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With great improvements in technology and especially cell phones/smartphones, it is now possible to use them as navigational systems. The location services work off of GPS, so you do not need WiFi or cellular service to use your phone to navigate. However, you do need to download maps ahead of time for offline use.

  • Maps: There are both free and paid navigation apps available for download. Before downloading any app, you need to evaluate what you will be using the maps for: the level of detail you want the app to provide you, topography lines, marking ability, and other available layers. Some map apps can even notify you about the landowner such as State Trust, National Forest Service, or Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
  • Battery Life: It is important to ensure that you have a backup power source such as a power bank or adaptable solar panel for your device. Other things that can help preserve the battery life of your device include:
    • Ensuring the phone is in airplane mode.
    • Lowering the brightness of your screen.
    • Shutting down all other apps.
    • Turning off all location services other than those for the navigation app you are using.
    • Moderating your phone’s temperature. Cold weather tends to drain the battery.
    • Being cautious about the usage of your phone.
  • Durability: Make sure to protect your device from things that can damage your phone. It is recommended to have a durable case that will help protect your smartphone from drops, falls, and even adverse weather.

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