Once you have enabled your location, you will be able to navigate in the FATMAP app by tapping the red navigation button - red circle icon on the bottom right-hand side of the screen. This is both a location marker and digital compass.
Depending on your situation or how you interact with this icon, it will help you achieve the following:
- Locate your position (single tap when not centered on your position).
- Display the direction you're facing (with a red fan).
- Lock to your position, point the map in the direction you're heading and follow you (lock-and-follow mode - double tap icon to activate).
- Show your location relative to the area you're exploring.
- Display how accurate your position fix is at that time (using a large red halo).
Even in airplane mode or when using your offline maps, the GPS of your device will work with FATMAP so you'll always be able to use these features.
Note: The GPS on the device is always more accurate when there is a data connection. When the data connection is active, the device has access to more signal points, including from nearby WiFi or Cell networks, which it uses to increase the accuracy of the positioning. Online devices also have access to Assisted GPS (AGPS), which allows faster location detection by reducing the time needed to establish a connection with GPS satellites.GPS can be very accurate even offline when you are sitting still. When you’re moving it has to constantly recalibrate, and that’s what makes it less accurate for a recording
This feature makes following a route super simple. Whether you're charging down flowy single-tracks or casually hiking in the Swiss Alps, the location marker will display your exact location (depending on the quality of your device's GPS unit and coverage), the map will point in the direction you're heading and follow you as you move.
Simply double tap the location icon to activate and start exploring.
Direction and accuracy
As we've mentioned, you can always tap the icon to center the map on your exact location but there are a couple of handy features built in to help you really understand where you are and where you're heading.
In this first screenshot, you can see the location marker from our Berlin office.
The red 'fan' indicates the direction we're facing while the red 'halo' that surrounds it indicates a current estimate of how accurate the GPS signal is.
If your icon is grey, then it means your position has not yet been fixed.
Location relative to map position
In the second screenshot, you can see the location marker is pointing in a particular direction.
When your location isn't on the screen, it'll display the direction of your location.
This can be super handy when looking around your immediate location looking for your next peak or trail.