In this article we will show some distinguishing features, that will make your Guru Maps experience easier and more complete.

Download Maps

Vector maps are available and free for download within the app:

To download a map of the selected country tap the country name in Available Maps list:

  • To pause a download, tap the cell with the country name tap it again to resume a download,
  • To go to downloaded map tap the button,
  • To remove a map swipe your finger across the country name from right to left, then tap the Delete button, or use the Edit button.

As OpenStreetMap data is constantly updated by thousands of volunteers around the world, map updates are available from time to time within the app. In Guru Maps app all vector map updates are free and distributed automatically. If there is an update for a downloaded map, you will see Update button near the downloaded map name:

To update all your downloaded maps tap the “Update All” button in toolbar menu:

The app lets you search within My Collections content as well as map OpenStreetMap.org data.
To open the search screen, tap the search button. Type or paste the word you want to find in the search field.
Search results will be displayed on the map and in the list below the search field. It is also possible to narrow down your search using the “Search around me” option at the bottom.

Tap an any of the results in the list to open its entry or back to the map to overview them all. The search will be refined as you browse the map automatically and only results meeting the selected search criteria will be displayed in the visible area. If search results are found, the search icon will be changed to the . To reset search results, tap the clear icon.

Note: if you didn't clean your search query - search results will be displayed on a map as icons:

Voice Search: You can use your voice to perform a search instead of typing when you're connected to the Internet. Just tap the search field, and then tap the microphone icon to start dictating. When you’re finished, wait for your words to be processed. It can take a few seconds for text to appear.

The search screen is separated into three parts:

  • Categories
  • Search history
  • Nearest bookmarks

Note: The App makes searching within the downloaded offline maps and only places which are mapped within OpenStreetMap can be found and displayed.

Performing a search in the following ways allows you to search places fast and easy:

  • by categories,
  • by name,
  • by GPS coordinates,
  • by address (internet connection required).

Search by category

There are predefined categories available on the screen for a quick search. Just tap the category icon (food, accommodation, etc) to list the matching results for a given category:

You can also narrow your search by entering keyword after the category name as shown below:

Search by name

Just start typing the name of the object you are looking for. As you type, you'll see a list of search results and suggestions:

Tip: It is not necessary to type punctuation or worry about capital letters, but the search will not recognize a misspelling.

If you know the exact coordinates of a location, you can simply enter them into the search field to locate it on the map:

Tip: You may enter the coordinates in any of the supported coordinate formats. To avoid confusion while inputting coordinates from the keyboard it is possible to use spaces instead of (‘) Right Single Quotation Mark, (”) Right Double Quotation Mark or (°) Degree Sign.

Type city, zip or address of any location on the world map (in that sequence with a comma as shown). If there are no search results found within the downloaded maps, tap Search to perform a search online:

To get routed to the selected search result, swipe right on the cell in the list:

To view more address and contact information, tap the desired result in the list.

To save search result to your collections, tap icon at the bottom of details screen.

Guru Maps gives you the ability to find the best route and get step by step directions for your drive or walk.

Note: to build a route offline you need to download navigation data first.

Create route

To get started with the route planner feature, define the place you want to go first, long tap the destination point on the map, then tap icon from the pop-up menu.


  • you can tap icon on the bottom line of the bookmark/POI/search results details screen
  • swipe right on a bookmark in My Collections or search results list, then tap .

A map will appear with your driving route highlighted in blue with some route information at the bottom:

  • Distance to go
  • Arrival time
  • Time to go

Route will be shown for drive mode by default, but you may choose the appropriate mode for your needs:

If you choose cycle or hiking a gradient will appear which shows an altitude during the route (gradient will appear only if there is an internet connection):

Note: The point on the track is related to the speed and altitude values.

To begin navigation, tap icon. To stop your route, tap icon, then Stop movement option from a menu. If you miss a turn or intentionally go the wrong way from the planned route, the app will automatically recalculate the route.

