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Map Screen During Navigation

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This article describes how to configure the appearance of the map during navigation. This includes features such as animated location changes, displaying POIs along the route, using screen alerts, route line appearance including color, width, and turn arrows. These features are closely related to the route navigation settings.

Map during navigation​

Menu β†’ Configure profile β†’ Navigation settings β†’ Map during navigation

Map screen during navigation

When navigating, the map serves as a visual tool to locate your position, identify your destination and plan your route, and view navigation guidance. You can use zooming to do this, and drag and rotate the map as needed. The map can also display road information, street names, buildings, and other objects to help you easily determine your route.

During navigation, the appearance of the map changes depending on the profile of the application used for navigation. Before you start navigating, check that the appearance of the map matches the way you want it to behave while you are driving.

Auto-center map viewThe time for which the map view is synchronized with the current position after moving.Value:
Never, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 60 sec, 50 sec.
Auto zoom mapAutomatically scale the map according to your speed, as long as the map is synchronized with your current position.Value:
No auto zooming - manually zoom.
To long-range - zoom is 200 m.
To mid-range - zoom is 100 m.
To close-up - zoom is 5 m.
Snap to roadThe current position icon will be associated with the current navigation route.You can turn this option off, but then all road-related options, such as lane display, will also not be visible during navigation.
Approximate bearingDetermines bearing based on the navigation route you are following.The setting is only visible when the OsmAnd development plugin is enabled.
This settings should be enabled if the orientation of the directional map is flipped or jiggles when using Android Auto.

Animate own position​

Android: Menu β†’ Settings β†’ App profiles β†’ General settings β†’ Animate own position
iOS: Menu β†’ Navigation β†’ Navigation settings β†’ Animate own position

This setting provides a smooth animation of the My Position point moving on the map during navigation.

  • Note that the animation takes about 1 second, which creates a slight delay when My Position is displayed on the map relative to your location.
  • For Android, this item is located in the Other section of the General Settings menu.
  • Turning this item on can cause a pronounced delay in some circumstances, disable it if you experience such issues.

Show points along the route​

The Show along the route setting allows you to configure additional route parameters and is required for the operation of widgets such as the Street name and the Alert widget. Options include displaying POIs and My Favourites along the route or using them as an addition to those already configured for the profile, as well as displaying a complete list of Traffic warnings along the route.

  • The ability to set different distances (up to 5 km, or 3.11 miles, depending on the unit of length you set) from the route to nearby points is useful when using routing types such as Straight Line or Direct-to-point.
  • For the Show along the route setting, it is recommended to use Voice prompts for navigation.
  • POIs, Favorite, and Traffic warnings are not displayed in the list for a route you have already traveled.

How to open and customize​

Menu β†’ Navigation β†’ Settings β†’ Show along the route

points along the route

In the Navigation section, when creating a route, you can set the types of points that will be displayed on the map along the route. You can go to this section of settings in Android and iOS in different ways, which are determined by the peculiarities of operating systems and OsmAnd design.


  • Build your route.
  • Tap the Settings menu β†’ Show along the route.


  • Build your route.
  • Set intermediate points on the route. Only this item has settings for selecting points to be displayed along the route.
    • Add points.
    • Tap Edit (pencil icon) next to an intermediate destination to open the Waypoint settings menu.

Points of interest (POI)​

POI overlay Android POI overlay iOS

POIs settings in Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Shows β†’ POI overlay… are associated with the Show along the route setting. This is essentially an additional setting for displaying POIs on the map, directly related to the created route.

When you specify the display of certain POIs on the Configure map, they are all displayed on the maps you have downloaded, whether you have selected categories or, if you do not care which category, selected nearby POIs.

  • The number and identification of POIs is scale dependent.

  • The Show along the route setting displays the same category as in the POI overlay, but you see the entire list of selected POIs at once, starting from the point of the current location at the set distance within your route.

  • You can remove unnecessary POIs from the list or edit them in the Π‘ontext menu by tapping one of them.

  • The list contains the selected POI types and brief information about each of them, such as the type icon, name, distance from the current location point to the POI along the route, and indications of which side of the route in a straight line and how far away the POI is.

My Favorites​

The list contains all previously added Favourite points near the route you have created. As with POIs, you can select the distance at which these points are located.

