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Troubles & Questions / audio coach - Energy?
April 20, 2017, 23:02:08
Can't find any details about the new 'energy' variable in the fantastic audio coach.

Is this kcal burned and if so where is it getting its calculations from?

Hope I've got this in the right forum folks.

Looking to buy a heart rate monitor and would love it to feedback to locus.

Does anyone know if the mi band works as I can't find it on the compatibility test list.

Thinking of getting it from eBay:
Look at this on eBay

Any help appreciated, thank you so much.
Sorry if I'm missing something simple,  but I walked and recorded my track today but was gutted to discover that Locus stopped logging and acquiring a GPS lock when the screen was off / sleeping / locked.
This meant turning on the screen got a new lock which drew a straight line between that and the previous lock which was obviously incredibly inaccurate to what I'd  walked.
I'm using the presets walking profile to log but just can't figure out why this is happening.

I'd appreciate anyone giving some advice please as I feel I've overlooked something.
Thanks in  advance
Troubles & Questions / Recalculating not working.
November 03, 2015, 22:09:15
Running 3.12.2

I had to factory reset my phone, so re-installed Locus and restored my settings etc.

The only problem I've had for weeks though is a very annoying one... the route won't recalculate.  It won't do it automaticly when I'm out of my safe zone, and it won't do it by pressing the recalculate button either.

Its really frustrating and annoying whilst driving but I'm guessing this isnt an actual app issue as I can't see anyone else reporting this.

Would really appreciate some help please.
Thanks in advance.

November 03, 2015, 22:26:53
Hang fire...
I've just found a new setting that lets the route recalculate in 2 different ways.  I've set that up now as it wasnt in the previous version so when the setting were restored it didn't select it.
I'll test it again tomorrow and feedback.  ;D

November 06, 2015, 10:10:16
Yep, it was the new setting in the new version that went unnoticed by me.
I've now used the new setting and recalculation works fine.
I'm using the Vector map of a nearby city centre but it contains hundreds and hundreds of bus stop icons that simply clog up the screen. Its the same with alot of the icons.  For example... if I zoom out I get lots and lots of 'church' icons and if I zoom in a little to see the roads better I get around 30 bus stops icons messing up the screen as I'm trying to see the roads.

I know the POI new beta feature exists but I havent got anything as viewable - it just seems all the POIs of the Vector are getting shown by default.

If I zoom out of a map to see the local area with roads etc etc and my route of walking, well, I cant see anything really as the map is awash with road numbers and other icons.

Is there any way of turning all these things off please as I'm confused and my eyes feel like they are having to work overtime just to see the map beneath all the icons.

Thanks in advance everyone.   :)
Troubles & Questions / 0.00 instead of 0.0 readout?
February 03, 2015, 17:57:27
Does anyone know if there is any way to get the dashboard and final tracked distance to read as (for example) 3.74 instead of 3.7

Sometimes when I'm hiking and lets say the distance is 7.9 miles.... I am always unsure how far I need to walk to push the logged distance to 8 miles.  If the readout was (for example) 7.91 then I'd have a better idea how many more steps to take to reach my 8 miles target.

Thanks in advance  :)
What crashes?
Over the past few weeks I've had Locus crash a few times whilst I have been tracking recording, and unlike previously Locus is not restarting itself (as a service or not as a service) and so if remained unchecked I lose a huge amount of tracked walking - much to my anger.

Well your device must be rubbish then
Not so, I don't have the best Android phone but the Moto G has enough free storage space on it and with 1 GB of RAM that should be fine too.

You say unlike previous Locus versions, what do you mean?
I have a beep set in Locus that happens when it obtains a GPS signal.  Now, what used to happen on this and other phones was that Locus would crash but would then instantly restart with the track recording paused.  But because it restarted itself and would immediately find a GPS signal it would beep and I'd suddenly know it had crashed and restarted at which point I would unpause the track recording and all would be fine without missing any of the track recording.  But... it doesnt do that anymore.

Surely you have RAM heavy apps running that shouldnt be?
Yes and No.
When out walking/hiking I have been listening to Google Music app on Android and every so often check the internet for a moment using Cheetah Browser.  Apart from that I only have Locus running although the way the Android system works - there is alot of RAM constantly being taken up at the same time

So you are running out of RAM then?
Quite possibly.
So I have been monitoring things very carefully.
On my phone, the background services and everything else use about 75% of the RAM leaving about 210mb free it seems (approx).
The 3 main culprits of high RAM use are Locus Pro, Nova Launcher and Cheetah Browser.
I obviously cant help that Locus Pro is using alot of RAM and despite Nova using about 50mb I use that launcher as it is a vast improvement over stock.  But as for Cheetah browser, well I simply don't use it whilst Locus is open as that too gobbles up about 50mb and for a lightweight simple browser is quite heavy on RAM use.

