People use GPS apps on a daily basis: work, family, travelling, hobby and sport. But, how to choose the best one among thousands of them?
I was trying to find the right GPS app for my upcoming trip and spent hours rambling around in Google Play. Moreover, I could not find a decent article with a list of Top GPS apps (usually 5 or 10 of them, and mostly repetitive).
I am sure, I am not the only one, who was looking for such information. So, here you go: I would like to share the list of the best and most popular free GPS apps, presented in Google Play. I have chosen the ones with more than a million of downloads, rating minimum 4 stars and with official websites.
|Review||Number of downloads||
|1||Google Maps – Navigate & Explore||4.3||5 milliard||Navigate your world faster and easier with Google Maps. Over 220 countries and territories mapped and hundreds of millions of businesses and places on the map. Get real-time GPS navigation, traffic, and transit info, and explore local neighborhoods by knowing where to eat, drink and go – no matter what part of the world you’re in.|
|2||Waze – GPS, Maps, Traffic Alerts & Live Navigation||4.4||100 million||Always know what’s happening on the road with Waze. Even if you know the way, Waze tells you about traffic, construction, police, crashes, and more in real-time. If traffic is bad on your route, Waze will change it to save you time.|
|3||MAPS.ME – Offline maps, travel guides & navigation||4.5||50 million||Free, fast, detailed and entirely offline maps with turn-by-turn navigation – trusted by over 100 million travelers worldwide.|
|4||Life360 – Family Locator, GPS Tracker||4.5||50 million||Life360’s Family Locator simplifies life in the digital world by making it easy to stay connected to the people who matter most.|
|5||Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps||4.7||50 million||Sygic – GPS, Navigation is the world’s most downloaded GPS navigation app, trusted by more than 200 million drivers. Offline 3D maps are stored on your phone for GPS navigation without an internet connection. We update the maps multiple times per year for free, so that you can always rely on Sygic GPS Navigation.|
|6||Find My Kids: Child GPS-watch & Cell Phone Tracker||4.6||10 million||Find My Kids: Child GPS-watch & Cell Phone Tracker|
|7||TomTom GPS Navigation – Live Traffic Alerts & Maps||4.1||10 million||TomTom GO Mobile is the GPS, turn-by-turn, voice navigation app with downloadable maps, offline routes, precise live traffic and speed camera alerts, both updated in real-time. This app helps save time and money and lets you drive new roads in over 150 countries.|
|8||Phone Tracker By Number||4.5||10 million||Phone Tracker by Number app is a robust and accurate GPS tracker that helps you locate your phones and your kids. It is designed to help you find your kids’ location by mobile number in a very accurate and fast way.|
|9||Runkeeper – GPS Track Run Walk||4.4||10 million||Join the community that helps people get out the door and stick with running forever! Track exercise, set goals, sweat, and see progress along the way. Whether you’re working your way up to tracking a 5K goal or deep into marathon training, use the GPS app trusted by 50 million users and counting.|
|10||GPS Status & Toolbox||4.4||10 million||Have you ever waited minutes to get a GPS lock? Do you often forget where your car is parked? Did you ever wonder what sensors do your device have and whether they work properly?
GPS Status & Toolbox is the answer to all your needs.
Displays all the GPS and sensor data you ever were curious about: position and signal strength of satellites, accuracy, speed, acceleration, altitude, bearing, pitch, roll and battery state.
|11||HERE WeGo – City Navigation||4.3||10 million||HERE WeGo is a free app that makes city navigation effortless whether you need a taxi, public transportation or drive on your own.|
|12||MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps||4.6||10 million||MapFactor Navigator is a free GPS navigation app with free offline maps from OpenStreetMaps (incl. free monthly maps update). Navigate without an internet connection in more than 200 countries. Intuitive voice turn-by-turn navigation in different languages, speed limits, camera warnings and many other useful features.|
|13||Offline Maps & Navigation||4.7||10 million||Navigation app that combines the best of offline and online features to create the ultimate navigation experience. Compact maps of over 200 countries were specially optimized to take up less space on your phone. Follow accurate voice directions, avoid traffic jams and get speed limit & speed camera alerts. Regular map updates.|
|14||Strava: Track Running, Cycling & Swimming||4.5||10 million||Track your fitness with Strava activity tracker. Record routes, map your favorite bike trail or run & analyze your training with all the stats – for free!|
|15||Fake GPS Location – Hola||4.1||5 million||Fake (change) your location easily|
|16||Walk with Map My Walk||4.5||5 million||Whether you’re just starting out on your fitness journey or a seasoned runner, you’ll find the features and tools needed to stay on track and motivated to hit your goals. Get customizable Training Plans, personalized coaching tips to make running feel easier, and more. Stay inspired with a community of over 60 million athletes all supporting your shared commitment to health and fitness.|
|17||GPS Fields Area Measure||4.6||5 million||Easy to use, useful app for an area, distance and perimeter management.
