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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by MikeHunt555, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. MikeHunt555

    MikeHunt555 Newbie
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    I've used Maps.me for sometime, but have always struggled how to navigate, what all the map legends are, etc.

    I can find youtube guides, but they don't seem to talk you through options. There's annoying music but no dialogue.
     


  2. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I'm not at all familiar with Maps.me, but a quick search yielded their contact page and their support page. Take a look at their FAQs and knowledge base and see if they're any help, and/or contact them.
     
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  3. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    use Google Maps instead, the APP, not a website.....
     
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  4. MoodyBlues

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    Some people prefer non-Google apps, @Dannydet. Just sayin'. :)
     
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  5. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    I've never tried Maps.me, but have used an alternative to Google Maps, although I use Google Maps extensively and have no hang-ups about it.

    I have used Magic Earth for a number of years now and find it an excellent app, totally free including world wide maps, and very easy to use. It is certainly worth giving it a try.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.generalmagic.magicearth

    :)
     
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  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I have used Maps.me, though I'm currently using an open source fork of it (better privacy, though the Play Store version still beats Google in that respect). It's a nice app, and OSM data is sometimes more accurate and detailed than Google (and sometimes not).

    So I can attempt to answer questions about it, if you make them specific (I don't really have time to write a general guide). I've only really used walking navigation with it, but have used that in many parts of the world.
     
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  7. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    For walking, particularly hill walking, my go to app is:-

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.osmand.plus.

    Although I find the user interface is not quite as friendly as Google Maps or Magic Earth, it has an excellent route/track creation tool for cross country hiking. I have used it many times in the North Wales hills and the Pennines.

    As with Magic Earth, I can certainly recommend a trial. I've used it for at least eight years with no problems at all.

    There was a free version as well as a 'paid for' version but I usually go for the paid version which I did in this case. One benefit was regular map updates.

    :)
     
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  8. steiny180

    steiny180 Android Enthusiast

    Mapfactor Navigator Free Offline GPS navigation is my go-to GPS navigator. Have a look at it...
     
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  9. MikeHunt555

    MikeHunt555 Newbie
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    I have real trouble trying to unerstand how to plan a route. Sometimes it says 'from' then it says 'to'.
    It doesn't seem easy as to which one is which.

    Also searching for places isn't easy. I live in Thailand, large places are often OK.
    Trying to find a village depends on how the translation has been done. Searching in Thai doesn't often help.

    If there was a video guide explaining it with dialogue it would be much more helpful.
     
  10. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I personally hate video guides, genuinely detest them, so I'm not the person to ask about those. Partly it's my age: it feels illiterate, and too many people in the tech field work too hard at being "interesting" or imposing their music choice on you as well. But also I can read a lot faster than they can talk, and because of the work involved video guides are never updated and so it's easy to find out of date information when you search for them. Give me a well-written set of instructions rather than someone who fancies themselves as an "influencer" any day. ;)

    The "from" and "to" thing can be a bit confusing. If you want to know the route to a destination from your current location select the place you want to go to and click "route to" and it will plan your route. If however you want to plan a route in advance from somewhere else (not your current location) to your destination the process is: select your starting point, click "route from", select your destination, click "route to". It will then show you a route from the chosen starting point to your chosen destination.

    The app's searching isn't the best. I find the trick is often not to be in a hurry: type the name and then wait, don't press "enter" as that ends the search.
     
    #10 Hadron, Jul 12, 2020
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  11. MikeHunt555

    MikeHunt555 Newbie
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    Actually I take your point about video guides. What would be gòod was if it was detailed, and not a musical guide.
    Yes, a written guide would be good, as long as it was detailed.

    For now I'm giving Magic Earth a go. It seems (so far) to be straightforward.
    I'm trying to find a way to import my bookmarked locations into it from Maps.me. I've exported them to a .kmz file.
    I see there's a POI import option, but I'm not sure if that's the same.
     
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  12. Hadron

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    POI = Point of Interest. May be the same, I can't remember. I've imported bookmarks from Maps.Me to OSMand, but that was a year or so ago and can't offhand remember how (but it was almost certainly reading a kmz). There's nothing to lose by trying - worst case it doesn't recognise the format.
     
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  13. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    I think it is only for Points of Interest. When I started using Magic Earth I was quite happy to build up my Favourites as I went along, and of course there is the History list as well, so I've never tried to import any locations from other apps.

    :)
     
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