10 Most Reliable Android GPS Navigation Apps to Bet your Life with

Do you want to change your android device into a navigational tool? If you are one of the Android users who don’t find the default map app sufficient, there are a lot of cool and feature-packed GPS navigation apps waiting for you at the Google Play Store. Thanks to the creative developers behind these free and paid apps, driving and travelling nowadays won’t be as difficult and problematic. If only Alice in Wonderland had an Android phone!

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The apps in the list have paid versions. However, you can still experience the wonders of each of the featured GPS navigation app without spending by using the trial version for free. To make it work offline, you have to download a map at a cost. GPS Navigation app can work with data connection or with GPS alone. GPS Navigation app developers are exerting effort to provide users with an amazing array of features. OpenStreetMap support, turn-by-turn voice guidance, high quality map, 3D views, precision positioning, and integrated social media are just some of the amazing features that navigation apps have to offer.

Note: All of the apps in the 10 most reliable Android GPS Navigation list were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. The apps were tested on both WiFi and 3G internet connections. Some apps require constant internet connection to deliver accurate information. All the apps ran fine and there were no technical issues faced during testing.

1. OsmAnd+ Maps & Navigation – Free and $7.99

OsmAnd+ Maps & Navigation

This navigation app is OSM!

1.a Free Version:

This navigation app has priority access to high quality OpenStreetMap data that can be stored in your device for offline use. The apps allows you to dictate instructions with your voice, making it an ideal road trip companion. Turn by turn navigation gets you to your destination with ease and comfort.


  • Automatic re-routing when deviating from route
  • Displays POI’s around you
  • Can display different overlay
  • Always up to date map
  • Day and night switching

Notable Feature: This navigation app has complete details and promising features for globetrotters.Download-on-Google-Play

1.b Paid Version:

The paid version of this great app is also available on the Google Play Store. Rather than limiting the features on the free version, the developers decided to give latest updates and features to the paying customers first. So technically you will only be offering aid and help to the developers by purchasing the paid version. Other than that, all the features are already present in the free app.Download-on-Google-Play

2. MapFactor – Free


Calculate all the factors

MapFactor: GPS Navigation may be just another Android Navigation App to some, but what makes it extra special is that you can hear audible warnings when you approach speed cameras. And its GPS satellite navigation is available in 2D and 3D modes. Day and night switching and voice guidance makes this free app a valuable addition to your smartphone. Quick search feature allows you to do instant searches for the nearest points of interest. Map Factor is truly a free app (with ads of course) and gives you access to some of the best features found on GPS Navigation apps.


  • Map rotates in driving position
  • Door-to-door route planning
  • Save favorite location
  • Route avoidance

Notable Feature: The MapFactor: GPS Navigation has voice guidance offered in different languages.Download-on-Google-Play

3. Waze Social GPS Maps & traffic – Free

Waze Social GPS Maps & traffic

Socially acceptable

Waze is an app that successfully converges social networking with traffic navigation. Every user has an avatar. If you are new to Waze, your avatar will start as a baby and can be customized eventually while using the app. It provides relevant information that you may look for, such as hospitals, schools, police, groceries and a lot more. It also shows traffic jams, transportation stops, parking and other useful information. You can find other Waze locations in the map. Just look for their avatar. Some people may find Waze’s ability to show your exact location to other users uncomfortable.


  • Cute avatar
  • Real-time road information
  • Voice guided navigation
  • Linked to Facebook and Foursquare
  • Friend’s bar on the map
  • Facebook events
  • Automatic shut down if you don’t use it to save battery life.

Notable Feature: You can contribute to your local driving community by just driving with Waze.Download-on-Google-Play

4. BackCountry Navigator – Trial and $11.99

BackCountry Navigator

Companion for the lone wanderer

4.a Trial Version:

BackCountry Navigator Pro GPS enables users to navigate outdoors beyond paved roads and streets. This is recommended for outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. You can explore the wild using your handy Android device. The trial is for 21 days only.


  • Pre downloaded topographic maps
  • GPS way point / coordinates input using latitude and longitude
  • Trail maps (ATV, Whitewater, equestrian, hiking, trekking)
  • Marine maps
  • Use for geocaching

Notable Feature: BackCountry Navigator Pro GPS is excellent when used for off-road, nature-tripping, and wild outdoor.Download-on-Google-Play

4.b Paid Version:

The paid version has no time restriction and can be used whenever you want. If you like the demo of the app, this is the way to go.Download-on-Google-Play

5. Google Maps – Free

Google Maps

Just Google it!