  • If you turn off the display of Favourites on the map, they do not disappear from the list and continue to be displayed in the widget and announced when you approach them.

  • You can add your Favourite points to the map not only in advance, but also while navigating a route.

  • To update the list, you need to turn My Favourites off and then on again.

  • Each point contains a name or coordinates, a group, the distance from the current location point to the Favourite directly on the route line, and information about how far to the right or left the point is from the line and the direction of the route.

Traffic warnings​

Traffic warnings are not displayed directly on the map like POIs or My Favorites.

  • To enable this option and see the warnings, you must first enable and configure the Alerts widget.

  • The choice to display Traffic warnings along your route allows you to see the entire list just before you start your route, which is useful when planning your trip.

  • Unnecessary alerts can be removed from the list or you can tap on the name and edit the location.

Screen Alerts​

Menu β†’ Configure profile β†’ Navigation settings

Screen alertsNotifications, such as traffic warnings or speed limits, will appear on the screen as a widget. They appear in the bottom left corner while you are navigating.Types of alert widgets

Route line appearance​

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ Configure profile β†’ Navigation settings β†’ Customize route line

Navigation route Android

The Customize route line setting allows you to adjust the appearance of the route line to account for different changes. These can be changes in elevation while driving, significant uphill or downhill ahead, ice on the road, unpaved roads, highways, and other possible obstacles.

You can change all of these parameters by style or manually select the color and transparency of the line in the items in this setting. In addition, the setting provides the opportunity to change the width of the route line and the angle display on the turns.

Some parameters you can use only with OsmAnd Pro subscribtion.


The Color setting changes the color tones of the route lines, with their overall color changing according to the type selected from OsmAnd's suggestions, according to the Map Legend, or becoming whatever color and transparency you set manually.

  • Map style. Used with the default colors. For a full description of the colors, go to Default Map styles.
    map stule

  • Custom. Allows you o select a line in any preferred color and transparency. You can select different settings for the day map and separately for the night map.
    custom custom

  • Altitude. It shows the height of the route point as a green-yellow-red gradient. Green indicates the lowest point of the route, yellow indicates average height of the point, and red is the highest. If the route altitude difference is < 100 meters, the gradient is partially applied or not applied, for example for a simple climb from 100 meters to 150 meters - the gradient will be green-yellow. Note that the color doesn't represent the absolute value of the altitude.

  • Β  Slope. The route line is colored in different colors depending on the elevation profile of the route. A detailed description is in the Topography plugin article, Slope section.
    Altitude Altitude

  • Β Road type. Colours a route or track line according to the road classification. A detailed description is in the Vector Maps - Road Style section.

  • Β Surface. Provides information about the physical surface of the road or trail. A detailed description can be found in the OsmAnd Map Style - Surface article in the Map Legend section.

  • Β Smoothness. Road or trail maneuverability classification for wheeled vehicles, especially concerning the regularity and smoothness of the surface. A detailed description can be found in the OsmAnd Map Style - Smoothness article in the Map Legend section.

  • Β Winter and ice roads. Colours a route or track line according to the winter road classification. A detailed description can be found in the Vector Maps article, Winter and ice roads section.

  • Β Surface firmness. Coloring of a route or trail line by pavement composition. Typically used when the road network is largely unpaved. A detailed description can be found in the OsmAnd Map Style - Surface firmness article in the Map Legend section.

  • Β Difficulty of horse trails. Render paths according to difficulty of horse trails.


You can adjust the width of the displayed line of your route to match the width of the road or path on the map. For better visual identification, you can make the line width wider or narrower by adjusting it manually. More information can be found in the Tracks and Routes β€” Appearance article.

  • Map style. It's used with default width set by OsmAnd. A full description can be found in the Vector Maps article, Map style section.
    map stule

  • Thin, Medium, and Bold widths. You can select the width of the line to match the width of the road, or emphasize the route line more strongly on the map.

  • Custom. It allows you to display a line of the width you require. Select the width using the slider bar.

Turn Arrows​

The Turn Arrows setting allows you to select whether or not turn arrows are displayed on the route line.

  • On map
    Altitude turn_arr_ios_map

  • In app
    Altitude turn_arr_ios