Create GPX Course on Your Phone: Garmin Connect Alternative

by | How Tos

Creating a custom route for your next hike or run with Garmin Connect can be a real pain since Garmin doesn’t offer proper topographical maps, which are essential for this purpose. In this quick tip, you’ll learn how to easily create a custom course on your phone with a 3rd party route planner app Mapy.cz, and import it to Garmin Connect.

To Create a Custom Route on Your Phone

  1. Install and open the Mapy.cz app (available both for iPhone and Android).

When planning a course from your current location

  1. Select the endpoint 1. by long-pressing your desired destination or using the search bar.
  2. Tap “Directions 2. to review the route.
  3. Select your preferred way of transportation 3..
  4. If you want to add a stop, pull up to the bottom menu 4., tap the plus sign 5., and search for the location, or select a “Point from map” 6. by dragging the map around and placing the red pin on the desired location 7.. To confirm your selection, tap “Done” 8..
  5. To export the route to Garmin Connect, scroll down and tap onExport 9.. From the list of apps, select Garmin Connect 10.. If not visible, go to••• More” and find it there. Done!

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to import GPX to Garmin Connect, click here.

When planning a course from a different than your current location

  1. Click on the hamburger menu 1. -> “Directions 2..
  2. Select your preferred way of transportation 3..
  3. Tap on the start field 4.. Search for the location or select aPoint from map 5. by dragging the map around and placing the red pin at your desired starting point 6.. To confirm your selection, tapDone 7..
  4. Tap on the second field 8. and search for a location or select aPoint from map 9..
  5. If you want to add a stop, pull up the bottom menu 11., tap the plus sign, and search for a location or select a “Point from map”.
  6. To export the route to Garmin Connect, scroll down and tap onExport 12.. From the list of apps, select Garmin Connect 13.. If not visible, go to••• More” and find it there. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to import GPX to Garmin Connect, check my other article.

Tip: In the Outdoor section, you can choose the preferred routes the navigation will use. I recommend using the “Tourist” option for hiking, which uses routes with waymarking. The Fast option will find the shortest path to your destination but often uses less maintained and more difficult trail paths.

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Hey there, I’m Kuba! I’m a runner and a geek, and this blog is where those two worlds collide. If you’re interested in getting the most out of your smartwatch in your workouts, then you’ve come to the right place.

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