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Point of interesting (POI) seaching is one the general function of OsmAnd. POI is any object on the map. How you know OsmAnd uses data from OpenStreetMap.
Please note: to accomplish some of these tasks (locate addresses, POI, etc.) you will need to have the offline vector map file. Initially, the search is based on data located on the map in the visible area of the device screen. If you don't find nothing, OsmAnd propose to increase search radius.
How to use
For starting search points you need to click to Search button on the screen -> Categories
Categories screen is list of POI categories and additional actions buttons below of the list:
- Online search (Android) - allows to use online POI search.
- Custom search / Add custom category - allow to create custom POI search and custom POI filter.
- Rearrange categories - allows to change the list order and hide categories. Import or export all changes as profiles.
- Delete custom categories - allows to delete custom categories.
In Categories menu user can start searching by typping line.
OsmAnd starts to find names and categories of POI by entered words. First results will be categories, second resolts will be POI with additional info (full name, categorie name, direction and distance to POI, work time). Pressing to needed categorie opens POI list of this categorie.
Tapping to chosen POI in the list opens Map Context menu of POI.
Tapping to "Show on map" button allows to show search results on the map like POI-overlay. It will be easy to find your places on the map, you can write search word on searching field or click to "x" for stopping your search and switch off POI-overlay.
Enable / disable POI layer on the map:Android Menu → Configure map → POI overlay…
iOS Menu → Configure map → POI Overlay
In this search menu (Categories) it's easy way to find your Favorites and Waypoints by searching.
Just you need to enter your favorite/waypoint name, first results will be your favorites/waypoints.
Online search (Android)
In Categories menu there is the button "Online search". Pressing to this button opens online search menu.
If OsmAnd can not find something you can increase search radius by tapping to "Increase search radius" button.
Or if you don't have any result you can provide feedback by clicking to "Send" button below device screen.