Google Maps is perhaps the most recognizable and popular Android GPS Navigation App, as shown by its half a billion users worldwide. It is also considered the standard in the field of mobile navigation apps. Even Apple recommended it as an alternative to its own mapping system. Users will surely enjoy its user-friendly interface. Plus it can be switched to different views, from satellite to the ordinary map view. It is not confusing to use unlike other navigation apps.


  • Offers different modes of navigation (driving, walking, biking, public transport)
  • Allows you to save places in your Android device, upload it in the map, or view them offline
  • Customize navigation, you can avoid highways and toll ways
  • Road incident information
  • Provide different routes and detailed information about it

Notable Feature: This is a user friendly GPS navigation app. You can manipulate the view; zoom in and out with your fingers. Places that you browse through the map are saved automatically and can be viewed even without Internet connection.Download-on-Google-Play

6. Polaris Navigation GPS – Free

 Polaris Navigation GPS

Sleek and stylish navigator

Polaris is one of the newest GPS navigation apps on the Google Play store, but it has managed to capture our attention with its sleek and stylish interface. This app is the best Android GPS Navigation app when it comes to style and utility. The app even works without the need of a constant internet connection.


  • Amazing interface.
  • No hidden fees.
  • A great waypoint management system.
  • Trail viewing and recording.

Notable Feature: The app is fully available even when you have no internet access. This makes it an ideal app for those who like to explore off-road locations.Download-on-Google-Play

7. GPS Navigation by Sygic – Free with IAP

GPS Navigation by Sygic

Offline but onroad

Sygic is the most downloaded offline road GPS navigation app in Google Play. It has 160+ downloadable maps of different countries and states. With over 30 million downloads globally, it has proven to be a trusted and reliable GPS navigation app by users all over the world. The app gives free access to most of the features, but if you want traffic service, navigation instructions from Homer Simpson and Head Up Display, you will need to purchase them individually within the app.


  • High Quality TomTom maps stored on the device
  • Easy oriented 3D cities and landscape
  • Voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, Street names spoken
  • Listed and cinematic demo of navigation
  • Safety warnings for sharp curve, speed limit change, toll roads and road blocks
  • Quick search for address, postal code, intersection, geo tagged, GPS coordinates

Notable Feature: Your GPS navigation can be previewed with dynamic lane guidance. Whenever you tap in the map, it will show details on the location.Download-on-Google-Play

8. Maverick: GPS Navigation – Free

Maverick: GPS Navigation

Drive with detail

Maverick: GPS Navigation is a detailed and easy to use navigation app. You can use this versatile app offline, which is great if you hike to places where Internet connection is poor or non-existent. The map is accurate and automatically caches for offline use, which is really handy. It offers similar features like others but what’s good about Maverick is that you can navigate it easily. Your tracks can be recorded in just a single tap and you can upload it to GPSies.


  • Several online maps for global and regional
  • Multiple online maps for global and regional
  • Save places you visit
  • Trip Computer
  • Fousquare support

Notable Feature: We can view GPS track in Google Earth.Download-on-Google-Play

9. MapQuest – Free


The quest is on

MapQuest: Maps, GPS & Traffic offers an array of unique options and features. You can speak to your Android device for searching places and destinations. With this hands free input, you can focus on your driving. The map itself is highly precise, and you don’t have to worry about getting lost. Information regarding road incidents and traffic flow is updated every 5 minutes. This app can also provide updated gas prices. With a review rating of 4.2 in Google Play, as of this article, MapQuest is currently used by over a million people.


  • OpenStreetMap (OSM) Map Setting
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Traffic optimize routing
  • Voice command, voice guided
  • Location sharing via email, text message, Facebook or Twitter

Notable Feature: Traffic situations are considered when providing re-routing information.Download-on-Google-Play

10. Wisepilot – Free and In App Purchase


Pilot your vehicle wisely

Wisepilot claims that they are the most outstanding and efficient award-winning navigation app. I think there’s clout to this claim. However, the downside is users have to pay to enjoy its wide range of features. The premium features of the app are hidden behind In App Purchases. The features are all separated so you can purchase only what you need, making the IAPs seem a little reasonable.


