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FAQ - Consumers



What does the Avenza Maps app do?

Avenza Maps is a fast and powerful offline map reader for mobile devices. The easiest way to get maps is to download them directly from the Avenza Map Store. It renders maps quickly and features intuitive multi-touch gestures for easy navigation. You can download and open maps, pan, zoom, use GPS to locate yourself on the map, drop placemarks, record GPS tracks, and measure area and distance.


What is the avenza Map Store?

The Avenza Map Store contains high quality maps from around the world including USGS and Canadian topographic maps. The Avenza Map Store can be accessed directly through the app to find maps for hiking, recreation, and other activities. Maps in the Map Store can be downloaded for free as well.


Can I view maps offline?

Yes! All maps can be used offline. This is a great feature for travelers who wish to load maps before they travel outside of their home network coverage area - no roaming data charges! It works great with compatible mobile devices that have built-in GPS (GPS connectivity can remain active even when cellular data is disabled).


Can I view maps on my desktop or laptop computer?

Regrettably, no. At this time, downloaded maps are only available through the app on your device and cannot be transferred to your desktop or laptop computer. Contact the map publisher directly if you want to acquire any maps for use on a desktop or laptop.


Does the app work with an external GPS device?

Yes! Compatible external GPS devices such as those from Bad Elf work with the Avenza Maps app. Your location accuracy is dependent on many conditions including device placement and surrounding environment.


What is the map import limit about?

For recreational users, you can download an unlimited number of maps from the Avenza Map Store to your device. You can also import up to three of your own Geospatial PDF, GeoPDF or GeoTIFF maps into Avenza Maps at a time. You can get the ability to import an unlimited number of your own maps with an in-app subscription.

For commercial, professional, government, and academic users, an Avenza Maps Pro subscription is required.

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