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Re: Using phone as satnav.
« Reply #9 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.

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Re: Using phone as satnav.
« Reply #10 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.  :)
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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Re: Using phone as satnav.
« Reply #11 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.
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Re: Using phone as satnav.
« Reply #12 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.
Pay, Kent. 
Barham, Kent. 
Cork(e), Kent. 
Cooley, Kent.
Barwell, Rutland/Northants/Greenwich.
Cotterill, Derbys.
Van Steenhoven/Steenhoven/Hoven, Nord Brabant/Belgium/East London.
Kesneer Belgium/East London
Burton, East London.
Barlow, East London
Wayling, East London
Wade, Greenwich/Brightlingsea, Essex.
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Re: Using phone as satnav.
« Reply #13 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
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Mulley/Wilden Suffolk
Loome/lombe Norfolk

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Re: Using phone as satnav.
« Reply #14 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

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Re: Using phone as satnav.
« Reply #15 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.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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