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Offline Maps

All maps downloaded from online mode, obtained from outside Locus Map or from Locus Store are listed in Offline tab of the Maps manager.

The tab consists of a topbar with the following buttons and the map list:

  • Sort by:
    • Smart choice - sorting of LoMaps by countries and regions, other maps sorted according to directories:
    • Last & nearest - sorts maps into Last used and Nearest maps folders. Nearest maps are recommended according to Locus Map's calculation of the distance between your GPS position and the center of the map.
    • Directories - (default) all offline maps sorted according to their storage directories
  • Action menu - see here >>

How to display an offline map

The offline maps are listed under the top bar. Tap on the map name, and if your real position is within the map, the map launches into the main screen. Otherwise, you are prompted that your position is outside the map and offered to have the map centered. If you know that your current position is not on the map and you want to display the map anyway, you can enter the map Action menu and select Center map option. It shifts the map to match your screen's center.

More maps from one provider

Maps of the same provider are grouped on one line. If you want to display a particular map from the group:

  • open the menu and tap Center map
  • select the map you want to display

Geek alert!
Another option is to add “_split” suffix to the provider folder in the /Locus/Maps/ directory and restart the app. The provider line will change into a folder and maps grouped in it will split into individual files:

Custom map centering

If you want to center your screen on another place in the map, Locus Map provides Set new center that launches the Location selector tool with several map center re-defining options.

Other menu options

  • Details displaying the map name, sample preview (in case it was downloaded by Locus Map), available zooms, the data size of the map file in your phone storage, and description, if there is any
  • Re-initialize map - tap in case your map obtained outside of Locus Map is wrongly displayed. The feature re-calibrates the map.
  • Delete - if you want more free space in your phone's memory, choose this option. The map is deleted - Warning! The process is irreversible.

As is mentioned in the chapter about Online maps download, Locus Map stores downloaded maps into the Locus/Maps directory. It displays itself as the Maps folder in your Offline tab. The maps in it are sorted alphabetically as you named them.

Adding offline maps

Cloud backup of maps

Unlike LoMaps, maps of some of our commercial map partners (Outdooractive, OpenCycleMaps and NeoTreks maps) are downloaded directly from their servers, and each such download is processed by the partner as a new map purchase. Therefore, we strongly recommend to back up these maps right after downloading. You can do so on your PC or another external storage but the most comfortable and flexible way is cloud backup.

Locus Map supports Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive.

If you need to back up your map, tap the option in the map action menu:
Progress and result of the backup can be seen in the notification center:

Cloud storage setup

When you use this option for the first time, it is necessary to define your map backup storage:
After allowing Dropbox or GDrive to process Locus files, select folder:
Cloud backup storage is set:

manual/user_guide/maps_offline.txt · Last modified: 2023/10/05 09:32 by mstupka