This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. OK
776 Shares 59 comments

Best GPS and navigation apps for Android

Update: two new additions!

Of all the apps out there in the Android world, GPS and navigations apps are arguably the most useful, as anyone who's ever been lost will attest to. This is backed up by the sheer number of such apps that are available for Android, some great, some not so great. To find out which ones you can rely on, read on for our pick of the best Android GPS and navigation apps.

20150107 IMGL6138 3
Looking for the best GPS apps? Look no further. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Maps

If you're here thinking that Google Maps doesn't let you use offline navigation, and therefore you need an alternative, well turn around. Google Maps recently added the ability to download areas of the map for offline use, and that includes for use with navigation.

For the Google Maps regular, this is a big and welcome addition. It all works just as it would online, except you don't get updated traffic information. Just make sure to download the area you need before you leave home.

AndroidPIT best gps navigation apps 0023
At last, you can download areas for offline use in Google Maps. / © ANDROIDPIT
Maps - Navigation & Transit Install on Google Play


HERE lets you download maps of entire countries and use them almost exactly as you would online. You have to register to download maps, but once you've done that, you can download as many as you want, and it's free to register, so you can't complain that much.

The app is developed by Nokia and originates from those once lofty devices. It offers a different aesthetic to many other GPS and navigation apps, and some might prefer its ways. Certainly one to try out, as it is undoubtedly an excellent app.

It does, after all, sit on our best Android apps list.

androidpit maps for names 1
HERE is Nokia's superb map app, focusing on offline navigation. / © ANDROIDPIT
HERE WeGo - City Navigation Install on Google Play

Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic

Waze is a free Navigation app that relies on its community for its traffic information, so it's just as well that it's one of the most popular apps of its kind on the Play Store. As a member of the Waze community, you can report accidents, police traps and road closures, which then get cross-referenced with other users' input and broadcast for other users. It also has a very nice interface and a few other nifty features, such as showing you the cheapest gas stations en route, and a points-based system, where being an active member of the community sees you climb the Waze ranks.

waze gps map app
Waze relies on its community to provide live information, but also has some fantastic features of its own. / © ANDROIDPIT
Waze - GPS, Maps & Traffic Install on Google Play

Maps.Me - Offline Map & Routing

Maps.Me was well worth the US$4.99 price tag it used to have on the Play Store, so imagine our delight when the app was made absolutely free. If you haven't picked this one up already, we highly recommend it, because not only is it one of the best Android map apps available – with a clear and simple UI – but it also works offline and includes points of interest such as subway stations, ATMs, petrol stations, and so on.

androidpit maps for names 2
Maps.Me is extremely detailed, but you'll have to zoom really close to see everything. / © ANDROIDPIT
MAPS.ME – Map & GPS Navigation Install on Google Play

Navmii GPS World (Navfree)

The app formerly known as Navfree features offline search, voice navigation, and a neat interface that takes cues from Android (complete with the iconic hamburger menu). It integrates with Google Street View and Foursquare, and provides great-looking HD maps for more than 30 countries. It also includes community map reports, real-time traffic information, and OSM maps, which can be used offline.

androidpit navmii
Navmii is easy to use, and its interface is iOS-meets-Android. / © Navmii
Navmii GPS World (Navfree) Install on Google Play

GPS Navigation & Maps by Sygic

Sygic is one of the most popular offline navigation apps on Android, and with good reason. The TomTom-powered app offers high-definition maps for most countries in the world, and recently received an update that brings it more in line with Android Lollipop (i.e. it's easier to use than ever). It's recently gone down the freemium route, offering many maps for free, but providing extra features such as live traffic information, regular updates and extra navigation voices at a price.

sygic gps map app
Sygic has provided one of the most comprehensive navigation apps on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT
GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic Install on Google Play

CoPilot GPS

CoPilot GPS offers offline maps for pretty much the entire planet. Cleverly, CoPilot can sync with social network accounts like Facebook and Twitter, and set turn-by-turn directions to events you're scheduled to attend. The first map is free (you can choose from a specialized list), and then CoPilot functions in license form. If you buy the premium version, you get 12 months traffic information for free, too.

copilot gps map app
Get one map free with CoPilot GPS. / © ALK Technologies
CoPilot GPS - Navigation Install on Google Play

MapFactor: GPS Navigation

MapFactor uses OpenStreetMaps (OSM) map data, which gets installed on your device so you don't need an internet connection when using it. MapFactor offers all the usual bells and whistles of SatNav, with turn-by-turn directions, voice navigation in several languages, and the option to change your route depending on whether you're driving a car, a truck, or just walking. It also includes audible noise warnings when you approach speed cameras – not that you would ever dream of breaking the speed limit, would you now?

mapfactor gps map app
MapFactor doesn't require an internet connection. / © MapFactor
MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps Install on Google Play

OsmAnd Maps and Navigation

This free version of OsmAnd offers everything you need for easy offline navigation. The app uses OSM data, and is updated regularly to take into account new roads, traffic lights, and so on. The paid version (US$5.99) provides information from Wikipedia to show you points of interest along your route (great for freewheeling road trips). It's a great app for hikers and cyclists too, with a special display mode showing bike routes, walking paths, and contours to indicate steepness.