This tool is helping for million people to measure their fields, mark their needed points and sharing their measured maps with their colleagues.
|18||GPS Navigation System, Traffic & Maps by Karta||4.5||5 million||Free, offline, content-rich maps that allow you to explore new places and drive with advanced turn-by-turn instructions. Did we mention that it’s all free? Download all the maps you need, without limits.|
|19||Live Satellite Maps Traffic & GPS Voice Navigation||4.2||5 million||Live Satellite Maps Transit & GPS Voice Navigation, route finder application is designed for traveling with gps maps navigate locator & route planer will comprehends your correct gps area location on satellite maps and show GPS Satellite View Map, gps speedometer, gps maps Voice Navigation & direction for get route & Transit map with easy gps travel & live navigation tracking Through Google Maps API.|
|20||GPS Map Camera||4.5||5 million||When you take a picture, this application will paste the Google map, address, weather and date to picture. (GPS latitude/longitude information also could be included)|
|21||My Location: GPS Maps, Share & Save Locations||4.3||5 million||Get My location maps to help you explore the world, see your current location & address, organize your travels by finding & saving places in any city.|
|22||ViewRanger: Trail Maps for Hiking, Biking, Skiing||4.3||5 million||Discover inspiring trails, download offline maps, and navigate with confidence on your next hike, bike ride, backpacking trip, ski holiday, or outdoor adventure. Go outdoors, anywhere: ViewRanger works offline without mobile and data signals.|
|23||CoPilot GPS Navigation & Traffic||4||5 million||Trusted by millions of drivers globally and many of the world’s leading delivery fleets, CoPilot GPS is designed to meet the needs of all driver and vehicle types to help you safely navigate the roads. Let us help make it productive and enjoyable.|
|24||OsmAnd — Offline Travel Maps & Navigation||4.2||5 million||OsmAnd is an offline navigation application with access to the free, worldwide, and high-quality offline maps.|
|25||Family Locator – GPS Tracker||4.1||5 million||The ZoeMob Family Locator is a very accurate service to monitor your family with GPS technology. A safe way to track the location of your kids using an exclusive and private family map feature. Peace of mind for you when you are not close of your loved ones.|
|26||Map My Ride GPS Cycling Riding||4.5||5 million||Whether you’re just starting out on your fitness journey or a seasoned runner, you’ll find the features and tools needed to stay on track and motivated to hit your goals. Get customizable Training Plans, personalized coaching tips to make running feel easier, and more. Stay inspired with a community of over 60 million athletes all supporting your shared commitment to health and fitness.|
|27||ViaMichelin GPS Traffic Speedcam Route Planner||4.3||5 million||Discover all the ViaMichelin experience and know-how at the heart of its free application (no subscription required): Michelin maps, routes with real-time traffic, 3D mapping GPS navigation with voice guidance and community incident alerts, plus all the services on your route to offer you so much more than a journey.|
|28||Glympse – Share GPS location||4.4||5 million||Glympse is a fast, free and simple way to share your real-time location using GPS tracking, with any of your family, friends or co-workers.|
|29||Handy GPS (free)||4.4||1 million||This app is a powerful navigation tool designed for outdoors sports like hiking, bushwalking, tramping, mountain biking, kayaking, horse trail riding, and geocaching. Its also useful for surveying, mining, archaeology, and forestry applications. Its simple to use and works even in the remotest back country since it doesn’t require network connectivity. It allows you to work in UTM or lat/lon coordinates so you can even use it with your paper topographic maps. Waypoints and track logs recorded in the field can be viewed later in Google Earth.|
|30||GPS Tools® – Find, Measure, Navigate & Explore||4.5||1 million||Have you ever got stuck on road without accurate GPS location? Have you ever needed all GPS based tools in one app?
