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Best Offline GPS Navigation Apps for Android (Updated)

Here’s the truth:

Being lost while traveling is such a pain.

However…

Not all who wander are lost, or so they say.

But it’s always better to travel prepared, especially if you’re going somewhere you’re not familiar with. More so, somewhere without a signal. That’s what offline GPS navigation apps are for.

Now:

If you have a phone with you, you won’t have to worry about going somewhere you’ve never been to.

There are now many navigation apps you can use whenever you’re driving or even walking around the streets of an unfamiliar place. But most of these maps require internet or mobile data.

When worse comes to worst:

What if you’re stuck in a place without a signal? What if you made a wrong turn and got lost somewhere and your online navigation app won’t work? To save yourself from situations like these, you’d need something that still works offline.

The good news is:

Offline GPS navigation apps exist!

Think of digital and modern pocket maps that you can rely on wherever and whenever you need them. They preload maps and some important data you need to help guide you in your travels, even when the signal is weak or there’s no internet connection at all.

Related: Navigation Apps for Samsung Gear 3

1. Google Maps

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Google Maps

You won’t have to go far. Use something that’s already downloaded on your Android device. A lot of people think that Google Maps only works online. But that’s a common misconception. With just a few clicks, you can, in fact, download maps which you can access and navigate offline.

Google Maps have over 220 countries mapped. It features GPS navigation, transit info, detailed route information, turn-by-turn direction, multiple view options, traffic updates, and millions of businesses and places. It does not only give you directions. It also helps you check out nearby business establishments. It’s everything you need in a navigation app.

Offline Features:

  • Offline maps to search and navigate
  • Street View and indoor maps for shops, restaurants, airports and more
  • Over 220 territories and countries mapped out

2. MAPS.ME

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MAPS.ME

If there’s one navigation app with both online and offline features in mind, that would be MAPS.ME. Trusted by over 100 million users across the globe, this app remains as one of the best navigation and maps apps out there.

It features comprehensive and detailed offline maps. With turn-by-turn navigation, it can be very helpful when you’re driving, cycling or walking in any part of the world where there is no internet connection.

Not only is it fast and reliable, but it is also up-to-date. Millions of contributors from OpenStreetMap update the maps daily. And all the maps and features are completely free.

Offline Features:

  • Incredibly detailed directions to points of interests
  • Features hiking trails and places that are missing from other map apps
  • Fast and reliable offline search with optimized maps great for navigation
  • Save locations and share them

3. MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps

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MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps

MapFactor is one of the best-rated offline navigation apps on Google Play. In fact, it is intended and designed for offline use. With this app, you can navigate offline in more than 200 countries. The maps are detailed and updated since they come directly from OpenStreetMaps.

The turn-by-turn navigation feature of this app comes in various language. It even features speed limits and camera warnings, door-to-door route planning, realistic offline maps with postcodes, and many more.

Offline Features:

  • 2D/3D realistic visual offline maps display
  • Intuitive voice navigation in different languages
  • Route planning and avoidance
  • On-screen overview of maneuver and distance

4. Waze

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Waze

Waze is all drivers’ best friend. While it is more famous for its online and real-time features, it also has offline functions which drivers and travelers can enjoy. The app is known for helping people avoid traffic and tells them about crashes, police, construction, and other road problems that might get in the way.

But with just a few steps, you can use this app even when you’re offline. With this, you can store certain routes and destinations and store the data in the app’s cache memory. The problem with this is that there’s no built-in map downloading feature, which means that you must be careful not to close the app if you want to use it offline later.

Offline Features:

  • Store routes and destinations in the app’s cache memory
  • Great for avoiding busy streets and traffic
  • Faster travel time and quicker routes

5. Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps

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Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps

Navigate anywhere, anytime even without internet connection with this app. Sygic GPS Navigation is considered as the most-downloaded navigation app. With more than 200 million users, this app features offline 3D maps which you can store in your phone for GPS navigation.

The offline maps are provided by TomTom and others. They are updated for free several times a year. The voice navigation tells drivers street names and precise directions. It also has pedestrian GPS navigation for tourists who are looking for directions or tourist attractions.

It’s free, but only the basic services. If you want to enjoy it fully, then you’ll have to pay a premium.

Offline Features:

  • Offline maps from all countries
  • Voice-guided navigation and millions of points of interest (POI)
  • Pedestrian GPS navigation
  • Avoid traffic jams
  • Advanced safety features

6. WeGo

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Here WeGo

Another offline GPS navigation app to try is HERE WeGo. Specifically designed for offline navigation, this app is definitely one of the best you download for free. It does not only give you offline maps; it also gives you directions, departure time, carsharing prices, transit tickets, and other information you need when you travel from one place to another.

HERE WeGo is designed to help people travel with less hassle. Whether you’re driving your car, walking, cycling, or taking the public transit, you’ll find this app really helpful, especially if you don’t have mobile data or WiFi. The downside is that it only has offline maps of more than 100 countries.

