Need help getting from A to B? Standalone GPS devices are still popular with drivers, but downloading a dedicated app to your phone is an easier, more convenient (and possibly cheaper) option.
Still, the app market is incredibly competitive, and you may find yourself overwhelmed by the huge variety on offer. To help you find the right GPS app, we’ve put together a list of the 14 best choices available today.
TomTom Go Mobile
TomTom’s a top name in the GPS sector, and this app’s a fantastic option.
TomTom Go Mobile provides alerts for traffic updates and speed cameras, and while its freemium model gives you 50 miles’ worth of navigation for free every month, upgrading to the full package costs just £14.99.
Google Maps is a hugely popular option, with plenty of great features and solid reliability. With one of the world’s biggest brands behind it, Google Maps is simple to use and updated regularly.
This GPS app features turn-by-turn voice guidance, live traffic updates, and downloadable maps are ideal for offline use (avoiding signal-related problems). This was originally created by Nokia, but changed hands after a sale to a German consortium (including Audi and BMW), and the app has continued to go from strength to strength.
The application features a simple and elegant interface with mapping options all over the world. Here WeGo supports map downloading for offline use and also shows traffic information. You can even customize the app by saving places for quick directions, all for free. Further, the map creator app hosted by them also allows you to make edits to a map.
Waze is a little different, with a community-based structure allowing drivers to share information on real-time traffic changes. This puts a social spin on the GPS app, and allows you to help other drivers avoid time-wasting delays.
Another GPS app by Google, Waze stands out among all the GPS apps. It features a community-based structure that allows the users to update real-time traffic information and report accidents. This helps the other users in saving time and finding out great things about the area like nearby petrol pumps etc. The free app is equipped with all other necessary features.
InRoute is a smooth GPS app, with helpful features such as the ability to hunt for points of interest within a set distance, making planning fuel top-ups or meal stops easier. Live-updating keeps weather conditions and important information on roads current.
Co-Pilot is a powerful offline app ideal for use on holidays or business trips abroad, where roaming charges can get costly and Wi-Fi is unavailable. Their performance remains dynamic and fast without an internet connection.
Love to take hikes or long bike rides? Komoot is a GPS app designed for people like you, providing turn-by-turn directions offline and detailed information on the terrain around you. You can get your hands on one map for free, but any other regions will cost you. Good directions can be a literal life-saver in the great outdoors, and this has a solid reputation for accuracy.
OsmAnd (or OpenStreetMap Automated Navigation Directions) provides global navigation for free, with vocal hints, points of interest, and the ability to switch between walking, driving and cycling.
A different kind of navigation app, OsmAnd caters directly to the needs of the people who are looking for offline navigation. You can simply download a map and enjoy offline navigation with points of interest and vocal guidance. You can also switch between driving, walking or cycling. The free version imposes a limit on the number of maps you can download.
MAPS.ME apparently has more than 50 million users around the world, which is testament to its quality.
Another free GPS app on the list, Maps.Me features both offline maps and turn by turn navigation. The app features offline searching and allows you to bookmark frequented locations. Maps.Me offers worldwide support and provides traffic data for most locations. There are no in-app purchases, making the app completely free. However, there are some ads on it.
The default GPS application for iOS users, Apple Maps is right next to Google Maps. Though the map saw some hesitation initially, the current version is seamless and excellent. The flyover feature of the app which allows you to view 3D structures is especially helpful. Detailed turn-by-turn instructions live traffic update and all other features are available.
Sygic is an immensely popular navigation app that uses TomTom maps to offer offline navigation maps. The app provides voice guidance, turn by turn navigation, alternate routes and even speed limit. The free version provides you access to very limited features. There are 3 different purchase plans for the app, priced at $13.99, $17.99 and $29.99. The final plan offers you lifetime access to all the features of the app.
Map factor is a slightly popular application that offers all basic GPS and navigation features for free. Using OpenStreetMap as the basic platform, the app offers you access to free offline maps updated monthly. To get maps beyond these, you will have to pay some amount. Using this app, you will be able to switch between 2D and 3D mode and day or night themes. Supporting dozens of countries, the app also provides cross-border routing and vocal directions.
CityMapper, as the name suggests is great for people who travel from using public transport on a daily basis. The app compares the journey time by different methods like cycling, walking, taking a cab, using public transport, etc. The app is renowned for providing real-time traffic updates faster than most other apps. It even allows you to see the train schedule when offline and save your daily routes for easy navigation.
Previously known as TeleNav, the app has undergone a transformation in terms of its name, appearance, and logo. The GPS app is reliable featuring all basic functionalities of a navigation app. The app features a social media element whereas it can automatically share your ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) with your friends. The complete version of the app costs around $24.99 per year.