FAQs

I have an Android. Can you please make an app for that?

Yes, we are working on it! Please remember this is a nonprofit volunteer run organization and finding money to buy software and phones to build and test apps takes time. If you have an old Android phone you are willing to donate, or are able to help developing this app, please contact us.

In the mean time, you are able to import the places in iOverlander into your Android phone using other apps. You won’t be able to check-in or edit our places, but you can still view them on maps and find your next destination. We recommend the offline map program Locus or OsmAnd. You’ll need to download one these apps and then download the maps for the countries you are visiting. Locus gives you 3 free map downloads and then you need to purchase maps (the cost is less than $1 for most maps). OsmAnd allows 10 free downloads before you’ll need to start purchasing, but again, the cost is minimal. After you have the app and maps installed, download the places from iOverlander as a GPX file. See the FAQ below for instructions on how to do this. Then simply transfer our GPX file to your phone an import it into OsmAnd or Locus. Note that with Locus you will be able to view the full description of the place, in OsmAnd you are only able to view the name of the place. Both have excellent offline map viewing and navigating features.

I noticed mistakes in some places, how do I submit corrections?

In order to make edits to a place, you will need to check-in. After submitting your check-in (a comment and date you visited), you’ll be prompted to make edits to the listing. Because we want to make sure your information is the most up-to-date, you can only make edits if you were the most recent visitor to the place. Each individual page listing contains a link to check-in. Or you can go through the process of creating a new check-in. You can also check-in from the iPhone app. Note: You will need to register for the site before you can check-in.

I know of a place that isn’t listed on your site. How do I add it?

  1.  Go to the Check-in or Add New Place page.
  2. Enter the GPS coordinates at the top of the page, or navigate to it on the map. Click the big “Add New Place” button.
  3. Enter all the details and submit.

If you have a lot of places to add, consider setting up a bulk import. More information on bulk importing.

I just added a place, but it’s not showing up on the map. What gives?

All new places may take up to 24 hours to show up on the map. To increase the speed of the site, the points on the map are only cached once per day. If you added a place with the iPhone app, make sure that your phone has synchronized the data. Go to Settings, then Synchronize, then look at the bottom of the screen under My Data. The status should say “completely synchronized.”

How do I mark a place as closed or non-existent?

Locate the place on the map. Click the “Check-in” link. In the comments of the check-in leave a note as to why the place is closed, and if it permanent or temporary (if you know). Submit the check-in. On the next screen you are asked to make corrections to the listing. Change the field OPEN: to NO. If you don’t change this field the place will not be marked closed!

How do I download all of the places in a GPX or CSV format?

There are two ways to download points:
1. Download the points by country on this page: http://app.ioverlander.com/countries/places_by_country
2. Do a search on this page: http://app.ioverlander.com/places/search After the search is complete, at the top of the page, underneath the header “### Places Found” it says “Download these results as GPX | JSON | CSV | XLS.” Click one of the links to download you search results.

What do all of the icons on the map mean?

On the top right corner of the homepage there is a button that says “Show Legend.” Click the button and then select an icon on the left to view the category description on the right side.

How do I download OpenStreetMaps?

The easiest way to download OSM is to go to the site http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/
There is a great step-by-step tutorial here: http://songoftheroad.com/2013/10/gps-mapping/

There are other open source maps available online, depending where you are traveling they may be better than OSM. Here is a list of maps for the Pan-American: The best FREE GPS maps for Central and South America

Is iOverlander a corporation? Are you going to sell my data or start charging me to use the site?

iOverlander is a nonprofit, meaning any money we earn or that is donated goes to paying for the costs of hosting and maintaining the site. We intend to keep it free for overlanders forever, although expect us to eventually ask for donations, because it’s not free to host website and list iPhone apps. But no, we aren’t in this to make money, especially off overlanders! We do not intend to sell any of the data, but we do request ownership of it so that we can share it. For example, we’re going to give all of these POI to other mapping companies like Cenrut and OSM, so all the points will already be on your GPS maps, but in order to do that we must have the rights to the user submitted data. Here are the Terms & Conditions of Use.