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Best app for Offline maps in no cell coverage areas.


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Anyone have a great way to geocache in offline mode, using gps only?

Locus isn't working for me.

 

Why would Locus not work?

 

You can downlosd vector maps for offline use.

You can preload PQs for offline use. (Or use an add-on like GSAK-ad-on)

Locus is an API-Partner, there are also others for Android https://www.geocaching.com/mobile/partners/

 

For logging online - well - that won't work offline. But for all apps.

Most apps have something to store your logs until you can go online again.

 

When online, you can load online-maps, load geocaches, log ...

Works perfectly for me.

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Because the offline maps were way to slow and the caches that I downloaded still wanted Internet.

 

if maps are slow, something is very very wrong. I've had locus working very fast on five year old phones, without issue.

 

what do you mean by caches want to be online?

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I download 100 or so, but the still won't show logs, etc when offline.

As far as maps, you know how when you download maps, you download images in a certain dimension? Well, mine takes forever to load those images. I can find the cache on a blank white background before the images load. I tried with two sources. Both had same results.

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I download 100 or so, but the still won't show logs, etc when offline.

As far as maps, you know how when you download maps, you download images in a certain dimension? Well, mine takes forever to load those images. I can find the cache on a blank white background before the images load. I tried with two sources. Both had same results.

 

you've found the paywall that ground speak implements in an attempt to get you to post for a premium subscription, this is not an application limitation. if you are not a premium subscriber, you only have the option of viewing the web data, while online. if offline, you only get basic information until to submit and cough up the cash to gs.

 

as far as maps go, it could be a problem with your sdcards read/write speed, but i don't think this is the actual problem. normally when I've seen extremely slow read/write speeds the card has a corrupted file system. otherwise even class 2 cards are plenty fast enough for drawing map tiles.

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There are several ways to get caches into Locus. If you load Pocket Queries, you'll have the cache info (description, logs, etc.) available offline.

 

If you use the "GC Offlinizer" feature while connected, you'll also have photos (spoilers etc.) available offline.

 

Vector maps in Locus ("offline") are speedy, at least for me. If you've instead tried to download a gazillion map tiles from the "online" list, that may slow things down. (It doesn't scale well, and annoys the tile providers.)

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I have found that c:geo works just fine for me. It can now access the PQ's and store them offline. You can also have it store offline maps around the cache. There are also maps of each state that you can load. You just have to select the map you need to view in the app, depending on where you are. I have been out many times where I do not have a signal and it works just fine. I still depend more on my Garmin GPS than my phone, as the latter is much more accurate.

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