So how do you actually minimize your chances of Locus crashing?  Tell me.
I've now downloaded a new music app which is easier on the RAM and have a widget called Free Memory Plus on my homescreen all the time so I can constantly see what RAM is free.  I don't use other apps whilst logging tracks and I certainly don't browse the internet.  The main thing I have found however is to swipe closed all the apps in your recent apps listing.

The recent apps listing wont help though surely?
It certainly does.
I have tested alot of things and one thing is for certain, using a task or app killer is pointless as alot of apps just restart even without being used.  It is like fighting a losing battle using task killers that are automatic or manual and hasnt helped me at all.
Also, its not worth going into the setting and apps to manually 'stop' the apps as that doesnt seem to help much either as apps still restart and some cant be stopped at all.
Now, I just thought that swiping away the recent apps was simply that.... swiping them away.  But although how this function works is open to much interpretation, I have done some reading and tested it a few times.
For example, I've just used some regular apps like camera, phone dailer, photos etc etc and my free memory widget is reading: 21% 187mb free.
I've just swipe closed all those few recent apps and the widget for free RAM instantly changed to: 25% 214mb free.
Thats not a huge different but its a very quick and safe way of rescuing some RAM and giving as much as possible to Locus Pro to use.

Thats helps I suppose, but have you anymore tips?
Apps that run in the background like Facebook, Whatsapp, BBC Weather etc etc all use RAM and reduce what you have to play with.  You can go into SETTINGS > APPS and then swipe to the 'running' list to see what apps are using.  For example, I have just noticed that Chess With Friends app is constantly running and is taking up 18mb of RAM.  Dont get this confused with space it takes up on your phone memory as that is 37.62mb. It is actually constantly using 18mb of RAM and I hardly use that app these days so I've just uninstalled it along with another app and with then swiping shut the 'setting' app from the recently used listing my RAM widget is now reporting 30% 261mb free.  Great!
Its also a good idea to reboot your phone around once a week I find too so that anything that is stuck or being problematic behind the scenes that you don't know about can be terminated.  And not in a hasta la vista baby way. ha ha ha

So, has Locus stopped crashing for you?
I think so.
I've recently been keeping a close eye on what is running and I'm swiping closed all the things I use whilst Locus is running  so they dont appear in the recently used listing.  I can honestly say that will a little thought and consideration - I havent had a crash in Locus since acting on all of the above.   That said however, if you have a 2 GB RAM phone you might think that is the answer to all things and it may well be, but unfortunately although I have one of the best phones released in 2013 - it isnt excessively powerful.  But hey, even if you have a 2 GB RAM phone... if you have tons of apps you dont use that keep starting up and running background services it is still going to eat into your RAM and you could be in the same position as me.

These are my experiences and tests and I hope it gives a little insight into what I've discovered as running/walking/biking/hiking and putting a great deal of effort into those hobbies can be disastrous if you think you've got it all logged but your app crashed an hour ago.  Locus is the greatest app ever made for any device and so this is why I have taken to the time to write this piece.
Ok, I've incorrectly made notes in Locus when Geocaching instead of making field notes.

The notes I have made for each cache are problematic as they are not able to be copied but I can press the 'upload' button.

With the great help of balloni55 in another thread I can now upload all okay, but when I upload a note it says the process was successful.... but where does it go? I can't find the note on the Geocaching website and have no idea where it was uploaded to?

Am I being foolish?
If you know why the note (not field note) has an upload option and where it goes I'd be grateful to know as I've looked at the manual and it states:
To write down your own note to geocache:

get to geocaching screen by tapping any cache on the map.
tap the button named Notes
You can use this feature for paperless geocaching.

What to make a note about?

For example:

the answer to a question of a stage
calculation formula
hints to remember
the shopping list for things you need on your next geocaching trip

But it doesnt actually tell you where it uploads to and how it can be accessed on the Geocaching website.

Thanks in advance.  :)
Hey all,
Just a little warning here that applies to all GPS navigation as I experienced something today within this awesome Locus Pro app that left me a little more attentive than normal.

