How To Use GPX Maps

This guide shows you how to use a GPX map on your phone. This is extremely helpful if you are hiking in a new area where there is no paths to follow or markers along the way. By using a GPX map you can keep track of your current position and where you are according to the route by using the phones GPS location, this is also a nice way to see how far you are from the end point, and just to make sure you are on the right track even if there are paths and markers along the way. In this guide we are using GPX Viewer for Android phones from Vectura Games, the alternative for Iphone users works more or less the same way. All the hikes on this site have a GPX link on the top where you can download the track and use it on your phone, if you are unfamiliar with using GPX then keep reading below. Be sure to have GPS location activated and GPX Viewer installed on your phone. In this example i’m using the Seashore hike to Hovden as an example

Download GPX Viewer For Android PhonesDownload GPX Viewer app for Android phones from Google Play
Download GPX Viewer For IphonesDownload GPX Viewer app for Iphones from the Apple App Store

1: With GPX Viewer installed and GPS location activated we are ready to proceed, download a GPX file from the website to play withHow To Use GPX Maps

 

2: When you have GPX Viewer installed you should be able to open it directly in the app. If not then download the file and see below
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3: This is what GPX Viewer for Androids looks like when you open it. Be sure to grant it the permissions it requires along the way
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4: From the main menu you click Open files then the search icon. Search for GPX to bring up the available gpx files on your phone
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5: Now you will get a list of your gpx files. Tap on the one you want to show, then click Open to display the hiking route on your phone
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6: Now you can see the route as well as your own location in real time, zoom in and out and swap between different map types as well
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Extra: You can either have the map automaticly centre on your GPS location, or disable it so you are free to drag the map around
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Extra: Disable your location being showed at the lower part of the screen by going to Settings -> GPS -> Then disable the check box
How To Use GPX Maps