When we think navigation app, we typically think Google Maps. It’s the one most people recommend. It also happens to get frequent updates. Google has been really on top of navigation especially over the last couple of years. However, there are plenty of different options if you aren’t clicking with Google Maps. Most navigation apps act the same way. You input directions, follow them to your destination, and that’s about it. Each one does it a bit differently. In this list, we’ll check out the best GPS apps and navigation apps options for Android!
- BackCountry Navigator
- HERE WeGo
- Google Maps and Waze
- Polaris GPS Navigation
- Sygic GPS
- Scout GPS Navigation
Price: Free / $9.99 / Up to $29.99
BackCountry Navigator is an excellent navigation app for hikers. It’s pretty expensive but what you get is a number of offline topographical maps. It’s perfect for those places where data services don’t exist. There are a few fun features as well. You can add favorite spots and markers on the map, view different types of trails, and more. It also has a few map choices. Buying the app gets you unlimited, ad-free use of the app. It’s powerful, but be sure to try it before you buy it. It is fairly expensive.
HERE WeGo Maps
HERE WeGo is one of only a few serious competitors to Google Maps in the navigation app space. It features a simple, elegant interface with mapping options all over the world. You can download maps for offline use in your region. That should help in areas with spotty data connections. HERE also shows you traffic information (where available), public transit maps, and you can customize by saving places for quick directions later. It’s all free to use. There is also a map creator app that can let you alter maps as well.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
MapFactor is one of the low key popular navigation app options. It includes the basic navigation and GPS features. It uses OpenStreetMap. That means you can get free offline maps that are updated monthly if you want. There are additional map options as well, but they may cost money. Some of the other features includes voice directions, cross-border routing, 2D and 3D modes, day and night themes, and more. This GPS app also has support for dozens of countries around the world. It’s not half bad for what you get.
Price: Free (with ads)
MapQuest has undergone many redesigns over the years. However, it’s the same sturdy service we’ve known about since the good old days. It employs the standard turn-by-turn directions. There are also other features such as live traffic updates (where available), re-routing directions based on traffic, and a service to find cheaper gas. You can even use it to call a tow truck if you break down. It’s not as good as Google Maps or as effect at finding cheap gas as GasBuddy. However, it’s a great way to kill two birds with one stone.
Maps and Waze
Google Maps and Waze are both excellent GPS apps. They are also both by Google. Google Maps is kind of the measuring stick for navigation apps. It has tons of locations, reviews, directions, and street-level photography of most locations. Additionally, it has accessibility features and you can download maps for offline use. Waze is a little more simple. It’s great for directions, especially on road trips or daily commutes. It uses user data to show things like traffic jams, police locations, and other useful info. Plus, Waze has a lot of fun voices for navigation. You can’t go wrong either way. They are both quite good, even if they serve different types of people.
Check out how you can navigate safely even without an active internet connection using the Google Maps offline feature.
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- Published: June 26, 2020 10:09 PM IST
Google Maps is pretty much a necessity when you’re traveling to some new place. However, most people use the app’s directions and services online. This means that if you for some reason, manage to lose out on cellular service en route, you cannot use Maps effectively anymore. Also Read – How to unlock full Dolby Atmos Equalizer on OnePlus 7, 7T and 8 series smartphones
However, this need not be the case. Google Maps allows a neat little trick that allows users to take down a section of the maps data offline and store it locally on their devices. Once this data is stored offline, you do not need the internet to access Google Maps or directions from point A to point B, as long as both these points are within the area that you took offline. Here is how to take a section of the map offline on your phone. Also Read – Here’s how to create a link to text on a page using the new Chrome extension
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Open Google Maps with an active internet connection. To take a section of the map offline, you will require internet connectivity to download this data. Try to get a Wi-Fi connection as the download could be large depending on the area you have selected.
Step 2: Go to ‘Offline Maps’
Select your Google account profile picture in the top right corner to open up the menu. Look for the ‘Offline Maps’ section. If this is the first time you’re downloading a map offline, the only option available in this section to you will be ‘Select your own map’. Click on that to download a section of Google Maps offline.
Step 3: Select the area to be taken offline
Once you select Offline Maps, you will be shown a rectangle on the screen. Use two fingers to pinch in and out and select an area for which you need the maps to be taken offline. Google Maps can take pretty much large sections of the maps, including a couple of entire cities in one download. Hence, a good practice to follow is to take a little more than what you need so you don’t fall short of information later. Once you’ve set the boundaries, click on ‘Download’.
Navigation and directions on Google Maps when offline
Let the download finish and you will be set. Now this map and all the information in it will be available offline on your phone when you need it. Navigation is also simple. Just open up navigation within these areas as you would normally on Google Maps when you have cellular connectivity.