The Best Offline Navigation Apps for the iPhone [June 2019]
There is nothing worse that can happen to you while you’re exploring an unknown city than losing internet connection. You won’t be able to check where you are and finding someone is easier said than done, especially if you are in a foreign country.
You can prevent that from ever happening by installing reliable offline GPS apps on your iPhone. Get one of the apps from our list below and you will never get lost again!
Since you already have an iPhone, make sure to get the Apple Maps app, if it’s not installed already. What many people don’t know is that the app allows you to download directional data and maps for offline use. You won’t be able to download entire maps, but you can, however, save the parts that will guide you to your destination.
You will have to enable the Location Services on your iPhone to be able to save the map. Enter the location you want to go to, and Apple Maps will automatically calculate the route for you. If you ever run into an area with low internet coverage or a sketchy signal, the app will keep you on the right path. If you suspect that the area you are going to won’t have a signal, prepare the app before you start the journey. Whatever you do, make sure that the “Location Services” is toggled on.
Sygic GPS Navigation
More than 200 million users navigate their way around the world using Sygic GPS Navigation. This app allows you to find your way anywhere on the globe, without needing an Internet connection. You can find and download maps of all countries, so you don’t get lost when you venture into the unknown.
The app will guide you to your destination with a voice-guided GPS navigation, providing accurate directions. Another welcome feature is that all maps get updated at least once every six months. So, if you ever run into a new street, the chances are that Sygic has you covered. Try getting lost using it.
Google Maps don’t need much of an introduction since they have been around since day one. What you may not know about this app is that it allows you to download maps you can use offline. Google Maps have useful features you can’t find elsewhere. For example, you can view panoramic photos of locations from all around the globe, so you can quickly identify your location at any given time.
The app is easy to use offline as well, but you have to remember to download the maps you need while you have a connection. The maps will tell you where you are, but you will also be able to see all points of interests, locations of bus stops, restaurants, and other useful information along the way. The extra info could come in quite handy when you are hungry or tired after a long drive.
HERE WeGo is one of the most popular navigation apps on iOS devices, mainly due to its original features. You can download entire maps of over 100 countries from around the world, and the app will provide full voice navigation to where you need to go, even in offline mode. The app can also tell you about the exciting landmarks and other details along the way. It’s perfect for backpacking and exploring foreign countries.
You will get transit option suggestions and lists of cheap car-sharing deals. You can even find out details about the terrain if you travel by foot or bicycle.
CoPilot GPS – Navigation
Drivers will love the CoPilot app because it’s designed with their needs in mind. You will get full turn-by-turn voice navigation, feeling like a real pilot. The app comes with a built-in route planning feature that will help you find your way almost anywhere. Furthermore, the “ActiveTraffic” feature will tell you which route to take to avoid traffic jams in real time!
The only drawback of this app is that it’s not free. However, you can download the free 7-day trial version to test it out before you buy it. The good thing is that the prices are very affordable, and hey, spending some money on this app is better than spending a day lost on the road.
Find Your Destination Anytime, Anywhere
All of the apps we’ve listed above are good at getting you to where you need to go. Some of them can even point out landmarks and details along the way, and others can tell you which road to take to avoid traffic jams. Find the one that suits your needs and you won’t get lost, no matter where you are.