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Navigator gives you access to ready-to-use maps with data to find the most efficient routes to your organization's assets, all while you are offline. In this exercise you will use Navigator to create a route to a local park that needs maintenance. You'll download a map, get directions to your destination, edit a route, choose a travel mode, and start navigating.

Get started with Navigator

Install the app and sign in.

  1. Get Navigator for ArcGIS on Google Play if you don't have it on your device.
  2. Start the app.
  3. Sign in using your ArcGIS organizational account that has been provisioned with a Navigator for ArcGIS license.

    Your ArcGIS organizational administrator is responsible for configuring this license. If you don't have an ArcGIS organizational account, sign up for a free ArcGIS trial. If you are a member of an organization on ArcGIS Online but need a Navigator for ArcGIS trial license added to it, request a free trial on the Navigator ArcGIS Marketplace listing. If you have an ArcGIS Enterprise account but need a Navigator for ArcGIS trial license added to it, have your ArcGIS organizational administrator send an email to

  4. The first time you use Navigator, you will see the messages listed below. You must select Allow on the message dialog boxes continue.
    • Allow Navigator to access your contacts?
    • Allow Navigator to access this device's location?
    • Allow Navigator to access photos, media, and files on your device?

    Navigator needs access to your contacts so it can access information about your ArcGIS organizational account. The app also needs access to your device's location to provide directions. Finally, Navigator needs access to the files on your device to download maps.

Find a map

Become familiar with the Map Gallery and find the map that you will use to create your route.

  1. The first time you sign in, you will need to download a map to your device. To see the maps available to download select Add Map Add map.

    See Navigator Map coverage for details about which regions currently have Esri-provided navigation maps. You can also download maps created in ArcGIS Pro 1.2 or later. They can support routing on custom roads, searching against custom geocoding locators, and map display customizations. See Prepare maps for details.

    Maps available for download appear in the Select maps screen of the Map Gallery. Maps for your location are listed first.

  2. In the Filter, type the name of a map that contains your location. For example, if you are located in California, type California.

    A list of maps available for download displays, including the map you searched for.

    Filtered maps in the Select Maps screen of the Map Gallery

Download a map

Download a map to your device and work offline.

  1. Select the map card for the map you want to download.

    The check mark on the map card turns orange, indicating that the map is ready to download.

  2. Select Download Download to start downloading the map.

    When the map has finished downloading, you can open and use it without an Internet connection.


    If you want to delete a map, in the Maps screen of the Map Gallery, select Overflow Overflow on the map card, Remove from device, and Remove.

Open a map and get directions

Open the downloaded map and get directions to your destination.

  1. In the Maps screen of the Map Gallery, select the map card of your location to open the map.
  2. Select Search Search.
  3. Type Park in the search box and select Search on the keyboard.

    As you type in the search box, similar recent searches appear in your search list.

    If multiple destinations appear on the map, the park that is closest to you is indicated by a highlighted pin and information about it displays at the bottom of the screen. To see the other parks in your search results, swipe to the left on the current card. The cards are ordered by distance to your current location, from closest to farthest.

    Search result
  4. Select a search result to see additional information about that destination, such as its coordinates.

    If you pan away from your location, you can quickly zoom to and display your current location by selecting GPS My Location with GPS autopan off.

  5. Drag the card down to return to the search results.
  6. Select the park you want to go to and select Generate Route Generate route to create and display the route to that park.
    A single-destination route

Edit a route

Having created your route, you may find you need to change your driving directions. You can add, delete, or reorder destinations in your route list.

  1. Add a second destination to the route by selecting Overflow Overflow and Add destination.
  2. Select Search Search and select Park in your Recent searches list.

    You can also long press the map to drop a pin and use that as your destination.

  3. Select the park you want to go to and select Add Add destination to include it in your route.

    Navigator supports route optimization, which automatically orders your stops so that you receive the optimal route based on your travel mode. For example, in Travel options, if you choose a Transportation mode of Truck and Route by the Fastest time, your stops are arranged to minimize your time spent traveling by truck. To enable route optimization, before you generate a route, select Menu Menu and Settings Settings. Under General, enable Optimize route, and select Back Back.

    A multidestination route
  4. If you want to manually reorder the destinations, select the To field to display the route list, long press Row Reorder Row reorder next to the destination you want to reorder, and drag the destination to the desired spot in the list. If route optimization is enabled, a message appears stating that reordering stops turns off route optimization. That's ok, you can ignore the message. Dismiss the edit route screen by selecting Back Back.

    The route on the map updates.

  5. To delete a destination in the route list, swipe to the left on it. Select Back Back to see your updated route.

    The destination is deleted from the list, and the route on the map updates.

Choose a travel mode

In Navigator, you can choose a travel mode to calculate a precise route based on how you will travel to your destination.


If your map supports travel modes, you see Travel options in the Overflow menu Overflow.

  1. Select Overflow Overflow and Travel options.
  2. Under Transportation mode, select Truck, and under Route by, select Shortest distance. When you are finished, select Back Back.

    A transportation mode of Car results in routes that obey one-way roads, avoid illegal turns, and follow other rules that are specific to personal vehicles, including pickup trucks. By selecting Truck, designated truck routes are chosen when available. Selecting Walk removes restrictions on one-way roads and limits the route to paths and roads allowing pedestrian traffic. Walking uses a speed of 5 km per hour.

    You can only select one Transportation mode and one Route by option for each route. In a future release of ArcGIS Pro, you will be able to build your own custom travel modes to use in Navigator.

    The map updates, showing the optimal route and travel time to your destination based on your travel mode.

Start navigating

Now that you have calculated a route, start navigating.

  1. Select the Overflow menu Overflow and Directions to display turn-by-turn directions.
    List of directions to route
  2. Select Back Back to dismiss the list.
  3. Select Start Navigation Navigate to get voice-guided directions to your destination.
    The first time you start navigating, a safety warning appears stating that you should not use the app unless you are at a complete stop. Select OK to continue.

    If you prefer to mute the voice-guided directions, select Volume Volume.

    As you drive, the map and directions update. If you drive off-route, a new route will be calculated from your current location.

By using the map to create a route to your destination, you should now be familiar with the capabilities of Navigator. From here, think about how it can fit into your workflows, and how you can use the data provided to search and navigate directly to your organization's assets quickly, efficiently, and easily.