Downloading COROS Map Files
To download the Topo/Landscape map files, on a laptop or desktop computer, please visit the COROS Maps page.
Keep in mind, the larger the file size, the longer it will take to download and install the map to your watch. For this reason, please check to make sure that you have a strong internet connection and if using a laptop, adequate battery, or a power source available for the installation.
The VERTIX 2 has a storage capacity of 32GB while the APEX Pro and VERTIX can only store ~3.5GB. Double-check your downloaded map files to ensure they will fit on the watch hard drive.
Here are the details for each map style/format:
- Using the Region Selection tool, hold the SHIFT button while dragging your mouse/cursor over the desired area.
Once you have selected the desired region, press the “Download” button to view the approximate file sizes for downloading either the Topo or Landscape map for that region.
- Click the .zip file to unzip the downloaded files. Next select the "Map" folder and open either the CM (for Topo Maps) or the OSM (for Landscape maps) folder to view the downloaded files.
Next, plug your COROS watch into the computer via the USB/charging cable and wait for the disk symbol to appear on your desktop.
- Select the disk symbol (APEX Pro)to open the root directory of your watch. Next, drag the downloaded map files into the corresponding folder within your watch hard drive. For example, drag the CM map files into the following location of your watch hard drive "Map --> CM --> 0".
- NOTE users downloading maps in the southern hemisphere may see a "1" folder instead of "0". Please follow the same directions but use the "1" folder to replace the "0" shown.
VERTIX 2 users, please read:
- To avoid replacing the default [map] directory on your watch, please follow the steps below: When accessing and copying the map directory, press the "option" key on the keyboard while dragging and copying, then select "Merge" in the pop-up box. Please do not select “replace” as this will remove the original map files in the [map] directory of your watch.
- Depending on internet speed and download size, map files can take a significant amount of time to be transferred to your watch hard drive. Please plan accordingly and ensure your computer is properly connected to power.
- Please ensure that the [map] directory is placed in the root directory of your watch and do not rename the file as this will cause installation issues.
Choosing Map Styles
First, in order to specify which map files your watch will be displayed when viewing or navigating with maps, hold the lower/back button on your COROS watch to access the "Toolbox". From here, scroll until you find the "Settings" option. Next, locate the "More Settings" option, then select the "Map Style" to specify what map style you would like to use.
If you have downloaded both Topo and Landscape maps, you'll be able to choose between the two styles or use a "Hybrid" map option which as mentioned above, provides a seamless integration of the two separate maps, using key components from both. To use the Hybrid map option for any region, it is necessary to have both the Topo and Landscape maps downloaded and installed on your watch.
Once you've successfully downloaded and installed your desired map files to your COROS watch, you will have the option to access your map(s) from a few different locations on your watch.
- Landscape maps currently provide information such as streets, major road networks, natural features, and waterways. Landscape maps do not include international borders, administrative boundaries, or information on points of interest such as restaurants, gas stations, stores, schools, etc.
- Topo maps are a detailed record of a land area, giving geographic positions and elevations for both natural and man-made features. They show the shape of the land, the mountains, valleys, and plains by means of contour lines (lines of equal elevation above sea level). As you zoom on Topo maps, the contour lines will show detail up to 20m intervals. Please note that Topographic markings are not always viewable on the screen from every zoom distance depending on the elevation profile of where you currently are. If you believe your Topo map is properly installed yet you don't see any markings on your map, zoom in / out, move the map around, and markings should be revealed.
- The hybrid map takes key information from both the Topo and Landscape maps creating an integrated version of the two maps in an easy-to-use format.
All maps can zoom to show an area up to 25m at scale.
Using the COROS Maps
To view and navigate maps on your COROS watch, first, hold the back button on your watch to access your COROS Toolbox or use the "Light Key Shortcut". To view a map showing details about the surrounding area on a map, choose the "Map" option in your Toolbox. This will display your current location on the map style which you specified in the steps above. Using the digital scroll dial you will be able to zoom in and out on the map with ease. Maps is also a great time to take advantage of the responsive touch screen experience move between any desired sections of the map currently displayed. The option to view maps will also always be available to access during an activity using the steps above if necessary.
To use your downloaded maps for navigation, you will want to either locate the "Navigation" option within the "Toolbox" or as an alternative, can choose your desired activity (for example: Trail Run, Mtn Climb, etc.), select "Settings" then "Navigation" to choose your route to navigate. After selecting the route you will be navigating with, you'll also have the option to change the map style in the option menu prior to starting your route.
For an in-depth explanation of how to download and use routes for navigation on your COROS watch, please visit our "Breadcrumb Navigation Tracking" support article (https://support.coros.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039841072-Breadcrumb-navigation-tracking).
1. Plug the watch into the computer via the USB cable, Wait for the disk symbol to appear on your desktop. Select the disk symbol (VERTIX for example) to open the root directory of your watch. Here you will see your COROS watch appear as a hard drive.
2. Now locate the directory/map file (on your desktop or in your files), where you will see three folders (CM, GM, and OSM). Inside of these folders will be a subfolder named 0 or 1.
3. Click into the 0 or 1 subfolder. "Select the map files you wish to remove from your watch. Right-click and select delete.