Edit route

To edit your route, tap icon, then Edit route option from menu. There is possible to add additional stops along the way by long tap on the map:

These signs will appear on the map along with your route:

— for transit points, — for stop points.

To edit or delete the waypoint, just tap it on the map to bring up the pop-up menu:

Voice instructions

When you’re navigating to a place, you can hear navigation directions. You can stop receiving directions at any time while in navigation mode by tapping the sound icon .

A long tap on the sound icon allows choosing one of the supported languages, which will be used for voice instructions. You can also change the language selection to hear the navigation instructions in the app Settings > Navigation.

Importing KML/KMZ/GPX Files

You can easily import KML/KMZ/GPX files to view them on the map in several ways using email, URL or Files app.


If you have a KML/KMZ/GPX file that someone shared with you via email, you can view it in the Guru Maps app:

  • Open the message containing the KML/KMZ/GPX file as an attachment.
  • Tap and hold the attached KML/KMZ/GPX file name until a menu comes up.
  • Choose the "Open with Guru Maps" option to initiate the file import process.

File Manager/Dropbox

If you saved KML/KMZ/GPX file on your device storage or inserted SD Card with some KML/KMZ/GPX files, you can add it to your Collections in Guru Maps by clicking on them from any of installed file managers on your device.


In case you have a web link to the KML/KMZ/GPX file:

  • Tap the link to open it in your browser.
  • Select "Guru Maps" option to initiate the import process.

Note: There is also an option to import multiple folders from a single KML file separately or merge them into one collection available:

  • Keep several collections
  • Save to one collection

Exporting Geodata

Guru Maps allows you to export any of you geodata (bookmarks, tracks or whole collections) to files compatible with many other apps in several ways:

Share Collections/Tracks/Bookmarks

Guru Maps supports File Sharing option that allows you to share your data:

  • Tap the icon on details screen.
  • Tap "Save as KML", "Save as GPX", "Share URL" button.
  • Tap choose application, which you want to share with:


The Bookmarks feature is a great way to keep your favorite places at your fingertips. Save places you want to go to or mark an interesting POI on the go that you could come back to later.

Create new bookmark

Touch and hold on the map until the pop-up appears, then tap the Bookmark icon:

If you have coordinates in your clipboard Guru Maps can import them for you:

View bookmark name

Tap the bookmark icon on the map. Tap it again to hide it:

To move the bookmark tap the bookmark icon and hold for a second, then drag the bookmark to where you want and drop it.

To view bookmark details tap the popup with button next to the bookmark name on the map or open it from the My Collections list.

To edit bookmark name and description tap the name or description field and use the onscreen keyboard to type a new text.

To change the bookmark icon tap the Category field and select the icon you want from the list with available icons that will open, then tap Back.

To move a bookmark to another collection tap the field with the collection name and select the new name from the list of available collections, then tap Back.

To copy coordinates, tap the icon next to coordinates. It will bring up the pop-up with available options to copy bookmark coordinates:

  • Copy as text — coordinates will be copied to the clipboard in the format as you see it (+9.570674, +100.060448).
  • Copy as URL — coordinates will be copied as URL, containing geolocation information (latitude, longitude, zoom level) of a selected bookmark to share it by Email or SMS (guru://9.570674,100.060446,16.0). Tap this URL from the email or message on your device to view the location on the map within the installed Guru Maps app.

To edit coordinates, tap the coordinates to start edit (X ,Y) GPS coordinates.

To show the direction to the bookmark, tap the Bearing Line switch option to ON:

Note: The bearing line to only one bookmark can be displayed on the map at any given moment.

To view the bookmark on the map tap the icon to open the map centered on the selected bookmark.

To hide the bookmark from the map, scroll down the bookmark details screen and tap icon. To reveal it again, tap icon. To create a route to this bookmark, tap icon.

To delete a bookmark, tap icon at the bottom of the bookmark details screen.

Tip: The best way to export several bookmarks at once is to save them in one collection and export the whole collection.

GPS Tracks

Guru Maps lets you record your movements, view detailed statistics and export recorded GPS tracks in most common formats.

