OsmAnd: Offline Maps & Navigation With OpenStreetMap Data

Tina Sieber 25-10-2013

OsmAnd is an offline map and navigation app 8 Best Free Offline GPS Navigation Apps for Android Need directions on your phone but don't have an internet connection? These offline GPS apps for Android will help you navigate. Read More that is fed with high quality data from OpenStreetMap (OSM). The acronym stands for OSM Automated Navigation Directions. OSM, the source of the offline maps, is a free wiki world map. The free version of OsmAnd includes 10 map downloads, which is plenty if you are going on a one or two-week road trip. The full version, OsmAnd+, offers unlimited downloads and costs $8. You should consider OsmAnd if you need reliable offline navigation Sick Of Your GPS App’s Data Connection Flaking Out? Try 3 Updated Offline Maps [Android] Not long ago, Chris covered three of the best offline GPS apps available on Android. Since then, many other GPS apps released or received major updates. Do these newcomers compare favorably with those reviewed by... Read More , something Google Maps still doesn’t offer (despite letting you make up to six maps available offline).


Download Maps For Offline Use

Generally, the map material can be downloaded by state or — if it is a small one — country. To download new maps, go to Settings and Data Management, then Click here to download or update offline data. Before you start downloading maps, make sure you have enough storage space left on your device. If necessary, change the default storage directory, which I explain one paragraph further down. When you’re ready, select up to 10 maps in the free version and start downloading.

OsmAND Map Download

Customize Basic Navigation Settings

While you are downloading maps, return to the app’s Settings menu and click General. Choose the map and screen orientation you like best, change the display language, pick your preferred unit of measure (default is the metric system), and change the storage directory.

Note that you cannot move map material from one storage location to another within the app. Of course you can change the storage location and manually move maps or manage multiple storage locations. When you do move maps, delete the ind.cache file in the original storage location, and restart the app. This will force OsmAnd to re-index your maps.

OsmAnd Basic Settings


Back in the Settings menu, go to Navigation to customize your profiles for car-, bicycle, or pedestrian-based navigation. You can choose an online or offline navigation service and various map behaviors. Be sure to select a language pack to enable voice guidance.

Searching For Places To Navigate To

Return to the start screen and select Search. You can choose between six different search modes: POI (point of interest), address, coordinates, favorites, history, and transportation. To navigate to a specific location, tap the house symbol and enter the region, i.e. one of your downloaded maps, city, and street. Once you found your destination, you can immediately navigate to it, set it as destination or waypoint, show it on the map, or add it to your favorites via the respective icons at the bottom.

OsmAnd Navigation

The one major drawback I found with OsmAnd is that you cannot enter a house number. Also adding an intersecting street never worked for me. This made me briefly use another app, which I bitterly regretted; I had to find a workaround.


Finding The Exact House Number

The workaround for the lack of house number support is to enter the exact latitude and longitude of your destination. Unless you already happen to know the coordinates in degrees, minutes, and seconds, you can look them up online using a geographical localization tool based on the Google Maps API. Simply enter the address and copy the latitude and longitude into OsmAnd. Do save the location as a favorite with a proper name; just in case something goes wrong.

Google Maps Latitude Longitude

Navigating To Your Destination

Once you have entered the navigation data, return to the map and open the menu via the button in the bottom left. Here you can review your current Destination and Waypoints, and Stop navigation in case you already started. To start, click Directions, select your mode of transportation, and choose whether you want to just see the route or follow it with directions.

OsmAnd Navigate Destination and Waypoints


Once your route has been calculated, you can view the Route details via the menu button in the bottom left of the map. From the Route details view you can also save the route as GPX track. While navigation is active, you can return to the menu to toggle sound off or on.

OsmAnd Route Details

Configure Your Navigation Screen

Per default, the distance to your destination or waypoint, time left, and your speed are displayed in the top right. Street names and directions are shown in the top left. To customize those default settings, click the menu button in the bottom left and switch to Configure screen. Choose the profile you would like to edit (world, car, bicycle, pedestrian) and check or uncheck boxes to your liking.

OsmAnd Map Settings


Did You Arrive Safe & Sound?

