We are currently working on a new user interface to simplify the process of generating and adding custom background maps to Mapeo. Once the new functionality is complete, we will include full instructions on this page.
Adding a background map to Mapeo currently requires navigating the File Manager on your smartphone and copy-pasting elements in the internal file system. A mistake in this process could cause irreversible undesired effects.
Unlock the screen of the smartphone and connect the device to a computer using a USB cable. Tap the Charging this device via USB notification. Under "Use USB for," select File Transfer.
On Mac computers, you will need to have Android File Transfer installed to view and transfer files to your Android phone.
For troubleshooting with transferring files to your Android device from a computer, see the Android Help page here.
On your computer, locate and copy the contents of the Mapeo background map package
Mapeo background maps will often be shared as a compressed file(.zip). If your background map is a .zip file, double-click the file to unzip it.
A Mapeo background map consists of several folders and files that need to be copied into the file system of Mapeo Mobile. Standard vector background maps for Mapeo will contain the file elements listed below - 3 folders and 2 files.
Raster background maps will contain different files and folders than those pictured above. Raster tile background maps for Mapeo consist of one folder (tiles) and one file (style.json).
Select and copy all of the elements found inside your background map folder.
Paste the background map elements onto your smartphone
Once you have copied the contents of the background map folder, use the computer to browse through your smartphone to the correct folder within the Mapeo Mobile file system.
Click on Internal Shared Storage, then on Android, data, com.mapeo. Then click on files, then on styles, and finally on default. Paste the background map elements into the default folder.
The complete path of the default folder where you will paste the map elements is Internal Shared Storage/Android/data/com.mapeo/files/styles/default
Restart Mapeo Mobile
Restart the Mapeo Mobile app. The new background map will appear on the home Map screen.
Loading a new background map for the first time in Mapeo Mobile can take