The 4 Best Free Offline GPS Apps for Android to Navigate Anywhere
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We already know there are lots of great navigation and maps apps What's the Best Maps and Navigation App for Android? What's the Best Maps and Navigation App for Android? Using the rights maps and navigation app can mean the difference between making it to your appointment on time or being late -- so we examine the best of them for you! Read More for when you do have a data connection, but what about when you need your location when you’re offline?

Offline GPS is a vital feature for any maps app. Ironically, it seems you’re most likely to get lost when you don’t have a connection, perhaps because you’re exploring a foreign city and have data roaming turned off No Roaming Fees: How Traveling Internationally Can Be Cheaper No Roaming Fees: How Traveling Internationally Can Be Cheaper There's no reason to spend a dime on roaming fees. Yet, I constantly hear about people forking over their hard-earned money to talk with friends or family while traveling abroad. Read More , or because you’re on a cross-country road trip and find yourself in a dead zone in the middle of nowhere.

Here are four free offline GPS apps for your Android device. Download them, and you’ll never get lost again!

1. Google Maps

Yes, I know, it’s obvious. But I can’t write a list like this without giving it a mention.

And it’s more than deserving of its place. If you’re on Android, nothing else comes close for ease-of-use and integration with the operating system. Microsoft’s Maps app Windows Maps vs. Google Maps: 7 Features Windows Does Better Windows Maps vs. Google Maps: 7 Features Windows Does Better It's time for the Windows 10 Maps app to step out of Google's shadow. We show you seven tricks that will turn you into a power use of this awesome app. Read More could give it a run for its money, but at the time of writing, no Android version is available.

If you want the Google Maps app to work offline How to Download Offline Maps in Google Maps for Android How to Download Offline Maps in Google Maps for Android Want to use Google Maps without an Internet connection? This is how. Read More , you need to do a bit of preparation.

Tap the three-line icon in the upper, scroll down, and select Settings > Your Offline Areas to see what locations are already stored. In most cases, Google will have already automatically saved your local area offline. To download a new area, tap Custom Area, drag the window to the part of the map you want to save and click Download.

In the image below, you can see the maximum size of the map you can download. It equates to an area of roughly 200 miles x 120 miles.

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There are some limitations to using the app offline. The app limits the maximum size of each individual offline file to 2 GB. You can work around this by saving lots of offline maps, but it’s not efficient and should only be used in extreme circumstances.

Furthermore, the app automatically deletes any downloaded maps after 30 days without an internet connection. If you’re planning to trek through a rainforest for six months, it’s not a suitable solution.

Download: Google Maps (Free)

2. MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps

If you want to try a non-Google alternative, the best choice is arguably MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps. It’s free to download and doesn’t require in-app purchases.

When you fire up the app for the first time, it will prompt you to download maps for offline usage. That’s because there is no online map function — so don’t download the app and expect to have a map of the entire world at your fingertips.

There are more than 200 individual maps to choose from, including 56 in Europe and 53 in the Americas. They are organized by country, but densely populated areas have sub-regions available. You can also find maps for speed cameras in certain areas. Each map pulls its data from OpenStreetMap.

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Once the maps have downloaded to your device, you can search them manually by tapping on Map or ask for directions by heading to Navigate. The Navigate tool has some useful built-in features including a live odometer, route simulation, and route replays.

Download: MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps (Free)

3. GPS Navigation and Maps Sygic

You might not have heard of Sygic, but it’s powered by TomTom — so you can be confident in the accuracy and quality of the directions.

The app is useful for both drivers and pedestrians:

  • Drivers can enjoy speed limit warnings, speed camera warnings, fuel price suggestions, and even parking availability.
  • People on foot benefit from pedestrian zone navigation and offline locations of popular sights, tourist attractions, hotels, etc.

Though some of these functions are limited when you’re using the app offline.

When you open the app, it will recognize your location and prompt you to download the relevant map for that area. If you want a different locale, tap Choose Another Country.

The maps themselves are clearer and easier to interpret than MapFactor. It’s simple to switch between walking and driving modes, and you can easily share routes with friends and family if you’re all making the same journey.

