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Step-by-Step

How to install either OS maps or Memory Map Navigator on your mobile device

Install one of the free Apps and Trial, 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 a 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 and 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 both Apps on Android, the first set of images is for OS maps and was created a few years ago using ES File Explorer Pro which has since been suspended from Google's Play Store so the (more recent) instructions for Memory Map use X-plore.

Click or tap the first of the images in either series to start a slide show:


(1) OS Maps on Android with ES File Explorer Pro

Subscribe to, Redeem or buy maps (1 month is now only £3.99) and create OS Logon details

Subscribe to, Redeem or buy maps (1 month is now only £2.99) and create your OS Logon details

Install the OS Maps app from your phone's App Store

Install the OS Maps app from your phone's App Store

Logon to the App using the credentials you created when buying or redeeming maps

Logon to the App using the credentials you created when buying or redeeming maps

The free base map isn't detailed enough and is only available when you have internet access

The free base map isn't detailed enough and is only available when you have internet access

Download your Route(s) from our website, save, then open with a file explorer (ES File Explorer on Android) and import into OS Maps

Download your Route(s) from our website, save, then open with a file explorer (use "ES File Explorer Pro" on Android) and import into OS Maps. 

From the menu "Redeem" any extra maps or if you have a subscription "Download offline maps" then select the map from "Maps" (see tips below)

From the menu "Redeem" any extra maps or if you have a subscription "Download offline maps" then select the map from "Maps" (see tips below)

Select one of the Routes that you have imported

Select one of the Routes that you have imported

Visually check you've got the detailed map data before leaving (see tips below) then "Follow Route"

Visually check you've got the detailed map data before leaving (see tips below) then "Follow Route"

 


(2) Memory Map on Android with X-plore

Install Memory Map (and X-plore) from your phone's App Store

Install Memory Map (and X-plore) from your phone's App Store

Launch Memory Map with the default base map and touch the maps icon in the menu bar

Launch Memory Map with the default base map and touch the maps icon in the menu bar

Login to the Digital Map Store and select a free trial Topo map of the area

Login to the Digital Map Store and select a free trial Topo map of the area

Reverse pinch base map to launch topo map at cursor

Reverse pinch base map to launch topo map at cursor

Download your Route(s) from our website, save, then open with a file explorer (use "X-plore" on Android)

Download your Route(s) from our website, save, then open with a file explorer (use "X-plore" on Android) 

Select */* then scroll through to Memory Map & tick as the default for this type of file

Select */* then scroll through to Memory Map & tick as the default for this type of file

Once loaded into Memory Map you can create an index of routes

Once loaded into Memory Map you can create an index of routes

Visually check you've got the detailed map data before leaving (see tips below)

Visually check you've got the detailed map data before leaving (see tips below)

 


 TIPS - BEFORE YOU LEAVE (Important)

  • You can browse additional resources that other guests may have left (such as photos and / or descriptions) by using our "NextCloud Collaboration Platform" once you've arrived at The Hyning Estate (details are included in the Welcome Guide). Please consider uploading 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.
  • 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 - use "Download Offline Maps".
  • To ensure that your Memory Map route is available offline (in case of a poor signal) scroll around the whole route at full resolution whilst connected to WiFi.
  • 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).
  • We recommend taking a backup paper map & compass but if your phone is to be your only source of navigation then we suggest 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.