While Google Maps has become the staple app, offering turn-by-turn navigation, traffic statistics and voice-overs, even in developing countries now, there are a bunch of good navigation apps for Android with extra features, including offline maps and more info-heavy interfaces.
Whether you travel a lot or just want to try a Google Maps alternative, here is our list of the 10 best navigation apps for Android in 2019.
#1. GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic
This is arguably the most popular offline navigation apps on Android and we’re not surprised. 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 guidelines making it a whole lot easier to use.
Sygic works with GPS only and so an internet connection is not needed. It recently became a freemium app meaning it offers many maps for free, but extra features like live traffic information, regular updates, and extra navigation voices will come at a price.
#2. Co-Pilot GPS
Coming in second on our list is CoPilot GPS which features voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and offline maps for the whole world besides POIs (Points Of Interest) included and social media sync.
It features a 3D guidance display complete with some fun little map features like lane indicators. You can try the whole package free for a week but after that, you’ll need to purchase a subscription. If you buy the premium version, you get 12 months of traffic information for free, too.
#3. Here Maps
HERE Maps had been exclusive to Nokia’s ecosystem for ages but the offline mapping solution has now made its way to Android.
If you’re looking for a well-designed, thorough offline mapping app, HERE is one of the first you should absolutely try. It has voice direction feature and various methods of travel to choose from. It’s free and you should check it out.
#4. Map Factor: GPS Navigation
MapFactor uses OpenStreetMaps (OSM) map data, which works well without an internet connection when using it, making it an offline navigation app.
As an app that rivals Sygic’s own solution in terms of popularity, and, with a rating of 4.4 out 5, it offers all the features of SatNav (not listed here) like turn-by-turn directions, the option to change your route depending on whether you’re driving a car or just walking and audible noise warnings when you approach speed cameras. Give MapFactor a try, we doubt anything can go wrong.
#5. Map Quest: Maps, GPS & Traffic
This Map app is owned by a company that used to be one of the “go-to” direction websites on the internet many years ago. The service surprisingly still exists today and their Android application is something to write home about.
It has the standard turn-by-turn features along with some unique ones like automatic traffic re-routing, live traffic updates, and a service to find cheaper gas stations on your route! Check the PlayStore for more details.
#6. GPS Essentials
Coming in at number six is GPS Essentials, a decent navigation app despite its old fashioned interface. It has been able to stay relevant because its users love its dashboard.
The dashboard is one that allows you to monitor all kinds of statistics from your average speed, altitude, distance traveled, and many others.
From the look of things, the app was not designed for driving so if you’re going hiking or mountain climbing give this app a look, It’s free.
Maverick is one nav app that will cover the needs of the majority of users, given that the users aim to use it for hiking and other outdoor activities. The app has the ability to save all visited maps for offline use, share your location, share your planned location and an easy to use interface for navigation.
Maps.Me is the next best thing that happened to navigation apps when its price fell from US$4.99 to FREE. Don’t think it became free because it isn’t good enough, we think the developers made so much money off it they decided it can be free.
With a perfectly clean, simplistic and modern UI, the app works well offline and includes points of interest like ATMS, fuel stations, restaurants etc. MAPS.Me is just awesome and If you haven’t picked this one up already.
#9. Polaris Navigation GPS
Polaris Navigation is the ninth entry on our list and it’s an app that tries to be the all-in-one map sources. We must admit that it does a pretty good job at being that.
Users’ main attraction to the app is the fact that has access to Google Maps, OpenStreetMaps, MapQuest maps, and Cycle Route Maps which all work smoothly giving you access to different sources.
It also features trail recording, a unique waypoint management system, multiple coordinate formats, and all the standard navigation app features. With a 4.3 PlayStore rating, this free app is worth a try.
#10. BackCountry Navigator GPS Pro
BackCountry Navigator is last on our list not because it’s the least in terms of functionality but arguably the best. This $11.99 navigation app is perfect for hikers. Aside from the cool features like marking up maps from multiple countries, it has a number of offline topographical maps that are ideal for places where there is no data service to download them like you would need to when using Google Maps (not listed here). It’s an expensive application but there is a free version you can test so why not give it a try?
That sums up our list of navigation apps for now. Did we miss anything? Perhaps your favorite app was left out of the list? Let us know what you think and whether you have any apps you would like to suggest. Meanwhile, you might also want to take a look at some of the best compass apps for Android.