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    johnmonsen

    "Dots" in corner of map that allow it to be manipulated should be bigger and more obvious. 

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    lchelmin

    Are there sometimes issues with big map files? I was downloading 2 layers at 1200mb total. The last information I saw was progress at 37% When I came back an hour later it was no longer informing me of the download percentage but was still downloading. After another hour or two I tried to delete the file and start over, but pressing the delete button does nothing. The phone is an XT1068 Motorola. I noticed an issue with downloaded files (onto an sd card used as internal storage which I use with all apps l) in another app (Spotify) after this event. Still trying to figure out how to fix it. Possibly deleting and reinstalling Gaia?

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    Nathan

    @Ichelmin
    Can you let me know if moving the root folder for Gaia GPS back to your device's internal storage allows your downloads to complete? If so, this may be a speed issue with your SD card. Here is the SD card we use and recommend.

    There is an open bug report for the app hanging when deleting an offline map and I have included your information in the investigation. Some users have reported that force closing and re-opening Gaia GPS resolves the issue.

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    stas

    FYI, this is not available in the free app - gotta pay to download a map.

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    taylorvice88

    I have subscribed to the basic version of Gaia GPS.  I am planning a rough hike in Utah to reflection canyon in a few months, and wonder how the app performs when there is no GPS signal available?  I will be downloading a pre-made route through the app from another Gaia user, but im wondering how the app will know if I am actually following the route if the GPS location on my phone does not work out there in the desert.   Do I need my location turned on my phone for the app to work?  If so, can I actually follow the pre-made route if I have no service?

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    Nathan

    @taylorvice88

    • How does the app perform when there is no GPS signal available?

    You can still view your routes, waypoints, and any offline maps that have been download without a GPS signal.

    • Do I need my location turned on my phone for the app to work?

    No, you can use Gaia GPS without your Location Services turned on; however, a GPS signal is required to view your current location in the app or record a track.

    • Can I actually follow the pre-made route if I have no service?

    Yes. By using the Download Along Route feature before your trip, you can download an offline map that follows your route and view the offline map of your route even if you do not have a cellular or GPS signal.

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    taylorvice88

    Thanks Nathan.  So it sounds like to me that I can view my map and waypoints that I have created, however I wont really know exactly where I am on that route that I have built/downloaded from another user unless I have GPS signal.  Correct me if I am wrong. 

     

    Also, the "download along route feature" sounds like it basically records/tracks my path as I am hiking.  Wont that also require GPS signal to know where I am to build a track?

    I just dont want to leave it to chance that we lose GPS signal as we are hiking through the desert and then get lost.  I know there are probably more reliable GPS devices out there than my personal cell phone.  Does the Gaia App feed into devices such as garmin handheld?


    https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-GPSMAP-High-Sensitivity-GLONASS-Receiver/dp/B00HWL9BQ4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1531321261&sr=8-6&keywords=gps+device

    Thank  you. 

    Thanks!

     

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    Nathan

    @taylorvice88
    I won't really know exactly where I am on that route that I have built/downloaded from another user unless I have GPS signal
    Correct, you will need a GPS signal to view your location on the map.

    Download Along Route
    This feature downloads an offline map for your route and provides 1-2 miles of coverage on either side of the route.

    You will want to complete this before your trip, while still connected to WiFi or cell service.

    To track your hike as you move, use the 'record' button. This also requires a GPS signal.

    Does the Gaia App feed into devices such as Garmin handheld?

    No, but if you are concerned about the GPS capabilities of your device, you can get a Bad Elf external GPS receiver, which will feed additional GPS data to your phone and to Gaia GPS.

    Bluetooth GPS devices will give you a slightly more accurate reading, but I typically find that the GPS signal provided by my iPhone is sufficient for all my hikes. I do typically suggest bringing a backup paper map in the event that something happens to your phone.

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    drcorner

    I assume one cannot download or que offline map downloads with the web based program and then have it in pending on the device, correct?

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    Robyn

    @*drcorner*

    Currently, selecting the download area is not available on the web but I can see how this would be a useful tool. Although, you are able to send map downloads for parks and trails that you search for with the 'Send to App' feature.

    Check out this article to learn more

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    MatthewMangus

    can someone please comment on the current (september 2018) status of the download process? I am attempting to download maps (I have a premium subscription). I get no progress notification and the app does not have the ability to filter within the saved section as indicated in other areas of the FAQ

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    Nathan

    @MatthewMangus
    You can check the status of your downloads by filtering the Saved menu to “Downloads”.

    • Currently, there is a bug preventing the yellow status bar from displaying but you can still check the status by the number of tiles that have been downloaded.
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    gotitdid

    Does this work like Guthooks apps? I used Guthooks thru hiking the AT and it worked great! They still don't have a Sheltowee Trace Trail app yet. I will buy this app if it works like Guthooks. Thanks!

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    Nathan

    @gotitdid
    Yes, you can download offline maps for the trails you are hiking in Gaia GPS. The app also lets you create routes, waypoints, and folders to help organize your trip.

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    ramcharger7777

    Hi Nathan, I am on the main island of Hawaii for the week and wanted to download a map with streets so I tried Mapbox streets HD and another map but I cannot even come close to downloading the whole island as the file will be too big. But the file size will only be 130mb.. and it says 60mb max. I would like to download all the streets in one map and if possible all the trails as well. What do you suggest?

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    TylerSparks

    Id really like to see an outline of what maps I have already downloaded to my android. Could be really useful when downloading maps or an entire state.

    I know this feature is available for Apple product users so why not android users?

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    Robyn

    @ramcharger7777
    MapBox maps have a download limit of 10,000 tiles per download and 160,000 tiles total per account. I recommend breaking up the download into several sections - you can overlap the download area quite a bit and the app will know not to redownload already downloaded areas.

    Even with the downloads separated into different sections, you will be able to view all of the information all on the main map together.

    @TylerSparks
    I definitely understand the value in adding this feature. I see you also commented on a feature request for this functionality. This will allow you to track to progress of the feature request.

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    ramcharger7777

    That sucks about the 10,000 tiles and 160,000 maximum per account. Why would they limit it if we are paying for the product? I was hoping to just use one GPS app for driving and hiking.... Is there another road map you can suggest that has the ability to do the main island?

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    TylerSparks

    Thanks for the reply Robyn.

    I think that feature should be available to everyone that pays for the program. Why should one platform get a different feature compared to the other yet we still pay the same price?... I hope to see this feature added soon but I'm not holding my breath... Seams that the feature request has been up multiple times.

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    imaginarian

    @TylerSparks
    I definitely understand the value in adding this feature. I see you also commented on a feature request for this functionality. This will allow you to track to progress of the feature request.

    I'd definitely vote for this, but several searches didn't turn up the feature request.

    I find some features on DeLorme that are great when downloading maps. a) the maps download by grid, and as each grid is selected, it gets a red shading. Selecting an already-downloaded map also highlights all the grids in the map. 2) I can zoom in as much as I like and pan around as I decide which grids to download. 3) I can do this on the desktop.

    But I also noted another remark that needs to be verified by GaisGPS, and then ELEVATED TO MAX VISIBILIITY. "you can overlap the download area quite a bit and the app will know not to redownload already downloaded areas."

    WOW!!! Never knew that. I spent several hours recently trying to see what my maps actually cover, and NOW I find that I'd be better off if I deleted all those maps (OpenCycle HD), and selected new regions with overlap.

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    Robyn

    @imaginarian
    Thanks for the feedback -  I updated the article to include that information. 

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