What's up with the flight lines?
If you flew you will probably see that the app drew a flight line on your map. In some cases flight lines randomly show up on your map. No worries. You can fix those yourself!
In this article
- How are flight lines determined?
- I see a flight line, but I never took a flight. What happened?
- How can I remove a flight line?
- Can I change a flight line into a solid line?
How are flight lines determined?
A flight is determined when the distance and time between the 2 steps at either end of the flight line suggest an average speed that is higher than 100 km/h, or if the distance between two steps is greater than 1500km.
I see a flight line, but I never took a flight. What happened?
Polarsteps determines your location based by using the GPS, WiFi and cellular tower signals that your phone provides. Sometimes your phone fails in giving us a correct location. This happens especially on older Android devices and low-end (cheaper) Android devices, as they tend to have lower quality GPS technology. In these cases Polarsteps receives a combination of incorrect locations that meet the criteria above, and thus could result in a flight line being shown.
You can find more information about how to improve the accuracy of tracking in this article: My Travel Tracker doesn't track or is inaccurate. What's wrong?
How can I remove a flight line?
If you want a flight line to disappear, follow the following steps (this works the same as deleting inaccurate Travel Tracker Steps):
- Zoom in on the map an search for the small white dot at the end of the flight line
- Click on the small white dot
- You now have the option to delete this Travel Tracker Step. The flight line will disappear.
Can I change a flight line into a solid line?
You can't change the transportation mode. But with this small hack you can still change a flight line into a solid line:
- When there is a flight line between Step A and Step B, you can create one or two manual Steps somewhere on the route you took between Step A and Step B (the route that is now connected with a flight line).
- When you place these steps somewhere on 1/3 and 2/3 of the route, they will connect Step A and Step B with a solid line.