Navigate with offline maps, follow routes, record tracks, and view live trip stats – all with a glance at your wrist.
Introduced for the first time during Apple’s keynote in September, ViewRanger for Apple Watch delivers offline maps, detailed route guides, and live trip stats to the wrist of outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.
The new app, which pinpoints your exact location using GPS and tracks your movements on zoomable maps, works with all versions of Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone, and works as a standalone app when following a route using the built-in GPS on Apple Watch Series 2.
- Follow routes, record tracks, or navigate in map-only mode
- See your GPS location on zoomable maps, including Ordnance Survey Maps
- Stream any map type from your iPhone to Apple Watch
- View live stats including altitude, distance travelled, elevation gain, and trip time
- Choose from over 150,000 downloadable route guides, or follow your own routes
- Store up to three routes and related offline maps on your Apple Watch
- Follow routes curated by top publishers with turn-by-turn directions, photographs, and route facts
- Get notified with a tap on the wrist as you reach key points on your route
- Fill the Move, Exercise and Stand rings in the Activity app as you follow routes
- Follow driving directions to your route’s starting point via Apple Maps
- Explore offline without mobile or data connection
How to follow routes
More than 150,000 ViewRanger routes worldwide – plus any routes you've created – are available to follow with Apple Watch. You can either stream routes directly from your iPhone to the Watch, or add them to the Watch and follow them without using your iPhone.
Streaming routes: If you have your iPhone and Watch in close proximity, as soon as you start following a route on your phone it will be activated on the Watch. You can also start following routes in the Watch app by tapping the Routes button, choosing from the list of nearby routes you've either downloaded or created, then hitting Start. The map that's open on your iPhone will be visible on your Watch.
Adding routes: Open ViewRanger on your iPhone, search for nearby routes or select a route you've created, then click the blue Add button to transfer it to your Apple Watch. Once your route is transferred, you can follow it on your Apple Watch and leave your phone at home. The map that’s open on your iPhone when you transfer the route will appear on your Apple Watch.
How to record tracks
Select Track Recorder when you open the Watch app, then hit Record Track. You need your iPhone in close proximity to the Watch for this to work, as the track will be recorded on your phone. A track will also be recorded automatically when you start following a route on the Watch, if you have your iPhone with you.
As you swipe through the Watch screens you can view your GPS location on the same zoomable map that’s open on your iPhone, with your track appearing as a green line on the map. Plus, view live stats including GPS position, altitude, elevation gain, distance travelled and trip time.
How to navigate in map-only mode
Select the Map option when you open the Watch app to view the same map that’s open on your iPhone. This mode will display your position on the map, and you can zoom in and out using the digital crown.