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    Android App to plug in a route and get turn by turn directions?

    I'd like to find an app that I can preprogram with a route and then have the app tell me where to turn on my ride. Something for an Android phone. Does this exist? Thanks in advance.

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    Looking for same for iphone!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    I'd like to find an app that I can preprogram with a route and then have the app tell me where to turn on my ride. Something for an Android phone. Does this exist? Thanks in advance.
    I've been researching the same thing - with an iphone focus!

    I've heard that ridewithGPS has an android app - not sure if it includes turn by turn directions.

    Cyclemeter (sp?) gives visual map directions -- but not audio at this point. Personally, I don't think my battery would hold out for long ride w/ screen on constantly, so I've continued to look for audio.

    I've heard about an android app called cue sheet (sadly no iphone version) that might work.

    I've downloaded (haven't tried yet) an app called co-rider that says it offers audio turn by turn if I upload a gps file. I'm hopeful it will meet the need but concerned as there were NO reviews (good or bad) in app store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    I'd like to find an app that I can preprogram with a route and then have the app tell me where to turn on my ride. Something for an Android phone. Does this exist? Thanks in advance.
    OsmAnd app. Search for it exactly as written here in the Google Play store. You can load GPX routes into it and it gives you turn-by-turn instructions, free. You can use Google Maps to create routes, you can use Google Maps to save your route as a GPX file (google to find the instructions -- not difficult) and then import those GPX routes into OsmAnd. You can also import other riders' routes if they have saved them as the virtually universal GPX format. It is a good app, and you cannot beat free.

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    RideWithGPS and Cuesheet are Android apps with audio turn-by-turn directions. I tried them for a while, but there were enough flaws that I gave up and bought a Garmin instead. YMMV.

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    Thanks all so far. What Garmin can do this?

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    I've used Osmand also a few times and it does do the turn by turn navigation well, and the map display is readable in daylight. I like it.

    To be accurate, Google Maps does not have a GPX export feature any more. However, you can make a free account on ridewithgps.com, create a route there and export it from the web page, then transfer to your phone and into Osmand.

    Although the app works great the Osmand user interface is far from intuitive. Since I'm sort of recommending Osmand and it took me hours to figure out where to make a map and how to use it with Osmand, I'll stray just a little to tell you how.

    I had to first configure Osmand to use the external SD card (so as to not fill up the internal with map files). To do that, I copied the entire /Osmand directory from SD card to External SD card, using the file utility "ES File Explorer". It might not need literally everything but that's easiest and safest. Then open Osmand, go to "Settings", "General", and finally Storage directory". It is there that you select /mnt/extSdCard and it's now set up to load the map. This only needs to be done once.

    Now for the map. From the ridewithgps.com web page displaying a route I created there, I click on "Export" and "GPX Track" and save it to my Google Drive on the PC. I have Google Drive on my phone also and it syncs up, so the file is there automatically. Then again using the ES File Explorer app, I copy the file from the phone's Google Drive to the directory /Osmand/tracks/ on my external SD card, where I told Osmand to expect it in the prior paragraph.

    To actually use the map, back to the Osmand start page, "Map" then pull up the menu and select "Map layers", then "GPX track" and then the route that you copied over should be there to select and click OK. (see what I mean by not intuitive?) It loads the map, but to actually use it you now pull up the menu again, click Directions, and answer yes I do want to actually use the map I just loaded. Then you're good to go.

    I apologize for what may be a digression, but the instructions out on the internet on this are so vague or inaccurate as to be useless so hopefully I've saved some time for someone.
    Last edited by wphamilton; 07-16-14 at 03:31 PM.

