5 of the finest online and offline navigation apps for Android and iOS


Heading out? It's time to choose a navigation app to keep you on track! But what if you are out someplace where there's no signal? Worry not, all of the navigation and mapping apps we've rounded up below let you use maps offline, and even download full maps, routes, and places data on your device.

In addition to navigation, most of these apps offer complete routes, live traffic information, community-added warnings, turn-by-turn navigation, social connectivity, and many other features to make your trip safer, faster, and more comfortable. These five apps are highly regarded and very popular, so pick the ones you like and trust them to work their magic.

HERE WeGo


HERE WeGo is a free app with detailed routes, turn-by-turn guidance and traffic information. It features recommendations for all the ways you can get around, so you can compare them and pick the one that suits you best. HERE WeGo tells you everything about your route, such as costs for tickets and taxi fares, traffic delays, and how flat or hilly your bike ride will be. There's turn-by-turn voice guidance for drivers, walkers, and public transport transfers. Of course, you can also choose to download maps so that HERE WeGo will keep working even if you don't have reception.

Download for Android or iOS



MAPS.ME


Maps.me features hiking trails and walking maps, map directions to specific locations, and the option to download any map for free. The app covers 345 countries and islands, and offline maps feature millions of discoverable points-of-interest, such as restaurants, tourist attractions and destinations, gas/petrol stations, ATM machines, metro/ subway stations, and others. There's also an innovative map data compression feature that makes MAPS.ME remarkably small, letting you save memory on your device.

Download for Android or iOS




Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps


Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps features 3D offline maps from TomTom, along with accurate door-to-door voice guided navigation and free map updates. There's live traffic monitoring, police radar and speed camera warnings, parking place suggestions, tourist attractions & pedestrian navigation. There's also the option of projecting heads-up display navigation onto the car’s windshield. Offline maps support is a given, of course.

Download for Android or iOS




Waze


Waze is a large, community-based traffic and navigation app that lets you join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic & road info to save time, fuel and improve their daily commuting. Waze features live routing, community reported alerts, turn-by-turn navigation, live and offline maps, automatic rerouting, information on local places and businesses, and many other useful features.

Download for Android or iOS




komoot


komoot is geared towards the outdoor types with features such as online and offline maps, turn-by-turn navigation, and recommendations on hikes, cycling routes, and mountain bike trails. You can browse collections with hand-picked tours and highlights, recommendations for places and trails, tours tailored to your fitness level and sport preferences, and view characteristics like surface, difficulty, distance and elevation. You can also track your tours, add photos, invite participants, follow your friends and keep up with their outdoor adventures.

Download for Android or iOS



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12 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

HERE is the best navigation app out there!

2. nadavcool543

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Waze is the best!

3. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Waze has to be the best, and is too bad Google is the current owner. Google doesn't want to compete against its on products, but they need to add support for Waze in Android auto.

4. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Why does Almost Everyone Forget to Mention or Add NAVIGON? I have tried some of these Apps and NAVIGON In MY OPINION, Is Much Better than ANY of the Aps Mentioned in the Article.

5. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

HERE is the best navigation app without an internet connection, Waze for everything else.

6. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Maps.me is my favorite!

7. ChrisLaarman

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

I'm a bicycle man (in the Netherlands and across the border). So I need: (1) cyclist-specific maps (to exclude motorways and a few trails, and to include the many dedicated cycling routes), (2) navigating assistance that ideally lets me keep my hands on the handlebar and my eyes on the traffic, like using the haptics of my Apple Watch or maybe the "blue dot on blue line" of Google Maps on my Android Wear smartwatch. Anyway, some approach that doesn't require me riding with my reading glasses on the tip of my nose. Overdue notifications (like often by Google Maps on my Apple Watch) that require me to stop to dismiss them are out! Spoken directions are no real option: I use English for the interface language, and the pronunciation of continental street names is uh... well... Moreover, I keep my phone in a belt pouch. I may try Bluetooth earpods though.

9. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

OSMand has cycle maps.based on openstreetmaps.org

10. ChrisLaarman

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

Thank you, Fellwalker. :-) OsmAnd Maps does look interesting. I may eventually purchase in-app. However, I already use MAPS.ME under both Android and iOS. Moreover, it's not only my (1) cycling maps, but also my (2) navigation, preferably featuring a smartwatch app (again preferably for both Android Wear and watchOS). @ gd761: I must remember that I have a special edition of Navigon.

8. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

SYgic changed the road colours so they aren't good in UK. POIs are pooe . HERE WeGo has gone. It went away from a proper mapping and routing app. it jumps intomroute without letting you see the destination to check it has picked the right place. (which it doesn't always do. i now use OSMand which has open stret map data : generally excellent. Worked for me in uk, france and USA. If it is wrong you can change it.I've reported errora to here and to sygic with no feedback,, and no updates.

11. startracker

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

NAVIGON is the best app ever please try it it is only for iOS

12. Gibscreen

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Is everyone just going to pretend that Google maps doesn't work offline? Its exclusion from the list renders it invalid.

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