OS MapFinder

OS MapFinder


OS MapFinder™ is the official mapping app from Ordnance Survey, allowing you to view and navigate OS Landranger Maps (1:50 000 scale) and OS Explorer Maps (1:25 000 scale) of Great Britain in amazing high-resolution on your phone or tablet, with or without WiFi or mobile signal.

Find routes for walking, running and cycling with roads, footpaths and cycle trails clearly marked. Plan your route in advance using the route planning tools, or track your location using the integrated GPS. Discover Britain’s hidden treasures with historic monuments, mountain peaks and country pubs or just go for a ramble and use the map to discover more of the landscape.


OS MapFinder features
OS MapFinder is ideal for walking, running, cycling or any outdoor activity and includes:
• Free road maps down to street level
• OS Landranger and OS Explorer high-resolution maps available as in-app purchases in 100km2 tiles
• GPS tracking to show current location and direction of travel
• Plan routes on screen and save in app or as GPX file
• Route recording including route taken, time, distance and average speed
• Search for place names, points of interest, postcodes and grid references
• Works fully offline – no mobile or data connection required


Using OS MapFinder
• For walking and hiking – plan your route in advance with details of footpaths, open access areas and rights of way and check your location on the map as you progress
• For cycling and running - track your route, time and speed with the GPS logging functions, and see if you can improve on your best times
• For bird spotting, wildlife watching and photography - identify the best habitats or landscape features and find a route
• Also includes features for horse riding, kayaking, geocaching, fishing, tourists and geology.


Adding OS Landranger and OS Explorer maps
Your app includes road maps for England, Scotland, Wales and islands included in Great Britain. Our detailed OS Landranger (1:50 000 scale) and OS Explorer (1:25 000 scale) maps are also available as in-app purchases. Each map section is 100 km2. Go to ‘Buy Maps’, zoom in to the area you want and select the scale. Once purchased, you can download your maps to multiple Android devices on the same Google® account

A free sample map is included for the Exeter area so you can see the quality of the high resolution maps available. Current map tile prices are
OS Landranger (1:50 000 scale): £0.69
OS Explorer (1:25 000 scale): £1.99


Using OS MapFinder
There is a help area included in the app that will help you use the route planning and GPS tracking. It also includes a brief guide to map reading and navigation skills to help you make the most of the OS maps on your device.


Customer Support
Our customer support team can help with problems using OS MapFinder, whether that is planning a route, using GPS tracking or viewing maps on your phone or tablet.

Check the FAQs at https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/mapfinder/mapfinder-android-faq.html, or contact us at https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/contact/


App and Map sizes
The app is a large download as it is designed to be used even when you are offline, so it has to save the high resolution maps and search database to your device. Included in the app is overview mapping for all of Great Britain, plus the ability to search for towns, cities, postcodes and places of interest. Please ensure your device has sufficient free space and you are connected via WiFi before beginning the download.

Maps sections are around 60MB each. To save space you can remove unneeded map sections from your device, and then download them again for free when you next need them


Map Updates
We will occasionally update maps to reflect changes. To get an updated map, just remove and re-install the map section – the most recent version will be automatically downloaded.

Recent changes:
-Fixed route export bug
-Tutorial text and images made clearer
-Corrected crashing bug appearing on devices running Gingerbread

We have investigated an issue and have found that the Android 4.4 (KitKat) platform does not correctly open offline maps. Google’s engineers are aware, and we are hopeful of an update.
Here is the link for the Android bug report: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=61881
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About OS MapFinder
OS MapFinder™ is the official mapping app from Ordnance Survey, allowing you to view and navigate OS Landranger Maps (1:50 000 scale) and OS Explorer Maps (1:25 000 scale) of Great Britain in amazing high-resolution on your phone or tablet, with or without WiFi or mobile signal.

Find routes for walking, running and cycling with roads, footpaths and cycle trails clearly marked. Plan your route in advance using the route planning tools, or track your location using the integrated GPS. Discover Britain’s hidden treasures with historic monuments, mountain peaks and country pubs or just go for a ramble and use the map to discover more of the landscape.


OS MapFinder features
OS MapFinder is ideal for walking, running, cycling or any outdoor activity and includes:
• Free road maps down to street level
• OS Landranger and OS Explorer high-resolution maps available as in-app purchases in 100km2 tiles
• GPS tracking to show current location and direction of travel
• Plan routes on screen and save in app or as GPX file
• Route recording including route taken, time, distance and average speed
• Search for place names, points of interest, postcodes and grid references
• Works fully offline – no mobile or data connection required


Using OS MapFinder
• For walking and hiking – plan your route in advance with details of footpaths, open access areas and rights of way and check your location on the map as you progress
• For cycling and running - track your route, time and speed with the GPS logging functions, and see if you can improve on your best times
• For bird spotting, wildlife watching and photography - identify the best habitats or landscape features and find a route
• Also includes features for horse riding, kayaking, geocaching, fishing, tourists and geology.


