Wikipedia

Having Wikipedia with you on a trip helps to learn more about the places you are visiting. It is available offline, and shows the Wikipedia articles in relation to the points of interest directly on the map.

In this article

This article is incomplete & needs to be reviewed. You can help by creating a pull request.

Make a contribution

For the Wikipedia data to show up on the map, the following configuration is required:

  1. If needed, purchase paid services.

  2. Enable the Wikipedia plugin in the Plugins section of the main menu.

  3. Download the Wikipedia data for the required regions.

  4. Enable the Wikipedia POI for the needed profile.

Overview

The Wikipedia plugin is an autonomous functionality that can be enabled/disabled as needed. Once enabled, it allows the Wikipedia data to be downloaded per geographical region. There are two views to display the downloaded Wikipedia knowledge on the map: a short summary, and a full article.

The short summary is provided via the Wikipedia POI (abbrev. from 'point of interest'). If the Wikipedia option is toggled on in the menu, the Wikipedia POI shows up on the map. On tap, the POI expands and provides a summary of the available Wikipedia information and the option to open the full article. The Wikipedia POI as well as the associated articles are available offline. It is possible to read them whenever needed, switch languages, and search for other Wikipedia information.

Wikipedia is a free, multilingual open-collaborative online encyclopedia created and maintained by a community of volunteer editors using a wiki-based editing system. Wikipedia


Prerequisites

Depending on the mobile application you are using, whether it is the Android version, or the iOS version, a paid subscription might be required, to allow the Wikipedia plugin to be enabled among other plugins.

With the purchase done, Wikipedia Offline can be enabled in the Plugins section of the menu, and then it is possible to download the Wikipedia data for the needed geographical regions.

Wikipedia plugin in iOS Wikipedia plugin in Android

The iOS version provides the Wikipedia plugin by default. To enable the plugin, turn on the Wikipedia option in the following menu of the app: Menu → Plugins → Wikipedia

Wikipedia plugin in iOS

The Android version requires one of the paid services: in-app purchases, or a subscription. Having made a purchase, to enable the Wikipedia plugin, turn on the Wikipedia option in the Plugins section of the main menu.

Wikipedia plugin in Android

Download Wikipedia data

The Wikipedia data is available per geographical region. If it is downloaded for one region, and not downloaded for another, in the first case it would be possible to work with the Wikipedia information when browsing across the region on the map, and in the other case, the region will lack any Wikipedia information. Being downloaded, the Wikipedia data becomes available in general, as well as offline.

To download the Wikipedia data for a region, go to the available packages for download in the main menu, find the needed region and open it. The Wikipedia data will be among other packages.

Download Wikipedia in iOS Download Wikipedia in Android

In the iOS version, the Wikipedia data to download per region can be opened, as follows:

  1. Go to: Menu → Maps & Resources → Worldwide

  2. Select the required region. Once the region is opened, the Wikipedia data will be among other packages.

To view what data is already downloaded, go to:

Menu → Maps & Resources → Local

Download Wikipedia in iOS

In the Android version, the Wikipedia data to download per region can be opened, as follows:

  1. Go to: Menu → Download maps → Regions

  2. Select the required region. Once the region is opened, the Wikipedia data will be among other packages.

To view what data is already downloaded, go to:

Menu → Local → Wikipedia

Download Wikipedia in Android

Show/Hide Wikipedia POI

With the Wikipedia data downloaded for the required regions, it is possible to manage the visibility of this data on the map. The visibility is managed via the Wikipedia POI, which can be shown, or hidden for all downloaded regions per specific profile, such as: a profile for driving a car, a profile for cycling, another one to show the Public Transport, etc.

To show, or hide the Wikipedia POI, select the profile first, and then toggle the Wikipedia option on/off.

Wikipedia POI on iOS Wikipedia POI on Android

In the iOS version, to show/hide the Wikipedia POI, do the following:

  1. Go to: Menu → Configure map

  2. Select a Profile, and look for the Show on map section in the menu.

  3. Toggle Wikipedia on.

Wikipedia POI on iOS

In the Android version, to show/hide the Wikipedia POI, do the following:

  1. Go to: Menu → Configure map

  2. Select a Profile, and look for the Show section of settings in the menu.

  3. Toggle Wikipedia on.

Wikipedia POI on Android

Search Wikipedia

With the Wikipedia data downloaded, regardless of the visibility mode of the Wikipedia POI on the map, it is possible to search for any Wikipedia information.

