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OS MapFinder FAQs

For iOS devices

Which devices does this application support?

Devices with iOS7 or upwards:

  • iPhone (4, 4S, 5, 5s and 5c)
  • iPod Touch
  • iPad 2, iPad 3 - Retina display, iPad 4, iPad Air
  • iPad Mini

iPod Touch and Wifi Only iPads will have limited GPS accuracy.

How can I buy a map tile?

To buy a map tile, select 'Buy maps' from the application menu. Once in purchase mode, press the button on the tile that you wish to buy. OS Landranger maps are indicated by the pink text and OS Explorer Maps are indicated by the orange text.

How do I view my purchased mapping?

To view the mapping once you have downloaded an area, navigate to the "My maps" section from the menu in the top left hand corner and zoom in to the area in question. The mapping should fade in once you have zoomed in far enough.

How can I record a route?

To record a route, tap the 'Record trail' option in the main menu. To record a route you must have location services enabled and available. You can enable location services under your general device settings screen. Please note a route cannot be recorded without location services enabled. At the end of route recording select Save then give the route a name before hitting Save again.

How do I record and save a planned trail?

Select 'Record trail' from the Menu. Tap the circular red record button (bottom centre on screen). Select 'View Trails' and pick the one you want to record. At the end of route recording, go back to 'Record trail' and select 'Save'. If you decide not to save the route, ensure you delete the recording from 'Record trail' and not from 'View Trail' otherwise you would delete the planned route.

If you wish to keep the planned route, ensure you save the recording under a different name.

How do I import a route into OS Maps?

To import a route into OS Maps from OS MapFinder:

  • Step 1: Export the route from OS MapFinder using the Export GPX feature.
  • Step 2: This allows you to email the route out of the app. You then access your email on your computer and download it from there.
  • Step 3: Use the Import a Route tool in OS Maps, using the file you just saved.

More OS MapFinder FAQs for iOS devices

For Android devices

Which devices does the app work on?

OS MapFinder will work on most smartphone and tablet devices running Android 4.0.3 and higher. Please check compatibility for your specific handset on the Google play store. New devices running Android are released all the time, so if you come across a compatibility issue, please let us know.

How can I buy a map tile?

To buy a map tile, select 'Buy maps' from the application menu. Once in purchase mode, press the button on the tile that you wish to buy. OS Landranger maps are indicated by the pink text and OS Explorer Maps are indicated by the orange text.

How do I view my purchased mapping?

To view the mapping once you have downloaded an area, navigate to the "View map" section from the menu in the top left hand corner and zoom in to the area in question using a pinch out/pinch in gesture. The mapping should fade in once you have zoomed in far enough.

How can I record a route?

To record a route, tap the 'Record trail' option in the main menu. To record a route you must have location services enabled and available. You can enable location services under your general device settings screen. Please note a route cannot be recorded without location services enabled. At the end of route recording select Save then give the route a name before hitting Save again.

How do I share a route?

To share a route:

  • Step 1: Select the 'View trails' option from the OS MapFinder menu bar.
  • Step 2: Select the route you which to share.
  • Step 3: Select the 'options' button, and then select 'Share' in the menu that appears.
  • Step 4: Select the service you wish to share to from the sharing menu.

You can also Export a route as a GPX file by selecting Export GPX from the sharing menu.

Can I sync purchases between my Google Android device and my Android tablet which is an Amazon Kindle?

You cannot sync purchases between these accounts. They are separate accounts administered by Amazon and Google respectively. Your purchases always remain tied to the account originally used to make them.

More OS MapFinder FAQs for Android devices

For Kindle devices

What Kindle devices will OS MapFinder work on?

It will work on the new Kindle Fire HDX, plus the Kindle Fire HD running version 4.0 and above with a GPS chip. If you cannot find the app in the Kindle app store it is not compatible with your device.

Where can I download the OS MapFinder app?

You can find it through your browser, or search the app store for 'OS MapFinder'.

How can I buy a map tile?

To buy a map tile, select 'Buy maps' from the application menu. Once in purchase mode, press the button on the tile that you wish to buy. OS Landranger maps are indicated by the pink text and OS Explorer Maps are indicated by the orange text.

How do I view my purchased mapping?

To view the mapping once you have downloaded an area, navigate to the "View map" section from the menu in the top left hand corner and zoom in to the area in question. The mapping should fade in once you have zoomed in far enough.

How can I record a route?

To record a route, tap the 'Record trail' option in the main menu. To record a route you must have location services enabled and available. You can enable location services under your general device settings screen. Please note a route cannot be recorded without location services enabled. At the end of route recording select Save then give the route a name before hitting Save again.

How can I download purchased tiles to my other Kindle devices?

Map tiles, once purchased through your Amazon account can be downloaded onto all devices registered to that account. To do this, simply follow the following steps:

  • Step 1: Go to the 'My maps' section via the menu.
  • Step 2: Tap the 'Sync' button.
  • Alternatively, if you hit the buy button on a tile and go through the purchase process, Amazon knows if you have previously paid for that tile and you won't be charged again.

Can I sync purchases between my Amazon Kindle device and my Google Android device?

You cannot sync purchases between these accounts. They are separate accounts administered by Amazon and Google respectively. Your purchases always remain tied to the account originally used.

More OS MapFinder FAQs for Kindle devices

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