subscribed maps onto your mobile device. A subscription also enables you to download other routes from the OS that have been contributed by the wider OS Maps User Community.
Our routes overlay the detailed OS maps (in either App) which are far more acurate than the normal mobile Google maps showing all the footpaths, contours and map symbols. Don’t be tempted to make do with the free base maps that come with the Apps as they are not detailed enough and will spoil the route for you.
This article provides the instructions for the OS Maps App but do try the Memory Map App if OS Maps doesn't seem to work for you.
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TIPS - BEFORE YOU LEAVE (Important)
- You can browse additional resources that other guests may have left (such as photos and / or descriptions) by clicking on the appropriate icon on the desktop of the "Virtual PC" in your cottage at The Hyning Estate. Please consider emailing us any photos or other information to add that you think may be useful to future guests.
- Importing GPX files - OS Maps / Memory Map may not associate automatically with GPX files so you may need to select the application to import the downloaded GPX routes into. Depending on your file explorer you may be presented automatically with a list or you may need to select and / or hold the file to invoke the dialogue. It's well work paying a couple of quid for ES File Explorer Pro on Android (the free version is not the same).
- If you have a subscription to OS Maps Online then the map data will only be available whilst you are connected to the internet unless you download the required section of map so you must do this before you leave (whilst connected to our WiFi) as the mobile phone signal may be poor at your destination.
- To ensure that you download the correct section of map (1) Load, then centre the whole of your route on the page, (2) Without moving the map go back (... & back) to the menu and select "Download Offline Maps" (3) Without moving the centre of the map slowly pinch the map until the blue "Download" button turns into a red "Zoom in" button then stretch slightly and press "Download" when the button turns back to blue - this ensures you get the maximum map area around your route.
- Whether you are a subscriber or have redeemed a paper map then load the downloaded map from the Maps menu before loading the route (as per the slideshow above).
- If your phone is to be your only source of navigation then we recommend taking a fully charged spare battery pack with you (a portable 50000mAh USB Power Bank costs £11 on EBay). There are still advantages in redeeming paper maps!
- Remember to take equipment appropriate to the type of activity (Boots, Waterproofs, Warm Clothes, puncture repair kit, tools, pump, Food & Drink, First Aid, Map, Compass, Mobile Phone etc) and if embarking on a challenging route then let someone else know where you're going and when you expect to be back.
Bon Voyage! - You'll never look back.