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Importing a Map (iOS)

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2017 09:30AM EDT

Custom map imports (non-map store) are limited to three maps at any given time unless you are an Unlimited Import or Pro subscriber.  These maps can be swapped out as often as you like.  Map Store maps are unlimited (in quantity not in price) regardless of subscription type. 

On the Map List screen, tap the Add icon ('+') to import a map. You can import from any of the following sources:

  • Avenza Map Store
  • iTunes File Sharing
  • Dropbox
  • QR Code
  • Web
  • Custom URL Scheme

Avenza Map Store
Opens the Avenza Map Store where you can get free maps as well as purchase maps. Learn more about the Avenza Map Store.

Request a Map
This open will allow you to contact us and request a map not currently found in the Map Store.  Please provide as much detail as possible about the desired map, and if you have a web link available for the map wanted, please provide that as well.

QR Code
Avenza Maps features a built-in QR code reader that allows you to import maps by scanning QR codes displayed on signs, posters, maps or the web. For more information on how to use QR codes please see our blog article here.

  1. Tap From QR Code.
  2. Scan the QR code.



iTunes File Sharing
You can load maps through iTunes File Sharing. 

  • Connect your device to your computer and open iTunes.
  • Click Apps and scroll down to see the File Sharing section.
  • Select Avenza Maps in the Apps list.
  • In the Avenza Maps Documents box, click Add File and browse for a georeferenced map (acceptable formats include GeoTIFF, geospatial PDF, and GeoPDF®).
  • On your iOS device, tap From iTunes File Sharing.
  • Tap to select which maps you want to import, then tap Import.

Dropbox is a cloud storage solution for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Maps stored on your Dropbox can be imported to Avenza Maps. 
Note: You must have a separate Dropbox account (free to create) if you wish to sync Avenza Maps with Dropbox.  

  1. Tap From Dropbox.
  2. Confirm that you want to connect to Dropbox.
  3. Enter your login credentials or tap Allow (if you're already logged into Dropbox).
  4. Tap to select which maps you want to import, then tap Import.

Tap Unlink any time to disconnect from your Dropbox.

Enter a URL of a compatible georeferenced map. The map will automatically download to your device.

Custom URL Scheme
Enter a custom URL schema pdfmaps:// or avenzamaps://, to open the file in the app.
For example add the prefix to a map in the following format: 

pdfmap:// OR avenzamaps:// 

After adding a prefix simply share the URL via email or message and click the link. The link will automatically open in Avenza Maps and the import of the map will begin.
Note: Some devices, carriers, and email clients do not support this format or have size limitations.

Supported Map Formats
Avenza Maps supports the following formats for custom imported maps:

  • Geospatial PDF (.pdf) - A PDF embedded with geographic information
  • TerraGo GeoPDF (.pdf) - A PDF embedded with geographic information.  GeoPDF is a proprietary format of TerraGO
  • GeoTIFF (.tiff, .tif) - A GeoTIFF is a TIFF file embedded with geographic information
  • JPG (.jpg) - A JPG is an image file that must be packaged with either a TFW & PRJ or JGW & WKT in a ZIP file 
  • Avenza Maps File (.avenzamaps, .pdfmaps) - A format used to import multiple custom maps at once (such as for a folder or map collection).  For more information, please see .Avenzamaps Files
  • Custom Scheme (avenzamaps://, pdfmaps://) - Creates a clickable link that can be shared via email, messaging, etc. and will automatically prompt Avenza Maps to open when clicked
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