By tapping Search, an extra pane pops up and allows you to search everything, and/or by the specific category. In the first case, the search results will show the Wikipedia POI with associated Wikipedia articles among other types of the information. In case of the search by the Wikipedia category, the search results will show only the Wikipedia information sorted by the nearest location in relation to the area of the map currently viewable on the screen.

Wikipedia category on iOS Wikipedia category on Android

In the iOS version, to open Search, tap the Search icon in the left-hand top corner of the screen.

Wikipedia search on iOS

To search by the Wikipedia category, select:

    Search → Categories → Wikipedia

Wikipedia category on iOS

If needed, tap the Show Wikipedia on the map option at the top of the search panel, and the search results retrieved by the Wikipedia category will show up on the map.

In the Android version, you can open Search by:

  • tapping the Search icon in the left-hand top corner of the screen, and/or
  • tapping the Search option in the menu.

Wikipedia search on Android

To search by the Wikipedia category, select:

    Search → Categories → Wikipedia

Wikipedia category on Android

If needed, tap the Show Wikipedia on the map option at the top of the search panel, and the search results retrieved by the Wikipedia category will show up on the map.

Wikipedia languages

In case when there is a choice of languages to display the Wikipedia data in, you can set the language you prefer to read the text in. The figure below shows an example of the Wikipedia POI and the article, which are written in French by default, and displayed in English, thanks to the availability of other translations for this Wikipedia data and the English language established for the Wikipedia in the Profile settings.

French Wikipedia POI in English in iOS French Wikipedia POI in English

With the preferred language established for Wikipedia, for example, a French POI can show the text in English (see the figure below).

French Wikipedia POI in English in iOS

With the preferred language established for Wikipedia, for example, a French POI can show the text in English (see the figure below).

French Wikipedia POI in English

Set preferred language

To set the preferred language, so that to view the Wikipedia data in, go to the required profile, tap the Wikipedia option, and in the opened list, deselect All language and check a specific option. In case of some languages selected, the displayed text will be in any of the languages.

Setting a preferred language on iOS Setting a preferred language on Android

In the iOS version, to set the preferred language for the Wikipedia data, do the following:

  1. Go to: Menu → Configure map

  2. Select a profile and find the Show on map section of settings.

  3. Tap Wikipedia, if needed, toggle Enabled on, and then tap Language.

  4. Check the preferred language(-s) in the opened list.

Setting a preferred language on iOS

In the Android version, to set the preferred language for the Wikipedia data, do the following:

  1. Go to: Menu → Configure map

  2. Select a profile and find the Show section of settings.

  3. Tap Wikipedia, toggle it enabled, and then tap Language.

  4. Check the preferred language(-s) in the opened list.

Setting a preferred language on Android

Switch languages inside article

In case if some translation options are available, it is possible to switch the language when viewing a specific Wikipedia article. A language icon at the right-hand top area of the article will offer the options for selection.

Switching languages for a specific article in iOS Switching languages for a specific article

In the iOS version, with the Wikipedia POI turned on for a specific profile, it is enough to tap a POI, then scroll the opened context menu upwards till viewing an abstract of the Wikipedia article:

  • tap the article,
  • tap the current language icon in the header at the right-hand top corner of the screen, and the list of available language options opens,
  • select the required language.

Switching languages for a specific article in iOS

In the Android version, with the Wikipedia POI turned on for a specific profile, it is enough to tap a POI, then scroll the opened context menu upwards till viewing an abstract of the Wikipedia article:

  • tap the article,
  • tap the current language icon in the header at the right-hand top corner of the screen, and the list of available language options opens,
  • select the required language.

Switching languages for a specific article

Did this doc help you?

Privacy policy

Help us make these docs great!

All OsmAnd docs are open source. See something that's wrong or unclear? Submit a pull request.

Make a contribution

Or, learn how to contribute.