A reliable offline GPS navigation app can be a true lifesaver when you find yourself in a place with a spotty cellular data connection. It can also save you money on data roaming fees when traveling abroad. For your convenience, we have selected top 5 best offline GPS apps for iPhone, giving you pros and cons for each.
While we appreciate the sleek user experience provided by Apple Maps, we can’t deny that Google is the leader when it comes to GPS navigation. Famous for its panoramic views of streets and real-time traffic conditions, Google Maps can also be used as an offline navigation. All you have to do is tap the Menu button, choose Offline areas, and select the area you would like to save for offline use. This way, you’ll be able to access driving directions, points of interests, and business information even without data connection. The only two things that won’t be available are walking and transit directions.
MAPS.ME is the most polished offline GPS navigation app that uses free geographic data provided by the OpenStreetMap initiative. Just like OpenStreetMap, the app will always be free and up-to-date. So far, it has been downloaded by over 50 million users and translated into virtually all major languages. The app comes with turn-by-turn navigation, bookmarks, points of interest, location sharing, and social network integration. The current version enjoys an excellent rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
All popular GPS apps can get you from point A to point B. The difference is how they do it. Some are difficult to use and distracting, while others are designed to get you to your destination with ease. HERE WeGo falls into the latter category. The developers have focused primarily on city navigation, creating a modern GPS navigation app with turn-by-turn guidance, public transport information, and accurate offline maps of more than 100 countries around the world.
Walking is arguably the best way how to explore a city and discover its secrets and charms. The GPSmyCity app allows you to conveniently access thousands of travel articles written by travel writers and locals from all over the world. With just a few clicks, you can plan a self-guided walking tour and use the app’s turn-by-turn navigation to guide from one point of interest to another. Best of all, everything is functional in an offline mode, so you don’t have to worry about roaming fees when you find yourself in a new destination.
TrailLink is described as the ultimate trail-finder app for all outdoor enthusiasts. The description is certainly not misleading. With over 30,000 miles of multi-use trails, thousands of trail descriptions, reviews, photos, and detailed trail maps, TrailLink is the only app for biking and hiking that you need to keep installed on your iPhone. Unfortunately, offline maps will set you back $1.99 for 3 maps, $3.99 for 7 maps, or $7.99 for 15 maps. If you’re an avid hiker or biker, you can also purchase 12 months of unlimited offline map downloads for $29.99.