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Global settings

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Global settings are general settings for all profiles in the OsmAnd application. These are the basic settings for the OsmAnd system and all changes made will affect the entire application.

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings

Profiles General Settings Android Profiles General Settings Android


This section contains the basic settings of OsmAnd, such as selecting a profile when the application loads, language selection and the folder in which the data will be saved.

Default profile​

OsmAnd uses the default profile, Browse map, as the first profile for new users and also if this profile has been selected by the user to be used each time the application is restarted. You can choose any profile, Last used and Browse map too, from the list as default.

  • Last used - selects the profile that was last used.

  • Default profile - You select the profile that will be used when starting OsmAnd. Can be changed in the application settings.

General Settings Default profile Android

CarPlay profile​

This profile is only available for iOS. It uses your car's audio and video systems to display its data on your phone.


This settings is not available for Android

Read about Android Auto here

Display language​

Display language is the setting of the language of the entire application, pop-up prompts, internal text, messages, etc. For Android system this can be done in the application, for iOS system - through the iOS settings. You can use the language installed on your device or select any other language from the list.

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings β†’ Display language

General Settings Language Android

Data storage folder​

Read more about storage settings here.

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings β†’ Data storage folder

Data storage folder

Map rendering engine​

The Android version of OsmAnd can use the standard first version of rendering or the second version named OpenGL. Version 1 is recommended for low-performance or outdated devices.
Version 2 is a fast rendering engine and provides features such as a 2.5D where you can change the angle of view to get a 3D view. Version 2 is only available for OsmAnd 4.3 and the following versions, and also as a test mode for OsmAnd 4.2. The OsmAnd app for the iOS version only uses the OpenGL rendering engine.

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings β†’ Map rendering engine

General Settings engine rendering Android

Privacy and security​

OsmAnd allows you to choose whether or not to share your activity in the app, the ability to edit your history and use the proxy (Android only) of your choice.


For more information see OsmAnd privacy and security policy.


Analytics (Android) or Send anonymous data (iOS) - this setting allows you the choice whether or not to provide anonymous data about Downloaded Maps and Visited Screens (Android).


Data about your location or the places you view on the map is not collected.

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings β†’ Analytics

General Settings Collected data Android


⚠️ Android only
This feature is currently not available for the iOS version of the OsmAnd app.

A UUID (Unique User Identifier) is generated for each installation of the OsmAnd application and sent to the servers during map loading. A random UUID is used to download offline maps from OsmAnd servers to control rational use of server resources, predict traffic usage, and provide general monthly reports on map downloads. The UUID changes every 3 months.

Starting with OsmAnd version 4.3, you can disable the collection of user data when using the OsmAnd app. Then the UUID will not be sent with any download request.

You can read more information in the Terms of use (ToS).

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings β†’ Privacy and security β†’ Identifiers

UUID Android


You can enable/disable history logging and view, edit, and share previously entered data (history) in the following categories: Search, Navigation, Map markers.

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings β†’ History

General Settings History Android

  • Backup as file (Android) or Export (iOS) - is used to make a backup file of your Search / Navigation / Map markers history. You can choose what kind of history to Export.
  • Clear all history (Android) or Delete all history (iOS) - you can delete all history entries recorded untill now.

History options​

Using the switch on the appropriate tab (Search history, Navigation history, Map markers history), you can enable/disable logging for this category of record data. On each tab, you can also delete one or more items or back them up to a file.

General Settings History Android


⚠️ Android only
This feature is currently not available for the iOS version of the OsmAnd app.

Proxy - this setting allows you to configure a HTTP proxy for all network requests. You can set the Proxy Host and Proxy Port.

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings β†’ Proxy

General Settings Proxy Android


In this section of the OsmAnd settings, you can configure the notifications you receive, the location service, and how your application settings are saved.

Dialogs and notifications​

Dialogs and notifications - this setting allows you to turn on/off pop-ups, dialogs and notifications. This is the Start-up message and the Download map dialog (for example, a promotion, a quiz, an event, etc.).

General Settings notifications Android

Location source​

OsmAnd provides you with a choice of services to determine your location.

You can choose which Google Play or "Android API" services OsmAnd will use to determine your location. This can be useful for devices without Google Play services or in case of inaccurate location or altitude data when recording tracks.
OsmAnd receives data from the resources Google Fused Location Providers and Android GPS and Network Providers.
You can switch Location source in: Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings β†’ Location source.



⚠️ Android only
This feature is currently not available for the iOS version of the OsmAnd app.

Android or OsmAnd Cloud can save your data and app settings.

By default, the Android system backs up your OsmAnd settings and Favorites map markers so you can restore them on new devices or after reinstalling. The size of this backup is limited to 25MB.
If you are using OsmAnd Cloud, it is best to disable this feature to avoid misunderstandings after reinstallation.

General Settings notifications Android

OsmAnd can warn you about speed cameras, but only if the laws in your country permit it.

Uninstall speed camera​

Menu β†’ Settings β†’ OsmAnd settings β†’ Legal β†’ Uninstall speed cameras

General Settings Cameras Android General Settings Cameras Android

This setting allow you to activate or deactivate the speed cameras' POI. You will need to restart the OsmAnd application to apply the changes.

In some countries or regions, using speed camera warning applications is illegal. You must make a choice depending on the laws in your country. Select Keep active, and you will receive speed camera alerts and notifications. Select Uninstall and all data related to speed cameras, such as warnings, notifications, and POIs, will be deleted until you completely reinstall OsmAnd.

Read about alerts for speed cameras on your route in the article Navigation widgets in the Alert widget section.