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The premium version adds various features such as live traffic reports, a HUD to project GPS directions directly onto your windshield, a dashcam recorder How to Choose the Right Dashcam for Your Car How to Choose the Right Dashcam for Your Car As you browse dashcams you may wonder why one would be desirable. What features do they offer? How are they different from a regular camera? Why not just use a smartphone? Read More , and lane guidance. However, if you’re planning to predominantly use the app offline, those features aren’t necessary.

Download: GPS Navigation and Maps Sygic (Free)

4. CoPilot GPS Sat-Nav Navigation

In-car navigation is the primary focus of CoPilot GPS Sat-Nav Navigation. People on foot should avoid it.

The app excels in route planning 15 Ultimate Chrome Extensions For Travel Planning 15 Ultimate Chrome Extensions For Travel Planning Search for a flight or hotel, plan a route for the road, save items you find, and discover new spots with these excellent 15 travel tools for Chrome. Read More . For every journey, it will give you three separate options. If you’re using the app online, they’ll be accompanied by traffic reports. For each of the three routes, you can add up to 52 individual waypoints. If you’re planning a road trip and want to make sure you see all the points of interest as you drive, it’s ideal.

The developer has added thousands of offline locations such as hotels and restaurants. You can search all of them from within the app, even if you don’t have an internet connection.

After downloading the app for the first time, you’ll be given a free seven-day trial of all the premium features. These include 3D maps and an audio navigation assistant. Once the trial expires, the app limits you to 2D offline maps and visual turn-by-turn directions.

Download: CoPilot GPS Sat-Nav Navigation (Free)

Watch Your Battery

I’ll leave you with a quick word of warning: continuously running GPS apps in the background of your phone will drain your battery fast. If you’re walking, try to leave your GPS turned off as much as possible — and if you’re driving, think of investing in a portable charger The Best Pokemon Go Power Banks The Best Pokemon Go Power Banks Pokemon Go beats the heck out of a phone's battery. Squeezing a bit more Pokemon-catching juice out of your phone requires a power bank. But what's the best battery out there? Read More or a car charger 10 Smarter Ways to Charge Your Smartphone 10 Smarter Ways to Charge Your Smartphone How do you recharge your phone? At a guess, I'd say you plug it into a standard charger, or even the USB port on your computer. The dull way. Read More .

I’ve shared four of my favorite GPS apps with you, but now it’s your turn. Which apps do you use when you need an offline map? Have you tried any of the apps on this list? Which is your favorite?

You can leave all your tips, recommendations, and opinions in the comments below.


Originally written by Chris Hoffman on March 23rd, 2012.

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  1. Josef
    May 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Can't understand how Google Maps made it to the top of offline GPS tracking applications.
    Offline Google maps stop working after 30 days unless updated - ridiculous.

  2. Maja
    February 11, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Track your loved ones with android free askLocation app from google play.

    It's ok app because location data is always available even phone is indoors in garage or basement and out of GPS range. App is using also GSM service for location data, very good...and not battery draining...
    It's for safety not spying purpose...

  3. Ty buchanan
    October 30, 2017 at 4:23 am

    MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps and GPS Navigation and Maps Sygic should not be on this list. Neither work offline. They shutdown when there is no wifi. Indeed, I don't think there is any Android satnav app that will work offline. The bugs make them useless. They are always seeking free wifi to cache up.

    • Panting Sandy
      December 5, 2017 at 4:17 am

      Here WeGo works offline. You're talking nonsense.

  4. David Tuff
    February 28, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Sygic is my navigator of choice, been using it for some years and find it great, maps are updated regularly and are pretty accurate. Always use a in car charger as the battery drain is severe. Use it in both phone and tablet, great product.

  5. Taz
    February 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

    HERE Maps everytime.
    For OpenStreetMap data and walking Locus maps.
    For Traffic data - Waze or Google maps (which use Waze data)

    • Alan Trinder
      February 24, 2017 at 5:38 am

      Wouldn't agree, I find they do not respond, even acknowledge map error reports.

      OSMAND for me

    • Alan Trinder
      February 24, 2017 at 5:44 am

      Surprised , shocked even that OsmAnd is not included. Mapping very good and accurate. Very responsive. Free version gives 7 maps minus 1 for the world map you must download. Includes walking and cycling as well as driving plus off road possibilities.
      Worth looking at.

