What are the best offline GPS navigation apps for Android?

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    #1MAPS.ME

    MAPS.ME
    Maps.me is a fast & detailed offline maps and navigation app of the whole world for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. MAPS.ME application gets its data from OpenStreetMap project.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    William Alexander
    Written on March 16, 2017
    "GPS apps are great for getting around, but sometimes you don't have internet access and need something that works without it. MAP.ME is excellent for this. I recently used it to travel across the country and it worked even in the rural areas well away from the cities. It's nice not having to find a gas station and ask for directions."
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    #2MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps

    MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps
    MapFactor GPS Navigation Maps is a GPS navigator and vehicle tracking app for Android. Contains free offline maps from OpenStreetMaps.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Vincent Ortiz
    Written on March 15, 2017
    "I often travel in rural areas and need directions or maps. Google was just not cutting it, and I was desperate for a app that could cover the areas I needed when I was offline. Mapfactor came to the rescue and I now no longer fear getting lost or out of place in a rural area."
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    #3CoPilot GPS

    CoPilot GPS
    Copilot is an offline GPS / satellite navigation app for iPhone / iPad, Windows Phone 8 & Android Smartphones and Tablets.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ling Wu
    Written on April 25, 2017
    "Copilot is a reliable source for GPS navigation which provides accurate turn by turn directions that you can use when needed. CoPilot does not need a mobile connection so there’s no risk of being left stranded without maps in mobile dead spots or incurring roaming fees when driving abroad. I recommend this for anyone who needs reliable GPS."

WHAT’S THE MEANING

Global Positioning System (also known as GPS) is a satellite navigation system that was originally developed by the United States government for military purposes and has become fully operational in 1995. The United States Air Force started to utilize it since then.

DID YOU KNOW

In response to the threats of the cold war, the United States embarked on the quest for developing a new global navigation device. GPS was primarily intended for military purposes only. However, a tragedy in 1983 happened when Soviet Union shot down Korean Airlines Flight 007 when the flight entered a prohibited airspace owned by the Soviet, killing 269 passengers of Korean Airlines Flight 007, and that lead to the declaration of President Ronald Reagan to allow public access to the United States military GPS. Although it was opened for public use, high-frequency GPS signals are still reserved for military use until on May 1, 2000, GPS for civilian use has become more accurate. Today, the number of people living in the household who are utilizing GPS on their smartphones reached a soaring 107.41 million in 2017. Moreover, ever since the first installation of GPS in automobiles in 1996, the number of households in the United States who have been using GPS in their cars amounted to 58.42 million in spring of 2017. Perhaps, GPS offers more than its accuracy to detect your location on the map—it offers comfort and security for people who are easily lost and allows people to track their family and loved ones with ease.

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    #4Google Maps

    Google Maps

    Google Maps is a user-friendly navigational app that lets you choose and plan your route by public transportation, car, bike, walking, or even taxi. You can also explore areas to find restaurants, supermarkets, and more near you. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Android

    Christian Allen
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "I use Google Maps on an almost daily basis. It is by far the best GPS app available on the market, period. Why waste money on an expensive dedicated GPS device when you can have all of the same functionality right in the palm of your hand with an Android device you already own."
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    #5HERE WeGo

    HERE WeGo
    HERE WeGo is a free mobile app designed that makes city navigation easier. With detailed routes, turn-by-turn guidance, including gas prices, and parking places, this app would help you go around anywhere. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Cindy Lu
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "I went to Thailand as a solo traveller and don't know much about the place so before leaving my country, I downloaded the maps for Thailand, and so when I got there, I didn't even get lost! Thank you so much for this app! Thailand is such a big place and surely I would get lost if it wasn't for Here We Go! :D"
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    #6Navmii GPS World

    Navmii GPS World
    Navmii GPS World is a driving app that takes the hassle out of finding places, leaving you free to just drive. Navmii gives you Traffic, Navigation, community Reporting and driver Analytics at your fingertips.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Victoria Yao
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "I admit, I don't have a sense of direction. In fact, my mom always gets mad at me for being soo stupid with directions! but Navmii GPS World literally changed my world. Data connection is very expensive in our country and don't want to avail it just for directions so it's really good that there are finally apps like navmii that lets you use the app even when you're not connected with the internet!"
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    #7Offline Map Navigation

    Offline Map Navigation
    Offline Map Navigation is a free navigation app in which you can find the driving route in few seconds between any two locations you set. It will show step by step instructions with voice navigation and make your travel easy.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Douglas Jimenez
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "LOVE THIS GPS FOR MY PHONE! IT BLOWS AWAY THE COMPETITION AND I'VE NEVER GOTTEN LOST. ONCE I GOT LOST USING WAZE SO I CLOSED WAZE AND USED THIS APP AND I WASN'T LOST ANYMORE. SERIOUSLY RECOMMENDED."
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    #8OsmAnd

    OsmAnd
    OsmAnd is a map and navigation application that has access to the data provided by OpenStreetMap. It features a voice and optical navigator, creating aGPX tracks, a choice between different commute modes, and more!
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    George Mitchell
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "I am always getting lost and waste tons of time looking for addresses. This application has really helped me out. It has great, easy to read maps that help me navigate. It has been a lifesaver for me, I can drive right to me destination now. If your looking for GPS navigation and maps then check out OsmAnd."
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    #9Scout - GPS Navigation & Maps

