Table of contents
- How to install the RouteYou App
- How does the RouteYou App work?
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- The RouteYou app is technically a PWA
You will not find the app in the Apple store but you can/must install it directly via the mobile website.
Doesn't it work via the button above? Read here how to install the app if there are any problems.
Watch the videotutorial or read the information further below.
Install the RouteYou app on your phone in 3 steps:
- STEP 1: Go to the RouteYou website on your mobile. You can do this as follows:
- If you are already reading this on your mobile, click this link.
- Or, open Google on your phone and search for "RouteYou". Select the RouteYou website from the list.
- STEP 2: You will now see the RouteYou website in your browser on your phone. Click on the main menu at the top left.
- STEP 3: At the bottom of the main menu you will find the item "Install the RouteYou app".
You now have a start button on your phone so you can easily start RouteYou with only one click.
If someone sends you a link of a route on RouteYou, then your phone will open it in the app without you having to do anything.
You no longer have to go to the Android Play Store or the Apple App store.
Pay attention! There is also an old RouteYou App. You can still use it. However, we recommend that you use the new version.
- If you follow these steps in Chrome on an android device, the RouteYou App is immediately installed on your phone. You will now find a RouteYou Icon on your phone (white background and green logo). This makes it very easy to use RouteYou next time. If you use Firefox you will receive instructions to install the app via an extra action.
- Click this link to check the instructions for an Apple device.
Having problems installing the RouteYou app? Please check this page.
The menu structure is just the same as what you are used to on your desktop. Only the screen is much smaller and narrower. So occasionally you will find some differences in the structure of your screen. For example, you get an extra button to display the map.
Watch this video on how to search for a route on your smartphone
Have you found or planned a route with the RouteYou? In the RouteYou app, you can immediately start the navigation:
- Go to the detail page of the desired route.
- Select the map icon under your route title.
- Click on the green start button at the bottom right.
Watch the following video to learn how to quickly create a route on your smartphone.
When starting (navigating) the route you only need to check "Record route". If you are not logged in, we will ask you to log in.
When you are ready, press stop. Automatically the route will be added to your account. Check "Search Routes" to quickly find your last created route.
If you have a route as GPX via another app you can also upload it to RouteYou.
A feature that comes in handy and that you will find on your RouteYou App as well as on your desktop, is "Last viewed". What you watched yesterday, while preparing on your desktop, you will find in you recently viewed list on your smartphone today. Usually you wish to do a route that you have viewed recently.
Found a nice route? You will also find the "Share route button" on the RouteYou App. Read more about that here.
The battery life of a smartphone is still a weak point in using the app on your smartphone. Escpecially when navigating, your battery life is consumed quite quickly.
That's because detecting a GPS signal (and thus determining your position) is a burden on your battery. Technically, this has to do with scanning the frequencies of the signals sent by the different satellites.
This is the case with all apps that use a GPS signal almost continuously. The RouteYou app is no different in that regard: the less your position is retrieved, the less battery consumption. When navigating, however, you do not want to wait 20 seconds before your position on the map changes, because then you may have already missed the turn.
Your phone will last for 4 to 5 hours with a full battery.
A good rule of thumb is that you use about 20% to 25% of your battery per hour when navigating with your smartphone. This is a guideline, the actual consumption also depends on the quality and age of your battery.
Be aware! If your battery power is running to its end, it will deteriorate faster than at the beginning. So if you start at a full 100%, you will be at 80% after about an hour. However, if you only have 20% battery at the start, you will probably be at the end of your battery after 45 min.
- Do not set the brightness of your screen too high.
- Turn off your screen if you don't need it. That way you can last a day with one charged battery.
- Turn off other apps you don't need.
- If you can, don't let your battery run out, because that's not good for your battery life.
- Always take a charging cable with you: if you take a break somewhere to eat for example, you can ask whether you can literally charge your battery.
- Battery packs or power banks are - off course- the solution Praces vary between 30 and 100 euros. You can find some good solutions here.
Specifically made GPS devices such as Mio, Wahoo, Garmin, ... usually last much longer than a day. Most of them allow you to change batteries, but with a charged GPS you can usually continue for several days. How come? Some tricks from the GPS bag of tricks:
- Your GPS processor is much less powerful than the one of your telephone. Don't forget that your current phone has a much more powerful processor than the first PC you ever bought. That is why it can do so many fantastic things like playing videos, taking beautiful pictures, teleconferencing, ... But all that comes at a cost. And that is not only the price of your phone but also that of energy. Your GPS and the additional processor have been chosen to do what it should do: navigate. It is not as multifunctional and less powerful, but it is much more energy efficient.
- Your GPS has a screen that consumes much less energy than the screen of your smartphone. As such, your smartphone has much nicer colors. Some GPS devices even have a passive screen.
- Finding which satellites send out a signal by scanning frequencies is also a high-energy affair. That is why many GPS devices have a frequency reference table that depends on your position and time. That table therefore knows that when you are at location LAT, LONG at time xx:xx, which satellites are "visible" for your GPS. So it doesn't have to check the frequencies of the satellites that aren't visible. As a result you can save some energy. But that trick can also be applied to your smartphone.
So it is give and take kind of thing.