In this post we are going to explain you how to download and follow a track of a bike route. The fact of knowing new roads, landscapes and countries, makes us enjoy more, if possible, our favorite hobby. That is why knowing how to follow a track from a smartphone or Navigator has become so important. As you may know, we offer you in our site updated tracks to make bike routes through Gran Canaria on your own. So that, we will use one of our routes as an example to teach you how to download a track in .GPX file to your smartphone or navigator.
First step: download the track in .GPX
This is a file that will serve our mobile or navigator to indicate, on a map, the route we have to follow. They can contain lots of data, stopping points, photos, junctions and more that could be useful. But the reality is that with just the way, it is enough.
How to download a track .gpx from your mobile or smartphone?
As you could see in the previous photo, there is a button where it is said “descargar” and the file will be downloaded. We can open this file with the app Guru Maps. We should have this app previously downloaded. So that, you will be able to open that file and follow it.
REMEMBER that it is absolutely essential to download the App Guru Maps BEFORE opening the .GPX file.
How to follow the track from Guru Maps?
Once we have opened the .GPX file, the route map and other relevant data will appear on the screen: duration, accumulated altitude, etc. In order that Guru Maps starts guiding us (with voice), we will have to press the symbol of the arrow in the form of “S”. In this way, the app will begin to act as if it were a car’s navigator. In fact, if we are not en route, it will tell us the closest point to start it from where we are.
How to download a track .GPX from the laptop?
In this case it is much easier, since we will directly press download and the file will be saved on our computer. This file will have to be transferred to the device with which we are going to follow the track. If it is a mobile, we can do it by instant messaging (Telegram, WhatsApp) or by mail. And then follow the steps to open the .gpx file that we discussed a few lines above with Guru Maps.
How to upload a .GPX track to my navigator?
In this case, the most normal thing will be to use the application that we have installed on the computer of the navigator device that we have. For example, for Garmin you can upload the tracks from the Garmin Base Camp. The first thing I do is drag the .GPX file into my collection. In this way we already have the route in the computer application.
The next step is to connect the Garmin to the computer until it appears on the application screen. At that moment we drag the track that we want to pass to the Garmin navigator on the icon of our device. And that is!
How to follow a track with a Garmin Edge navigator?
Then you have 4 screenshots on how to select a track that we have imported into our Garmin Edge, in the case of the photo, it is the 830 model.
Garmin Edge 830
The device that I just showed you is the Garmin Edge 830, which Jorge has been using for almost a year and the truth is that he is very happy with it.
We hope this post about How to follow a track with your mobile phone helped you and you can follow our routes in a comfortable way. Share it with whoever may be interested! And don’t forget to take a look at our latest posts in our blog!