Record GPS Track

To record GPS Track, tap the REC button on the map. It will become red. If you recorded track before, you will be prompted to continue the last track recording, or to start a new one. Tap the REC button again and the recording stops.

  • — track is not recording,
  • — track is recording now.

Tip: while a GPS track is being recorded, notification appear in status bar:

Note: to record GPS tracks in background, make sure you have disabled Battery Saver in device settings.

View GPS track details

To view track details tap the icon next to the track name on the map or open it from the My Collections list.

To edit track name and description tap the name or description field and use the onscreen keyboard to type a new text.

To move a track to another collection tap the field with the collection name and select the new name from the list of available collections, then tap Back.

To change track style tap the desired color or set the track color based on speed or altitude.

To view track on the map tap icon to open the map centered on the selected GPS track.

To hide a track from the map scroll down the track details screen and tap icon. To reveal it tap icon.

To export a track tap the icon at the bottom of the track details screen and choose the way to save your data.

To delete a track tap the icon at the bottom of the track details screen.

To filter GPS data and delete inaccurate points in the already recorded track, tap GPS Filtering:

Note: filters settings influence the appearance of track on a map and size of track while exporting, but they do not affect the number of recorded points.

Accuracy Threshold

Filter by the minimum accuracy of the received points. Points that are on the outside of the filter value will not be displayed in the track.

Example: You are recording your GPS track while walking around your neighborhood and you have entered a supermarket. Tall walls, roofs and other obstructions can block the signal from GPS satellites and the device cannot determine your location accurately enough. You may enable the accuracy filter to hide GPS points if they are too far from your location. If the received signal has lower than the required accuracy, that points will not be displayed in the track.

Distance Threshold

Filter by the minimum distance between points of a recorded track. Points that are closer than the distance specified in the filter will not be displayed in the track.

Example: You are recording your GPS track while jogging, then you meet a friend and stop to talk to him. As the GPS sends location coordinates every second, too many points will be recorded on the same spot while you are talking and too many lines of a track will be drawn. You may enable the distance filter to hide GPS points if they are too close to each other and get rid of unnecessary lines.

Note: you can change gradient to show speed or altitude during the route by tapping button in the upper right corner. The point on the track is related to the speed and altitude values.


Collections are groups of bookmarks and GPS tracks, like folders on your desktop. Organising items into collections makes it easy to keep your travel itineraries separate from each other.

My Collections List

To open My Collections list, tap the icon on the map.

To create a new collection, tap the button at the bottom of the My Collections list. Enter details, then tap OK.

To view a set of bookmarks and GPS tracks within the collection, tap the collection name in a list.

You can easily sort collections and its content by date created, distance and file name in the list:

  • Recent — the most recently created items go first,
  • Nearest — collections, containing locations that are the closest to your current location, are listed at the top,
  • A-Z — items are sorted in alphabetical order.

To search in the list tap the search field to reveal the onscreen keyboard and start typing. The list will dynamically display collections containing items that match your search criteria as you type.

To delete from the list swipe left your finger horizontally across the collection, bookmark or track name you want to delete in My Collections list, then tap the Delete icon.

To show/hide item tap the icon to hide the track or bookmark from the map. Tap the icon to reveal it again. The text font color changes from black to gray: black – for visible, gray – for hidden items:

Tap and hold any element or tap Edit button to delete selected elements or move them to another collection in bulk:

Collections Details

To view collection details tap icon next to the name in the My Collections list.

To edit collection name and description tap the name or description field and use the onscreen keyboard to type a new text.

To set a collection as default move the Default Collection switch ON to save newly added bookmarks and GPS tracks to this collection.

To select a parent collection in which this current collection is cataloged, tap My Collections cell.

To view collection on the map tap the icon to open the map centered on the selected collection.

To show & hide collection from map, scroll down the collection details screen and tap the icon. To reveal it tap icon.

To Export a collection tap the icon at the bottom of the collection details screen, choose the way to share your data.

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