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Sunday, November 20, 2011

How to Save Offline Maps on Trimble Outdoors Navigator

A common misconception surrounding GPS-enabled apps is that they will not work if you are in a backcountry area where there is no cellular or data signals available.  This is untrue, as the GPS chip in your iPhone or Android runs independently of those signals and will continue to track your location.

However, to see the detailed aerial, topographic, street and hybrid maps on your phone, you will need to either have a cellular or data connection or the maps you wish to use cached--or saved--to your device.

With Trimble Outdoors Navigator, caching these maps is a simple process that will ensure the exact maps you need are at your disposal, no matter where you are.

To start, select the Offline Maps icon from the main menu and select the New button. You’ll then be brought to the map (pictured left). The area in the blue box will be the area that is saved to your device. You can adjust the area by moving the blue borders as well as zooming in and out. You can also change the map type by selecting the Layers button. Or, to help even more, load a trip onto the screen. When the area is to your liking, click Next.

Then you will be prompted to name the map as well as select which map types (topo, aerial, street, hybrid, terrain) you’d like to save on your phone.

Next, select the maximum and minimum zoom levels to save for the map (pictured right). 
Move the red (maximum zoom) and blue (minimum zoom) sliders to your liking. Note that the greater the difference between the two, the more phone memory the maps will require. This process will repeat for as many map types as you selected.

After completion, you will see the caching summary and have two options:
Download: This will immediately download the maps on to your phone.
Save: This will remember the map package details, allowing you to download maps at a later time as well as save memory on your phone. To access, just go back to the Map Caching home screen and select it.

Important: Download maps to your phone before you leave home or the city. Maps can be very large files, so we recommend a fast WiFi connection.

That's how you save maps on your phone for offline use. Enjoy!


  1. This would be awesome if the maps weren't just a screen capture that you had to go through the app to produce

  2. Totally agree. why not allow a download to SD card on a pc/mac and then insert card into phone


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