Best navigation apps

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Whether you’re an avid traveler or you just like to take a simple vacation now and again, you know the different challenges that can arise when visiting a new place. Things like getting lost, car problems, not being able to find a list of restaurants or hotels, and so on, can put unnecessary stress on any trip.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of some of our favorite navigation apps. You can say goodbye to getting lost (even if you lose cell service!), not knowing where to eat, or even struggling to find local transportation or how much time it takes to get to such-and-such place. These apps will help eliminate any stress you may be prone to have when traveling, so without further ado, here’s what we think are the best navigation apps for Android.

Google Maps

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This list just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t start off with Google Maps. One of the most efficient apps for navigation help, you want to have it in your map arsenal whenever you’re planning to travel. Whether you’re biking, walking, flying, or driving, you’ll always be able to see where you are and how long it will take you to get to your destination.

That could just be one of the best features on Google Maps– being able to see that you are, in fact, still on the map! If you’re trying to navigate yourself through a new place, or even just locate where you are and figure out how to get back to your hotel, Google Maps will light the way in more ways than one. And if you take a wrong turn? No problem, Google Maps will reroute you to make sure you arrive to your destination in no time.

Download it now: Google Play

Waze

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An app that’s so fun to use (and yes, we’re talking about a navigation app), you can’t go wrong with Waze. Waze will help you get to where you need to go, and alert you of any traffic along the way. One of the cool features in Waze is being able to update people on your ETA. If you’re running particularly late for something, you can alert your friends on when you’ll be arriving with just a few swipes.

Now, what really sets Waze apart from other navigation apps is that it’s community based. That means that others in your area who use Waze can update the app on traffic, hazardous things on the road, and even gas prices! This makes Waze really something special, because everything is updated real time so you can be prepared to reroute or just take anything that happens to come your way on the road. We can’t recommend Waze enough.

Download it now: Google Play

Here WeGo

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An app that you’re going to want when traveling somewhere you’ve never been, Here WeGo is fantastic app that you can use even offline. If you’re in a new city and you’re not sure what your best options are for transportation, Here WeGo will not only tell you your options, but it’ll also compare them so you can see what way will be most efficient while you’re there (and, it even tells you the cost for public transport!)

To use the offline features, you’ll need to download the maps that correspond with your area. This is so easy (and helpful to have in a dead zone!) because Here WeGo has maps for over 100 countries and 1300 cities around the world. And with all of Here WeGo’s app partnerships, you’ll never have to be at a loss to find something. With directions to local ATMs, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, and more, you can say goodbye to any underlying fear of getting lost, so you can enjoy what you travelled for–to experience the city you’re in to its fullest!

Download it now: Google Play

MapQuest

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In some ways, MapQuest is similar to Google Maps. It had turn-by-turn voice navigation, shows you where you are at all times, etc. But it has some other pretty cool features as well that you won’t be able to find with other apps. For example, if you need to book a ride but aren’t sure where to start, you can do it right through MapQuest. They’ll show you options on how to book with some of the most popular companies, like Uber and Car2Go, or the local transit fo r wherever you are. If that doesn’t take some of the stress off your plate when traveling, I don’t know what does!

Some of the other amazing MapQuest features are being able to browse local restaurants and hotels too. You’ll be able to compare prices, peruse menus and different accommodations, and make your decisions in no time. And if you’re having car problems, that’s not an issue either, because you can also browse the nearest roadside assistance, so you’ll never have to be stranded. MapQuest is a fantastic option for that “all-in-one” app, so whenever you’re traveling, yes, you have access to the map, but also all of the other things you’ll need to know about, like hotels, restaurants, and other points of interest.

Download it now: Google Play

Scout

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Wanting a quick way to meetup with your friends, or just send them your ETA? Scout is a phenomenal app that does just that. Whether you’re planning an impromptu get-together or you’re wanting to surprise a friend, Scout is the way to go. You can create that impromptu event, add a name, description, and location details, and then select those who you want to invite. You’ll also be able to check up on people to find out who’s coming, if they can bring something, etc, right in the app.

Another awesome feature is being able to let certain people see your location, and vice versa. This makes it easy to surprise your out-of-state best friend with a visit, spontaneously show up at the restaurant your other friend is eating at on their Birthday, and so on. Scout is such a fun app that makes connecting with people simple and exciting. If you’re looking for a navigation app that will help you plan better, we highly recommend Scout.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Whether you’re taking a trip out of the country or you’re just wanting to get the family together for a reunion in a geographically-central place, we hope this list gave you a few ideas on how to make it work, so that you can have fun, learn a few new things, and enjoy your trip!


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • asg749d

    Google Maps sucks for walking navigation. True North is never accurate. The app shows you walking on the opposite direction of where you’re going and it shakes a lot. It is as if the app doesn’t lock properly to a satellite. For driving directions it works pretty well, as well as for other transit related tasks.

  • http://www.topapps4u.com Sharon Bean

    I think google map is the no doubt leader of navigation app but ” Waze ” with 100000000+ installs and 4.6+ customers ratings is also performing well in the market.

  • soeiromedia79

    My opinion may be biased but I really think you should try Karta GPS. Offline navigation with free worldwide maps and place suggestions provided by Foursquare.

    Disclaimer: I work for the company that develops Karta GPS.