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Author: Hauke Stieler
License: GPL v3 (free of charge)
Platform: Android 4.1+
Version: 1.4.1 releases (2021-07-04)
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

  • Tap on the map
  • Enter some text
  • Tap on "OK"

If you instead tap on "Delete", no note will be created and the edit popup closes.

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

Delete a note

  • Tap on a note on the map
  • Tap on "Delete"

The deletion is permanent, no undo is possible.

Move a note

  • Tap on a note
  • 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.

Export all notes

Since 1.3.0 notes can be exported into a GeoJson formatted file. Click on the export-icon in the toolbar (downwards arrow that points into a kind of box). 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:

  • Activate your location services (aka enable GPS)
  • 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.

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).

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


Feel free to create bug reports/feature suggestions or upload a pull request on GitHub.

See also