  6. Matt
    February 21, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I can also thoroughly recommend using MAPS.ME too. I discovered it when I was in Hong Kong for two days, downloaded the maps using the hotel's website then went out exploring with no 4G. It worked flawlessly, including turn by turn voice nav... so much so that I've continued to use it as my "go to" GPS app even now I'm back home. The maps auto prompt you to update them periodically too, so you're never out of date.

    • Bren
      February 28, 2017 at 4:41 am

      Need to add that my favorite is MAPS.ME. I was just now using it in Thailand. Their recent upgrade announced that they now do real-time traffic reports, but of course, for that part to work you would need to be on-line. Off line you get everything you want including route calculation, re-reroute calculation when you still get lost , (can't do that with Google maps) and voice directions. Works for walking and bicycles too. And maps can be placed on SD card memory for those "tight" memory phones out there. I also found the map detail visually more readable than other apps I tried.

    • Toddaroo
      February 28, 2017 at 7:39 am

      I have used on my android and ipad locally here in Canada for over two years, and also for a vacation while in Eastern Africa. Works fantastic especially since they keep adding new features; voice navigation, restaurants tagged, rerouting etc.

  7. Willy TW
    August 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Furthermore, the latest version of Google Map allows to add stops and multi-way point.

  8. HUY
    March 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

    HERE MAPS is the best of them all and offline too !

    • Aaron
      July 24, 2016 at 2:17 am

      They left out this app. Its a good one for both android and apple users..

      • Ty buchanan
        October 30, 2017 at 4:27 am

        Where is the link?

  9. Rita
    April 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    When i wass in Roma, I used a app from Nelso. Nelso has apps from all the big city's in the world, not so manu in the USA, but a lot in Europe. When you look for a map of just 1 city than it will be a good one. The app works totaly offline and can tell you what is nearby. It even tells all about the atractions.

  10. Max
    February 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Yes lol 10 downloads are more than enough. I've installed the app and it is trying to download same 1st map 7th times already. OSMAND rocks lol. Got 3 out of 10 free downloads left though didn't get a single map yet ;))

  11. zarmani
    September 14, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Hi Chris
    Does Navfree work for Hwawei U8812d with android 2.3.6

  12. DaveatClifton
    September 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I tried Navfree on my Pantech Crossover and it crashed a lot (usually when entering destination info) and did not handle street addresses well...didn't accept house numbers. When it did know a location, it worked great...but more often then not, it wouldn't accept the destination.

  13. Gene
    September 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I have NavFree on my tablet, thought it would be helpful since I moved from North America to Eastern Europe. It is a very frustrating program, it doesn't have a simple 'find my location' feature. Support is poor, they do not reply to inquiries. Then again, it is free. Checking out OsmAnd right now. Thanks for the article!

  14. Alex
    August 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Wonder why You left out NavDroyd? It's a version of MapDroyd however does provide turn-by-turn navigation in both 3d and 2d
    It also uses the same OpenStreetMap which you
    can download

  15. nigel kernick
    August 19, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Seems to be a good collection of smartphone GPS know-how in this discussion. I'm wondering if anyone has come across an Android application like the iOS app "Bit Map"? Basically it lets you take any image file, and import it into the app by defining the datum (eg. WGS84) and lat/long for each corner of the map/image. Thanks in advance

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 25, 2012 at 1:35 am

      Hm, never used anything like that. A quick Google reveals some people comparing Androzic ( ) to Bit Map.

      The Google Play page says you can create your own maps with Androzic, so maybe it will work for you! Let us know how it goes if you give it a try.

  16. Ravinder Singh
    August 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    You forgot to mention OsmAnd. I found it great and on top of the list. I have tried almost all free GPS navigation apps but OsmAnd is really nice. Try it and provide your feedback.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 18, 2012 at 12:09 am

      I mentioned OsmAnd in the comments -- unfortunately, OsmAnd wasn't released when I wrote this post.

      At the moment, I'd say OsmAnd is my favorite dedicated app.

      The default Google Maps app's improved offline support is also pretty awesome, but offers no offline navigation.

      • Ty buchanan
        October 30, 2017 at 4:30 am

        Online satnavs are two a penny mate?