Long story short, was navigating in Locus whilst driving (MapQuest setting) and suddenly realised that the next turning instruction was wrong.  In fact.... it was very wrong as it was trying to take me into the exit/off ramp of a UK motorway.  Now with traffic leaving the motorway at 70mph coming heading first at me in 2 lanes it would have been an extremely dangerous thing for me to have followed the navigation completely.  I knew the roads and knew straight away it was wrong, but just like most people who use sat nav, there have been many times I have not known the area and relied on the sat nav to some degree.  If this had happened on this occasion and despite there being 'no entry' signs on that turning, it could have gone quite wrong.

Now this is not a problem in Locus, but is a failing in the calculation of the route although I am a little surprised such a major error took place as I've never experienced anything in Sat Nav as bad as this throughout my whole time using various Sat Nav.

Yes, I once used TomTom and whilst on a straight motorway at 70mph it told me to turn left.  Completely silly.  Yes, I once , was directed down a road that was a cemetary and had no paths or roads wide enough for any 4 wheeled vehicle.... but this error in Sat Nav today made me want to just give a shout out to everyone as a reminder that although SatNav is amazing - keep your senses alive and use your eyes and ears for the road!


I'm getting the code 2: message not authorized error when I try to upload fieldnotes using the feildnotes addon.
There is nothing in the fieldnotes addon to put Geocaching username or password into and so I am presuming it used the Geocaching4Locus to send the info to the Groundspeak Geocaching website?

Well I'm logged in fine through Geocaching4Locus but just cant upload field notes as this error happens every time.  I've even updated to the brand new version of Locus and it still doesnt work.  Even uploading logs doesn't work despite having offline unticked in settings.

Have read:
but when I go into my device settings, apps, Locus - there is no data to clear.

Have now got the exporting of fieldnotes working so I can manually import into the Geocaching website, but the upload facility makes things waaaaay easier and so I'm really disappointed its not working.

Frustrated by this as this all used to work perfectly and I haven't a clue whats going wrong.

Would really appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance.
Troubles & Questions / Landscape mode not changing?
January 12, 2015, 14:50:44
Running Locus Pro 3.5.3 on my Tablet and Moto G phone, it doesn't change into Landscape mode when the device is turned.
My devices are both set to auto and other apps do change from portrait to landscape, and I've checked the locus Display settings to ensure I have 'all screens' checked and have also picked 'landscape mode' - but nothing happens.

Isn't there an auto somewhere which senses which orientation the device is being held at as I'm sure it used to just change if I held the device sideways.

Thanks in advance for any help.

I've just realised that if you change the display setting to Landscape - it does actually change it when Locus is restarted.
Is there no auto feature please?
Thank you.
Hi all,
I hope someone can give me an idea if this is possible as I can't find a way to do it myself.

Had Locus crash on me twice the other day whilst logging a walk although I am sure it was because I opened the browser and something just might have been memory hungry as Locus was fine for todays 5 mile walk.

But, when Locus used to crash it would restart itself immediately - but doesn't seem to do so this time despite me trying the keep Locus running as a service option in the settings.

Ideally what I'd like is an audible notification from Locus every half a mile so that I know its still running and logging as my nightmare is that I do a great walk but Locus crashes and so I dont have a log of it.

Now I've looked in the guiding setting but can't find anything specific and would really like a way for Locus to just give me a beep or reminder every so often so I know its running fine without having to take out my phone and look at it.

The perfect thing would be for Locus to speak the distane and a few other stats via text to voice every so often and I'm a little surprised this option isnt already built in as thats now car driving navigation works (I think lol).

Anyway, I hope I've explained this okay and would appreciate any advice or suggestions from anyone.

Thanks in advance.
Troubles & Questions / All maps are faded - problem
December 12, 2014, 19:31:20
Hi All.

Have just updated Locus Pro to the brand new version 3.5.0 but have a strange problem.

All maps are faded and faint.

I mean, all online, offline, cached and vector maps seem to have a white haze over them making them all faded and hard to see.

I have no idea why this has happened.

Anyone any ideas about this please?

Thanks in advance.

Great updates to Locus Pro recently, but I cant find 2 settings that I used to like.

1.There used to be a setting to apply a certain sound to when GPS fix was lost and one to apply when GPS fix was found again.  Now there are just 2 'on off' toggles and no option to set the sound.  How come please?

