Application is not properly functional without offline maps which are not distributed within application. Even though application supports Vector maps and Raster maps, it is highly recommend to start with Offline Vector Maps to get all features properly functioning such as Search, Navigation, Context menu.
When the app is launched for the first time, it suggests to download the map based on your internet location. It could be not correctly detected in case you are using VPN and it's possible to select another map region.
Note: World map. Old versions of OsmAnd (< 3.8) suggest to download World map, so you could browse the map on the planet level zoom. In new OsmAnd versions: small "Mini world overview map" is packaged inside the app. There is a large "World overview map" available to download which contains more details worldwide but it is also provided with detailed maps.
You can download new maps and manage already downloaded maps via Main menu:
Android: Меню → Загрузка карт
iOS: Menu → Maps & Resources
This screen has certain features:
- Refresh button - check available map updates on the OsmAnd servers.
- Search button - search the region by names or large cities inside it.
- Map counter (Free version) - display how many Free map downloads left.
- Device memory - show available memory to be used on the device.
- All downloads / Worldwide - browse and download maps split by continents / countries / regions.
- Local / Installed - manage already downloaded maps.
- Updates - check and download monthly map updates.
- OsmAnd Live - configure hourly map updates for certain regions.
One of the option to download map is via World map and Map Context menu. You can open Context menu by clicking on the Label, for example city name, or by long tap on the map, or by searching City via Search. Context menu will have a suggestion of the smallest region to download.
One way to download the map is to zoom out the World map and by short tap select the region to download. This area will be highlighted in yellow and on the bottom will appear a panel with the name of the region and an offer to download it or choose other maps.
Note: At low zoom level map selected to download will be highlighted in yellow and maps that already downloaded will be highlighted in green, deactivated maps will be highlighted in orange. 'Deactivated' maps allow to speed up program in case you have many downloaded maps.
It is possible to download a map of a certain area just by zooming in on the World map. A notification "Download detailed map, to view the area" will appear at the top bar.
Note: This dialog can be turned off in Меню → Настройки → Настройки OsmAnd → Диалоги и уведомления
There is a possibility to download created by yourself (in OsmAnd Map Creator) map. Read more
You can download several types of maps: Standard, Roads-only (lightweight maps without details i.e. buildings, Android), Coutour lines, Hillshades, Slopes, Wikipedia, Travel guides (Wikivoyage), Nautical maps, Voice packages, Map fonts, Altitude correction (Android).