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iFootpath Expert: Smart Links - Opening Walks on the App Directly from the Website

The iFootpath App is the go-to platform to use when out walking, but the iFootpath website is often the preferred way for people to browse and select a walk at home. The iFootpath website and App contain the same walks, but how do you open a walk on the App that you have found on the website?

Before this feature was introduced, finding any particular walk on the iFootpath App meant searching for it from scratch (or maybe tagging it as a Favourite on the website and then accessing this Favourite List on the App). Now we have simplified this to save everyone this extra step. It will also help you to share the App-based guides with family and friends.

Every iFootpath walking guide on the iFootpath website now has a link that will open the same walking guide within the iFootpath App. All you need to do is tap the text link or the link icon. What's more, the link is more than just a simple link, it has some smart attributes too.

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Here are some things that will happen when you tap or click the link.

1 - If you tap the link whilst viewing the website on a mobile device (Phone or Tablet) that has the iFootpath App installed, the link will open the iFootpath App on your device and navigate straight to the corresponding walk overview page. You can then read the overview page, download the walk to your Library or mark it as a Favourite. It will work on both Apple/iOS and Android devices.

2 -If you don't have the App installed on the mobile device you are using, the link will take you to the App Store on your device - Apple App Store or Google Play. It will also find the iFootpath App so that you can buy, download and install it. After you have Registered, the App will open the walk page (if the walk page does not open after you have Registered just swap back to the web page and tap the link again to be taken straight to the walk you are interested in).

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3 - If you click on the link on a PC or Laptop (or any device that does not have an Android or iOS operating system), the link will take you to a webpage on the iFootpath website that provides some more information about the iFootpath App and how to acquire it.

4 - Last but not least, you can open the corresponding walk page on your iFootpath App even if you are viewing the iFootpath website on a PC (or even looking at a printed paper copy). This is what you do - first open or install a QR reader App. If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad with iOS version 11 onwards, the standard camera has a built-in QR reader - just open and point the camera at the code. They are available from all App stores and we have provided some links at the bottom of this article. Then hold up your mobile device so that the QR Reader App (camera) can scan the QR code of the walk page on your PC screen. If you have the iFootpath App installed, the walk page will open (See 1 above) and if not you will be taken to your App Store (See 2 above). You will also find these smart iFootpath QR codes on some PDF walk leaflets and other websites too.

We will continue to develop the way these links are used, but here are a few ideas that you may like to try:

  • You can copy the link from the walk page if you are using a PC or Mac - just Right Click on the text and choose 'Copy Link Address/Copy Link'. You can then paste the link into an email, text message, etc and help your friends and family find the walk directly within the App.
  • You can download the QR image using a Right Click and add the image to a website, print it, etc. It's a great way to share an iFootpath walk with lots of people - maybe members of a Walking Group.

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We hope that you enjoy this feature and if you need help please visit the iFootpath Help Centre & FAQs

Resources

Android QR Reader (Free) 
iOS/Apple QR Reader (Free)
iFootpath Expert: Tag your Favourite and Completed Walks

 

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Comments

Ian Chapman on Thursday, 02 August 2018 14:28
QR codes in iOS

In iOS version 11 onwards you can read QR codes directly from the standard camera app. No need for a 3rd party app

In iOS version 11 onwards you can read QR codes directly from the standard camera app. No need for a 3rd party app
Administrator on Thursday, 02 August 2018 14:41
Thank you

Thank you... I did not know that. I will update the blog post. Thank you for taking the time to let us know it is very much appreciated.

Thank you... I did not know that. I will update the blog post. Thank you for taking the time to let us know it is very much appreciated.
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