    Scout - GPS Navigation & Maps
    Scout is a complete online and offline solution, that does not only make mobile navigation, but also global digital maps (including city maps) easier to use and more adaptable to your needs.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jordan Jacobs
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "I had planned out a drive through the desert, and with it being the desert I wouldn't have internet so I needed a GPS to help me navigate. I found Scout - GPS Navigation & Maps through the Play Store and it helped me immensely in my drive."
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    #10Komoot

    Komoot
    Komoot is your personal guide for a great outdoor experience. Millions of people all over Europe explore nature with this iPhone and Android app. Komoot provides you navigation and recommendation technology for cycling and hiking tours.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ryan Bennett
    Written on March 9, 2017
    "Komoot just works. I kept losing my connectivity in the mountains, but it still worked. The offline mode is magical. This app is a must have."
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    #11TomTom GPS Navigation Traffic

    TomTom GPS Navigation Traffic
    TomTom GPS Navigation Traffic is an app that lets you get the fastest route, see exactly where traffic jams are and how to avoid them. This app works even offline, so you won't need an internet connection to plan your route.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Philip Jenkins
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "TomTom's biggest problem is that it lacks up to date information. Comparable services like Google Maps are constantly update in real time so you know the info is as accurate as reasonably possible."
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    #12Polaris Navigation GPS

    Polaris Navigation GPS
    You can convert your mobile device into a powerful GPS with Polaris Navigation System. With a tool-set that includes online and offline maps, a panel for all standard GPS parameters, odometers, altimeters, speedometers, and directional compasses, you'll never feel lost and alone again.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Juan Uribe
    Written on June 25, 2017
    "Polaris Navigation offers anything you would want in a navigation app. It allows download of maps for when you are offline, shows you height, distance and helps you plan your trips. It's the perfect GPS app for your android device."
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    #13Geo Measure Area Calculator

    Geo Measure Area Calculator
    The Geo Measure Area calculator provides you with the calculation of all area measurement such as real estate and property.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Larry Richardson
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "Google Maps is already feature rich with a GPS feature but I kept looking for an app that would allow me to use my GPS and get directions even when I'm offline. I was happy to find the Geo Measure Area Calculator because it calculates the directions to the place you want to go to and then saves them for offline in case you don't have an internet connection on the go."
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    #14Magic Earth Pro Navigation

    Magic Earth Pro Navigation
    With Magic Earth, you have OpenStreetMap, 3D maps, Satellite maps, Turn-by-turn navigation, HD Traffic, Transit and Offline maps on your mobile device. 

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    John Martinez
    Written on May 26, 2017
    "Magic Earth provides accurate GPS navigation using TomTom maps. The interface is very smooth, simple and provides HD clarity for a wonderful navigational experience. It has helped me when traveling on many occasions and I prefer it to the more popular and mainstream applications any day. "
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    #15ZANavi

    ZANavi
    ZANavi is an offline open source (GPL) car navigation app for Android. It's based on Navit and Openstreetmaps OSM.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Bob Sun
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "So I was looking for the best possible GPS navigation apps for android and I had a friend tell me about ZANavi, it is an ZANavi is an offline open source (GPL) car navigation app for Android. I love it, I never get lost anymore."
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    #16Offline-locator GPSdroid

    Offline-locator GPSdroid

    Offline-locator GPSdroid is a free app for Android devices that will help you to find the location of a selected cell phone instantly. The app must be installed on your phone and the cell phone you want to track. It uses GPS device, WiFi or Cell Tower Network Data to work.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Maja Loncar
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "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..."
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    #17Offline GPS route & Navigation

    Offline GPS route & Navigation
    This app is an optimized and fast GPS route finder app to find the best and Optimized route to your Destinations. The Application stores the offline Map on the User's SD card or Memory card time by time thus reducing the extra data traffic and saving the internet data.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    David Caballero
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "A great app for those that are like me and have no sense of direction. It is awesome that you can use it in those areas where you can't get online. It was easy to use and worked great on my Android phone."
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    #18Neongeo

    Neongeo
    With Neongeo you can search geocaches on the go. It features map serves, geocache listings and offline support.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Sara Simmons
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "If you are into geocashing this is a must have for not using up your whole data plan on your phone. You can do most everything offline with this app."
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    #19Neongeo - Demo

    Neongeo - Demo
    This app is a 30-day free trial of Neongeo. In this game you can search geocaches on the go. It features map serves, geocache listings and offline support.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Hemant Patel
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "Neongeo is offering a 30-day free trial for their geocaching app. It has full offline support so it is a good choice for those looking for offline GPS navigation apps on android when geocaching. If you are using the app for navigation in a vehicle to get to a destination, Neongeo might not be the best app."
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    #20Sygic

    Sygic

    Sygic is a GPS navigation mobile app that can guide you to your destination even without an Internet connection through offline maps. It can also help you to avoid traffic and find the best parking spots for you. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ignacio Valencia
    Written on September 3, 2018
    "This is the best offline GPS for Android. I've used it in some road trips and it's easy and useful"

Summary

Best What are the best offline GPS navigation apps for Android
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MAPS.MEApps 47 Free
2MapFactor GPS Navigation MapsApps 34 Free
3CoPilot GPSApps 32 Free
4Google MapsApps 31 Free
5HERE WeGoApps 31 Free
6Navmii GPS WorldApps 28 Free
7Offline Map NavigationApps 26 Free
8OsmAnd Apps 26 Free
9Scout - GPS Navigation & MapsApps 24 Free
10KomootApps 19 Free
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