Android has certainly made traveling a lot easier for a forgetful guy like me. While I don’t like to travel a lot, I do love the solitude offered by farm houses away from civilization. Thankfully, I have access to multiple farm houses and multiple offline GPS navigation apps for Android. The apps have helped me travel on safe roads around the country and helped me navigate confusing highway intersections.
Getting lost is never fun, especially if you want to reach a destination on time. In days past, I would’ve had to call my dad for directions. Now, I still have to take out my smartphone but only to access offline map apps.
What one of the most basic problem Adventurers have to endure is the loss of internet connectivity. Even in the USA, there are patches of no cellular reception. Naturally, online navigation apps become redundant when there is no internet. This is where the offline navigation apps for Android shine.
I would like to make some things clear here. During my extensive testing of the apps, I found that none were 100 percent accurate, all the time. This is, unfortunately, an issue with almost any offline map app you can find. Even some of the best navigation apps, that constantly use the internet, fail at some point.
I highly advise you not to depend on just one app for your navigational needs. Some apps work amazingly in some regions while providing abysmal performance in others. I urge you to try out the apps before taking them on a serious trip.
Note: The best offline navigation apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note III and Sony Xperia Z smartphones. I used a Wi-Fi connection to download the contents of the apps. The apps performed well with some minor issues which may or may not occur for you.
MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps
MapFactor was not always at the top of our best navigation apps lists. Thanks to numerous improvements and free updates, MapFactor Navigator has become one of the most reliable and user-friendly offline navigation apps for Android.
I like how the app downloads everything to your device, so there is no need for an internet connection while traveling around. The maps are updated for free every month, and the app does a great job of including new roads and paths in them.
MapFactor Navigator also comes with an intuitive voice navigation system that is available in different languages. Door-to-door route planning is included in the app. The app comes with an easy mode switching that allows you to see 2D or 3D maps and alternate between them. You can also switch between detailed or simplified maps.
I use the simplified maps for inter-city trips as I only need to follow the highway. You can also switch between detailed or simplified maps. I use the simplified maps for inter-city trips as I only need to follow the highway. In the city, the detailed maps save a lot of time by marking some of the landmarks.Show Downloads
GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic
Sygic is one of the most popular navigation apps around. I have personally used the app for an extended period, but lately, it has been somewhat inaccurate. I constantly found myself at dead ends while using the app locally.
Maybe my country is no longer supported, but I have heard some complaints from fellow Australian users as well. Despite these minor problems, Sygic GPS Navigation and Maps app remains one of the top contenders in the offline navigation app race.
The app uses a great looking interface that is easy on the eyes as well as fingers. The app can work with GPS only, removing the need for a constant internet connection. Free map and point of interest database updates are regularly given for the US and the UK—I have mixed reports from Japan and Dubai.
All in all, Sygic is a great app to have while traveling, even if the navigation is not in use, the locally stored maps will help a lot. I would recommend that you get the premium version of the app if you are truly interested in what it has to offer. The premium version comes with some additional features and great voice navigation instructions.Show Downloads
- Free & $5.993
OsmAnd Maps & Navigation
This app has not gained as much mainstream exposure as it deserved. I tested the app a few years back for a review, and it worked well. The interface is one of the best ones I have seen in any map app and works well with the touchscreen interface. The app also works well offline but I admit, it is a little slower than I anticipated.
I would have pegged online navigation to be slower because of data limitations but this app, surprisingly, has it the other way around. The turn by turn navigation assistance works well, but the synthesized voices sound mechanical compared to the pre-recorded ones.Show Downloads
Offline maps & Navigation
This one is a hit or miss as it works well in some regions while not working great in some. For example, my cousin in Atlanta gave it a one-star rating because it doesn’t list some major streets there. However, a buddy recently visited Thailand and gave raving views about the same app. I used the app for a while, and it worked as intended.
There were some scaling issues on high-resolution displays of modern phablets. Otherwise, the app worked great. The interface is simple and allows you to navigate with ease. The offline maps are detailed and somewhat updated as well. The navigational features are robust, the HUD (heads up display) elements while driving is big and easily identifiable.Show Downloads
Navmii GPS World (Navfree)
Back when Navmii GPS World launched, I had huge expectations from it. The sleek and stylish interface combined with some well-groomed elements placed it on my personal watch list. Fast forward almost a year and the app hasn’t improved a lot.
Don’t get me wrong here; the app works well when you are navigating, but I expected a lot more from the developers. It is a classic case of unfulfilled potential.
Navmii GPS World works when it wants to work, this is my only gripe with it. For some reason, the app had choppy GPS connectivity on my Galaxy SIII back when I tested it first. The same problem exists on a Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Note V smartphones now.
I thought it might be a Samsung only problem, but other users are using the app fine with their Samsung devices. However when it works, it works amazing. The voice navigation system is great, the instructions are clear, the map is detailed, and everything is kept up-to-date.Show Downloads
These were some of the best offline navigation apps for Android. I really had a great time testing these apps out as it gave me a great reason to roam around the city. The issues I faced were minor in nature and can just as easily be ignored if you are using the free version. As for the paid versions, I would suggest you take the plunge and purchase Sygic. That app is sometimes more reliable than even Google Maps.
If you have any questions or concerns about the apps listed here, feel free to comment below. I would love to hear your experiences and further improve the list.