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Default search in Locus Map is Google powered online search of addresses. Nevertheless, Locus offers more searching methods and databases (tap in the top bar):
Locus remembers your last used method and offers it directly when you tap Search next time.
Locus uses Android default Google address search but also GraphHopper and Bing databases are available.
Search results are displayed in a list ordered by the distance from your position. If there is a single result, it is shown directly on map.
Default online address searching engine can be changed in Locus settings >>
Locus can search offline addresses in downloaded LoMaps only(beginning with their 2016/04/01 version). If the offline search list is empty you have no LoMaps downloaded or you have not updated them to 20160401 version - download/update them from Locus Store.
Tapping displays the selected item (city, street) on map directly.
Shifts the cursor on a defined position on map. You can define the position by a selection of methods:
For other options of searching a new location tap button. Here you can set the basic search modules and also use special ones - via Location selector:
Recently used/viewed locations, points, places etc. are stored in this tab for future use.
This feature requires Locus Contacts add-on installed
With this add-on you can display postal addresses of your contacts on a map. Locus Map reads your contact list, filters items with attached addresses and displays them in a table. Select or search which contact to display on a map. In case a contact has two addresses, both are displayed.
Use this search to find points in your own storage.
By default this search returns the nearest points located around your current position - just tap .
To modify your search, add more parameters:
Results are sorted by the distance from the user's location in a table similar to Points manager - here you can select points to display on map, invert selection etc.
To search and browse LoMaps points of interest, use Points of interest »
Use this search to find routes/tracks in your own storage.
By default this search returns the nearest routes/tracks passing by your current position - just tap .
Results are sorted by the distance from the user's location in a table similar to Tracks manager and it is possible to work with it in the same way - select tracks to display on map, invert selection etc.
Locus Map can coooperate with many external applications and their own online/offline databases. Here it is possible to start search in them directly without need to switch the cooperating application directly from the phone/tablet application menu.
A typical example can be search of nearest geocaches by the Geocaching4Locus.
Search in external databases - Wikipedia, What3words and GeoNames/GNS.
Wikipedia is a free-access, free content Internet encyclopedia, supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Those who can access the site and follow its rules can edit most of its articles. Wikipedia is ranked among the ten most popular websites and constitutes the Internet's largest and most popular general reference work.
Locus Map can search in its entries that are geo-tagged, i.e. have defined location:
The results are listed in a table of points. They can be displayed on map or imported for later use. Their details contain URL to the related Wikipedia article.
The displayed nor imported Wikipedia points do not contain full article texts, only links for their online display. Storing Wikipedia articles for their offline use is not possible.
The simplest and best memorable coordinate system in the world. The whole surface of the Earth is divided into a network of 3×3 metres squares. Each square is defined by a unique combination of three words. Name the three words and search the place:
Both services contain huge databases of points of interest and interesting places:
Locus Map handles both databases in one dialog:
Tip for offline search:
Both sites provide freely downloadable data files that can be extracted into the Locus/data/geonames directory. The files appear in the GeoNames search dialog afterwards. Select and search 100% offline.