Get GPS Tools, all-in-one GPS app which includes location tagging, speedometer, altimeter, compass directions, gps alarm, weather & forecast, distance, level meter, area finder, gps time, gpx importer/viewer, hiking maps, and more.
|31||Geo Tracker – GPS tracker||4.4||1 million||If you’re looking for an excellent gps tracker, if you’re a fan of action sports and long distance travel – this app is for you!
Record tracks of your trips and share them with your friends!
|32||Fishing Points: GPS, Tides & Fishing Forecast||4.4||1 million||Fishing Points app enables you to save and find your favourite fishing locations, trotlines and trolling paths. Enjoy the best satellite view or use offline mode with nautical charts for boating. Suitable for every angler on open seas, lakes or rivers.|
|33||Offline Map Navigation – Live GPS, Locate, Explore||4.3||1 million||Offline Map Navigation is a very essential app for any kind of travellers, suitable for those who depend on GPS for finding location and finding shortest driving route to the destination. It also lets you to download maps, access the app in offline and save your mobile data & battery charge.|
|34||Locus Map Free – Hiking GPS navigation and maps||4.4||1 million||Navigation with offline maps for fully enjoyable outdoor experience. Create, plan, edit, record, save or share your trips, keep the memories, track your performance and much more. Locus Map is designed for hiking, mountain biking, cycling, running, geocaching, cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities.|
|35||GPS Fix||4.5||1 million||GpsFix helps to decrease the time required to obtain a position fix.
It keeps GPS/AGPS receiver turned on until location is fixed.
It is useful when your navigation app says “waiting for location” too often.
It shows the GPS, network and Google PlayServices location providers status.
|36||Boating HD Marine & Lakes||4.2||1 million||Nautical charts for cruising, fishing, sailing, diving and all your activities on the water. Get the same detailed marine and lake charts and advanced features as on the best GPS plotters. |
|37||GPS Sports Tracker App: running, walking, cycling||4.4||1 million||Stay fit – track value of distance, average speed, burned calories, steps (pedometer) and much more during running, cycling, walking, rollerskating and other sports and fitness activities. Lose body fat and improve cardiorespiratory fitness with Caynax GPS Sports Tracker.|
|38||Wikiloc Outdoor Navigation GPS||4.2||1 million||Discover millions of outdoor trails around the world. Choose between hiking, running, bike, MTB, kayak, ski or up to 70 different types of activities.|
|39||Golf GPS Rangefinder: Golf Pad||4.6||1 million||Free golf GPS rangefinder, scorecard and shot tracker. Easy to use. Tap to measure distance to any point on the course. Satellite views with aerial flyover of every hole on any of over 40,000+ worldwide course. Conforms to tournament rules. Optimized to save battery life. No registration required to start playing.|
|40||Find My Kids – GPS Tracker||4.4||1 million||Find lost or wandering children quickly and easily.|
|41||AlpineQuest Off-Road Explorer (Lite)||4.4||1 million||AlpineQuest is the complete solution for all outdoor activities and sports, including hiking, running, trailing, hunting, sailing, geocaching, off-road navigation and much more.|
|42||Soviet Military Maps Free||4.2||1 million||Offroad Navigation App with worldwide topographic maps (mainly Russian General Staff). For many countries in Africa and Asia these maps still belong to the best available topomaps.|
|43||Avenza Maps – Offline Mapping||4.7||1 million||Avenza Maps is a powerful offline map viewer with a connected in-app Map Store to find, purchase and download professionally created maps for a wide variety of uses including hiking, cycling, camping, outdoor recreation, and adventure traveling. Free for recreational use, just pay for maps (or download free ones).|
|44||HuntStand: Hunting Maps, GPS Tools, Weather||4.5||1 million||Using this app, you will have access to offline weather and maps of your hunt areas. You can edit your maps while out “in the field” then sync them with your HuntStand account to further explore them online.|
|45||Family GPS Locator by GeoZilla||4||1 million||GeoZilla is a life saver app when it comes to knowing their whereabouts in real time on a map.|
|46||Polaris GPS Navigation: Hiking, Marine, Offroad||4.5||1 million||Easy-to-use high performance GPS for wherever your travels take you. No account setup or subscriptions required.|