onXmaps

Instructions for onXmaps Apps on the iPhone and iPad Devices

Basic App Instructions

Getting Started: Purchasing A Membership Through the App

  1. Get the App: There are three (3) ways to acquire our HUNT App. Please select one of the options below and follow the directions to install the app onto your mobile device.

    Scan the QR code below with your iPhone or iPad to install our HUNT App.

    QR Code to scan.

    Search in the App store for 'onXmaps' using your iPhone or iPad. When conducting your search, look for an icon similar to the one below.

    HUNT App

    Click on the Apple Store Badge while using your iPhone or iPad. This will take you to the iTunes store, where you may download the app directly onto your mobile device.

    Apple Store Badge
  2. Open the onX HUNT App using your iPhone or iPad
  3. 'Accept' the disclaimer and 'Allow' the app to use your location so the app can utilize the GPS
  4. You may now zoom into your state and view our Free Hunt Area boundaries for the state you are in or the state you have chosen to view
  5. Select 'Layers' and note there are other valuable layers that are not available in the free app, such as 'Private Parcels' with Land Owner Names
  6. Choose an inactive layer without an orange border
  7. If you are ready to join to a Full state membership, select 'subscribe now' and purchase a membership through in-app purchase (Note: You may be asked for your iTunes account password. This is your password set up with Apple and has NOTHING to do with our app or customer management systems.)
  8. Once the purchase is complete, go back to the 'Map' view and select 'Layers'
  9. Choose your state from the dropdown menu
  10. Select 'Done' and the map layers will automatically load
  11. Select 'Map' to get back to your Map view and zoom in to view the map layers in your favorite area.
  12. 'Create an account' to use other features (example: 'Markups'). Simple select 'Markups' from the map screen and you will be prompted to create an account (If you are a long time customer, login with your email and password you use to access our website's 'My Maps' area)

Getting Started: Purchased App Through Our Website Already

  1. Get the App: There are three (3) ways to acquire our HUNT App. Please select one of the options below and follow the directions to install the app onto your mobile device.

    Scan the QR code below with your iPhone or iPad to install our HUNT App.

    QR Code to scan.

    Search in the App store for 'onXmaps' using your iPhone or iPad. When conducting your search, look for an icon similar to the one below.

    HUNT App.

    Click on the Apple Store Badge while using your iPhone or iPad. This will take you to the iTunes store, where you may download the app directly onto your mobile device.

    Apple Store Badge
  2. Open the onX HUNT App using your iPhone or iPad
  3. 'Accept' the disclaimer and 'Allow' the app to use your location so the app can utilize the GPS
  4. Select 'Settings'
  5. Push the 'Login' button
  6. Login with the email address and password that you used when you registered for your order (If you are a long time customer, login with your email and password you use to access our website's 'My Maps' area)
  7. Go back to the 'Map' view and select 'Layers'
  8. Choose the state you have purchased a membership for from the dropdown menu (If you have purchased multiple states, they will load into your layers list automatically. If these states are not visible, refresh your layers list)
  9. Select 'Done' and the map layer will automatically load
  10. Select 'Map' to get back to your Map view and zoom in to view the map layers in your favorite area

Turning On And Off Layers:

You can turn on and off map layers by selecting the 'Layers' menu button. Within the layers menu, you have data supplied by us 'onX Layers', and Basemap Layers. Turn Layers on and off by tapping the layer’s icon or the layer’s text (The layer’s icon will highlight orange when the layer is turned on). Turn Layers on and off and adjust certain layer’s transparency using the transparency slider to get a custom look and feel of the data you need to see.

Certain Layers are loaded at specific zoom levels, so if you don’t see the detail you are looking for, zoom in. If you still don’t see the data you are looking for, make sure that layer is turned on in the layers list.

GMU Layers: Many states have GMU or Hunt Area data for many different species. To select a specific species, expand the GMU layers list by selecting the drop down arrow, then select the species you are interested in or turn on that specific layer. Note: You may only view one species data at a time.

Switching Basemaps:

You can switch Basemaps from the Map View screen by selecting a Basemap from the drop-down menu in the upper right hand corner of the screen. You can also select Basemaps by going to the 'Layers' menu and tapping the Basemap of choice from the list of Basemaps.

Feature Selection:

While using the map you may want to find out more information about a specific ranch property or maybe you are curious what a specific color or feature on the map represents. Simply press and hold on that feature to get a list of all the layers that are represented at the point on the map. This is also the method used to query the Section number at any point on the map, or figure out which GMU number you are in at any point on the map.

