BuddyBeacon location sharing
BuddyBeacon allows you to share your real-time location with friends. A mobile connection is required to send a Beacon, but the app will also send old positions once it reconnects if you’ve been exploring an area with no signal.
To share your location with friends, give them your ViewRanger username (the email address you used to create your account) and BuddyBeacon PIN (you create your PIN on first send of your beacon — see below). They then need to visit the
web page, click ‘Add BuddyBeacon’, and enter your details. They’ll then be able to see your position and track your movements on a live map every time you send a Beacon.
Your friends can also view your position in the ViewRanger app by entering your username and PIN in the BuddyBeacon menu. Then as soon as you send a Beacon, they will be able to see your position on their map screen.
The app is free but additional functionality can be unlocked by upgrading the app to Premium. All our map subscriptions include the premium upgrade.
However, due to the transition to Outdooractive we no longer sell subscriptions. Please use the Outdooractive app and its pro subscription instead.
How to send a Beacon
To share your real-time location with friends, launch the ViewRanger app, tap the green + button in the bottom-right corner of the map screen then select BuddyBeacon.
Map tab (in green bar), plus "+" icon, BuddyBeacon
From the menu that pops up, select ‘Send beacon now’, and choose a 4-digit PIN when prompted. This means your location has been shared with everyone following you either in the app or at
How to watch a Beacon
Launch the ViewRanger app, tap the green + button in the bottom-right corner of the map screen, select BuddyBeacon, select ‘Add a buddy’. All you need to do now is enter the ViewRanger username(their email address) and PIN of the person you want to locate, and when they send a Beacon you’ll be able to locate them on your map screen.
If you have already added buddies then use the Locate now button found in the BuddyBeacon menu.
If you tap on the icon showing the location of your Buddy in the app, you can choose to Navigate to them, centre their position on your map, track their movements, and select the icon you’d like to use to display their position.