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How to work with elevation data in Locus?

Elevation data are necessary for many aspects of work with Locus:

Please do not confuse with current altitude that is obtained from GPS data together with values from the barometric pressure meter in your device (if applicable), see more >>. Current altitude values are also used for calculating elevation gain in recorded tracks.

Where to get them?

To use all features above, it is necessary to download elevation data. There are a few methods on how to get them:

Offline maps

LoMaps and other offline maps from our map partners offered in Locus Store in packages cover the whole World. Each map package contains elevation data that can be downloaded separately for free:

Creating or editing a point of interest

  • Add a new point of interest or open detail screen of an existing point located in the area that we want to cover with elevation data
  • find Elevation field and if it is empty, tap the button GET next to it

Group of points

  • select points (check them) in a desired point folder
  • tap More and Fill elevation in bottom panel

Track or route

  • open a track/route detail screen
  • tap More and Fill elevation in bottom panel

Custom elevation data sources

Map shading

Map or terrain shading serves better readability of the displayed terrain relief. Locus offers three modes:

  • hill shading - simulating covering of the landscape by sun shade
  • slopes - highlighting slope gradients of >30°, >35° and >40
  • colored elevation - elevation levels are differed by colors (e.g. lowlands are green, mountains brown).


Go to Settings > Maps > Advanced > Map shading > Enable (select which type of map should display the shading)

More about map shading settings >>

manual/faq/how_to_add_map_shading.txt · Last modified: 2023/05/05 12:11 by mstupka