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What are off-grid routes / segments?

Off-grid routes/segments are routes or parts of a route that ignore known roads, streets and paths. These routes or segments are planned as straight lines directly to a waypoint. As such,
your navigation experience while on your Tour may not be as accurate as routes planned along komoot's network of known street, roads or paths, and komoot cannot guarantee that your route is passable.

You may want to plan an off-grid route or segment when you know there is an alternative route available that doesn’t adhere to komoot’s network of known ways. This could be, for example, a point at which you know you can safely ford a river, a direct rambling route to the summit of a mountain, or a road crossing/lane that you know you can incorporate to your route that komoot chooses to avoid.

How to plan off-grid? 


Android

On Android devices, all you have to do is uncheck the ‘Follow ways’ box in the waypoint dialog after selecting a point on the map to route to. Komoot will then ignore all roads, streets or paths to this point.

iOS

On iOS devices, all you have to do is tap on ‘More Options’ after selecting a location on the map and disable the ‘Follow Ways’ toggle. Komoot will then ignore all roads, streets or paths to this point.



Web

On komoot.com, all you have to do is uncheck the ‘Follow ways’ box in the waypoint dialog after selecting a point on the map to route to. Komoot will then ignore all roads, streets or paths to this point.



How to add off-grid waypoints

To add an off-grid waypoint, simply tap or click on the map to select the location of the waypoint. Uncheck the Follow ways box on Android or web, or disable the toggle as demonstrated above on iOS. Komoot will then draw a straight line to this waypoint instead of routing you along komoot's network of known streets, roads or paths.



How to route off-grid to existing waypoints

To convert the routing of an already existing waypoint into an off-grid segment, simply click on the waypoint and disable the ‘Follow Ways’ function. The segments of your route leading to and from this waypoint will then ignore komoot's network of known streets, roads or paths.


How to plan off-grid segments

If you want to change a segment of your route from one that sticks to komoot’s network of known roads, streets or paths to an off-grid segment (i.e. simply travels in a straight line for the duration of this segment), simply disable the ‘Follow Ways’ function. The planned segment will then be converted into an off-grid segment, ignoring komoot's network of known roads or paths.


Will turn-by-turn voice navigation work off-grid?

Komoot’s voice navigation will work as normal until you reach an off-grid segment. While you are passing the segment, komoot will no longer give you verbal instructions, but ask you to look at the map. Voice navigation will commence once you are back on the known route-network. While off-grid, you’ll still be alerted when you leave the Tour, and a small compass visible above the map will help you confirm the direction you’re moving in. 


Will offline maps work off-grid?

Yes, offline maps will still work off-grid. As off-grid segments don’t adjust themselves to roads, streets or paths, however, komoot won’t be able to route you as reliably off-grid as along a normal route.


What type of information can komoot deliver about off-grid segments/routes?

Despite your segment being planned off-grid, komoot can still deliver important information. The elevation you’ll have to ascend (and descend) will be visible, as well as the length of time it’ll take you to cross it, as predicted based on average speed of travel, altitude and topography. 


How do I know my off-grid segment is passable?

Komoot cannot guarantee that your off-grid segment or route is passable. Therefore, always exercise caution when diverting from known ways in the outdoors.

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