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Favorites is one of the OsmAnd's features, that allows the user to make a kind of bookmarks (notes) on the map. By default, they are displayed in the form of yellow stars, though the app provides ample opportunities to customize Favorites using any colour, shape, and icon. They are grouped into a separate map layer, that become visible from the 6th zoom level.

Favorites introduction android

Favorite Pointโ€‹

View on the mapโ€‹

Favorites are grouped into one of the map layers. You can show or hide Favorites and their names on the map:

Favotires layer Android

Favorite Context menuโ€‹

Favorite's Context menu opens when you select it in My Favorites or tap on it on the map. In Favorite Context menu you can find information about chosen point, edit it, add a marker or use it for navigation.

Createโ€‹

The easiest way to create a new favorite is to choose (by short tap) the POI or a building on the map and in Map Context menu select Add. In that case all the information from POI will be added to a new favorite point.
You can also add a new favorite on any place on the map by long tap.

Favorite add menu Android

Here you can add: name, description, address for favorite.

Favorite add description Android

Select Favorite group (folder) for your favorite point or add new group (folder).

Favorite group Android

For adding new favorite group(folder), you need to add name, to select color. This color will be used for all new favorites added to the group by default.

Favorite new group Android

Next, you can select icon for your favorite from our list.

Favorite icon Android

After, you can choose color and shape for favorite icon.

Favorite color and shape Android

In Actions, you can replace another point with this. For Android, this Replace button repeats in up corner of Add favorite menu.

After creation, you can click Save button for saving new Favorite point or Cancel button for canceling point creation.

Favorite actions Android

Editโ€‹

To edit a Favorite point you need to short tap on chosen Favorite point.

After that, you need to choose Edit favorite button in Map Context menu.

'Edit favorite' menu opens. It's look like 'Add favorite' menu. But in Action part there is one more action - 'Delete' button. For Android, there is additional 'Delete' button in up corner of 'Edit favorite' menu.

Favorite edit Android

You can change name, description, address for chosen favorite, change or create new group for it, select another icon, color and shap, replace another point with this.

Favorites can be found using Search function of OsmAnd. The first lines of the search results will be from My favorites. In Android verson of the app you can also use Search in 'My Favorites' menu.

Favorite searching function Android

Manage Favoritesโ€‹

In order to open Favorites list go to:

Android Menu โ†’ My Places โ†’ Favorites

My places favorites android

Viewโ€‹

In My Places menu you can find not only Favorites but also function buttons and switchers. Using these toolse you can customize Favorites folders and points and import/export favorites data.

Favorites menu android

Order / Sortingโ€‹

The favorite folders and points are sorted alphabetically. The personal folder is at the very top.

Favorites folders android Favorites points order android

Note

In searching list Favorites is sorted by distance from the map center.

Searchโ€‹

Search function opens a points list of Favorites sorted by distance from map center on the device screen.

Searching menu Favorite android

Tap on ๐Ÿ” buttons opens search menu for Favorites. Tap on a chosen point opens Context menu of this point.

Searching menu Favorite android

Actionsโ€‹

Each Favorites folder containes one group of favorites. You can expand and collapse list of Favorite points for one group by tapping on a folder or on โˆง, โˆจ symbols (Android) and on >, โˆจ symbols (iOS). Each point from Favorite list has a name, distance and direction from your location.

Favorites folders expand android

Tap on any point from Favorite list shows it on the map and also opens Map Context menu for chosen point.

Favorites context menu ios

Tap on โ‹ฎ button (Android) opens special functions for a chosen Favorite folder.

Favorites folder functions android

Functions for Favorite folder:

  • ย Edit name - is used to change folder name.
  • ย Change color - is used to change folder color.
  • ย Show on map - display or not Favorite points from the folder on the map.
  • ย Add to map markers or Remove from 'Map markers' - add or remove all Favorite points from a folder in Map markers list.
  • ย Share - sharing Favorite points with other users (using Favorites.gpx file).
  • ย Button 'Cancel ' - close this menu.

At the bottom of the screen there are four Actions buttons.

Favorites actions android

Actions:

  • + - allows to import Favorites points (favorite.gpx) from device storage.
  • < - allows to export (share) all Favorites points as "favourite.gpx" file.
  • ๐Ÿšฉ - allows to add or to remove chosen Favorites points (folders) in Map markers list.
  • ๐Ÿ—‘ - allows to delete chosen Favorites points (folders).

Favorite Groupsโ€‹

Favorite Groups is folders with favorite points in 'My Favorites' menu.

Change colorโ€‹

Clicking to 'โ‹ฎ' button opens special functions for a chosen Favorite folder.

Favorites folder functions android

Functions for Favorite folder:

  • ย Edit name - changing folder name.
  • ย Change color - changing folder color.
  • ย Show on map - showing or not Favorite points from the folder on the map.
  • ย Add to map markers or Remove from 'Map markers' - add or remove all Favorite points from a folder in Map markers list.
  • ย Share - sharing Favorite points with other users (like Favorites.gpx file).
  • ย Button 'Cancel ' - close this menu.

Bulk moveโ€‹

Note

Only for iOS version.

Renameโ€‹

For changing Group (folder) name you need to tap on โ‹ฎ button to open special functions for a chosen Favorite folder.

Favorites folder functions android

Functions for Favorite folder:

  • ย Edit name - changing folder name.

Bulk deleteโ€‹

Favorites data (points and groups) can be deleted using bulk delete.

Tap on ๐Ÿ—‘ at the bottom of the screen. You can select points and groups and by tap on ๐Ÿ—‘ button in top right corner delete them.

Favorites actions android Favorites action delete android

Add to Map Markersโ€‹

You can add to or remove your favorites from Map markers list.

Tap on โ‹ฎ button (Android) opens special functions for a chosen Favorite folder (group).

Favorites folder functions android

Functions for Favorite folder:

  • ย Add to map markers or Remove from 'Map markers' - add or remove all Favorite points from a folder in Map markers list.

Special Favorites (Personal)โ€‹

"Personal" folder is a special folder for 'Home ' and 'Work ' points of Navigation Context menu. This folder doesn't have 'โ‹ฎ' button, because you can not change the parameters for this folder.

Favorites personal android

Export / Importโ€‹

OsmAnd provides ample opportunities to create backups of important data for future recovery. Favorites can be stored as a separate file in internal/external storage, uploaded to OsmAnd Cloud (only Pro) or sent to friends using instant messaging programs.

Favorites Backupโ€‹

After each edit of Favorites OsmAnd makes a backup file. This backups can be found using file manager programs.

To access the Favorites backup, you need to use third-party file managers.

Android โ†’ data โ†’ net.osmand โ†’ files โ†’ backup

Favorites autobackup android

caution

In the latest versions of Android, access to system directories is limited. However, after extracting the favorites file from the archive, it remains possible to forward it to messengers or cloud services etc.

Local folderโ€‹

You can export and import Favorites using Actions buttons at the bottom of the Favorites screen. Favorites.gpx file can be send to Dropbox, Email, messengers etc.
Favorites also can be imported from Favorites.gpx file using Import favorites or Open In OsmAnd function.

Favorites actions android

Actions:

  • + - allows to import Favorites (favorite.gpx) from the device storage.
  • < - allows to export (share) all your Favorites as "favorite.gpx" file.

Favorites shareโ€‹

A tap on โ‹ฎ button opens special functions menu for a chosen favorite folder. You can choose share and send Favorites.gpx file to your device's memory or to your friends via messengers.

Favorites folder functions android