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This app tells me that I must use miles for distance. I disagree.

After a bit of research, I find that my cell phone's System language & region setting has two options: English or French. A bit more research tells me that there is an app to change that. Another way is through Google's payment center. My credit card had expired. Apparently a new credit card number verified by a real purchase will change something. I hope there is a third option.

 

Even if this app provides me my preferred choice, I still would like the option to switch. I may soon be visiting a country that still uses miles, and I may want to go local.

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This app tells me that I must use miles for distance. I disagree.

After a bit of research, I find that my cell phone's System language & region setting has two options: English or French. A bit more research tells me that there is an app to change that. Another way is through Google's payment center. My credit card had expired. Apparently a new credit card number verified by a real purchase will change something. I hope there is a third option.

 

Even if this app provides me my preferred choice, I still would like the option to switch. I may soon be visiting a country that still uses miles, and I may want to go local.

 

Help Center → Apps → Android Geocaching® app

2.7. How Do I Change the Units from Miles to Kilometers?

http://support.Groundspeak.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=771

 

2.7. How Do I Change the Units from Miles to Kilometers?

 

In Android Geocaching® app, the distance units a dependent on what defaults you have set on your Android. For example, if you are in the United States, it will most likely use miles. However, if you are in Germany, it most likely will be set to kilometers.

 

You can select your language and input:

 

1. Open Settings

2. Select Language & input

3. Select language in region of choice

 

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this is a nonsense "soltuion" though, and i would not class this as a solution at all.

GS are seriously telling us that if we want the change the units the app uses then we need to change the global phone settings. ludicrous.

 

however, the geoaching app clearly doesn't have it right anyway, as my phone is set to UK, yet the geocaching app has decided that even though my region is set correctly then it will ignore that display kilometers and meters, which the UK does NOT use.

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Would changing the preferences in your GS profile make any difference?

 

You can switch between imperial and metric quite easily and quickly there.

 

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Pup Patrol gave the proper first response for this forum. He told me to re-read the instructions closely and become more confused. Now I am more convinced that the only clean way of doing this is to offer the geocacher the choice.

 

I plan on traveling a few hundred kilometers to a land that uses different units of measurements. I might want to talk to the locals, and maybe even go out geocaching with them. Is it 30 feet that-a-way or 10 meters over there?

 

This may not be the forum to ask this question, but should I be able to see my country displayed somewhere around the region settings on my android. I have no idea where it thinks I live.

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Would changing the preferences in your GS profile make any difference?

 

You can switch between imperial and metric quite easily and quickly there.

 

B.

I was thinking that the app should synch itself with my GS profile. It has always been metric.

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Would changing the preferences in your GS profile make any difference?

 

You can switch between imperial and metric quite easily and quickly there.

 

B.

I tried that just now, and unfortunately, it doesn't change the App (I also logged out/in, just in case). But that would be a suitable place to make such a change.

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I had to try the official instructions. If I change my android setting Language and region from English to French, I can switch from miles to KM. With some side effects. It works. My foreign friends will be impressed.

 

But I like your idea better. The app should use my GS preferences.

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