  17. gary
    August 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

    do MapDroyd support malaysia for navigation ?

  18. gary
    August 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

    do MapDroyd support navigation in malaysia ?

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 17, 2012 at 4:30 am

      MapDroyd doesn't have navigation (it just shows you where you are on a map, shows you nearby street names, etc).

      That said, it does have maps for Malaysia.

  19. secret
    August 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Try the free version of Route66. It kick ass!

  20. Chris Hoffman
    July 31, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I'm not sure if OsmAnd is really optimized for cycling directions, from what I could Google up.

    Here's a tip from a fellow Nexus 7 user: You have $25 of Google Play credit so it may be worth buying a paid app. Sygic seems well reviewed, unfortunately it looks like you have to buy on their website..

    Google Maps offline navigation is workable if you plug in the directions ahead of time. I've done that while cycling; it worked. Obviously if you need new turn-by-turn directions on the route, it won't help unless you can find Wi-Fi.

    • Damon Osborne
      August 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Seems many many maps but I want to plug a sat antena into my andoid (Momo 8 Bird Ice cream sandwich) tablet.
      Ideally Usglobalsat BU-353 but problems rampant. No interface with droid or OTG USB. Can you genii come up with an answer for an old Ex techie.
      Makeuseof is endlessly interesting. Great achievment. Thank you.

      • Chris Hoffman
        August 25, 2012 at 1:38 am

        I'm not sure if this is possible, sorry -- although I'm not familiar with the Momo 8 Bird.

        I know that some other tablets (Nexus 7) support USB OTG so they should work.

  21. Rob Wood
    July 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you. Found your site, and will try Osmand, Navfree and Google Offline for my Europe trip.

  22. Reza
    July 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I want to know if there is any application that can be used on cell phone that is as capable as Cars' navigation system. I mean can speak out the direction. If there is any please let me know any probable differences between the app and the navigation system. Thanks.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 31, 2012 at 12:14 am

      I'm not sure if there are -- I haven't come accross that feature yet, I don't think. I bet a paid application would have that feature, so you may want to look at Sygic or Garmin Navigator. It's a slicker experience, but you pay for it.

  23. borces
    July 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I found one very nice off line navigation program ( beta version).
    It's MapFactor Navigator .
    Works with offline OpenStreet map with coverage for whole world.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 24, 2012 at 2:55 am

      Looks pretty decent! Uses OpenStreetMap data like the others, though, so its point of interest database will be similar. Nice that it has navigation, though.

    • Frank
      January 17, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Not being able to nominate house numbers was the only significant limitation I found with MapFactor but there is at least one way of getting around it. Use Google Earth to find the destination, go into Street View and position the cursor on the entrance to the destination and note the map reference in Decimal Degrees. (Options may need to be changed to display the map reference in Decimal Degrees. This option might only be available on the Pro Version of Google Earth.) MapFactor can now be directed to the map reference rather than a street address. If you wish to keep the destination as a favourite, the map reference can be renamed to the street address.

  24. canamm
    July 16, 2012 at 2:49 am

    I downloaded navfree. It's OK for the money but I really like a GPS that will take a house address. This won't. It will only take me to a cross street. I'll pay for sygic.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 17, 2012 at 1:34 am

      Yeah, it seems like that's a feature you have to pay for -- offline gps with an address database. I couldn't find any app that provided it.

  25. tas
    July 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Chris, and thanks for all the info!
    I am a bit confused of what's the verdict of Google Navigator today, after the upgreats. Does it still provide a free, offline navigator with address location etc?
    Also, the vector maps that someone mentioned is a good thing to have. Does google maps support it?

    all the best,

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 17, 2012 at 1:37 am

      I believe Google's offline maps are vector maps.

      The new Google Maps provides stable offline support -- it's out of beta, it's easy to use, and it shouldn't automatically delete maps anymore.

      However, you can only navigate online -- you can see where you are on a map offline, but you can't plug in an address and get directions unless you're online.

      That said -- you can get directions offline and use Google Maps after that. It will remember the directions and you'll be able to use it as a GPS en route to your destination.

      For my purposes, it's awesome. If you want offline address search and directions, you'll need another GPS app.

