Changing current map¶
Suppose the main map is currently the topographic map of Great Britain, as in the example below.
We now want to change it to the OpenStreetMap map. For that we open the maps screen (Menu > Maps). An example of the map screen is shown below:
The maps screen consists of two sections, the purchases and the store. All purchased maps are accessible. If you tap on an map item in the purchases section the map will be opened immediately and you will return to the main screen.
In the example above, the OpenStreetMap map was purchased. If we tap the OpenStreetMap item, the main map will be changed to OpenStreetMap and we will return to the main screen automatically as in the example below.
If the newly chosen map has coverage in the previously shown area, the newly opened map is zoomed to the previously shown area. Otherwise, the newly opened map is zoomed to the area it covers.
Scrolling out of covered area¶
If you scroll out of the covered area of the map, a pop-up will appear in the top of the main screen which suggests you to change the map to a suitable map for that area. In the figure below you can see an example of that pop-up:
In the example above the user has scrolled to the northern border of the topographic map of Switzerland. In the top of the screen the background is gray, because that part is not covered by the map. The pop-up suggests an alternative map, in this case the topographic map of Germany or OpenStreetMap. If you tap one of these maps and you have purchased it, the chosen map will be openend and zoomed to the current visible area. If you have not purchased the chosen map, the purchase window will be shown. In the example below, the map has been changed to the topographic map of Germany.
Automatic map change¶
If you load a route or waypoints on the map, or tap the center button on the dashboard, the app will check if the items are located on the current map. If not, the map will change automatically to the best suitable map. If the suitable map is not accessible, a screen will appear in which you are presented the suggested map. In this screen you could also buy the suggested map.
Dark map style¶
You can set the map style in Topo GPS to ‘Normal’ or ‘Dark’ in the settings. The normal style has light colors. An example of the dark map style is shown below:
If you are using Topo GPS during the night, it might be better to set the map style to ‘Dark’. The map is then much darker, making it easier for your eyes to look on the screen. The map legend is also adapted for dark mode. We recommend you to combine the ‘Dark’ map style setting with the ‘Dark’ mode display setting of your device. Then also all interface elements will have a dark background.
To set the map style to dark go to Menu > More > Settings > Styles > Map.