Offline Features:

  • Download maps to use offline
  • Free navigation which allows you to compare ways to get to your destination
  • Public transport options
  • Turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation

FAQs

If you’re planning to hook up your car with an offline GPS navigation system, we highly recommend checking out Jarwee In-Dash.

Jarwee In-Dash

Double DIN Car Stereo In-Dash DVD player GPS Navigation For Car with Rear View Camera,Support Offline GPS Navigation

Jawee’s In-Dash car system is not just a plain in-dash for your car. It’s capable of GPS navigation, DVD player, touchscreen, and a rearview camera bundle. It also supports offline GPS navigation which is pretty cool. To learn more about this product, visit Amazon.

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Wrapping Up

Now that you’ve read through the best offline GPS navigation apps for Android, it’s time to download one of these and gear up for your next travel. And if you’re planning to spend the night, might as well book your hotel in advance.

You won’t have to worry about getting lost anymore. It’s time to wander and explore both familiar and unfamiliar places. Get ready for your next adventure.

We hope you’d enjoy wandering and traveling with the help of these navigation apps. Feel free to drop some comments and suggestions below.

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    1. KT, I would like to be honest. Unfortunately we do not have office/friends in Italy to check these apps working fine in Italy.
      These apps worked fine in US, UK and few Asian countries. We certainly believe it should work fine in Italy as well!

      1. Used the latest Sygic in Italy just this week, had quiet the hard time, from Tarvisio to Bibione it showed a perfect route (without highways) ~2,5hours of travel, it’s pretty OK, but for the same route from Bibione to Tarvisio it showed a ~4,5hours path which is just crazy, also it was rather outdated, several roundabouts were not on the map and sometimes the click and drop thing didn’t work, otherwise it’s a good app, but this time it made me furious… (I don’t even want to mention the road to Venice, nearly the same thing, to Venice it showed a bad path, back to Bibione it showed the perfect one…)

        1. Hey Aft, terrible experience. I guess all these offline navigation apps are more about location. It works just great in some location and not good in some. Did you try contacting Sygic and report this? I would highly recommend doing this.

  1. Sigyc has a free version(after 7 days of trial) but you don’t get voice navigation, speed limit wornings or lane directions. If you want that after the 7 days trial, you have to pay… someting like 35$.
    Any way, the search engine is far much better than the apps that use OSM.

    1. I agree and sorry about not pointing the price. Sygic has wide range of price option depending upon the area of maps you want to purchase.

  2. I’m looking for an offline GPS app to track my location when flying over open ocean, mostly US to Hawaii. What do you recommend? Not for navigation, just for looking out the window of a commercial airliner.

    1. Hi Arnel, unfortunately technology has limitations! No app can detect your location if you are flying and not connected to the internet. Location services uses multiple criteria like GPS, network, Wifi hotspot etc., to estimate your location. Unfortunately when you are flying you wouldn’t be having access to any of these except if you are connected via flight wifi. These kind of application would be only available to military personals and not publicl

      1. Interesting question, Jerry. Don’t they also not have something like satellite connectivity? I have experienced sometime my Tom Tom tower shows no tower and the GPS wouldn’t work.

    2. I guess any offline app would do. i’ve found Open GPS Tracker wich has offline maps but never got to use it. Since it uses GPS from satelites i don’t know what this has to do with being out of GSM and WiFi coverage…

        1. well, just tried it, it works fine on samsung and huawei, altough it takes a litle more time to initialize. There are other things better than iphone on the market you know?

          1. Bogdan, thanks for confirming. Not sure how samsung and huawei picks up location in airplane mode, but definitely has lot of usage; While trekking this would come handy particularly when you don’t ave network.

        2. Just to add to that, I flew to Pittsburgh from NY over the summer, and I left the GPS on in airplane mode and opened maps. It seemed to track me accurately the entire time, from turning on the runway to turning in the air. It was pretty neat.

          1. Seems there may be some misunderstanding as to how GPS works. Certainly no internet connectivity is required for GPS to pick up and report a location to a maps application. A phone’s GPS is a passive system that receives identifying signals from at least 3 GPS *satellites* (no such thing as GPS towers) in order to triangulate your coordinates. It then reports those coordinates to the phone, which can use them to display your position on a map. The GPS chip is, thus, only a receiver – not a transmitter – and can work perfectly while the other communications features of the phone are deactivated.

  3. The free version of OsmAnd (at least the latest version, v.1.8) limits the user to 10 map downloads total… for example, 10 US states. And if you delete some states and then want to add others to get up to 10, too bad! That’s a lifetime limit of 10 downloads. While I like the app, I don’t like this strong-armed tactic.

    As a side note, Amazon sells the paid version in the US for $3.99, while in the Google Play Store its $7.99.