  26. adrian oberc
    July 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Hi Chris, thanks for the list. I'm visiting Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Rockies) in August and am looking for an app that will provide me with
    - offline functionality (data charges abroad are a rip off)
    - map(s) for the above areas (so that I know where I am)
    - points of interests (attractions/pub/restaurants etc)
    - directions (using GPS) walking and driving (to help me finding where I am and how to get where I want to be:)

    It looks like OsmAnd is ticking all the boxes. I like Google Maps but it does not do points of interest or directions I think. I know it's slightly off the topic but have you used Vancouver City Guide TripAdvisor? Will try it out (and look for some other alternatives) as soon as my phone comes back from repair (damn Sony with their ICS roll out). Otherwise I would have to carry loads of (heavy:) travel guides etc. Cheers

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 17, 2012 at 1:43 am

      OsmAnd is good. Bear in mind that its point of interest database is incomplete, though.

      Google Maps has good offline support except for point of interest search -- however, you can go online to get directions and then use the directions offline. If you're wandering around downtown Vancouver or somewhere like that, you can always stop by a coffee shop to get Wi-Fi and do a search.

      I bet paid GPS apps (I've heard good things about Sygic) will have better, more comprehensive offline point of interest databases. If I were you, I'd try OsmAnd and see how many points of interest it's aware of in your destination areas.

      I've never tried the TripAdvisor app, but it seems to have good reviews and TripAdvisor has been a great website, in my experience -- so I'd give it a tentative thumbs up.

      Have a good trip! Vancouver is a great city.

  27. Devendra
    July 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Does any one of these offline app can be used for my HTC XE?

    • aurel
      July 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      for mapdroid... when ia try to download maps it always get stuck without finishing download... any ideas why? Motorola xt720

      • Chris Hoffman
        July 15, 2012 at 12:35 am

        Not sure, never experienced that problem -= I'd try the new Google Maps built-in offline feature, though. It's actually solid now. OsmAnd, which I mentioned and linked to in the comments above, is also another good option.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 15, 2012 at 12:34 am

      They should work, you have a recent enough version of Android -- the only way to know for sure is to try it out for yourself!

  28. sweety
    July 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    ilike this

  29. somebody
    June 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    WRONG! Navfree is not a FULL offline GPS app. It's basically useless because you can't use the navigation feature offline. You need a data connection in order to search for an address. If you can't search for an address, it makes navigation pretty useless!

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Kind of. Address search needs a data connection. However, the point of interest database does not need a data connection. However, the point of interest database may be fairly incomplete (depends on your location).

  30. armin
    June 29, 2012 at 1:01 am

    looks like navfree doesn't have a Philippine map available :( but mapdroyd has one :)

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Don't forget to try the new Google Maps offline feature, too! It seems to work better.

  31. Chris Hoffman
    June 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Google just updated Maps for Android with offline navigation (!), so this article may be totally out of date. Check it out:

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 28, 2012 at 5:19 am

      Nope, looks like there's still no offline navigation -- it's just improved offline support. It's nice for many people, but if you need offline directions/location search or more maps than just a few metro areas, you'll still need a third-party app.

  32. Rich
    June 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Since no one else has mentioned it I'll recommend Locus ( ) which has free and paid for versions. You can get a (free) add-on map pack that gives you 20+ choices of map layer, from Ordnance Survey (the ultimate UK map) to Google Maps to OpenstreetMap.

    Also (& this is the important bit) it'll let you use vector maps. There is either a built in shop or you can source your own. This is fantastic because lets face it who wants to carry about 3gb+ worth of map data when you can get the same detail for under 500mb. Yes disk storage is cheap but mobile storage is not (yet).

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      That also looks like a pretty decent option! Thanks for chiming in.

  33. Alex
    June 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

    What about other apps, like MapsWithMe?

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Looks pretty good -- appears to have no search and no navigation though, so I think OsmAnd wins out.

  34. Bri
    June 23, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Ohhhh, but I love Co Pilot for Android. A great off-line SD card map GPS app!

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      Yup, there are some good paid GPS apps (never tried Co Pilot, though). Honestly, if you're going to use a GPS app for navigation, it might be worth paying for one. The paid ones do seem significantly higher quality, from what I can see.

