Having an offline GPS is important not to be on hand when you have no signal or no data package. There are several navigation apps that don't need the internet to plot your route and help you find the best route.
has collected the top 8 apps available for Android and iOS for free.
1. Sygic GPS Navigation & Offline Maps
Sygic GPS Navigation & Offline Maps is a navigation service designed for offline use, despite having features accessible only online. The user must download the map, according to the region of the country he prefers.
After downloading, it is possible to browse the maps in 3D without internet. The app also displays tourist attractions, restaurants, gas stations, accommodation, etc. The paid version includes traffic information, voice navigation, speed limit, among other extra features.
- Sygic GPS Navigation & Offline Maps (free, with paid version option): Android | iOS
2. Offline GPS
As its name implies, Offline GPS is an app that offers a GPS navigation service that doesn't need internet to work. The user must define the desired locations and download the maps referring to them. Graphs can be viewed in 2D and 3D, in pedestrian or driver mode.
Interesting places in the surroundings are also displayed, such as shops, transport, banks, etc. There are also features such as voice instructions, vehicle camera and head-up display, which projects directions directly onto the windshield.
- Offline GPS (free): Android
3. GPS our country
Our country's GPS has the differential that it already comes with the country map installed. So, just download the app and explore the streets of the main cities through 3D maps. It is possible to choose to display the speedometer on the screen and to do voice searches, when activating the driving mode.
The account service also has a database of speed cameras and locations with speed control, to avoid fines. Integrated with Foursquare, the application also indicates establishments nearby. If connected to the internet, the user can check traffic information in real time.
- GPS our country (free, but offers in-app purchases): Android | iOS
4. Maps Me
Maps.Me is a navigation app with a friendly interface, in Portuguese and that doesn't need internet to be used. Once downloaded, the app identifies your location and suggests the map of the region to download.
The service generates routes from one point to another for different means of transport, even offline. If you are going to walk or ride a bike, it informs you when there are climbs and decides along the way. The application also indicates interesting places in the surroundings, with reviews and photos sent by other users.
- Maps.Me (free, but offers in-app purchases): Android | iOS
5. Google Maps
Google Maps may not need introductions. But what not everyone knows is that the app can also be used without internet. To do this, search for the location and, in the result, drag the bottom bar from the bottom to the top. Then you will see the Download option.
On the next screen, you can define the area of the map you want to download. Then just tap Download again. The offline version allows you to trace routes and get to know the attractions and establishments in the region.
our guide How to save routes in Google Maps and access maps offline shows step by step in detail.
- Google Maps (free): Android | iOS
6. HERE WeGo
HERE WeGo is not a specific app for offline browsing, but it also offers this option. In the side menu, go to Download Maps to download the entire map of our country. It is not possible to download by region.
In non-internet mode, the user can trace routes with different means of transport. As well as checking out where tourist attractions and commercial establishments are located along the way. You can use map view modes, satellite views and even listen to audio instructions.
- Here WeGo (free): Android | iOS
7. MapFactor Navigator
MapFactor Navigator has a paid and a free version within the same app. To use it free of charge, you must opt for Navigator Free. Then the user needs to download the map. It is not possible to download only one region, only the entire country.
Despite the less user-friendly interface, it has accurate location information and extra features. The service allows viewing in 2D and 3D and has a differentiating option for navigation aimed at truck drivers.
There is even indication of maximum speed limit, speedometer display and interesting places along the route or at the destination.
- MapFactor Navigator (free, but offers in-app purchases): Android | iOS
8. Polaris GPS
Polaris GPS is an offline navigation app option for hikers and hikers. Ideal for exploring places where you don't know if there is an internet signal. As with other applications, firstly, you need to download the map to access it without using the data.
In addition to the offline map, it offers magnetic compass features, location information and satellite signals, and sunrise and sunset data. The user can also save tracks while making them for easy access later.
- Polaris GPS (free, but offers in-app purchases): Android
Watch out for battery consumption
Using GPS navigation apps tend to consume a lot of smartphone battery. So, if you need to use a program like this for a long time, a good solution is to invest in portable chargers.
If you are going to use it in the car, check that your car does not have USB ports through which you can at least maintain the device's charge. If not, it may be a good time to look for an automotive charger.
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