My Location And Compass Modes:

There are 2 modes within the app to help you navigate the maze of public and private properties. ‘My Location’ mode is very similar to how a standard GPS unit displays your location on the map. As you move the map will automatically pan to keep your location centered on the map. Enter ‘My Location’ mode by selecting ‘My Location’ from the main map screen. The ‘My Location’ icon will be highlighted to indicate that you are in ‘My Location’ mode. If you pan, zoom, or select a feature of the map you will automatically exit ‘My Location’ mode.

Enter ‘Compass’ mode by selecting the ‘My Location’ button twice. Compass mode will follow you as you move, just as in ‘My Location’ mode, but in addition to that, it will also show you the direction you are pointing your smart phone and rotate the map accordingly. This can be very useful while trying to get your bearings when trying to locate certain properties or property owners.

Marking Waypoints and Geotagging Photos as Waypoints: Just like a normal GPS unit you can mark waypoints to log certain locations. From the main map screen select ‘Markups’, then select ‘point’, and then ‘Current Location’ to drop the waypoint at your current location. Select ‘OK’, and then ‘Back’, and then select ‘Yes’ when it asks you if you want to save changes or your markups will be lost. Similarly, you can take a photo to mark waypoints, draw lines or polygons on the map, or measure distances and acreages by drawing lines or polygons on the map.

Caching Maps Before You Head Into The Field (iOS)

If you have never tried to create a map cache, you should. Many hunting areas in the West have very little 3G coverage or no cellular data coverage at all. To use the maps in these areas you need to have cached the map tiles (saved the maps to your phone) for these areas before you leave cellular coverage.

How To Cache Map Tiles (iPhone)

  1. Push the 'Layers' menu and turn on the layers you are interested in caching (only the basemap you currently have selected will be cached, so if you want more than one basemap, you need to cache again with the other basemap selected). Note: Some basemaps are not allowed to be cached. These basemaps do NOT display the note 'Available for offline use'.
  2. Select the 'Offline Cache' button. You should now see a green grid on the map. Note: iPad users simply select the ‘Offline Cache’ button within the toolbar on the map screen.
  3. Tap the tiles you are interested in to highlight them in green (this indicates you have selected those tiles). Tap unwanted tiles again to de-select them.
  4. Push the 'Download' button and then select 'OK' to download the selected tiles.
  5. Create a name like "Tabletop Mountain" to describe your cached area so it is easy to find for the future, or leave the default date and time stamp name if you choose.
  6. Select 'Start Downloading'. Note: There are two (2) sizes of tiles you can cache, depending on how far you are zoomed in. If you want detailed imagery or topography of an area, you need to download the smaller tiles (each tile is about one (1) square mile). The larger tiles are much bigger (over 2,000 square miles) and will give you a good overall picture of an area, but they will not allow you to zoom way in to view smaller details, such as finding a meadow or smaller parcel land owner names. These tiles take up much less storage space on your device.

Recommendations

  • When caching tiles of the map, we recommend using a WiFi internet connection. Map tiles are many megabytes of data, so using your cellular data internet connection could cause you to exceed your monthly data plan limits.
  • Make a statewide map cache of the larger tiles of the areas you frequent in your state, or maybe even your entire state.
  • Make sure your phone is plugged in if you are doing a statewide or otherwise large cache.
  • You can force the app to use your cached maps by setting the app to 'Field Mode' (or by turning off cellular data and Wifi within the settings of your smart phone—advanced users only). You may find yourself in an area with only one (1) or two (2) bars of cellular network coverage. The map may try to load the map layers over the cell data network, but this may take a long time (you may see the loading 'spinning wheel' icon for over a minute). Hopefully, you have cached your maps before you travelled into this area.


Areas of little or no cellular data coverage - 'Using Field Mode'

Field Mode is a way for you to force the app to use your cached maps when you are in an area of 1 or 2 bars of cellular data coverage. If you are in an area with no cellular data coverage, the app will automatically load maps from your offline cache, but if you are in an area of little coverage, the app may try to load the map layers over the cell data network, which can be slow (you may see the loading 'spinning wheel' icon for over a minute). Use Field Mode to force the app to use the maps you have cached if you are experiencing slow loading times. Field Mode will also help save battery in areas of no cellular coverage.

To Switch To 'Field Mode' within the app, select 'Menu', then turn Field Mode 'On' with the slider.

Alternatively, you can force the app to use your cached maps by turning off cellular data and Wifi within the settings of your smart phone—advanced users only.



Tricks To Save Battery / Battery Life

If you are in an area of little or no cell coverage, you can save battery life by turning off your cellular data and wifi. You can do this through your phone's settings.

Support

Due to the development, maintenance, and server costs of the app, we encourage customers to read our instructions and FAQs before calling our busy, Montana-based customer service team. Please make sure you have searched our Knowledge Base and FAQ's to help answer your question or submit a support ticket through this Knowledge Base. If you can't find the answer to your question, please call us at 406-540-1602.