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First Steps


Welcome to OsmAnd (OpenStreetMap Automated Navigation Directions)!

Explore how to download maps, how to configure the application, how to use map and build a route, how to start navigation and how to search points of interest. Get acquainted with key points of OsmAnd Privacy policy and required Permissions.

Offline navigation Android

Install OsmAnd

OsmAnd is a mobile application for Maps and Navigation available for Android and iOS. You can download it on most popular Markets.

Android markets: Google play store, Huawei AppGallery, Amazon.

Google Play
Huawei AppGallery
Amazon AppStore

iOS: App store.

Apple AppStore

Read more about OsmAnd versions and Purchases.

Welcome to OsmAnd

Our goal is to create a fully functional map-oriented application that can be used for various purposes offline and online. The application has many features, so you won't have to switch between different apps, and everything will be at your fingertips.

Actions Guide

Permission to access the location

Precise location android

We recommend that you grant OsmAnd permission to receive information about the precise location of your device. We do not collect, use or share your private information, so access to the precise geolocation is needed for correct offline work of search, navigation, and other OsmAnd functions.

How to download maps

Show on the map

The OsmAnd app works with different types of maps, but it can only function fully with downloaded offline maps, so after the Get started screen you are prompted to download map of your region. You can choose a different region, restore from OsmAnd Cloud, or skip this step and download maps later.
For other map download options available, see the article Download maps.


OsmAnd cannot work correctly without downloaded offline maps. Although the application supports Vector and Raster maps, it is strongly recommended to start working with vector offline maps to make all functions such as Search, Navigation, and Context menu work properly.

How to change app language

The Display language option is used to change the language of the entire app, including pop-up prompts, internal text, messages, and more. Up to Android 12, OsmAnd allows you to customize the display language according to your preferences directly directly in the app. Starting from Android 13 and on iOS devices, the display language can only be changed in the system settings (see how to change per-app language preferences in Android and iOS).

Android Settings → Apps → OsmAnd → Language

General Settings Language Android


On some Android devices (Xiaomi with Muiu 14), there is no option to set app languages individually in system settings, so the language of OsmAnd can only be changed together with the language of the whole system. You can check out the discussion on GitHub discussion for additional information.

How to manage your settings

You could manage application settings as Global settings or as Profile configuration via Main menu. Application comes with a predefined list of profiles that could be modified later. Each profile could be considered as a customized map application for specific purposes. By default profiles are being served only as different navigation modes.

Manage profile Android Configure profile Android

Read more about Global settings. Read more about Profile settings.

How to configure plugins

Plugins greatly extend application functionality. Almost all plugins have their own Map Actions, Map Layers, Map Downloads and Settings.

You can enable / disable plugins via Main menuPlugins.

Enable plugins Android Plugin example Android

To enable / disable plugins go to:

Android Menu → Plugins → ︙ → Enable

Read more about OsmAnd plugins.

How to use map

Map is a core element of OsmAnd and it's important to know how to use it (gestures, buttons, etc). You could configure map to your needs: change map style, configure different map layers such as favorites, poi, public transport, tracks, contour lines, hillshade and others.

Configure map Android Configure map example Android

Read more about map configuration.

How to сonfigure screen

Configure screen allows you to enable Informational (altitude, speed, current time, etc.) & Navigational (destination, bearing, arrival time, etc.) widgets, Quick action and other elements that will be displayed over Map.

Configure screen Android Configure screen example Android

Read more about Screen configuration.

How to add personal data to maps

OsmAnd allows you to make various marks on the Map for your personal needs. For example, Favorite points - personal points with name & icon & category, Markers - quickly added points as target, Audio/Video notes - media notes recorded at specific point, Tracks - recorded and imported tracks & tours.

Add personal data Andoroid

Read more about points on the map.

How to browse & find point of interest

Points of interest (POI) are amenities that could be searched or highlighted on the map. They represent interesting or useful places and distributed as part of Vector Maps. You can use them to display on the map, navigate and search the points of interest on the Map.

Multiple POI Selection Search and display POI Android

Read more about POI search.

How to plan a route

Plan route is a powerful tool that allows to create a trip, edit an existing track and measure distance on the spot. You can quickly put intermediate points and connect them by various navigation lines (bike, pedestrian, straight line, etc). Results could be saved into a GPX file, so it could be shared, edited or used by navigation later.

Plan route Android Plan route graph Android

Read more about plan route feature.

How to search by address

OsmAnd provides many search capabilities including address search. By default it uses OpenStreetMap data and should be able to find all addresses using Quick Search input. Also you can search by city, street, postcode and coordinates.

Address search Android Search result Android


You need to download the map before searching for an address there. Also, if your current location is too far from your searching address you might need to increase the searching radius.