  • Show distance and estimated travel time
  • 3D Worldwide map
  • 5 Day weather forecast
  • Live traffic a& speed camera alert

Notable Feature: With Wisepilot, you can share your trips with your friends.  It enables all downloaded maps and other navigation data to be stored in cloud.Download-on-Google-Play


There are several navigation apps for your Android device – most require internet connectivity to function, but there are also dozens of downloadable maps. While most apps are free to download, not all are accurate. Consider pairing these apps with traffic apps so that you know exactly where you are going and what type of traffic you can expect. So always exercise good judgment when selecting a navigation app. Some navigation apps like Waze, CoPilot Live Premium,and Maverick: GPS Navigation are linked to social networking, so you are updated with your friends’ locations. It is more fun to use this kind of navigation app if you and your friends use the same one. On the other hand, the most effective and most comfortable navigation app largely depends on the feature that you want to use. Stay on track, drive safely, and enjoy the trip!

Comments (34)

  1. Al Bris on

    Interesting review, however many of these apps do not do auto rerouting, they simply try to get you back to the route you turned away from. I have travelled many miles extra in a 20 minute detour only to find that I’m back to the massive traffic jam/roadworks that I went off route to avoid. One of these apps makes no attempt to re-route until you are many miles down the new route. It just simply tells you ‘you are now 4 miles off route’ !! My best ones so far are Map Factor Navigator free & Nav Free. I paid for OsmAnd but it simply doesn’t appear to be able to re route you from where you are to destination, which is the major major problem with most of the others I have tried. Extremely frustrating!!!

    • Lucie on

      Al, Thanks for that info. Auto re-routing is crucial. I appreciate your suggestion. Lucie

  2. Steven Proe on

    Will any of these GPS app’s work on a ZEKI? My ZEKI has a 4.1.1 Android OS. It is a 10″ tablet, do these tablets have the ability to get info from the GPS satellites to track a persons locations? I just don’t know how they work (70+ yrs.old and behind the curve a link or links that can explain would be most useful for this ole codger.


    • Sam on

      Hello Steven, it’s a valid question. Yes, all these apps will work on your ZEKI. These apps use the location services available on Android to narrow down your location and direct through the right route. This functionality doesn’t depend on cell phone tower. So, all you need is a working internet connection to use these GPS apps.

  3. Max on

    I recommend to use Co-pilot very much. I’ve been using it for 1 year already and it does right rerouting. I use it being a truck driver and it never failed me!

  4. toby on

    Canada maps is awesome for Bush driving, saving waypoints and being able to use it with Google maps to get directions back. Also works well with poor. I’m a trucker in northern BC and it comes in handy.although I’m still going to look up the one suggested here

  5. Erich Hayner on

    I have an idea for an navigation app that everyone I have talked to says is terrific. I think it would sell very well, but I have no experience with app development. I’m not looking to get rich, but I would love to get involved with someone to make it happen. Any advice?

    • Dani on


      Thanks for notifying this to us.
      We will get in touch you when we enter into android programming. We have lot of plans!


  6. B5387 on

    Sygic was so much worse than Google maps I had to uninstall it instantly.

    • Dani on

      Thank you for the feedback. We will consider this when roll out next version of this article.


  7. Cindy on

    people kept saying how great Sygic us supposed to be. oh my gosh it was horrible I’ve given it 3 attempts you tell it where you want to go for a point of interes, it loops forever and doesn’t return the location. I have been lost for about an hour and a half this past week , three occasions combined. when I was only like a block away but it would not respond and I took it for the offline capability

    • Sam on

      Hey Cindy, that is a horrible experience. I perfect lose my nerve if I have to waste an hour or so. If you have got the paid version, you should claim a refund. It’s worth to check with their support team to understand why this would happen.

  8. paul on

    I down loaded sygic, texas maps. gave it a route to my place of employment. It does not have roads that have existed for more than 5 years. Gave it another route,an it sent me down a road that has never been open. the maps are junk. Google maps gets it correct. I am looking for a gps navigation and maps so i can navigate with out internet, other than to down program and maps. Not looking for free other than a 7 -14 day trial.