Adding OS Landranger and OS Explorer maps
Your app includes road maps for England, Scotland, Wales and islands included in Great Britain. Our detailed OS Landranger (1:50 000 scale) and OS Explorer (1:25 000 scale) maps are also available as in-app purchases. Each map section is 100 km2. Go to ‘Buy Maps’, zoom in to the area you want and select the scale. Once purchased, you can download your maps to multiple Android devices on the same Google® account

A free sample map is included for the Exeter area so you can see the quality of the high resolution maps available. Current map tile prices are
OS Landranger (1:50 000 scale): £0.69
OS Explorer (1:25 000 scale): £1.99


Using OS MapFinder
There is a help area included in the app that will help you use the route planning and GPS tracking. It also includes a brief guide to map reading and navigation skills to help you make the most of the OS maps on your device.


Customer Support
Our customer support team can help with problems using OS MapFinder, whether that is planning a route, using GPS tracking or viewing maps on your phone or tablet.

Check the FAQs at https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/mapfinder/mapfinder-android-faq.html, or contact us at https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/contact/


App and Map sizes
The app is a large download as it is designed to be used even when you are offline, so it has to save the high resolution maps and search database to your device. Included in the app is overview mapping for all of Great Britain, plus the ability to search for towns, cities, postcodes and places of interest. Please ensure your device has sufficient free space and you are connected via WiFi before beginning the download.

Maps sections are around 60MB each. To save space you can remove unneeded map sections from your device, and then download them again for free when you next need them


Map Updates
We will occasionally update maps to reflect changes. To get an updated map, just remove and re-install the map section – the most recent version will be automatically downloaded.


Recent changes:
-Fixed route export bug
-Tutorial text and images made clearer
-Corrected crashing bug appearing on devices running Gingerbread

We have investigated an issue and have found that the Android 4.4 (KitKat) platform does not correctly open offline maps. Google’s engineers are aware, and we are hopeful of an update.
Here is the link for the Android bug report: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=61881

Android Market Comments
A Google User
Jun 23, 2015
Downloaded as I just subscribed on my PC for £18 per year then download this and expected to buy maps tile by tile? Joke app and daylight robbery to boot
A Google User
Jun 22, 2015
Good but some small improvements could make it great The aplication in itself I found to be very easy to use and navigate around, I have only had it downloaded for a couple of hours and have already ploted multiple routes with great easy. The map tiles are a tad steep on price and it would be nicer to be able to buy entire maps rather then just 10x10km tiles but with some small improvements which are on the way in the future will make it great
A Google User
Jun 22, 2015
Overpriced, nasty interface, limited functionality Maps are very expensive for the area of each 'tile' I had to buy 4 x 25k to cover one walk as it happened to be in the corners of the squares. The main map which you use to see where you want to buy maps is rubbish, blurry and way too large a scale to be useful so you almost have to buy the 50k version just to confirm what 25k tiles you need. The interface when walking is VERY basic, nowhere near as good as other apps and the OS position icon with an arrow (which doesn't move as you'd expect) is confusing.
A Google User
Jun 15, 2015
A great opportunity squandered. A massive app (almost 1GB) which doesn't want to move to SD storage (WWWHHHYY??) Also, if you buy lots of maps, it's very hard to identify which you would like to download, as there is no easy way to see which tiles are appropriate for which area (other than trying to buy them again). If you're using multiple devices, i.e. a tablet and a phone... you'll buy a tile on your tablet at home, then go out for the walk you had planned and find that it will not download to your phone. If you try to re-buy it, you can not (as you already have it). It seems to take a number of hours for tile availability to update on the other device. As others have mentioned, the GPS location can be a bit twitchy. The GPS trail recording does work, but battery life can be an issue. It think the devs should actually try and use this on a regular basis!
A Google User
Jun 14, 2015
Good maps, bad app Obligatory 600Mb of road maps means I'll have to uninstall this as I don't have much space. Why not make the offline road map optional? I can only think the lack of effort OS has put into this app is because they underestimate the potential demand. People love the clarity, detail and general look of OS maps and would be prepared to pay for them if the app were a bit better!
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