Locus pro on Android device without Google Play

Dessmo shared this question 2 months ago
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I have a Garmin overlander GPS that runs Android but it does not have the Google play app. The maps that are available for the Garmin Explorer app is not good enough, so I am trying to find a way to get maps of better quality. Can you download and use Garmin .img-maps with the Locus app without having Google Play? If not, is it possible to have the pro version without Google play on the device? Or is Google Play the only way to verify that you have paid for the pro version? The GPS has a browser and internet connection via WiFi, but I would like to hav maps on the device going of grid.

The Garmin overlander supports sideloading apk-files to install Android apps.

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The Garmin overlander supports sideloading apk-files to install Android apps.

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Hi,

- it is possible to install Locus Map 4 on a Google-free device, not Locus Map Classic (ex-Pro)

- you can download and install APK from https://bit.ly/lmVersions

- if you need more features like e.g. sat maps, all offline features etc, purchase a Premium voucher at http://www.locusmap.app/voucher (more at https://docs.locusmap.app/doku.php?id=manual:user_guide:getpremium#premium_voucher)

- .img maps support is very limited. Garmin IMGs are usually encrypted so they do not work. Here's more about external maps: https://docs.locusmap.app/doku.php?id=manual:user_guide:maps_external

Nevertheless, we personally haven't tested Garmin Overlander yet so the instructions may function only theoretically.

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Thanks Michael for your prompt and informative reply. I will try to install and see how it works. I guess I dont need to use Garmin maps, even though it is a Garmin device as long as it is running Android. I guess there are other maps available for the Locusmap app. One other question, I would like to be able to plan on a iPad or Mac (waypoints and tracks/routs), what would be the best way to transfer the files to the Locus app on the Garmin Overlander? The GPS has wifi and an sd-card reader. I guess there is not an Locusmap app for IOS yet? Does the Locusmap app communicate with the Garmin Explorer app? Thanks for your assistance:)

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"I guess there are other maps available for the Locusmap app."

- yes, either OSM based LoMaps (online and offline), satellite maps, partner maps (OS, IGN, Outdooractive.,..), custom maps and much more.

"I would like to be able to plan on a iPad or Mac (waypoints and tracks/routs), what would be the best way to transfer the files to the Locus app on the Garmin Overlander?"

- you can plan routes at web.locusmap.app. If you subscribe or purchase Premium Gold, the web synchronizes with the mobile device automatically. Without Premium, you can export a GPX file from the web and import it to the app via e.g. Dropbox or other public services (Google Drive and OneDrive are supported). The GPX, KMZ etc. can be rendered also elswhere and imported to Locus Map afterwards.

"I guess there is not an Locusmap app for IOS yet?"

- not a full version. The first lite version is being publicly tested though

"Does the Locusmap app communicate with the Garmin Explorer app?"

- not directly but I think GPX/KMZ file exchange is possible

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Thanks a lot Michal, I installed on my Overlander and so fare it seems like it works great. Will try to download some maps and test different functionality.

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Just some more tips for the start:

- get Locus Map permission for all-time access to the location and exclude Locus from all means of battery optimization so that the app can run in the background, see http://docs.locusmap.eu/doku.php?id=manual:faq:gps_lost_fix_android6.

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