What I liked most about OsmAnd was its ease of use. It did take some trial and a couple of U-turns to understand what exactly the app meant with turning slightly right or left (really depends on what your options are) and figure out a reliable workaround for the street address dilemma, but once those initial obstacles were cleared, OsmAnd & I cruised along smoothly.

Do you have more tips for navigating with OsmAnd? Or if you have another favorite GPS Trouble Getting a GPS Signal for Your Satnav? Try These Tips Read More app, what makes it better than OsmAnd? Please share your experience in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I would like to preserve memory space on my SD card by storing the maps on my PC or an external SD card, until needed for use. I have a card reader for my MotoX and could keep all needed maps on a mini SD card.

    Can I move OSM maps in and out of the OSMAnd map folder and have them function?

  2. Antonio Lee
    April 15, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I have used OsmAnd and found it very helpful. It guided us throughout our trip to north western part of Luzon (Philippines).

  3. Bertille
    April 12, 2014 at 11:22 am


    I downloaded Osmand free version .apk but when I try to download maps offline I can't. No maps appear on the list...When I tried to download it on my PC, don't find the obf files just some php files and I don't know what to do with this. Can you help me ? I'm french so excuse me if I made some english mistakes !

    • Tina S
      April 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Bertille, what do you mean with downloading maps offline. Do you mean for offline use or downloading them while you are offline? The latter isn't possible of course.

      To re-iterate the article, to download new maps, go to Settings and Data Management, then Click here to download or update offline data. You can also click the download icon.

      Now wait for the complete list of available regions to load! If it doesn't load, then the app is not connecting to the server or it has no Internet connection. Once the database overview has loaded, type in your search.

      What are you searching for? Maybe what you are looking for is not in the database.

    • NZ_Helper
      March 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Regarding the php files, just rename them to what they should be, or rightclick and go save target as, they are all zip files are far as I remember (eg.

  4. Marius
    January 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I am using OSMAND for a few days, the free version. I have downloaded the 10 maps packages available for free and I also found on server that there are all the packages free to download.

    Question: If I download all the maps I need on my PC from their server and then copy the .obf files on my SD card from my tablet/phone, it will work as if they were directly downloaded or those additional maps won't be recognized by the device?

    • Tina S
      January 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Just try it. Sounds like it could work.

      Find out where OSMand stores its maps on your phone and move the maps you downloaded to that folder. The app might pick them up, after you deleted the ind.cache file and restarted the app. Deleting the cache forces OsmAnd to re-index your maps.

    • hvdwolf
      January 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Yes, that does works perfectly.
      Downloading maps from the application is just simpler,, and that's part of the paid app

  5. Tina S
    December 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    In the meantime, it seems like OsmAnd fixed the issue with house numbers. The last couple of times when I entered and address, I could also add a house number, so this appears to be working perfectly, now. Yay!

  6. Brad
    December 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    If I live in the United States, do I need to download the entire U.S. basemap *as well as* individual states of interest? Or can I just download the states I want detail on? Thanks.

    • Tina S
      December 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      You need the base map and then you can download individual States on top of that. You have to download States individually, meaning -- yes -- you can only download the ones you want detail on.

  7. Gina
    October 31, 2013 at 1:11 am

    To be clear, OSMand has its limitations and a learning curve. However, it provides excellent offline support and does not collect your personal information like Google.

  8. Rick
    October 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    My first impression is that I like it. Not as slick as Google Maps in some ways, but better in others, especially since I spend a lot of time driving in remote areas where I don't have a cell signal, and since Google has removed the My Maps functionality from the current version of their app . Definitely a great backup for those times driving to hiking areas. Do you know if the free version only allows 10 map downloads period, or is that only how many it will let you have loaded into the app? Not that I mind spending $7 if I decide I like it well enough.

  9. Devgame
    October 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I have Nokia offline maps free on my Windows Phone.

  10. Rudi Pittman
    October 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Osmand (and Osmand+) is an open source project and as such the source code is freely available. It and many other open source projects are available on (the open source software repository) for those who avoid google play.

    You should really give a look as many of their projects strip out the fluff such as removing ad bar's etc.