5 Best Android GPS Navigation Apps

Best Navigation Apps for Android


We travel a lot these days and sometimes we don’t know where to go, thankfully there are some great navigation apps for Android that can help us stay on track and reach our destinations in time. A few years back the navigation apps for Android were not as fleshed out as they are today, most of it has to do with Google maps that upgraded over time and people actually relying on GPS navigation on their smartphones.

I, for one, was certainly not in the favor of using a navigation app on my Android, but now I don’t go anywhere without at least typing in my destination and see whether there is traffic on the route or not.

I have personally seen the interfaces of these app change dramatically over the past 2 years and it is for the better. The developers of these apps are constantly trying to make their app the best one around and it’s paying off. In all honesty, I only use Google navigation for my day-to-day tasks but some of my friends used other apps and loved them.

Few people in my family who are iOS inclined use Sygic Navigation App as their daily driver and it works great for them. So, no matter what app you choose or select, you have a great time navigating through the streets of your city. A big point to be noted here is that while US, Canada, and the UK are covered completely by these apps, some other countries may not be supported. So, if you’re not from these big countries, it is best to try out at least 5 of these apps before going with the one that works best for you.

Note: The 10 best navigation apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone. I used each app for a quick round around my block and gauged how well they perform. Both Wi-Fi and 4G connections were used during navigation. All of the apps performed fine and there were no problems faced during testing or navigation. The apps are not in any particular order but they are arranged according to my preference.


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    Google Maps – Navigation & Transit

    If you’re new to the world of GPS navigation on Android, Google Maps is the best app you can get. Is one of the most used navigation apps on Android and there is a good reason behind that.

    First of all the maps are highly updated and a lot of people use it as a daily driver. This means that you’ll get up to date information about closed roads as well as a moment to moment info about traffic. The navigation app is capable of delivering accurate information to your device and can help you make intelligent decisions and reroutes.

    I have used this app for around 20 trips across the country and it has worked perfectly well. Even though I don’t use it daily because I know the way to my office, the app still notifies me if there is traffic on the way automatically via notification. All these features combined into one package makes it a compelling sell and I would wholeheartedly endorse it.

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    Waze – GPS, Maps & Traffic

    Waze is an amazing alternate to Google Maps because it also uses a similar way to inform you about traffic and routes. Basically, Waze is a community-driven navigation app that uses information from other users to better guide you in your day-to-day travels.

    For example, if someone spots a traffic jam happening or an accident, they can easily update the app to inform others that are behind, so they can take a detour. The app offers live routing based and community driven, real-time traffic and road information.

    I also like that there is turn by turn voice guided navigation available so that you can easily use this app while riding bikes as well. The app is also capable of automatically rerouting your path according to the changing traffic conditions.

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    Sygic GPS Navigation

    Sygic GPS Navigation is quite popular in South Asian countries because it is a reliable app that allows you to navigate without using too much data. As most of the maps are stored on your phone storage, the app allows you to use off-line navigation as well.

    However, many features will be turned off while using the app exclusively off-line. That’s not all, apart from great voice-guided navigation features, you’ll be also getting free map updates periodically.

    Real-time route sharing allows you to share your whole trip with friends or family so that you they can know your arrival time easily. In some areas the app is also capable of providing or suggestions along with the availability as well as price.

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    MapFactor GPS Navigation

    I’m a sucker for great interfaces and unfortunately, this app comes with a blocky one. However, this is the strongest thing about this app, if you have trouble simply glancing at your screen and knowing where you have to go on other apps, this one has extremely bright colors, so you know exactly where you’re going.

    Even though the interface is a bit blocky, the design is very usable and can be helpful in your day-to-day usage. This navigation app comes with free offline GPS maps that allow you to navigate even without Internet connectivity.

    The intuitive voice navigation is available in different languages so you’re not bound to English in this app. Map Factor GPS Navigation features cross-border routing, so that you can easily switch between countries without relying on a less detailed map.

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    MAPS.ME

    This is one of the fastest and detailed turn by turn navigation app for Android. The best thing, the app is available entirely off-line and you can use it without ever connecting to the Internet.

    However, first you need to download the maps on your device, so you won’t be stranded without Internet or navigation. Another good thing about this navigation app for Android is that all the maps are inside and every feature is free.

    Driving, walking and even cycling navigation is available anywhere in the world. From points of interest to hiking trails, this app covers it all across the globe.

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Conclusion

These were some of the best navigation apps for Android that will surely work well on all of your devices. I personally tested these out over the years and wholeheartedly recommend the first 2 apps for daily usage. The best thing about these apps is that they are available globally and even if you use some of our best travel apps for Android, you will always know where to go next.

I deliberately left out some of the apps that were included in the previous update, it’s because they were not evolving enough or the maps were not being updated. One of the most annoying things about navigation apps for Android is to follow up after, only to know that there is no road there. This is exactly why I have only kept the list short and sweet so that you get the best of the best and always choose the right path.

If you have any questions or suggestions about this list, feel free to direct them in the comments below.

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Comments (2)

  1. chris on

    Do any of these allow you to drop pins on a map and then plot a route from pin to pin? I am constantly adding stops and changing my route throughout the day. We use Delorme maps on our laptops at work for this, but mine crapped out last week and I was using Google to plot one stop at a time. Was a LOT of back and forth across town!

    • Trevor on

      You can add locations along the way in google maps. Add one location and press navigate. Then, at the top right of the destination input screen (where you see your starting location and the destination) there are 3 dots. tap them and you’ll see add stop. Add your other locations there and it’ll take you from one to the next. You can reorder them as you see fit.

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