      • Chris Hoffman
        June 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm

        (The offline ones, that is -- Google navigation in Google Maps is great if you have a data connection.)

    • BB
      August 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Copilot Live USA doesn't update their maps very often. My house is two years old, with the surrounding development being over three years old, and it doesn't display any of the streets in my area. That's not unique to my area, though. I've seen a lot of other locales missing, too.

  35. Indra Lesmana
    June 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Hey!, can you tell me what spesific android version that's compatible with your recommended apps? Is it works on Xperia X10 mini?

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      You should be able to click through to the links and Google Play itself will tell you whether each device is compatible. Looks like OsmAnd and MapDroyd will work for you, but Navfree needs a newer Android operating system version.

  36. bob_southall
    June 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Hi I have tried most of these "offline GPS" apps and they all make the GPS acquisition run that slow that it renders the unit useless. I just waited 45 min to get a lock. Fortunately I also have a Nokia which does the job in seconds and runs with no network connection like a dream...Guess which ones getting the boot if an upgrade is not available soon!

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Sounds like a problem with your Android device or model, I think. It acquires in seconds on my device.

  37. user46
    June 13, 2012 at 1:44 am

    can i use this with my samsung galaxy 4.0

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Yup, they don't need an Internet connection, so they're particularly useful for devices without cellular data connections! Tablets, too.

  38. user46
    June 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

    can i use this on my samsung galaxy 4.0

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 15, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Sure, should work fine!

  39. bro po
    June 12, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Hey, I was wondering if you could use the maps downloaded in Mapdroyd in Mapfree by just moving it into the right folder. I thought because they both get their maps from the same site that they would likely be in the same format. This way you can download smaller sections of maps such as just Alberta and BC. I will try it and post back.

    another thing, does osmAnd only work without data connections for short distances as it says? that would kinda suck.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 15, 2012 at 7:10 am

      In Navfree? I'm not really sure, it's possible -- but it's also possible that each app has its own special format and you might have to name the files correctly. Depends how the developers did it. Let us know how it works for you!

      I just asked OsmAnd for offline driving directions from just outside of Vancouver to Kamloops -- a 381 km journey. It worked fine! Took a little while to crunch the directions, though.

    • Sanderd17
      August 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      You won't be able to interchange map files. OSM data is in unsorted XML format. Which is really huge (250GB to be exact) and you have to read the entire file to find something. - Therefore, the apps that use the data need to compile it to a custom format, they need to include their own indexes etc so it's not to big on your device and fast enough to query certain features.

  40. Chris Hoffman
    May 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    In case anyone's reading these comments and looking for better apps, check OsmAnd out:

    I just discovered it. It looks new -- I don't think it existed when I wrote this post. It uses OpenStreetMap data, has directions, and a points of interest database. In comparison to the two other OpenStreetMap apps here, OsmAnd has a slicker interface.

    • Miles
      July 1, 2012 at 1:57 am

      OsmAnd is free only for the first 16 map downloads.

      • Chris Hoffman
        July 2, 2012 at 12:53 am

        Hm, I didn't notice that limitation because I don't need anywhere near that many maps. Thanks for chiming in!

        • Sanderd17
          August 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm

          Well, free for the first 16 map downloads, but it's legal to circumvent this.

          If you get the nightly from their site, you have just as much features as the paid version (you're only missing the automatic updates through the Market).

          They just ask you if you could buy the donate version to pay for their map servers.

          I would like to see a comparison Navfree-OsmAnd though. As they both have access to the same data, it's really a battle on best features.

        • Chris Hoffman
          August 17, 2012 at 4:29 am

          Personally I preferred OsmAnd's interface -- interface may be more important than features for most people if both have the basic features down.

  41. Silent Elektron
    May 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Hey Chris,
    I installed navfree app on my galaxy nexus. but when I open it it says, update your app to download the maps. but i had downloaded and installed the latest version. Any idea what the problem might be?

    • Chris Hoffman
      May 30, 2012 at 1:00 am

      That's odd -- assuming the app is installed, you should be able to open it, tap the circular icon and then tap Upgrades to download maps. If this doesn't work, I'm not sure what the problem is. I don't have a Galaxy Nexus to test this out, sadly.