2.Where has the notify on distance sound option gone as I cant find anything at all like it.  I used to be able to set a custom sound so that when I was 250m away from a geocache that I was being guided to, I could put Locus in my pocket and just wait for the sound to announce I was 250m close... but that whole option seems to have gone now?
This is what I am talking about.... its all gone from the latest version?

Thanks for any advice.
Using Locus Pro 2.20.2 on Android Gingerbread.
Have got a JPEG, imported it into Map Calibrate section and set up 4 points which are all green and all within tolerance.
I have made the calibrated map and it appears in my Data screen under 'Items'.  I select it or import it and nothing happens.  The overlay of my JPEG doesnt appear on my map.
I have carefully followed the instructions on:
but if you look at the very last picture on that webpage... it shows the calibrated map sitting perfectly overlaid ontop of the regular map.... mine just doesnt appear and I've tried this over and over.

I made the calibrated map for a 5th time but this DIDN'T use the3 optimize map which it says in the app is 'highly recommended'.
It seems to have worked this time although the street names on the calibrated JPEG are completely unreadable as it seems to have knocked the image quality really down as the original image is big enough.
I have attached the original image for an opinion on it but as I say - every street name is just mush when used in Locus Pro.
Would be handy to know if the lack of using 'optimize map' is a bug or not?


Okay. I have just managed to figure it out myself and so hope my 3 posts on my thread help someone else.

The key to it is very important.... don't use any spaces when saving the calibrated map file name!

The optimize tickbox works well.  If you leave it ticked you will end up with a calibrated map of the same quality you imported as your JPEG.  But if you untick it, you will end up with a very low quality calibrated map in which certain aspects cannot be read.

So, all in all I've finally figured out this amazing feature.  Keep the optimized box ticked, ensure you have 4 green calibrated points and most of all do not use any spaces when saving your file name,

Hope that helps someone else.  Locus continues to amaze me.
I have the 'Length Units' set to Imperial (ft/mil) feet and miles and this is working fine for the readouts onscreen as I want my distances whilst navigation to be in feet.

The problem I have is the voice is reading things out in 'yards'

Is the speech output always in yards no matter what please?

Hi Menion (and all)

Great updates to Locus by the way! :-)

Just something that is annoying to me, its not a bug but it is very annoying because my phone is a Wildfire S and only has a 3" screen.

When navigating I have the settings so that the screen sleep until it gets to a navigation instruction which causes it to wake.  So far, that works fine - except when it wakes it displays all the sidebars and panels which means I can hardly see the turn on the map. 

Now, I have sidebars and panels set to appear for 15 seconds as that means I can use them before navigation, but I obviously dont use them whilst driving and during navigation and so it is annoying that they appear when the screen wakes for a navigation instruction as I really cant see much when they appear and the phone is in landscape.

Just wondering if there was any way to stop them appearing on wakeup unless the user manual wants to see them by touching the screen as per usual.

Thanks. :-)
Have been using Locus Pro for years on my Android phone but have now put it on my Android tablet (ICS) but am having a big problem.

The tablet is only a cheap MID non-branded tablet without GPS or bluetooth but it works perfectly and I don't have any problems with it.

For some reason though Locus wont look up addresses.

When I long press on a road it does the address search (because I enabled that option) but it says no address found.
The same thing happens when I try to do a simple search for an address or location - it instantly tells me it cant find the address.

The online maps work etc etc so its seeing the internet.

I have no idea why this is happening as Google maps looks up addresses ok and so do other apps - its just Locus Pro that wont do anything when it comes to searching for or long pressing on a location to find its address.

Any ideas please?
I wanted something a bit larger and easier to see whilst I am out walking and so have made an icon to be placed in the cursors directory of Locus.

The icon replaces the default view icon and is alot larger and very high in colour making it much easier to see under bright sunlight.

I also thought it would be a good idea to put a graphic of an 'eye' on the icon but did this only as a bit of fun but was quite happy with how it looked and so decided to leave it.

For anyone wishing to make these icons please refer to:

Note that if you want to use my icon with a set of others your have downloaded you will need to unzip both sets and then rezip into one singular zip file before placing it within Locus.

HI all,

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place.

Does anyone know if a custom Icon can be made for the 'show view' in the map settings.

Show view is the one that has the orange field of view to show which direction you are facing but I would like something a bit bigger.

Any info would be greatly appreciated - thank you all.