The green navigation bar at the top of the screen is where you navigate the app.  The 4 tabs from left to right are "Discovery", "Map", "Profile" and "Menu".  Tap the "Profile" tab, Routes to display the list of tracks on the device.  At first, you will not have any routes so nothing will be listed.


The Android version has 5 tabs with the addition of a "Search" tab.  On iOS, search is under Menu tab.

Profile tab > Routes

A route is a guide of where you are going to travel.  The app can navigate you along the route and warn you if you stray off route and when you arrive at waypoints.  A route does not contain maps.  A route is a line that can overlay any map you own.  Routes are published by known guide publishers and our community of users.  A good route guide will contain text, images and sometimes audio.  Most routes a are free but some are paid for content  There are 3 ways to get a route into the app;

  • Search online for a published route in the app or website
  • Create your own route in the app or on the website
  • Create a route from a track you have recorded
  • Import a route from a .GPX file


Separate to a Route, which is a plan of the trail you will follow, a track is a recording of your activity.  Learn more about tracks in a separate document.

To search and get routes in the app use the Discovery tab.  Move the map, or type in the location, where you wish to discover routes.  Pull the panel up from the foot of the screen.

Discovery tab

To search and get routes on the website go to and use "Find route".

To create you own route in the app use the plus "+" button in the bottom right corner on the map tab.

Map tab

 and tap "Plot a Route".

Plot a Route

You will be taken to the route plotting screen. Press and hold on the map to start adding points. The start and end points are represented by a green and red icon. To insert a point between two existing points press on the line that joins the two points and move it to the new position. Hold onto the point and a magnified window appears at the top of the screen. Use this to fine tune the position of the point on the map. We use this window, as otherwise, your finger would obscure the position of the point! Intermediate points are initially shown as a small white dot. Move the map and continue press and holding to add more points as needed. If you make a mistake, tap Undo at the top of the screen, which will remove the last point added. To add text to a point, tap it, and select edit. Once a point is populated with text it turn solid blue. To delete a point, tap it and select Delete. Once you have completed the route, tap Save at the top of the screen. Update the name of the route, if you wish, and tap Save Route and you will be taken back to the map screen.

Route editor

Walking time estimates are calculated using Naismith's rule with Langmuir corrections. Put very simply, it takes longer to walk a mile uphill that it does on the flat.  These estimates are included on the route overview tab for later viewing.  Adjustments can be made to the rule based on your walking abilities in the app under Settings, Time Estimations.


Android user need to use the old method to plot routes (please see this page) — we are busy updating the Android app to include the new route plotting.

To create a route from a track you have recorded in the app tap Profile tab (in green bar), Tracks, tap the track, scroll down and tap "Create a Route from this track".
The last section of this document is all about creating routes online at
  • Creating a route from scratch
  • Creating a route from GPX
  • Creating a route from a track
You can add more detail to the routes you create by logging into your account at and using our online route editor. 
To create a new route select the ‘Routes and Tracks’ dropdown menu, then choose to either ‘Create a route from scratch’, ‘Create a route from GPX’, or ‘Create a route from my ViewRanger track’.
Creating a route from scratch
Make sure your map is centred on the area you want to explore, then click the map to start creating your route. A red line will appear displaying your route, with a green icon showing the start, a red icon showing the finish, and a series of blue icons in-between showing each waypoint. You can click on each waypoint to edit them – adding descriptions, photos, audio files or bespoke icons – and selecting the ‘Route information’ button in the top menu allows you to add extra information including route name, activity type, difficulty level, main image and full route description. 
Creating a route from GPX
This is much quicker than clicking out your route on the map, because if you have a GPX file containing your route it can be uploaded in seconds. Select ‘Create a route from GPX’ from the ‘Routes and Tracks’ dropdown menu, browse your computer for the file you want to upload, then hit Upload. The line of your route will automatically appear on screen, and you can add extra information to it by either selecting ‘Route information’ in the top menu or clicking on each individual waypoint.
Creating a route from a track
Any track you record in the ViewRanger app can be converted into a route. 
Select ‘Create a route from my ViewRanger track’ from the ‘Routes and Tracks’ dropdown menu, and you’ll see a list of all the Tracks you’ve recorded. Select the track you want to use, click ‘Create route from track’ and the line of your route will automatically appear on screen. 
You can add extra information to it by selecting ‘Route information’ in the top bar or clicking each individual waypoint.
To access your route in the ViewRanger app, tap the menu button in the top-right corner of the app (three dots), tap ‘Sync content’, then choose to ‘Upload routes’.
To use the route for navigation tap the route on the map screen is it turns red then tap 'Start Route' in the green bar.

Start route

Choose a track activity.

Choose activity


A track is always recorded when you follow a route.

On the route navigation screen, trip information is shown on the pull up bar at the foot and a navigation arrow and waypoint information at the top.  The navigation arrow shows you the direction you need to travel to keep on route.  You can go into full screen mode by tapping on the map.  Tapping on the trip fields brings up additional trip screens.  To pause or finish the track record tap the 'pause' button.  To exist navigation tap on the navigation arrow.

Route Navigation

To change the values shown at the foot of the navigation screen use Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Track and scroll down to Configure Track Screen.

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