The map options available differ depending on whether you’re using the app or the online map at what3words.com.

what3words app

  • Allows you to change your default map view (Map or Satellite)
  • Only uses Google Maps

what3words.com

  • Not possible to change your default map view (Map or Satellite)
  • Allows you to change Map Type (e.g. MapBox, Esri, OS Maps)
  • A parameter can be added to a what3words address link to make it open in Satellite view

To change your default map view in the what3words app:

Tap the menu icon in the top corner, then tap ‘Settings’ and ‘Default Map Type’. Select your preferred view – map or satellite.

To change your default map type at what3words.com:

Click the menu icon in the top corner of your screen, then click ‘Map type’ to choose which map provider you prefer e.g. Google Maps, MapBox, Esri, OS Maps.

To set the map view for a what3words address link:

Paste the parameter ?maptype=satellite on the end of a what3words address link to make it open in satellite view.

For example: https://map.what3words.com/filled.count.soap?maptype=satellite

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