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    I was looking at this as well and finally broke down and bought a refurbished Garmin 800 with City Nav maps included for $237. Should be here Friday. It is only a matter of time before someone will build something to interact with the cycle OSM OpenCycleMap.org - the OpenStreetMap Cycle Map that OSMAnd sounds interesting

    The current Garmin Edge's that will do this are:
    800, 810, 1000 and Touring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangowolf View Post
    I was looking at this as well and finally broke down and bought a refurbished Garmin 800 with City Nav maps included for $237. Should be here Friday. It is only a matter of time before someone will build something to interact with the cycle OSM OpenCycleMap.org - the OpenStreetMap Cycle Map that OSMAnd sounds interesting

    The current Garmin Edge's that will do this are:
    800, 810, 1000 and Touring
    wow I just did some looking and didn't realize the 800 had dropped that much... you can find it new for $280 now... I've had my eyes on em for a while, been using an old phone for a while but

    for free maps look here How to download free maps to your Garmin Edge 705/800/810 | DC Rainmaker
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    for android ridewithgps seems to be pretty good for the free version, but requires to be a member to get the turn by turn, from reviews and such... if you are willing to dabble a bit further ipbike is pretty awesome
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    I have OsmAnd Free on my Nexus. I installed it so that I would have access to maps without a network connection (as my Nexus is a 7" tablet w/WiFi only). I found the UI to be a bit clunky, but workable. To be honest, if I could find something similar with a better UI (both in ease of use and graphical display/theme), I'd switch in a heartbeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    I've used Osmand also a few times and it does do the turn by turn navigation well, and the map display is readable in daylight. I like it.

    To be accurate, Google Maps does not have a GPX export feature any more. However, you can make a free account on ridewithgps.com, create a route there and export it from the web page, then transfer to your phone and into Osmand.

    Although the app works great the Osmand user interface is far from intuitive. Since I'm sort of recommending Osmand and it took me hours to figure out where to make a map and how to use it with Osmand, I'll stray just a little to tell you how.

    I had to first configure Osmand to use the external SD card (so as to not fill up the internal with map files). To do that, I copied the entire /Osmand directory from SD card to External SD card, using the file utility "ES File Explorer". It might not need literally everything but that's easiest and safest. Then open Osmand, go to "Settings", "General", and finally Storage directory". It is there that you select /mnt/extSdCard and it's now set up to load the map. This only needs to be done once.

    Now for the map. From the ridewithgps.com web page displaying a route I created there, I click on "Export" and "GPX Track" and save it to my Google Drive on the PC. I have Google Drive on my phone also and it syncs up, so the file is there automatically. Then again using the ES File Explorer app, I copy the file from the phone's Google Drive to the directory /Osmand/tracks/ on my external SD card, where I told Osmand to expect it in the prior paragraph.

    To actually use the map, back to the Osmand start page, "Map" then pull up the menu and select "Map layers", then "GPX track" and then the route that you copied over should be there to select and click OK. (see what I mean by not intuitive?) It loads the map, but to actually use it you now pull up the menu again, click Directions, and answer yes I do want to actually use the map I just loaded. Then you're good to go.

    I apologize for what may be a digression, but the instructions out on the internet on this are so vague or inaccurate as to be useless so hopefully I've saved some time for someone.
    Thanks for this. I actually used Map My Ride to generate a GPX file of the ride I want before I saw your post. Your steps showed me how to get it into Osmand. I actually had to create a tracks folder because that's where Osmand wanted to see it. I have the ride showing on my map in Osmand now. From here, how do you start the navigation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    Thanks for this. I actually used Map My Ride to generate a GPX file of the ride I want before I saw your post. Your steps showed me how to get it into Osmand. I actually had to create a tracks folder because that's where Osmand wanted to see it. I have the ride showing on my map in Osmand now. From here, how do you start the navigation?
    tap the "menu" button at the lower left of the screen, and one of the options is "Map Layers". Follow that menu to the file and load it (I think you've already done this part).

    After that, tap the menu button again and select "Directions". It will ask if you want to use the loaded route, just say yes and it starts the navigation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    After that, tap the menu button again and select "Directions". It will ask if you want to use the loaded route, just say yes and it starts the navigation.
    That did it. Thanks for all the help.

    On a separate topic, does anyone know if the Google Maps android app can load a GPX file and voice navigate it like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    That did it. Thanks for all the help...
    'welcome. I'm intruding on the Clydes subforum not actually a member but I couldn't see letting someone else waste the time I did doping that out, so I'll outtrude now.

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