Offline support for Routes

Like a lot of trail runners, a lot of my runs are in areas without cell service. However routes (even my own routes) require an internet connection to use. So, anytime I'm trying to follow a route I have to use a different app.

Usually, I use the Strava route maker, export a GPX file, then import it in another app. Would be awesome to skip all this and just keep my routes cached within Strava.

Thanks!

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  • Nice suggestion! I would like this one too!

    The Strava GPS is kind of useless compared to others like google maps or waze. I dont like to use data when using trava mostly because of battery drainage so offline support would be great.

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  • Strava team: You guys are sitting idly by while Gaia GPS makes more and more features for trail runners, including offline maps, and takes your users. Strava users are exporting their GPX and using Gaia instead. Please wake up and make the features your users need. Many of us would be happy to pay licensing fees needed for offline maps support.

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  • Hi Danny,

    I am just about to leave London to cycle through England and France.

    All my routes are created in Strava, so I would love to use them. However I am aware my network connection is not that great in those countries and I will hit some networkless areas and I prefer to not get lost as my daily kms are quite high.

    Danny, I would be very interested how you download the file and make it visible on your phone in offline mode.

    If you would not mind sharing, I'd be forever grateful!

    Best, Martina

     

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  • Hi Martina. You can download the GPX files for each route using a computer. Then transfer them to your phone.

    For offline navigation, I use an Android phone and an app called US Topo maps. It allows you to cache maps for offline use and import GPX files. It's probably better suited to trails/single track than road cycling. But, I just searched Google for "bike gpx route app" which returned a lot of results, probably most of them do the same thing.

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  • Maybe I'm confused; in the strava app on iOS if you go to your profile, there's a list of routes, and AFAICT they *do* seem to be cached for offline use - I just finished a tour across the US and used this feature a lot.  Just make sure to refresh the list while you have network access, and then the routes are available for offline use.  You can select a given route and then hit the "use route" button to show that on the map with your recording data.  The map layer is sometimes bad about showing up, but if you also pan around a bit while you have network access, it seems to load the map and keep a cache of it for a while.  Keeping the map cached (at least on iOS) seems to work best if 1) the phone still can't access the network (i.e. turn on airplane mode), and 2) strava stays running (i.e. don't do too many other things with your phone while you're trying to follow the route offline; but you likely won't want to anyway, since your phone doesn't have service).  But even without the map, you'll still be able to load and (sortof) follow the pale-blue line of the route, at least in my experience.

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  • Thanks, B K, that's good to know. That works on Android also.

    I would like to see the routes persist after the app is closed because I'm never going to remember to go load them whenever I first open the app, and I really don't think i should have to go through that process.

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  • Actually, on my phone I find that routes do persist after the app is closed (but you do have to load them once, obviously) - just not the map data itself.  At least on iOS, I think there's not a lot Strava can do about the map data for now - my impression is that they're just using the iOS map API, and that there's some licensing terms or something that make it so map data isn't allowed to be cached offline.

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  • I have found that I can follow routes without cell service.

    While hiking I turn on airplane mode and can still follow a route.

     

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  • I've also often create routes in Strava, download GPX, upload to GAIA. Then I use Strava to record my run, but GAIA for navigation when there is trail confusion and I need a real map. Following the cached route in Strava is better than nothing, but I've often had to walk a ways to see if the GPS dot is lining up with the right fork in the trail, only to have to backtrack and take another fork. The resolution of the cached routes are also very dumbed down compared to the GPX data. These files are so small, I don't understand why so much useful info is thrown away.

    The terrain maps on the web-based route planner are much better than most of the other choices out there, and I wish that these were the ones which would be used for cached offline maps on the iPhone app. Apple and Google's regular layers don't have good trail coverage and despite having a zillion options, GAIA doesn't always have maps as clear as the Strava maps on the web.

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