Apple devices owners while traveling often face the need to navigate their location and this is when navigation apps step in.
Each of them has its own unique features that might not be useful for pedestrians or might be unnecessary for drivers. Let's talk about the most popular and best navigation apps you can download for iOS (iPhone 12, 13, etc.).
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Sygic GPS Navigation
Average score 4.5
To get started with Sygic, the user needs to download offline maps. Without this, the application will not work. Therefore, it is worth downloading and setting up Sygic before you go on a trip. Downloading maps on iOS can take a long time, it is recommended to download them via wi-fi network.
After downloading, an animated 3D model of the land is displayed. You can manually zoom in on it, but the maps will load very slowly.
Built-in navigator for trips by car. It can be configured, to display freeways, toll roads, charging zones, crossings, and bypassing unpaved roads;
Ability to save routes;
Totally no ads;
Comfortable map management section, where you can switch between downloaded resources.
A lot of features are only available after purchasing premium version, such as the name of the current street, etc.
The amount of traffic is also displayed only in premium, in comparison with Google Maps, this is a big disadvantage;
In general, the application is suitable for any user, but for a comfortable use you have to buy a premium version. Without this you can not even set up sound notifications in the navigator.
Download link: iOS
Average rating: 4.5
The first time you start the app, it prompts you to download maps based on your current location. However, you can skip this item. You can always download maps in the settings section "Downloading maps".
OsmAnd's layout is simple and pleasing to the eye. You can add markers and favorite places. One of the pros is that the city map can be downloaded by typing the name into the search. To use navigation functions on OsmAnd, you still have to download offline maps.
In addition to vehicle routes, the navigator can build ski, equestrian or bicycle routes. Mode, scale, road style, language, etc. are configurable.
There is a built-in speedometer. The navigator itself is voice-controlled. For example, it voices how long it will take a particular route and the remaining mileage to the end goal, not to the nearest turn. There are no ads in the app, as well as features available only in the premium version
Download link: iOS
Average rating: 4.0
At the first launch you will be prompted to register an account, but you can conduct activities in this application without it.
Roadtrippers has an extremely nice design - minimalistic and user-friendly. On the main screen, you can select places to search nearby: diners, hotels, bars and pubs. It should be said right away that this app is unlikely to be useful in all countries of the world, but it is suitable for quick navigation in Europe and the United States.
Unlike previous apps, this one requires manual permission to use geolocation. The navigator here is not the most convenient - there are no additional screens with information about speed, travel time. There are also no voice notifications.
Download link: iOS
Average rating: 4.5
Another application, relevant to iPhone users in Europe and the U.S., also suitable for traveling abroad. The functionality is limited, the application offers either to download offline maps or to use them online.
In offline mode, you can find a list of regions and download their maps, or use the search within the application.
As with the previous apps, you can find a list of hotels, inns, and canteens. There are even reviews and ratings from other users. There is no navigator, but it is contains section of attractions. You can mark places on the map adding it to your favorites.
Download link: iPhone
CoPilot GPS Navigation & Traffic
Average score: 3,5
Application is paid. The trial period is 14 days
The user of CoPilot GPS Navigation will first be asked for permission to use iOS files and access the navigation.
In order to use CoPilot it is necessary to register. Registration is not difficult, you just need to enter your email and come up with a password, and then confirm it.
The requirements for the password: from 8 characters, upper and lower case letters and one arbitrary character.
After registering, the application will ask you to choose what kind of transport you drive: a car, a camper or a truck.
Be careful when selecting, after that it cannot be changed. The next step is downloading maps, they can also be selected once. So it is not recommended to make a mistake with the choice of the mainland. If you do make a mistake, it will only be possible to change this through the purchase of a premium version.
Next, you will need to download the map. Note that their size is large compared to the application itself. Online maps here can not be used.
Download link: iOS
Average rating: 4.4
After you turn it on for the first time, MapFactor offers a quick setup feature. It is convenient that you can choose the interface language - the choice is not big, but still there.
It is also important that you can customize the units of measurement, select the transport profile and the theme of the application. The next step is giving the app access to the location.
A big advantage of MapFactor is the ability to select the maps that will be used during navigation.
The main disadvantage is that the U.S. map weighs more than one gigabyte, which is a lot for such an app, and not everyone needs a complete map of such a large region.
