How to find something on the map

You may want to find the nearest location of a certain type, see your own location or search for a place by zip code. Just use the guide below.

Please note: to accomplish some of these tasks (locate addresses, POI, etc.) you will need to have the offline vector map file.

In the Search option of the Android version, there are five tabs (from left to right):

  • POI (Point Of Interest) search – used for finding specific places of your interest (museums, landmarks, etc.)
  • Address search – consists of four options (Region, City, Street and Building)
  • Location – used for finding a place via its coordinates
  • Favorites search – used for finding your favorite places
  • Search history – self-explanatory
  • You can also move to the section you need by tapping Search POI/Address/Coordinates or History on the dashboard.

In the iOS vresion, there is one Search field used for all types of searches.

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Find your own position

Android

Enable GPS or network positioning and wait while the device discovers your position. Once done, you have to press the 'target' button on the right and the map will be zoomed to your area and centered to your location. A light blue disk around your position marker indicates there is inaccuracy of the position detection due to geometric factors. You can also enable displaying your current viewing direction, which will follow any device rotation if your device is equipped with compass sensors. You may want to go to Settings - General - Kalman filter to reduce noise in compass readings.

Technical note: The blue disk depicts the so-called (2D) HDOP ratio. This is not the same as the uncertainty radius of your position on the map, but rather just an indicator for how useful positioning data is being received (large disk = bad data, small or no disk = good data). Your actual position uncertainty depends on more factors like ionospheric corrections etc., and is currently not depicted in OsmAnd. Similarly, the "viewing direction" cone depicts the direction the device's 'up' axis is pointed to, its length and opening angle have no meaning assigned.

iOS

All you need to do is press the target icon on the main screen and if the app asks for a permission to use the location, press Allow. Finding the position often takes seconds.

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Android

Using the Quick Search feature, you can enter all your queries into one search field. To use this feature, pleas etap the Search button on the map screen. Here are some types of queries you can use:

Geo URL Copy a geo URL from any other map and paste it into OsmAnd quick search. To view the location, press 'Show on map'.

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Text search There are different ways to use text search. You can enter the name of the city, then street and building or just city/village and building (for smaller villages and places with no clear street division). If you do not find the result you need, tap 'Find more' to increase search radius.

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You can also enter the name of POI. For example, 'history museum'. Then you'll get a list of suggestions to choose from. You can also enter the type of POI and the city at once. For example, "Cafe Brussels".

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Please note that you can use the traditional incremental search where you enter region, city, then street and building in the Search menu. It is also possible to search for street intersections. To do it, just select region, city, and street, then tap 'Intersecting street' and choose that street from the list. To use quick search, just tap the Search button on the map menu.

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Find Points of Interest (POI)

Android

To search for a point of interest, please go to the dashboard, then tap Search - POI or just use the Search menu. Next, select category or a predefined filter. To create a filter, please go to Search - POI - press three-dot button next to the search filed and tap - Custom filter. After the first search is completed, you may increase the search radius to your needs. To do that, just tap search again (the radius can cover up to 5000 km). Tap on POI to view it on the map. Pressing the three-dot button in context menu of a POI will allow you to set it as destination, view its description, etc.

Also, if you turn on the Online plugin, you'll be able to search POI by name or use Online Nominatim search. This way, your result will be broader. Please note that you'll need to turn the internet on for this type of search. Just type the name of the location in Search - POI field and tap Search by name, Online Nominatim - Places or Online Nominatim - Address.

Need to find public transport? Tap Search POI, then choose Public transport. You can also search for a specific type of stop. Enter tram stop/bus stop, etc., into the search field to find the stops you need.

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iOS

To view POI on the map, tap the Search icon in the upper menu. You'll see a list of POI types. You can tap the type you need to view the list of relevant POI near you. To increase the radius of search, tap Increase search radius. You can do that several times till the message Maximum search radius reached appears. Please note that the button for increasing radius will be at the bottom of the POI list. To view a certain POI from the list on the map, just tap on it. To see them all on the map, hit the button Show on map at the top of the list. To search for a certain POI, start entering its name into the search.

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Find by address

Android

Press Search - POI, then go to Address tab. If you do not have a vector map file for the region in question, you can only perform an online internet search. If you have an offline vector map, simply follow through the guidance by selectively filling the country, city, street, etc. fields. Possible choices of all hits found in your offline data will always be displayed. Enter the full address to view the exact building on the map or stop after you enter a street nam and tap ✓ sign to view the area. Note: OsmAnd autofills your search when typing, but only on cities and towns. If you type (the beginning of) a village (or smaller) and nothing is displayed, you need to press the Search villages/postcode.

Zipcode/postcode: In the city field start typing the zipcode and when done tap the Search villages/postcode button.

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Find by lat/lon coordinates

Android

You can search for a location by its geographic coordinates. To do that, go to the dashboard or to the Search menu and choose Search - Coordinates. You'll see the menu where you'll be able to enter the coordinates or choose their format. The coordinates are entered in the format DDD.DD by default, (D means degrees, M - minutes, S - seconds), but you can change that to DDD MM.MM, DDD MM SS.SS, or UTM format. After that, you can navigate to the points (left button on the menu below), choose to set the point as destination (second button from the left), view the location on the map (second button from the right) or add it to the Favorites list (right button). Also, if you tap Set the point as destination (second from the left) button for the second time, you'll be able to replace the destination point if you entered a new set of coordinates, add the location as destination point, add it as first/last waypoint.

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iOS

To search for a point determined by geographical coordinates, you just have to enter them into the search field. The coordinates are entered in the formats #.## or ##'##'##.#. This way, you define the latitude and then the longitude of the point. After that, tap Search.

Click Menu button, Specify point, after that you will see the current map coordinates, you can copy or save them and specify other coordinates. The coordinates have different formats, you can choose the preferable one by tapping the Format menu below.

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Find Favorites

Android

You can use this feature to find, the favorites you saved before. For example, your house or any other place you added to the favorites list. First of all, mark any point on the map as favorite (long tap - Add to favorites). After creating favorites you can see your favorite points on the main screen under the button Favorites or in the My places menu. You favorites can also be found in search.

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iOS

Enter a query into the Search filed. Your favorites will be listed among other results. However, they'll be indicated as favorites.

Find something in your search history

Android

Go to the History tab on your search screen. You will see all locations you searched for recently.

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iOS

To find something you've searched for before, just enter the name into the Search field. The result of your previous searches will be added to the default result list.

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