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Map screen during navigation

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This article describes how to configure the map appearance for the navigation case. This includes things like animated location changes, the display of POIs along the route, the use of screen alerts, the appearance of the route line including color and width, and turn arrows. These features are closely related to the route navigation settings.

Map during navigation​

Menu β†’ Configure profile β†’ Navigation settings β†’ Map during navigation

Map screen during navigation

The map during navigation serves as a visual tool to locate your position, to locate your destination and plan your route, and to see the navigation directions. To do this, you can use zooming, and drag and rotate the map as needed. The map can also display road information, street names, buildings, and other objects to help you fine the way easily.

During navigation, the map appearance changes to that of the app profile used for the navigation. Before you start a navigation, check whether appearance matches how you want the map to behave while driving.

"Auto-center map view"The time until the map view is synced with your current position after moving.Value:
Never, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 60 sec, 50 sec.
"Auto zoom map"Automatically scale the map according to your speed (as long as the map is in sync with your current position).Value:
No auto zooming - manually zoom.
To long-range - zoom is 200 m.
To mid-range - zoom is 100 m.
To close-up - zoom is 5 m.
"Snap to road"The current position icon will be associated with the current navigation route.This option can be turned off, but then all road-related options, such as lane display, will also not be visible during navigation.
"Approximate bearing"Determines the bearing based on the navigational route you are following.The setting is visible only if the OsmAnd development plugin is enabled.
This option should be enabled if the orientation of the directional map is flipped or jiggles when using Android Auto.

Animate own position​

Android: Menu β†’ Settings β†’ App profiles β†’ General settings β†’ Animate own position
iOS: Menu β†’ Navigation β†’ Navigation settings β†’ Animate own position

This setting provides a smooth animation of the My Position point moving on the map during navigation. Note that the animation takes about 1 second, which creates a slight delay when displaying the My Position position on the map relative to your location. For Android, this item is located in the Other section of the General Settings menu. Reportedly, turning this item on can cause a pronounced delay in some circumstances, disable it if you experience such issues.

Show points along the route​

In the Navigation section when creating a route you can set the types of points that will be displayed on the map along the route. In order to go to this section of settings in Android and iOS there are different ways, which are determined by the features of the operating systems and design of OsmAnd.

points along the route

The Show along the route setting allows you to configure additional parameters for your route and is necessary for the operation of widgets such as Street name and Alert widget. The parameters imply displaying POIs and My Favourites along the route or using them as an addition to those already configured for the profile, as well as displaying a complete list of Traffic warnings on the route.

The ability to set different distances (up to 5 km, or 3.11 miles, depending on the unit of length you set) from the route to points around will be useful when using routing types such as Straight Line or Direct-to-point.

Points of interest (POI)​

The POIs settings in Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Shows β†’ POI overlay… are associated with the Show along the route setting. In fact, this is an additional setting for displaying POIs on the map, which is directly related to the created route.

When you specify to display certain POIs in the Configure map, they are all displayed on the maps you have downloaded, regardless of whether you have selected categories or, if you do not care which category, selected the nearest POIs. Their number and identification change depending on the zoom. The Show along the route setting shows the same category as in the POI overlay, but you see the whole list of the selected POIs at once, starting from the point of the current location at the set distance within your route.

You can remove unnecessary POIs from the list or edit them in the Π‘ontext menu by tapping one of them. The list contains the selected POI types and brief information about each, the type icon, the name, the distance from the current location point to the POI along the route, and indications of which side of the route in a straight line and how far away the POI is.

POI overlay Android POI overlay iOS

My Favorites​

In the open list, you will see all the previously added Favourite points close to the created route. As with POIs, you can select the distance within which these points will be located.

If you turn off the display of Favourites on the map, they will not disappear from the list. They will also be displayed in the widget and announced when you approach them. You can add Favourite Points to the map while navigating a route. To update the list you need to turn off/on My Favourites.

Each point contains a name or coordinates, a group, the distance from the current location point to the Favourite directly on the route line, and information about how far to the right or left the point is from the line and the direction of the route.

Traffic warnings​

Traffic warnings do not appear directly on the map, like POIs or My Favorites. To turn on this item and see the warnings, you need to enable and configure the Alerts widget first.

Choosing to display traffic warnings along your route will allow you to see the entire list just before you start your route, which is useful when planning your trip. The list can be edited. You can delete unnecessary warnings in the list or tap the name and edit the location.


POIs, Favorite, and Traffic warnings are not displayed in the list for the route you have traveled.


For the Show along the route setting, it is recommended to use Voice prompts for navigation.

Screen Alerts​

Menu β†’ Configure profile β†’ Navigation settings

Screen alertsNotifications, such as traffic warnings or speed limits, will appear on the screen as a widget. They appear in the bottom left corner while you are navigating.Types of alert widgets

Route line appearance​

User profile β†’ Settings β†’ Configure profile β†’ Navigation settings β†’ Customize route line

Navigation route Android

The Customize route line setting allows you to adjust the appearance of the route line to account for different changes. These can be changes in elevation while driving, significant uphill or downhill ahead, ice on the road, unpaved roads, highways, and other possible obstacles. You can change all of these parameters by style or manually select the color and transparency of the line in the items in this setting. In addition, the setting provides the opportunity to change the width of the route line and the angle display on the turns.

Some parameters you can use only with OsmAnd Pro subscribtion.


Changes the color tones of the route lines, with their overall coloration changing according to the type you choose from the types offered by OsmAnd, according to the Map Legend, or becoming the color and transparency you set manually.

Map style – The map style is used with the default colors. For a full description of the colors, go to Default Map styles.
map stule
Custom - Allows you to display the line in any preferred color and transparency. You can choose different settings for the day map and separately for the night map.
Altitude – It shows the height on the route point as green-yellow-red gradient. Where green represents lowest point of the route, yellow - median height points and red the highest points. If the route altitude difference is < 100 m, gradient is applied partially or not applied i.e. for a simple uphill route from 100 m to 150 m - the gradient will be green-yellow. Please note that the color doesn't represent the absolute height value.
Β  Slope – The route line will be colored in different colors depending on the elevation profile of the route. A detailed description is in the article on the Topography plugin, section Slope.
Altitude Altitude
Β Road type – Colour the route or the track line according to the road classification. Road style
Β Surface – Provides information about the physical surface of the road/footpath. Surface
Β Smoothness – Classification of maneuverability of roads/footpaths for wheeled vehicles, particularly with regard to surface regularity/flatness. Smoothness
Β Winter and ice roads – Colouring the route or track line according to the winter road classification. Winter and ice roads
Β Surface firmness – Colouring the route or track line by surface composition. Typically used when the road network is largely unpaved. Surface firmness
Β Difficulty of horse trails – Render paths according to difficulty of horse trails.


Select a route line's width.

"Map style" – It's used with default width. You can see a full description of the map style by clicking there Map style
map style map stule
"Thin width / Medium width / Bold width" – You can choose the width of the line according to the width of the road or highlight the line of the route on the map more strongly.
width width
"Custom" – It allows you to show the line in some preferred width. Select the width using the slider.
custom custom

Turn Arrows​

Select whether turn arrows are indicated on the route line or not.

User profile β†’ Settings β†’ Configure profile β†’ Navigation settings β†’ Customize route line

Altitude Altitude
Altitude Altitude