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Title: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: wilcoxon on Saturday 05 June 21 17:45 BST (UK)
I have an android phone, not the most expensive model.
I don't use mobile data often ,it's mostly for calls and wifi as I don't have a contract.

Ive started group walking on footpaths and tracks in the hills. The last place had no phone signal.
Is there a simple map programme I can use to find my location off line.
It would be useful to know where I actually am and how far to my planned destination.

Also I would really need to know how to use it.
Thanks
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: PaulineJ on Saturday 05 June 21 18:53 BST (UK)
Google maps.
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: wilcoxon on Saturday 05 June 21 20:02 BST (UK)
Thanks, but I have no idea how to use it for that purpose. 
What do I do. ???
I do use it for finding general directions and places but that's all so far.
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: groom on Saturday 05 June 21 20:49 BST (UK)

This any good?

https://support.google.com/maps/answer/6291838?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: Stanwix England on Saturday 05 June 21 22:17 BST (UK)
Ordinance Survey have a mobile app that you can use, but I'm not 100% sure it would do exactly what you are asking for. I have used it in the past for finding walking routes.
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: Zaphod99 on Sunday 06 June 21 10:01 BST (UK)
ViewRanger is wonderful.  Maps4me is also very good.

Zaph
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: wilcoxon on Sunday 06 June 21 12:17 BST (UK)
Thanks everybody, I will take a look at them all, so  far the Google maps definately seems to be the simplest,  Viewranger certainly has a lot going on.
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: purlin on Sunday 06 June 21 19:44 BST (UK)
Have you considered a sat nav, most of them can be used in walking or cycling mode.  You can pick them up for 20 -40 on * Bay.  They come with pre-installed maps, charger etc so you wouldn't have to purchase data. Its a cheaper option worth considering.
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: Greensleeves on Sunday 06 June 21 19:48 BST (UK)
Many of the wilder, upland or remote areas don't have a phone signal so if you are going into such areas you need to take an OS map with you - and know how to read it.
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: PaulineJ on Sunday 06 June 21 23:07 BST (UK)
download the maps for offline use before you start.
You do not need a phone signal to use GPS.

Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: andrewalston on Monday 07 June 21 09:59 BST (UK)
For walking, you can't beat the OS maps. They have features such as contour lines which the likes of Google Maps omit, being targeted at car drivers.

Besides Ordnance Survey's own offering, there's a product called Memory Map which is available for Android as well as PC. You purchase the relevant sheet of OS mapping and it uses the GPS to show where you are.

I remember Bill Bryson raving about the quality of OS maps. He was amazed that the very seat he was sitting on was marked. It had been surveyed and had, very appropriately, a Bench Mark.  :)
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: wilcoxon on Monday 07 June 21 13:15 BST (UK)
I had a test run with Google, on a car journey and it seems I can only download the default map, is it not possible to download the satellite view.
The place I'm wanting to locate is on a track which isn't shown on Google maps, but I can identity it on the satellite.
It's a bridge on a drovers road.
I do use paper OS maps, but they don't tell me where I actually am.
Thanks 
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: IgorStrav on Tuesday 08 June 21 12:31 BST (UK)
If you subscribe to Ordnance Survey maps, you can choose and download a map for the area you're due to walk, and then you can read it without a signal.

I wouldn't be without my Ordnance Survey map app.
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: Dyingout on Tuesday 08 June 21 13:16 BST (UK)
Have you thought of using What Three Words?
Its a computer and phone program and app.
It has mapped the world in 3mtr squares you can look up on the computer and pinpoint the location. Enter the words on the phone and it will lead you to the location in car on a bike or on foot.
https://tinyurl.com/4zmb9fcb (https://tinyurl.com/4zmb9fcb)
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: petercafxt on Monday 14 June 21 09:26 BST (UK)
Try the Play store for "Here we go maps"
I know is a corny name, but it was a Nokia app but is now owned by Microsoft
The great thing about this is its free, doesn't need a phone signal and uses the GPS chip in your phone to get your position directly from satellites.
Once installed, you download the maps you want, either for your area, the whole country and if you travel, any other country.  All free
Use it for navigation walking, bus, car etc

Peter
Title: Re: Using phone as satnav.
Post by: andrewalston on Monday 14 June 21 21:10 BST (UK)
The Here maps are those used by Microsoft in the Windows 10 Maps app.

They, like Google Maps, don't show terrain, which is essential for walking. I've just checked, and they don't show anything narrower than a single-track road. Even the Pennine Way goes unmarked.

Yes, you can change to the aerial view, where you might catch a glimpse of a footpath, but that requires a phone signal to be available.