  9. Mal on

    Exact map references are required by birders and no doubt others. Do any of these 10 provide this?

  10. Mary Lewis-Freeman on

    I use telenav for the last two years and have no complaints. It will tell me when I am off course and will putt me on course without a looping process.

  11. George on

    I have been using the premium version of Sygic for the past two weeks and I have asked for a refund (they are refunding me the money back) as I have had many issues with this app :
    1. Cycle routes are shown accessible as roads which aren’t where I live.
    2. Entering in say the city you want is fine then if you select POI all the poi’s aren’t in alphabetical order. Meaning you have to locate them manually or via the search function, however this is SO laggy and bugged you try to enter in letters and they take up to 30 secs to appear if not at all! And even then famous train station’s aren’t even listed?? So you have to do a search outside of the app for the postcode and then enter it in!
    3. No alternative routing (premium or non premium version’s)
    4. Chargeable traffic information (google map’s use real time data-very accurate)
    5. No voice search

    For a paid app the above make this totally non excusable, and customer support initially apart from asking for the refund was very poor. Which is a shame because I really wanted to love this app it’s the best looking graphically and has excellent clearly detailed information Including road names, but as it fails to do the primary job of being a navigation tool I would recommend you avoid this.

  12. Robert Markowitz on

    I’m looking for a map that will show me gas stations, restaurants, etc along the way, without my having to leave the map and look for these separately. I think Google used to have something like this, but took it away. The biggest problem is that if I leave the map and look for gas stations, it will tell me the nearest location, but it might be totally in the wrong direction.

    Any help?

    • Dani on

      Robert Markowitz,
      Yes you are absolutely right. Google removed a lot of features from the navigation mode. I remember using search in navigation mode but now they take me out of it and make me do a new search. I recommend Waze, try it out its the closest we have :) do get back to me with your findings man.

      • Robert Markowitz on

        Hi Dani,

        I’ve tried Waze. I’m not sure if it does what I want or not, but I’m told it uses an awful lot of bandwidth. This makes it impractical, especially for longer trips.

        • Dani on

          Hey Robert, yes Waze connects to the internet constantly but I don’t know anything about its extraordinary bandwidth consumption. Can’t you turn off the internet when the data is loaded? Haven’t had the time to test the app on a road trip myself yet.

          • Robert Markowitz on

            Hi again, Dani

            It may be some time before I’m “on the road” again, and able to find that out. When I do, I’ll let you know what I find.

  13. Ag Pob on

    Why do most apps that have GPS in the description REQUIRE a data connection to a mobile carrier? (I mean for more than an update) Does anyone have a simple location app that will operate with ONLY the satellite connection & individual US state maps? I have no cell signal out here in the sticks – hills, mountains, valleys, you know, real geographic features. I just want to be able to sync a google map with a sat signal,- (Acer A1-840) no social media or restaurant guide – is it really that hard? Once again, I have no cell signal. Is an in-car, or hand-held Garmin my only option?

    • Dani on

      Here is a secret, not all apps require constant internet connection. From your phone setting you can limit the GPS service to only use phone and satellite data. Try it out :)

  14. Matt on

    I came across this website while searching best mobile applications and found this article really helpful in what I was looking for.

  15. Ashish Yadav on


    Is there any app which uses GPS to find direction without any magneto meter?


  16. Rose on

    I would love to find a GPS app that includes gas and restaurants shown on the map while driving. I’ve been using Waze for a year now and had hoped they would eventually have that interface. It seems that since they were bought out by Google, their GOS isn’t as accurate. For these two reasons, I am looking for a new app that is more accurate and offers the convenience of seeing restaurant and gas station locations as you drive. Which app do you recommend?

  17. Gen on

    Hi. I bumped into this article when I did the search for GPS app. My phone is Samsung Galaxy S2 and having trouble to connect with Google Map recently. I was so frustrated of getting lost on my way from San Bernardino to Irvine. Pain int ass. Having seen thos article, hope I’m doing the right thing to download co-pilot.

    Had the issue of “GPS SIGNAL LOST” p

    • Dani on

      Gen, I sure hope so. On another note, there might be a problem with the GPS itself. If the problem persists even with other apps, check if your GPS is actually working or not. Thanks

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