      • Silent Elektron
        May 30, 2012 at 5:27 am

        Hey Chris,
        I just checked the play store. There was one more version which was released few days after I downloaded the app. That is supporting the maps download. I dont understand why they do this. Not to support the just previous version! I tested it out today morning. For a free app, this works amazing! :)

        Anyways, thank you for the reply! :)

  42. Jean-Claude
    May 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    No mention of OruxMaps? I've used it in the past and it was great! But my phone got stolen so I'm looking to see if it is still recommended or if there is something new and better...

    • Jean-Claude
      May 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      BTW, I use it mostly to tag interesting spots to visit while on vacation in Europe. I save the maps with different "zoom levels" on the phone and import my travel KMZ files from Google Earth into the application.

      I also use it as a "tracker" or "logger" to keep a trace of where I've been (to georeference my pictures).

      Is that "Sygic" overkill for my use? Or can I just use on of the recommended apps from your article?


      • Chris Hoffman
        May 30, 2012 at 12:55 am

        I've never come across OruxMaps before. It looks like you have to use a desktop app to get offline maps?

        I've never imported KMZ files or anything that fancy-- I don't know if these apps can actually do that. I just use it as a simple GPS map that shows me where I am occasionally.

        Sygic has a free trial, so the good news is you can play with all the options and see which you prefer.

  43. naylinaung
    May 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

    offline gps get.

  44. FADY
    May 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm


  45. kainaga
    April 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    does mapdroyd have malaysia map and does it need internet connection to open it?

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 5, 2012 at 4:02 am

      It does appear to have a Malaysia map. You'll need an Internet connection to download the map from within the app, but after that it works with no Internet or data connection required.

      • Wanna_try2
        May 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

        What about sygic? Its free and a good offline gps app too

        • Chris Hoffman
          May 7, 2012 at 4:49 am

          Sygic is awesome. I tried it and it blows everything here away.

          Unfortunately, it's only free for 7 days, and then it costs money. Still, if anyone's looking to shell out for a GPS app -- give Sygic a go.

        • Ganoes
          May 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

          What about Navigon? Have you tried it? Better than Sygic?


        • Chris Hoffman
          May 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

          I haven't tried it, but it looks pretty good. It's another professional app (by Garmin, which makes dedicated GPS units).

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  47. Vishnu
    March 25, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I use maps (-) for Android. It also stores cache in SD card and have multiple map sources

    • Chris Hoffman
      March 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation. It seems a bit on the complicated side, but it does offer many more map types.

    • Farid
      August 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      map(-) looks interesting, good reviews, im downloading it now. i too use WAZE, and its nice, very community, and if you want to make it work offline, just view the entire map area that you need to travel to, (it will cache) it, then go offline, that actually works, and for a free production, navigation works offline via this way..

      in singapore, google navigation is not available, but by rooting and getting from xdadeveloper, i got google navigation to work, but it needs to be online *sigh*

      • Chris Hoffman
        August 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        Google Nav doesn't work offline anywhere, sadly.

        I tried Map(-) but wasn't impressed, perhaps it improved?

        • Noel
          September 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

          Who says that? I am on PAYGo plan with no data and I use navigation all the time. I have HTC One X. AFAIK, majority of new phones have A-GPS then why do you need the data? Google Nav (Navigation) can use A-GPS to connect to satellites.

  48. Tug
    March 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I prefer Waze over the ones listed. However it requires a data connection so I guess that disqualifies it.

  49. Zack
    March 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Do any (or all) of these store the cache on the SD card if the app is on internal memory?

    • Chris Hoffman
      March 24, 2012 at 6:14 am

      I believe that MapDroyd and Navfree do! I don't think Google Maps does.

  50. l3gion
    March 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Tmn Drive :D

    • Chris Hoffman
      March 24, 2012 at 6:10 am

      Looks pretty good -- too bad it's only for Portugal!

      If anyone's interested, here's a link:

      • l3gion
        March 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

        I forgot to mention that Chris, that is only free with Portugal Maps. :(

        Anyway, this is a "copy" of NDrive, but with a free Portuguese Map.


      • Fredrik
        July 9, 2012 at 7:34 am

        Sweet! This just solved my problem when heading to Portugal in a few weeks. Thank you!