OsmAnd gps map app
OsmAnd integrates with Wikipedia to provide information about your location. / © ANDROIDPIT
Maps & Navigation — OsmAnd Install on Google Play


The physical SatNav is all but dead, but the legendary TomTom lives on in Android form. The maps are updated for a lifetime, there are also multiple navigation options, all of which are available offline. A new version recently came out to make it better suited to Android Lollipop, and it offers real-time traffic information, 3D landmarks and buildings, and camera alerts. The paid versions are quite expensive, but offer detailed maps for all the regions in question. if you bought the old TomTom app, you can update it to the new one by following the instructions on TomTom's support page.

tomtom gps map app
TomTom is available for Android, complete with a Lollipop-friendly look. / © ANDROIDPIT
TomTom GPS Navigation Traffic Install on Google Play

Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments if you know of a better GPS or navigation app.


Write new comment:
  • can someone suggest best offline map that i can use for walking.I am in california.

  • Try it once

  • I need some real help.. I am old school, I nav by looking at maps. I have been looking for a map app that just has good readable maps. Also with option to have large text, hey, I'm an old fart, and my eyes ain't what they used to be. Can you give any advice on this. I really have little or no use for navigation or gps. And yes I've driven in many countries, and probably logged at least a million miles behind the wheel over the last 50 years. Thanks for any advice. Also I've tried Mapsme, OsmAnd, Navigator all fall short as actual maps.

  • Don't use TomTom! It has secret expiration dates for offline maps. It has left me stranded on several occasions. I live in the South where there are many areas without cell coverage. I have launched TomTom (which I paid a nice heft price for) only to find it refuses to run without first wanting a forced update to the tune of 2GB!

  • Great app information. I use Geo measure area calculator for GPS navigation measurements. You can try it in free for iPhone and Android.

  • CJ Brown 6 months ago Link to comment

    Google Maps works just fine for me without any problems regarding GPS Navigation signals ( I'm glad you can finally save Maps for offline use now). I will take the time to check out the other recommended GPS and Navigation apps mentioned in this article (you never know when one app performs just fine in one Country, but does not in another Country) :)

  • Bogdan 6 months ago Link to comment

    What about NAVIGON?

    • highdroid 4 months ago Link to comment

      Pretty damn expensive

    • $30 for the US.

      • Its free, just install Aptoide app its like playstore and there you can fins the Navigon cracked with all the maps for free, I have it already for all the europe and works great, and sygic its not bad but it need to do some more work to install it in smartphones to get all the features for free.cheers

  • John dave 6 months ago Link to comment

    Google map is one of the best App for GPS. Now You can download areas of the map for offline use.

  • gigilica 6 months ago Link to comment

    Nobody use IGo? I think its the better navigation apps.

  • 18
    anshul 6 months ago Link to comment

    Nice article. I use Google maps & navigation and it works well. I will also try & explore new apps.

  • While I use Google on wifi I'm with OSMAnd offline - they did a complete redo of the user interface last fall and it's much more intuitive. The Pedestrian view is great for showing not only hiking and park trails but alleyways and pedestrian paths in the city. I"ll throw in that on my older device I use a utility called ActiveGPS that unlike some over-hyped alternatives really does seem to effectively goose the GPS receiver (at the cost of some battery life). An article about getting the best from GPS reception, regardless of map, would be useful.

  • Al38 6 months ago Link to comment

    There seems to be no mention of Route 66 which I have used for some years and is excellent, at least here in the UK). The follow-my-car feature is great, and, I think, unique among navigation apps.

  • tariq 6 months ago Link to comment

    WAZE is the best just because u can see the reported cops! Saved me some tickets

    • j c 3 months ago Link to comment

      Might want to rethink that, when you see just how much of your phone and personal information you are giving that app....

  • I just don't understand the love for HERE appreciate. I have had no luck using it. It either takes you the long LONG way or drops me in the middle of nowhere and recalculates. Look elsewhere.

  • Pristavni 9 months ago Link to comment

    Tom tom is a scam for me. Paid 3 years ago for a lifetime update version, now they ask me to pay for each year except the 2 first year at a discount rate. Asked for a refund which was refused by tomtom. I filled a complaint to google play store and they accepted it. bye bye tomtom

  • Where do you think Here navigation app rates in GPS rating apps I like it it's free and you can use it offline too and in the world or download your state or where you would like to go to

Show all comments

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. More info

Got it!