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Author: Hauke Stieler
License: GPL v3 (free of charge)
Platform: [[Android]] 4.1+
Version: 1.4.5 releases (2022-04-03)
Language: English
Website: GitHub
Source code: GitHub
Programming language: Java

Create georeferences notes and photos on Android

The Android app GeoNotes can be used to create and manage georeferences notes and photos. The goal of this app is to create the notes very fast and without any unnecessary UI/UX overhead.


Create a note

Notice: There was a re-design in 1.4.3, this section covers 1.4.3 and later.

You have two options to create a note:

Option 1: First type, then place on map

  1. Type into the text field at the bottom of the screen
  2. Then tap on the map to place a new note

Now you can also add photos.

Option 2: First place on map, then type

  1. Tap on the map
  2. Enter some text into the field at the bottom of the page
  3. Optional: Add some photos

In both of the above cases you created a note, which is directly saved. You can click "OK" to deselect the note.

If you instead tap on "Delete", your freshly created note will be deleted (s. below).

If you click on "Move", you can move the note (s. below).

If you tap on the map, a new note will directly be created. This enables you to quickly create a lot of notes.

Delete a note

  1. Tap on a note on the map
  2. Tap on "Delete"

The deletion is permanent, no undo is possible!

Move a note

  1. Tap on a note
  2. Tap on "Move"

Now you can move the map underneath the note. When you release your finger the move-mode ends and the location of the note has been updated.

List of all notes

Since 1.4.0 there is a list-button in the toolbar leading to a list of all notes. Tap on a list entry to zoom to that note.

The list view itself has a toolbar with one delete button (waste bin icon). You can delete all notes using this button but before everything is gone you will be asked if you really want to delete everything. Deleting all the notes and images is not reversible.

Export all notes

Since 1.3.0 notes can be exported into a GeoJson formatted file and since 1.4.3 also as GPX.

  1. Click on the export-icon in the toolbar (downwards arrow that points into a kind of box)
  2. Select the format from the popup menu
  3. Android will then open the share-menu so that you e.g. can send the file via mail to your desktop computer (e.g. to open it in JOSM)


The map can automatically follow your location or jump to your current location:

  1. Activate your location services (aka enable GPS)
  2. Tap on the crosshair-like icon in toolbar

Now the map moves to your current location and follows you. Tap the location-cross again (which now has a dot in it) to deactivate the follow mode. The mode will also be deactivated if you move the map.

Snap new notes to location

If you want to place notes exactly at your location, you can enable the snapping feature. Go into the settings menu and activate the Snap note to GPS location setting. When tapping near your location, the note will be placed exactly at your location.


On the top right corner there is a setting tire-icon. After tapping it you can change some settings of the app:

Show zoom-buttons: If enabled, zoom-in and -out buttons are shown on the bottom edge of the map.

Map scale factor: Makes the map larger (entering large numbers >1) or smaller (entering small numbers <1). You can pick a value that works on your screen resolution, device and comfort.

Snap note to GPS location: If enabled, tapping near the current location on the map, the new note will be created exactly at your location (it "snaps" to your location).

Enable rotating map: If enabled, rotating the map with two fingers works.

Background map cache: Not directly a setting but the "Clear" button removes all locally stored map data. This is helpful is you e.g. edited the map yesterday and the changes aren't visible in GeoNotes because the old tiles are still in the apps cache.

Tap long to create a note: When enabled, you have to hold your finger for a second on the map to create a note. This is useful if you often create notes by touching the screen accidentally.

Feedback / reporting bugs

Since 1.4.0 there's a feedback-button in the Settings-Screen, so just open the setting and click on "Feedback".

However there are more ways to send feedback or report bugs:

You have an GitHub account? Feel free to open an issue.

You don't have an GitHub account? No problem, just send me an E-Mail: geonotes at


You are interested in contributing to GeoNotes? Great :D See the according README section for further information.

See also