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Online maps

Cache maps

Saves displayed online maps into the internal database in temporary memory and accelerates their future loading.

Cached maps only

Displays only cached map tiles of online maps to avoid downloading from the internet.

  • if an online map is activated but none of its tiles are cached and this option is checked, the map screen is empty
  • WMS and WMTS maps can't be cached

Offline maps


Automatic map loading

Loads SQLite-based maps according to actual GPS position. There is no need to select maps manually when out of one, Locus Map switches it on automatically. To make this work, store all the maps in one folder.

There are three options:

  • no map auto-load - maps must be selected and activated manually
  • auto-load maps of identical source only - only maps from one provider or other common source are auto-loaded. E.g. Outdooractive - Outdooractive, SHOCart - SHOCart etc.
  • auto-load maps of any source - at first Locus Map checks the availability of an identical map source (provider) and then switches to a map of any source covering the desired area


Automatic map loading

You manually select which map to display or you let Locus automatically load available vector maps for the currently displayed position. This also ensures a seamless map display across the whole screen in areas where the coverage of two maps blends into each other.

Auto-loading works only for maps of the same Mapsforge version.

Text size

Enables setting size of vector maps texts (names of cities, streets, etc.) on a scale from 50 to 500% of the default size.

Auxiliary graphics

Graphic elements displaying various non-map objects or values.

These can be also added to the content panel for faster access.

Map scale

Map scale defines the ratio of a distance on the map to the corresponding distance on the ground.

Locus offers many more means of measuring distance >>

Time circles

Circles indicate estimated beeline distance to be passed according to the user's current speed in various time intervals:

Distance circles

Circles indicate selected distances from the map screen cursor - 10, 25, 50, 100, 500 m, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 and 200 km:
In case the GPS is fixed the circles have different color and indicate distance from the user's location.

Dynamic elevation

Available only with Premium

Displays elevation value on the location of the map screen cursor:
It is based on downloaded offline elevation files.

Cursor to position line

Stretches a line with azimuth and distance between user's GPS location and the map screen cursor:

You can change the type of parameters displayed above/below the line in the expert settings.

Course line

Displays a line from the user's current position across the screen to indicate the direction of motion:
Useful when trying to maintain a specific course.

Heading line

Displays a line from the user's current position across the screen to indicate the direction he/she is pointing at with the device:
Similar function to the Show view option but more accurate.

Show view

Displays direction and approximate range of your view.

This option can be added to a function panel for quicker access.


Shows a magnified part of the map on the spot the map cursor is pointing at.

This tool can be added to a function panel for quicker access.

Text size

Sets size of texts within auxuliary objects (dynamic altitude, labels etc.) from 50 to 300% of a normal size.

Advanced features

Pre-load global map

Select one of the world's online or offline maps for upper zooms so that detailed zooms of your local map are loaded faster.

Optimize raster map resolution

The app automatically selects an optimum resolution of the map according to the device screen's DPI. The result is better legibility of the map.

Magnify all maps

Tap Enable and move the slider to adjust the resolution you see on the preview window. It displays the map around position of your map cursor.

Map shading

Available only with Premium

Enables additional shading of map based on offline elevation files.

  • Select which maps you want to shade - online, personal or LoMaps and other vector maps (or all).
  • Types of shading:
    • Hill shading - classic simulation of illumination by the sun:

    • Slopes - highlighting slopes of >30°, >35°, >40 (light orange, orange, dark orange) - useful for ski alpinists, backcountry skiers, etc.:

    • Aspect coloring - coloring by the orientation of the slope gradient:

      The colours are arranged according to cardinal directions:
    • Colored elevation - elevation levels differ by colors (e.g. lowlands are green, mountains brown). This setting offers several color theme presets by orographic profile: Universal, Lowland, Highland, Alps and Mountains:

      You can get your own color schemes by defining custom elevation color palettes >>

It is important to download elevation data before using this function, more info here >>

Map color mode

Enables adjusting colors of active map:

  • Night mode - inverts colors of the displayed map:
    It is possible to change map color automatically (based on daily time).
  • Low contrast - decreases the contrast of displayed maps
  • High contrast - increases the contrast of displayed maps
manual/user_guide/maps_settings.txt · Last modified: 2024/02/27 13:37 by mstupka