Whether you’re driving around town or walking, you need to know where you’re going. The best way to get around a strange area is by using a mobile app for your phone that gives you impeccable directions. Here are the top 10 best apps for driving directions.
Waze is one of the top navigation apps for both iPhone and Android. When you’re planning trips, this app helps keep an eye out to help keep you and your passengers safe from potholes, debris on the road, or vehicles that are stopped on the street. It also keeps you from getting stuck in a traffic jam. You can find it free on both iTunes and Google Play.
- Google Maps
It’s no secret that Google Maps is one of the top navigation apps you can download to your phone. The navigation aspect is top-notch, and it’s continually updated to account for any changes in the road. Google Maps is also linked to Google’s search engine to help you find places in the area. Google Maps is available on both iTunes and Google Play.
MapQuest has been around for a long time, and the mobile app is one of the best. It’s partnered with Uber and car2Go so you can reserve a ride if you need one without downloading extra apps. MapQuest is also integrated with many roadside assistance programs so you can get help no matter where you are. You can find it on Google Play and iTunes.
- HERE Maps
HERE is unique from other mobile apps since it uses all of its services online. Maps, updates, and information are stored on your SD card so you can have continuous navigation without the use of internet or mobile data. This app also allows you to navigate easily by foot, public transportation, or bicycle. You can find HERE Maps on both Google Play and iTunes.
- Apple Maps
Apple Maps is the default navigation app on iPhones and all Apple devices. It’s straightforward and easy to use, allowing you to get from point A to point B without issues. Whether you’re walking or taking the subway, Apple Maps gives you step-by-step directions with suggestions for nearby places to stop. This app is available only on iPhone and comes default on the mobile device.
If you aren’t a native English speaker, MapFactor is a fantastic app with 17 language options. It also helps you find nearby locations that might be worth a stop. One of the greatest features of this mobile app is that it will warn you when you’re approaching a speed camera. MapFactor is free on Google Play.
- Polaris Navigation
Not only is Polaris a great driving navigation app, but it’s also great when you’re hiking or traveling without a vehicle. It’s unique in that it gives you much more information than the average app, such as your longitude and latitude position, altitude, and direction of movement. You can also save your favorite trails and routes using Polaris Navigation. This app is only available on Android.
Scout had a difficult time in the beginning due to the removal the default navigation app on Android, TeleNav, which directed everyone to Scout. However, it quickly became one of the best on the market. This app allows you to avoid freeways, travel on foot, and more. The voice navigation is fantastic, as it informs you of your upcoming turns whenever you need to know with the push of a button. You can get this awesome app on both iPhone and Android.
- MotionX GPS Drive
Whether you’re driving, biking, or hiking a trail, MotionX GPS Drive is a must-have on your iPhone or Apple device. This app is all about recording what you’ve done including your average speed and how long it took you to get from point A to point B. It also informs you of any cool places you should check out in the area from local shops to fantastic restaurants. This app is only available on iPhone.
- Sygic GPS Navigation
It's the only pay app on the list, but Sygic’s GPS Navigation one of the best. The basic version is free to download, but the premium package for North America costs $49.99, though it's sometimes on sale. The free version includes 3-D online maps, search and points of interest, and route computing. Some of Sygic’s premium features include voice instruction, sharp turn warnings, and speed limit warnings. There are also add-ons if you’re interested in such features as celebrity voices or a dashcam. Another excellent feature is that it’ll help you find your vehicle no matter where you parked it. This feature is super-useful for anyone who forgets where they parked after a night at the movies or the mall. This app is available for both iPhone and Android.