Read more about address search.

How to start navigation

Navigation provides you step by step guidance to your destination by displaying the route, offering turn-by-turn instructions, extra road information about surface, smoothness, etc and optional voice guidance.

Start navigation Android Route graph Android

Read more about navigation.

How to record you trip

Trip recording is a special tool packaged as OsmAnd plugin that allows to record all movements into track using the device's GPS.

Trip recording Android Overview trip recording Android

Read more about trip recording.

How to edit maps

OsmAnd powered by OpenStreetMap data. The maps are created by volunteer contributors, so they can have more or fewer details depending on how much work has been done at a certain part of the map. Anyone can register as a contributor and add or edit OSM maps. OsmAnd provides an editing plugin that helps to improve the OpenStreetMap.

OSM note Android Create POI Android

Read more about OSM editing.

How to close the app

There are two available variants of how to close OsmAnd.

  1. Close an app by swiping up and off the screen. For vertical list of app, swipe left or right.

You may need to perform the following steps before doing so, otherwise OsmAnd will run in the background:

  1. Force stop function:
    • Long-tap OsmAnd icon → i button → Force stop.
    • Open the settings and tap Apps & notifications → OsmAnd → Force stop.

App shortcuts

App shortcuts are available for the OsmAnd icon. Just long-tap the OsmAnd icon on your device screen to open App shortcuts menu. Here, you can click short tap for choosing next actions: Navigate to Home, Navigate to Work, Start Recording, Search, My places, Navigate to. Long-tap one of the actions allows you to add new action icon to your device screen.

Tapping to the action icon allows starting this action immediately.

Shortcuts Shortcuts

Offline Help

Offline help Android screenshot

In the Help menu you can find articles from our site After initial download (Internet connection required), help articles are available offline.
The first subsection Offline Help contains the Most viewed (or popular) articles among our users. User guide and Troubleshooting sections have the same structure as on the website.
In the Help menu, you can also find useful links to OsmAnd social networks, version information about your application, release notes, and support contacts. Through Help you can also send logcat and crash logs.

Offline help Android screenshot

  • Send crash log (for Android). Allows users to send reports of app crashes to developers, aiding in the identification and resolution of issues.
  • Send logcat log (for Android). Provides users with the ability to send detailed logs of app crashes to developers, facilitating deeper analysis and troubleshooting.
  • Send log (for iOS). Performs a similar function to the Send crash log feature for Android, enabling users on iOS devices to report app crashes to developers for debugging purposes.
  • Copy build version. Enables users to quickly and accurately communicate the current version of the app to developers when reporting issues, simplifying the diagnostic and resolution process.

Most viewed

Offline help Android screenshot

The Most viewed articles among our users refers to the articles in the app or on the site that have garnered the most views or user interactions. This metric helps identify content that is particularly interesting or useful to your users. It can provide valuable insights into user preferences and interests, allowing developers and content creators to tailor future content to better meet audience needs. Additionally, highlighting popular articles can help new users find valuable resources within the app.

User guide

Offline help Android screenshot

The User guide section of the Help menu is a complete manual that follows the structure of the OsmAnd website, ensuring consistency of information and ease of navigation across platforms. Using Help you can easily navigate from app to website, finding the same content organized familiarly. This consistency enhances usability by providing a single support resource to find answers to questions and troubleshoot issues quickly.


Offline help Android screenshot

Solutions and tips for solving common problems. If you have a specific question, please check Troubleshooting to have it answered.

  • Setup. When setting up an application, these are the issues that most often arise.
  • Maps & data. Issues related to maps, search and the rest of the data.
  • Navigation. The most common issues that occur in navigation mode.
  • Track recording. Common issues related to track recordingsuch as noises, gaps, and inaccuracies.
  • General. Common issues associated to various OsmAnd features.
  • Crash logs. How to send crash logs to the OsmAnd team.
  • Android Auto (only for Android). Auto navigation problems.

Contact us

Offline help Android screenshot

Gives you the opportunity to ask questions or make suggestions.

Report an issues

Offline help Android screenshot

About OsmAnd

Offline help Android screenshot

You can learn about our team, see the current version of the app and what's new, and download the beta version of the app.


It is an open source, ads-free / tracker-free privacy focused application. In order to preserve maximum privacy, OsmAnd offers Offline maps as a first place, so no interaction, geo information is leaked from your device. We are very attentive to what data is collected and what data is transferred by network, you can read more in our Privacy policy.


OsmAnd doesn't have any required permissions on iOS / Android version.



  • Camera/voice recording (Android). Only used by the Audio/Video notes. This feature is packaged as plugin and by default disabled. It allows to quickly create location-related audio/video notes during a trip.

This article was last updated in May 2024