    1. In that case you may want to verify if the Amazon app is just the same one in Google play. Developers want to make more isn’t?! If you like the app, I wouldn’t hold myself from paying a Starbucks coffee cost to own it. #justmythinking

    2. You could try MapFactor Navigator (with the blue and white icon) its much better, you don’t have map download limit and it actualy can show you a street on the map even if you dont know the number. And as a plus, i find the map rendering more usable when you zoom out although it uses the same map as Osmand.

  4. I agree the author specifically categorizes maps with me as a navigation app. It’s NOT. Period. That’s the problem with these “experts” they’re NOT. Fail.

    1. Will, thanks for the feedback. We will definitely look into this to refine the list. Appreciate the feedback. Keep em coming. It helps us give you the best information.

  5. I have been using an App called Be on Road. Completely free using OSM. Fantastic Voice Navigation have used it extensively in Europe and am very happy with it. Offline maps which work very well with just GPS even without SimCard if one wishes

  6. Ye,

    But all these free GPS “Offline” Apps dont give you turn by turn direction…that defeats the whole purpose….!!!!!!!

    I know that you can download maps and ZOOM in but that’s not what I want.

    I need TURN BY TURN direction….without WIFI or DATA.

    1. The sygic app whch we have tested gave turn by turn direction without using wifi or data. Let us know did you experiment with this app?

  7. I’ve use sygic to travel from Romania to Germany (near Stuttgart) and this offline system got me to the point i had to be .The single wrong point where that in Hungary and Austria in some area around Budapest and Wien the speed limits where other then that shown on sygic .The Fixspeedcamera where notice quite good by sygic.I’ve use also igo primo but i sticked to sygic .

  8. I am primarily interested in coastal navigation and offshore islands. Do these apps include them?
    My boat’s Garmin GPS does not have maps, so please tell me if it will do as a GPS with them.

    Bob V.

    1. Ashish,

      To my knowledge the updates and maps are free as well as the usage. I will check the app out again but I think its is one of the free map apps around.

  9. I agree the author specifically categorizes maps with me as a navigation app. It’s NOT. Period. That’s the problem with these “experts” they’re NOT. Fail.

    1. Hi John,
      We wouldn´t want you to get lost either. I have always wanted to go to Japan, Lucky you, =-). The gardens are so nice. Have a nice trip!

      1. it preforms like a standard gps you would buy from the store where in my opinion most others fail. the offline maps and voice turn by turn are very accurate, here where I tested it on my LG phone and nexus 7 tabblet here in the USA

        1. Hi Jeff,
          Welcome back, it´s good to hear from you again. Those are definitely some good reasons. =-) Others who read your feedback are going to find it useful. How long have you been using it? =-)

  10. I’m new to using a smartphone & offline maps but would like to find a map system that would provide maps showing secondary roads (county or lesser) in the less populated areas of the U.S.. I do winter landscape photography and finding paper maps for this purpose is getting old. Ideally, finding a solution that uses gps to track me as I’m snowshoeing through the countryside would be perfect. I take lots of twists and turns looking for images and after a while can get turned around pretty seriously. Thanks for any suggestions on either offline maps or suggestions of modifying my search query.

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  12. One of the biggest problems I face using Garmn in Thailand is in entering an address. 99 times out of 100 it rejects or denies any knowledge of the place name entered . This means effectively that I have to find the new destination pretty much by luck, good judgement and a sprinkling of local knowledge . Do any of the apps you mention have a more “user friendly” interface for finding new locations? In Thailand you can only get official map details from one company Esri and pay an additional ÂŁ50+/- for the pleasure of doing so.

    1. Hi Tim,
      How unfortunate to hear about the issues you are having with the addresses, but the first option is user-friendly and will also work offline. Hope you like the app and thanks for reading. =-)

  13. I’ve tried all these mentioned gps navigation apps but found all to be lacking in one way or another in terms of function and accuracy.
    Another gps navigation app, HERE Maps, which is not mentioned here beats all of them in my experience.

    1. Rody, specifically what features of HERE maps made you think that the apps listed on this list isn’t good enough? Do you mind elaborating it?

      1. Its the accuracy and excellent routing decisions of HERE that I found worthy of commendation. When i did try the other 5 navigation apps, I experienced less than commendable routing suggestions. Some lacks details like street names. I guess Osmand app is I can say at par or maybe has more features than HERE but I didn’t like the graphics (just a personal choice maybe). Sygic has excellent graphics (maybe the best) but not giving praiseworthy routing decisions, and it’s not free.

        1. Hi Rody,
          I have used HERE and I have to say that it´s my personal favorite for all the features it has. Thanks for sharing your opinion. Great app. =-)

  14. I tried both Maps.Me and Map Factor Navigator. I could not find a way to enter a street number, but only the street name and a cross street. Not much good if it finds a street that is 10 miles long and the number you want is at the other end.
    I used Here Maps before this and it has a street number search. I was simply looking for a different app as a back up option but I will stick with what works for me.

    1. Hi There,
      I have also tried HERE and it has worked great for me, allowing me to enter all the info I need. Thanks for commenting. =-)

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