There is no navigation app like Osmand. But it is quite complicated. So I made this write-up based on what I’ve learned over the past two years using it. I wrote it with people like myself in mind: navigating overland trips in third world countries.
Feel free to suggest changes, additions or to copy/paste.
Comment from NZGraham on 26 July 2014 at 10:34
Thanks for a great write-up Joost - very comprehensive. I had of course added Osmand to my recently purchased smartphone but definitely needed something like your guide to help me get the best out of it.
Please could you check the link in this sentence “make pretty travel maps like this one, you should activate “Logging services & Sleep Mode”. - it takes me here https://joostschouppe.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/using-osmand-on-the-road/umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/verlengd-weekend_8367 - a ‘missing page’ site.
Comment from Rps333 on 26 July 2014 at 12:49
Love OsmAnd+. Great job on how to use it.
Comment from joost schouppe on 26 July 2014 at 15:15
Graham, thanks for the heads up (and the kind words)! Link is fixed now.
Comment from primej on 27 July 2014 at 10:02
Thanks for such a nice write up. In one of my blog posts (http://primejyothi.blogspot.in/2014/07/OpenStreetMap.html Language : Malayalam) about OSM, I have given your write up as the reference for OsmAnd. Hope it is fine with you :)
Comment from nmixter on 30 July 2014 at 00:55
A great tutorial. Maybe you might want to link it from the OSM wiki software page. Osmand is a great ap for poiing (not in the dictionary yet but it should be - meaning to add points of interest to the map). For a true OSM experience, you can use a phone like the Motorolla Droid, which has a built in keyboard. Then it looks like you are a teenager walking around and texting when you walk through a shopping center trying to completely map it.