This quick tutorial will show you how to install custom maps into Gaia GPS. While Gaia offers a wide variety of mapping options you may have some more specific needs. For this example, we show how to add Google maps to the app. Gaia GPS removed these map layers based on Googles Terms of Service but you as an individual can re-add them.

Ok, let's get started! The entire process takes less than 5 minutes.


First, you will want to make sure you are logged into your Gaia GPS cloud account. So head to and log in.

Once you are logged in click this link to add your custom map: Import Custom Map Source

You will now be presented with this screen:

Import Screen

Import Screen


Step One: Choose a name for your map import. If could be as simple as Google Roads.

Step Two: Paste in the following code depending on which map type you want. We have listed the 3 most common options.



Step Three: Choose your zoom levels. We prefer 9 to 15


Step 2 and 3 input options

Step Four: In the Preview box enter your lat/long location. You don't have to put in your exact location. This is meant to give you a preview of the maps you are importing in an area you are familiar with. You can find your location by creating a waypoint in Gaia or using this site: My Current Location

Step Five: Make sure you are happy with how the map appears on the preview screen. If everything looks good click "Add this map source" and you are done.


Final Step: Open up Gaia on your device, make sure you sync it and look for the new map layer from the available options.
You can see our custom maps in this screenshot.

You can see our custom maps in this screenshot.

If you wish to add, modify, or delete any of your custom maps the page to do this can always be found via the drop down menu in your account. Simply choose the "Map Sources" option.



Bonus Material:

We are working on an additional tutorial to show you how to import any georeferenced PDF map, like the National Forest Motor Vehicle Maps, and create your own map layers! This is more involved and includes purchasing some conversion software and having to host the files somewhere. We'll call that a 301 level tutorial. But, for that are interested in increasing the power of Gaia GPS for specific needs this can be done! We are in the testing phase to ensure all the steps are correct before this tutorial can be released.

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