There is also no online maps. On top of everything else, this is the first app on the list that has constant intrusive ads in the free maps.
Download link: iOS
Apple Maps is preinstalled by default on all devices running under iOS version 6 and above (maps by Google have been used previously). Due to the fact that this app is released exclusively for iOS, it's unavailable for any other operating system.
Key features of the gps app:
- All Apple Maps features are absolutely free since the app is included in the basic set of programs
- Capability to map a route avoiding driving along toll roads
- While following the created route on the screen you can see the speed limit on the route specific parts
This app can be used offline as all the maps are cached and are shown correctly, even if there is no internet connection on your device. Nevertheless, we recommend building an itinerary while you still have unlimited access to networks as thus maps will be more informative and have more details. Apple Maps can also be used when GPS navigation is enabled but without internet access and it will be more than enough for mapping a route.
Apple Maps contain information on roads around the whole globe. The only limitation is 3D-panorama mode which is available only in the major cities of the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK and some Western European countries.
The app provides detailed voice support offering nuanced explanation of exactly where to turn and which road to choose at the fork. The maps also show large establishments and gas stations, as well as information on public transport routes.
The main feature of Waze maps is the active participation of users in the app performance. For example, if you know for sure that there is traffic jam or repair works on a certain section of a road, you can report it via the app and this information will be updated in real time, so that other road users will choose to rebuild their routes due to the received information. The app is completely free and available for downloading for iOS and Android users.
What differs Waze from other apps for navigation:
- The capability to communicate with other users directly via the app, as well as to share routes, create meetings and track movements via maps;
- The app users are involved in the process of maps creation by alerting to important events on roads;
- This navigation app is aimed at the youth and it combines a navigator and a game mode: for helping to inform other drivers you'll get points and ranks and complete levels which adds an interactive aspect.
Waze can work in offline mode, but it will perform only the navigator features and provide no information on traffic. Besides, the program works well even with slow or discontinued internet.
Waze uses its own maps in combination with geodata by Google, so the app will help you to find a route almost in any part of the world. It voices everything that is happening and allows you to record your options for voice messages.
Waze maps show traffic jam and information from other users such as current prices on gasoline at popular gas stations.
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A free iphone navigation app MAPS.ME is available for download to the owners of devices running under iOS, Android and Blackberry. This app uses OpenStreetMap maps which can be edited by any user.
The key features of MAPS.ME:
- Its main focus is on working in offline mode so internet connection is required only for downloading the maps of a selected area;
- Free download of offline country guides is available (though this feature is absent from the basic version of the program);
- Capability to build a route for drivers, cyclists or pedestrians.
MAPS.ME has a simple interface without unnecessary elements since the main features of the app are maps and navigator. The program has a voice assistant alerting to possible dangers on roads and upcoming turns.
The map displays all the necessary information on infrastructure such as the nearest hotels, cafes and shops. In its online version the data on travel conditions (accidents, traffic jam and etc.) is also updated on iPhone.
Here Maps navigator app which has been originally developed for devices running under Windows Phone is now called Here WeGo and is available for for iPhone and Android users. The app is distributed free of charge and allows its users to edit maps and update information on different locations.
The advantages of Here Maps for iPhone:
- 3D mode is available in some cities
- The presence of "offline" mode when only GPS is involved (when this mode is enabled the nearby institutions aren't displayed)
- Automatic download of subway and tram itineraries in all supported cities
According to the developers, voice prompts work in 96 countries and information on traffic conditions is available only in 63 countries.
When you click on a specific building, you will receive full information on the institutions located there and will be able to map a route to the specified point.
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Citymapper is a free navigation app for iPhone (iOS) and Android which is suitable for anyone who prefers public transport to a private car.
The important distinctive features of Citymapper:
- The gps software collects data on public transport itineraries from carriers and ordinary users, so it's always up to date on iPhone.
- Citymapper takes into account different ways of getting around the city, for example, the program can tell you how long you will have to wait for Uber to travel on the specified route or it can make a plan for your bike trip.
- Capability to create links containing the coordinates of a specified point and send them via social networks or e-mail.
The gps app main focus is on hiking and cycling routes so various places located nearby aren't shown. In order to be able to get to the desired point you have to know its address. Accordingly, there are no voice prompts since pedestrians don't need them.
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Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.