OnX questions?

Discussion in 'Maps, GPS and Google Earth' started by engineer40, Apr 1, 2019.


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  1. engineer40

    engineer40 Well-Known Member

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    I grew up in the country on property. Plus my dad lives across the street from 7,200 acres of Federal land in the Manistee National Forest in Michigan. Since I grew up there, I know that area well. Now a days I'm wanting to explore other parts of my state's public land.

    I downloaded OnX yesterday. It seems great!

    After my trial period, I'm going to buy the Premium membership. Is the Premium+Chip option only for handheld GPS's, and not for cell phones? I just want to make sure I won't be losing functionality that I'm seeing now during my trial phase with the app.

    I understand that I can download maps in areas I plan to visit if I'm uncertain if that area has cell coverage. If I don't have cell service and I download the map, will the GPS function of a modern cell phone be as good as a dedicated handheld GPS? Asked another way, do cell phones use their data coverage for GPS or do they have another built in GPS?

    Thanks!
     
  2. vanhornsky

    vanhornsky Well-Known Member

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    The cell phones have built in gps. It is more accurate with cellular but not required. The files get large make sure you have enough space. I would also download on wifi the chips are for the garmin gps units. Think static upload. The ownership is updated here and there on the inx map.
     
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  3. engineer40

    engineer40 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome. That's what I thought. Thank you!
     
  4. kvw4x4

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    onx is awesome, make sure you download everything you need before you head into the mountains nothing worse then loosing service and not being to a location you have downloaded
     
  5. manitou

    manitou Well-Known Member

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    If you buy the chip for your gps, the download for your phone comes with it. I strongly prefer my phone as the colors and detail are better. I carry the gps as a back up but seldom use it. Used on western hunts, i don't lose signal often, but when I do I use my downloaded map sections. Run your phone in airplane mode it will save a lot of battery useage. I also carry a backup battery charger which will charge my phone 3-4 times but seldom need it. Western hunting, I am in and out of the truck enough to throw the charger on it between hunts.
     
  6. claybreaker

    claybreaker Well-Known Member

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    Many factors apply but many of us carry some type on extra power to recharge your phone. I would highly recommend some alternate power source you on going to be away from your regular power source for a few days.

    Be Safe,
     
  7. rdsii64

    rdsii64 Well-Known Member

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    I use it on my ipad and love it. Make sure you cache your maps for off line use.
     
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  8. Hubby45

    Hubby45 Well-Known Member

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    I have it on my Garmin 650 in a chip and love it. I need to pay up and get it in an app now.
     
  9. KyleC

    KyleC Well-Known Member

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    What I like about OnX on my phone is the fact that even if I didn't download the map, I can still use it like a GPS and mark waypoints etc.
     
  10. Chris76

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    OnXhunt is the best app I have downloaded. In Pa it’s hard to get land to hunt so I have even used it to ask permission to hunt land. Love it
     
  11. MASH

    MASH Well-Known Member

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    With out a doubt this app is awesome. Like a few others have said just download the maps for the areas you will be while you have service. I used this last year elk hunting and even with no service it tracked our routes and location spot on with any issues.
     
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  12. Lompoc

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    Hi sorry for jumping your tag will onxhunt show military installation like fort Hunter Liggett n central California ty
     
  13. Plinker147

    Plinker147 Well-Known Member

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    Yes it shows military, Onyx on phone is a must, one of the best tools out there
     
  14. Lompoc

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    Cool ty I have the trial version but it expired won't be able to go hunting till next season I hope