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 detailed topographic maps
- Stream any map type (street, aerial, topo, terrain) 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 interesting 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 are available to download and follow with Apple Watch. Simply open ViewRanger on your iPhone, search for nearby routes using the Discovery tab, then click the blue Add to Watch button to transfer them to your Apple Watch.
To follow a route you’ve created, select the relevant route from your profile page on your iPhone, then click the blue Add to Watch button to transfer it to your Apple Watch.
The map that’s open on your iPhone when you transfer the route will appear on your Apple Watch, but if you don’t have enough of that map saved on your iPhone to cover the route, the ViewRanger Landscape map will be transferred in its place.
How to record tracks
Select the Track Recorder option when you open the Watch app, then hit Record Track. All your movements will now be tracked and recorded by the app.
As you swipe through the Watch screens you can view your position on the same zoomable map that’s open on your iPhone, and 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.