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Using your iPhone while you’re trekking – MotionX-GPS with OpenTopoMap

I have an iPhone. It wasn’t always like this. Before I had my current iPhone 6 I had a Nexus 5. Whenever I went for some casual hiking I used Locus Pro to plan my route and it was working amazingly well. When I started using my iPhone I had this sudden realisation though that Locus Pro was not available for iOS. Obviously, this happened just right before a trip so I started googling crazily what could be a feasible alternative for iOS. After some research I encountered MotionX-GPS, which was deemed to be one of the best outdoor navigation apps for the Apple ecosystem.

Of course a barebone navigation app is completely useless if there are no good maps in it. And that’s where I got stuck since, because I wasn’t quite satisfied with the maps that MotionX-GPS was offering. I wanted to have a bit more detailed map, possibly showing some paths on the map so I could orientate myself easier.

Well it took me some time but eventually I found that OpenTopoMap could be a good free alternative to use with MotionX-GPS. Unfortuntely it wasn’t fully trivial how to integrate it with it. Fortunately after some try I could do that. This post intends to show you how to use OpenTopoMap with MotionX-GPS.

 

Custom map types

To add OpenTopoMaps you have to add a custom map type to MotionX-GPS. To do this first tap on the Menu:

Select Setup on the bottom right:

Select Custom Map Types somewhere in the middle:

Tap New:

Enter the following data:

 

You will see the map preview appearing right below the text fields. It means that MotionX-GPS was able to download the map tiles and display it to you.

Hit Save

Using the Map

So, now that we have the OpenTopoMaps added to our maps, let’s start using it. Go back to the Map. It’s still displaying the original map that you have selected by default.

Tap the Hamburger icon:

Tap Map Types:

Select OpenTopoMap Custom:

Close the navigation bar:

Voila OpenTopoMaps is loading on your screen 🙂 Enjoy!

Using your iPhone while you’re trekking – MotionX-GPS with OpenTopoMap

I have an iPhone. It wasn’t always like this. Before I had my current iPhone 6 I had a Nexus 5 with Android. Whenever I went for some casual hiking I used Locus Pro to plan my route and it was working amazingly well. When I started using my iPhone I had this sudden realisation though that Locus Pro was not available for iOS. Obviously, this happened just right before a trip so I started googling crazily what could be a feasible alternative for iOS.

After some research I encountered MotionX-GPS, which was deemed to be one of the best outdoor navigation apps for the Apple ecosystem. Of course a barebone navigation app is completely useless if there are no good maps in it. And that’s where I got stuck since, because I wasn’t quite satisfied with the maps that MotionX-GPS was offering. I wanted to have a bit more detailed map, possibly showing some paths on the map so I could orientate myself easier.

Well it took me some time but eventually I found that OpenTopoMap could be a good free alternative to use with MotionX-GPS. Unfortuntely it wasn’t fully trivial how to integrate it with it. Fortunately after some try I could do that. This post intends to show you how to use OpenTopoMap with MotionX-GPS.

Custom map types

To add OpenTopoMaps you have to add a custom map type to MotionX-GPS.

First tap on the Menu:

Enter the following data:

Select Setup at the bottom:

Hit Save:

Select Custom Map Types:

Tap New:

Using the Map

So, now that we have the OpenTopoMaps added to our maps, let’s start using it. Go back to the Map. It’s still displaying the original map that you have selected by default.

Tap the Hamburger icon:

Tap Map Types:

Select OpenTopoMap Custom:

Close the navigation bar:

Voila OpenTopoMaps is loading on your screen 🙂 Enjoy!

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