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How do I use maps and routes with the Suunto app?

The recommendations below apply to the following watches: Spartan Collection, Suunto 5, Suunto 7 and Suunto 9. 



Popular starting point - while you check out the heatmap, you will come across several frequented spots by our community to start their training. 

Popular routes - select an area on the map and search for the most frequented routes our community members are also using in their training. 

Route - is the path you created or decided to take to get from point A (the starting point or the popular starting point you just saw) to point B (the endpoint). 

Waypoint - is a really helpful way to guide yourself easily with your Suunto watch.

.gpx - just in case you already found a track you want to follow and you don’t know how to add it to the Suunto app or export it from the Suunto app and use it with another service. 

The Suunto app has received various improvements that will improve your training considerably. Here are the more important things you can do and you need to know about to benefit from its development:

  • Check out the best places for your activities.

Regardless of where you are and what your plan is, take your phone out and use the Suunto app to find the best routes for your next adventure. You can either tap the map preview on the home view of the Suunto app or the map icon in the access bar. Both will open up a map with the following options: 

  • Map style/ map type: select the map that highlights the details you are interested in. 


  • Heatmap: select the activity for which you want the heatmap, it will be displayed on top of the map style you are currently using.


  • My tracks: show the tracks you have covered this week, month, or year. You can view your tracks on any map type. 


  • Popular starting points: show the possible start or end of a route you might want to create. They are visible only on the heatmap.               

According to your location, the Suunto app will also generate the popular routes of the area. You can select the sport you are interested in routes for and go through all of the routes available in the area of your search. 

Tap on any of the popular routes, rename it so it’s easier to identify it, edit the suitable activity type (optional) and Save it to your route gallery and sync it to your watch. 


  • Create, import, and export exciting routes for your training.

After you have checked out where other people are training and you know where you want to go, you can create your route or import it (.gpx format).    

This is how you create a route on the Suunto app for iOS/Android and this is how you import a .gpx file in the Suunto app for iOS/Android      

You can also add waypoints to your route and rename* them so they reflect the pit stops you are interested in or can use waypoints to mark turns along the route to easily navigate with your watch. 

* available for Suunto 5, Suunto 9, and the Spartan collection. 

Do you want to use the route or the recorded data you have in the Suunto app with another service? 

You can export both the .gpx file (1) and the .fit file (2) of your training from the Suunto app. 

  1. Open your saved routes gallery and tap the Share buttonScreenshot 2020-08-26 at 17.17.03.png. Send the .gpx file to a friend, AirDrop it, save it to your Files, or your Google Drive. Additionally, you can go to your exercise, tap the "More" (three dots), and save the route to the gallery.
  2. Open any training you recorded, tap the “More” icon, and select to Export as .FIT file. Send the .FIT file to a friend, AirDrop it, save it to your Files, or your Google Drive.

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  • Manage the routes you have already saved and share them with your training buddies or the community.

You can always double-check the routes you have available, you can also share them in case you and your buddies want to train on the same trail. It also helps our community create more useful recommendations for other Suunto users. 

Your route gallery on iOS and on Android

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Did one of the people you are following in the Suunto app do an amazing trail? 

Tap to open their exercise, tap on the “More” button (three dots), and save that trail to your gallery of routes. Don’t forget to show some support and give a shout out to your friend.IMG_C27602FB4532-1.jpg

Make sure you have synchronized your watch with the Suunto app after all of the changes you have made, otherwise the changes will not reflect in the watch.