Why download maps to device?

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    Walt Knapp
    Download maps so you can use them on your device when there is no cell or WiFi signal.
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    hwalk52

    Okay thanks for response but clarify for me please. Am I not using cell or wi-fi when setting my phone to airplane mode?

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    Josh

    But Your GPS receiver always works, even when Wifi and all other radios are turned off. Last weekend I was off the grid on airplane mode and my phone still gave my my position on the map, but if you want some of the pictures, features, and so forth, you should download the maps and then your position is placed on the map.  

     

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    djs13pa

    What Josh said. Gaia will use the GPS in your phone or tablet to navigate using the maps you have saved to your device. When you save to your device (cache to your device), you save waypoints, layers, and other data associated with your route or mapped area you desire. This way you do not ever need cell service unless you need to download a map. Many people use an older device without paid cellular service and just update via wifi when needed.

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    hwalk52

    Okay, I get it now. I'm first time Gaia user coming from Caltopo and Garmin InReach. Thought I'd give this app a try. So far I do NOT like the inability to modify imported gpx tracks or routes which I use extensively in the Rockies. Also, why does my Gaia map keep on disappearing in my active layers?

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    Walt Knapp
    Gaia is definitely buggy about maintaining activity of map layers.
    This seems always to happen if you choose the command “Show on main map” in saved list.
    If you hit that command then go to the map layers list and reactivate layers it inactivated.

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