How to Navigate

How to navigate from the gpx files.

So if you don’t have a Garmin or navigation device you might consider using your phone for the purpose.

How To: Manually Load Exported Routes Files on a Garmin Device
Garmin navigation watch, wearable tech.

Generally, a data connection is required to view your maps in whichever app you use.

Be mindful that some of the outlying areas do not have good or any reception at all.

If you are new or not familiar with how the process works, you can use the guidelines below to get started.

Example: All routes and trails have a map displaying the route.

You can purchase and download route gpx files from our store page.

Add the bundles you want to your cart and follow the checkout steps.

Download and unzip the route gpx files on your computer.

FAQ: I can’t find my downloads.

Download and unzip to your pc
On your PC: check your default Downloads folder

Upload the route gpx files to your phone via cable, external memory card or Google Drive.

Note the folder you save the gpx files in.

On your phone: note the saved location.

For demonstration purposes, we have chosen a popular third-party app. We stress however that we do not endorse, nor are we affiliated in any way, to this particular app. You may use any GPX viewer app you like, the gist remains the same.

Please note, some of these apps work better than others, features differ, phone GPS accuracy differs.

If your phone runs on Android, open the Play Store (sometimes bundled in a “Google” folder).

Search for the app, install and open.

Steps on your Apple phone will be similar.

Popular GPX viewer apps in the Play Store

Let’s choose and install GPX Viewer – Tracks, Routes & Waypoints by Vectura.

After installation, open the app.

You need to grant permission for location and file reading services.

You can choose to buy the PRO version (R90) which will allow you to use and view the maps without an active internet connection (offline).

To open a gpx file, tap on the folder icon in the top right corner.

Navigate to your folder where the gpx files are stored, select a file.

The track will now open on your device.

For live tracking: select the map menu (3 dots in the top right corner), scroll down and select “Follow GPS”.

To import more gpx files, repeat the steps.

You can have more than one track displayed on the screen.

Menu options include:

  • terrain / satellite mapping
  • track / route info
  • turn waypoints on / off
  • follow / unfollow gps
  • toolbar customisation
  • screenshots

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