How to get free offline turn-by-turn navigation on Android and iOS

How to get free offline turn-by-turn navigation on Android and iOS
Earlier this year, Google said that offline turn-by-turn navigation would eventually be available to Google Maps users. However, the feature is still missing as we type this. The same goes for Apple Maps: at the moment, the app requires an internet connection in order to provide turn-by-turn navigation. Thankfully, this doesn't mean that Android and iOS users can't get offline turn-by-turn navigation. In fact, there's a certain third-party app that's offering this right now for free.

The app that we're talking about is HERE Maps, formerly known as Nokia Maps, and soon to be acquired by a powerful consortium of German carmakers (including BMW and Audi). HERE Maps is available on Android and iOS for free - no in-app purchases, no ads.

After you download HERE Maps on your Android or iOS device (see the source links at the end of this article), you're almost ready to benefit from all of its features. In order to have access to offline turn-by-turn navigation, you first need to download maps for the areas that interest you - this is done from HERE Maps' main Menu. You can download maps for entire continents, entire countries, or just for particular states. Needless to say, maps for entire continents are very large (for example, North and Central America will occupy about 7 GB on your device). But, if you have enough free space and you're using a Wi-Fi connection, you should have no problems downloading all the maps you want.

Once you've downloaded the map or maps you need, you're ready to start navigating offline. Just search for the place you want to go to, and hit the Directions button that's positioned in the lower right corner of the screen. Alternatively, you can plan a route from a set location to a set destination. Both car navigation, and pedestrian navigation are provided (as a bonus, there's also public transportation info available). If you want to keep your device connected to internet, but don't want HERE Maps to use any data, there's a special "Use app offline" option that you can enable from the main Menu. All in all, HERE Maps is pretty easy to use, so go get it if you need offline turn-by-turn navigation.


download: HERE Maps for Android, HERE Maps for iOS

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13 Comments

1. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

LOLLll this app was a Microsoft/Windows exclusive... received no attention. Now that it is cross platform, no mention of Windows is made... who says PhoneArena has a bias. Bravo! Been using it on my Lumia 1520 for a while now, and also on my Nexus.

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

They mentioned the only name that matters...Nokia. Without Nokia making it, it wouldnt have existed... Kinda like WP, Win MO mobile marketshare... That ironically MS is trying to erase Nokia's name from their recent mobile marketshare successes...

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I would argue that it being a Windows exclusive does matter... also, like it or not, most of Nokia (especially most of Nokia that we care/talk about) IS Microsoft now... Love it, hate it... Doesn't really matter. There's just a curious way "journalistic integrity" is carried out on PA. "HERE Maps is available on Android and iOS for free - no in-app purchases, no ads. After you download HERE Maps on your Android or iOS device (see the source links at the end of this article), you're almost ready to benefit from all of its features." ... so does it not exist on Windows Phone? Oh wait, it was a Windows Phone exclusive, but we rarely cared about the app back then. It's all good for me, cause I've enjoyed it for a while now :D

2. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have been using Offline Turn-by-Turn navigation on Google Maps for at least 2 years now... given that you start with internet (for instance, at a wifi on a Hotel or Mall) and then you go offline in the car.... the navigation still works all the way, even redirecting as long as you don't go too far off the route. I used this on a trip to San Diego where I only relied on public WiFi, not even roaming... I am from south america. The obvious limitations are that you can't make another search or change while offline... but as soon as I got to the next place I was able to use another wifi to make my next route.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Yep. I do this all the time in non service areas...

5. Bernoulli

Posts: 4358; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Offline Google maps are worse than smoke signals, they're frustrating to use and only cover a really small area.

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2809; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Google Maps is horrible and offline it's just plain crap!

12. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

HERE offline maps is so much better than google's offline solution, it's impossible to communicate just how much better HERE is. Why suffer with the limitations you describe with Google maps, when you get for free with HERE? I will say that HERE isn't perfect though. Their navigation isn't the greatest as far as showing the next turns and exits, though.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Sygic is a good one too. You can google the apk download

8. Mikele

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

HERE MAPS has been incredible for my daily guides since 2010!! Thanks to Nokia Communicator now Nokia Lumia 1020 for it's great performance

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2809; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Here Maps, best navigation app PERIOD!

11. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

HERE maps FTW

13. jsdechavez

Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I am HERE. Feels nice when sharing my location with that line. Always used Nokia Maps/here since it came with offline nav. Offline mode means longer battery life too.

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