Frequently Asked Questions
You’ll need one of the following on your smartphone: iOS 9+ (latest recommended) or Android 4.1+ (latest recommended).
GPS is needed for real time navigation. Most devices today have GPS. If the specs say “GPS” or “Assisted GPS”, that’s okay. Don’t count on using “network location” to navigate in the backcountry.
An electronic compass sensor is helpful, though not required. Some cheaper phones and tablets leave this out to save money. Again, check the specs for compass sensor.
You do not need internet access out in the field, but you will need internet access back home to plan for your adventure and preload maps.Last updated:
Sure. Keep in mind the items mentioned above.
It is common to leave out GPS in cheap tablets from lesser known brands, while bigger brands usually have them. However, notable big brands that don’t have GPS are the wifi-only iPad tablets and the Amazon Fire.Last updated:
Nope. GPS does use battery power, and you can use it sparingly if you want. In modern phones, however, the biggest drains on a battery are often the screen and searching for a signal when there is none. If you turn on airplane mode and keep the screen off when not staring at it, you can last for full days and sometimes weeks, as has been reported by some.Last updated:
BackCountry Navigator XE will be a brand-new app with lots of improvements, so you won't just get it by turning on "automatic updates' in Google Play. The best (and quickest) way to get the new app is to back our Kickstarter today.
BackCountry Navigator XE will be using a yearly membership across the web, Android, and iOS. This is a difference from BackCountry Navigator PRO, but necessary because of ongoing costs of creating custom maps, running servers, and using cloud features. We believe that the benefits of the features far outweigh the cost.Last updated:
Since BackCountry Navigator XE won't be out publicly until next Spring, you will, I hope, still get a lot of use out of the BackCountry Navigator you have now.
While we hope that BackCountry Navigator XE will be so good that everyone will want to jump to it right away, we acknowledge that some users will take months or more to transition.
The BackCountry Navigator of today will continue to be supported and updated much as it has been even long past the release of BackCountry Navigator XELast updated:
I very recently bought BackCountry Navigator PRO, plus some add-ons, and a subscription? Are you forcing me to buy something else now?
Since BackCountry Navigator PRO will still be supported and updated, no one is being forced. As mentioned above, we prefer that people want to move to XE.
If you have a subscription to Accuterra or Caltopo maps, we recommend you keep it active at least till next Spring, or until you are ready to move to XE.
We plan to work out a process to give credit to those who have bought BackCountry Navigator in the last 1-2 years or have unexpired subscriptions or add-ons. This credit will likely be in the form of virtual currency in the new app, discount on membership, or an extension of a membership.
This process cannot be worked out till BackCountry Navigator XE is released next Spring. And we certainly plan to automate the process, because we want to avoid doing this one at a time for 100,000+ people.Last updated:
Yes, this will be doable. If you have used some other software, you can usually export your waypoints into a standard format like GPX or KML so we can import those.Last updated:
Yes. GPS works in all over the world.
If you’re wondering what maps there will be for you, keep in mind that all countries are part of the world, therefore worldwide sources will work. However, see our provided list of map sources in case there is something specific for your part of the world.Last updated:
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