Maps.Me offline navigation app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry will now take you from point A to B for free

Before Nokia invaded the Android world with its HERE maps suite that offers offline voice-guided navigation for free, eating Google Maps' lunch, there was the MAPS.ME app. Launched in 2011, and built on the OpenStreetMap project, it has arguably one of the best crowdsourced POI collection, and country maps are available as an offline download for a nominal fee.

Well, that fee is no more, as MAPS.ME Pro is now available for absolutely free on most major mobile platforms, ditching the paid variant. Besides data compression for using the least amount of data to create a route and navigate it, MAPS.ME allows real offline satnav, unlike Google Maps, whose offline functionality is severely limited. 

With MAPS.ME you can search for POIs and addresses, create routes, and follow them with turn-by-turn directions. All this good stuff is now free of charge, and the crowdsourced nature of the OpenStreetMap project means you can spot some unorthodox places or routes, too, which compensates for the fact that the search and navigation aren't as smooth and polished as those of Nokia's HERE maps just yet. 

Still, MAPS.ME is now one more excellent free offline navigation alternative for Android, also available for iOS and BlackBerry, and its map downloads take much less space on your handset, without sacrificing detail. MAPS.ME currently sports mapping data for over 345 countries and islands, and you can take it for a spin from the source link below.

Developer: MY.COMDownload: Android, iOS, BlackBerry
Category: TravelPrice: Free



1. Cicero

Posts: 1117; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Using it. For offline maps and navigation it is a very good solution. Anyhow having few countries in Europe will eat about 1GB of your storage. But you can delete and reinstall at your fingertips. Now I can see the necessity of SD card, where you can save your maps, for videos, music, maps, pictures etc.

2. Cicero

Posts: 1117; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

By the way I paid for it when nav was not developed yet around 8 months ago.

3. sun0066

Posts: 266; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

I am using it in Europe right now but what I do not like is that is you driving directions no walking directions and the menu button are hardly seen because the transparency level or because they are not bold enough , and then the search is not intuitive, you have to put the exact name of the place if not you will never find it , most of the time I end up looking for wifi to use google maps . Fix those issued and you are gonna bite google maps market share

4. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

Well. If it is offline..WHY..continuously TRIES to CONNECT to weird IPs like - among others??? Of course I have all the settings (send statistics, use google play services) OFF and I have all the maps I want, but stills keep trying to connect??? And the situation is A LOT WORST with the latest update 4.1. Version 4.0.2. still tried but less often. Also I think it wanted more permissions (that I obviously wiped out). Any software with "offline" maps must respect the privacy of its users. Not only to be able to use it "offline". For me Offline means "no tracking from unknown companies or individuals" too.

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1866; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm going to try this out on my Nexus 7. I'd like to have a tablet in my car as the main method of music and navigation in my vehicle.

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