An offline mode would be great! Gaia is using data even for areas I've already downloaded.
On my quest to use less data, I am always surprised by how much data gaia uses, especially when the majority of the time I spend using it, I'm in local parks for which I've already downloaded map layers.
So it'd be really cool to be able to quickly toggle an offline mode and not have to put my whole phone in airplane mode.
Agree completely. One way to do this if you want to do it right now is to use Datally (made by Google) to prevent the app from using mobile data. But yes, Gaia should have an offline mode. I would also hope such a mode would let the maps render quicker (seems like sometimes they are stall out looking for updates rather than referencing downloaded data).
For sure! This is also an issue when (like me) you're working in the mountains without cell service (i.e., forced offline mode). It would be great if the app determined that your location was w/in the boundaries of a saved map and then automatically (seamlessly) started showing that saved map on the main screen and stopped trying to update it via cell data (in your case--it uses too much data; in my case--there's no cell so I don't see a map).
You can verify your maps downloads before using Gaia GPS offline by following these steps:
- iOS: Verify Map Download Completed
- Android: Verify Offline Map Downloads
Nathan - that verifies the data downloaded, but doesn't allow the end user to confirm visually in the app what their experience will be once they no longer have data (i.e. cell or wifi) coverage. I currently mimic this by setting airplane mode on the phone and then purging the Gaia GPS cache, but that is a multi-step process.
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