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Top free GPS apps for your phone

Top free GPS apps for your phone

Standalone GPS devices are convenient to use, but many people are opting for these useful and accurate GPS apps on their smartphones. The best part is that they are all free.

With smartphone navigation dominating GPS apps, dedicated devices built by Garmin or MapMyIndia are no longer needed if you have a powerful phone. Standalone GPS devices cost you nearly Rs7,000, but these apps are free and reliable. The five we have listed below offer added functionalities and features to improve your driving experience. Read on to find which apps are highly rated by users and offer key information regarding points of interest, road accidents and live traffic updates as well.

Navfree: Free GPS Navigation
This free GPS app works great in India and 33 other countries across the world, including the US, UK, Australia and Canada. The maps are downloaded to your phone, so you can get directions offline instead of waiting for the server to respond while driving. The app works sources maps from OpenStreetMap.org, a community where users contribute to maps and landmarks. The databases are constantly updated, refreshed and corrected helping you get accurate directions.
Features Constantly updated databases, turn-by-turn navigation and night mode
Supported platforms Android and iOS
User rating 4/5

MapFactor: GPS Navigation
Similar to Navfree, MapFactor works with the OpenStreetMap.org database of maps. The turn-by-turn navigation app installs maps on the SD card so that you don’t need to be connected to a data plan for directions. The map gets updated with the app on a monthly basis, making it free of bugs and errors. The app, which works in both 2D and 3D mode, helps you find points of interests like restaurants, petrol pumps and ATMs near your current location. As an add-on, the app also sounds an audible warning when you are approaching a speed camera.
Features Constantly updated databases, points of interest and audible warnings
Supported platform Android
User rating 4.5/5

Sygic India: GPS Navigation
This version, made exclusively for India, is the most downloaded offline navigation app across the world. After the installation, you can download the map and store it on your SD card. No internet connection is needed for directions, but it is recommended for getting your starting location. Loaded with features, Sygic indicates sharp turns, speed limit changes and toll roads if you want to avoid them. You can also use Google Search to find and navigate to points of interest near you and road incidents like accidents are shared real time on the map.
Features Safety warnings, toll road alerts and road incidents indicated on the map
Supported platforms Android and iOS
User rating 4/5

Google Maps
Perhaps the most recognizable and easily identifiable Android app for navigation, Google Maps is used extensively across the world. The latest update which came this July gave this app a huge makeover. These updates look to give you a clear view of your route before you are on it with satellite views, points of interest and other notes provided by Google users. Live updates also tell you how much time you will take to reach your destination according to traffic density. Using this feature you can also avoid high traffic density routes on your drive.
Features Traffic density updates, extensive library of points of interest and regular map updates
Supported platforms Android and iOS
User rating 4/5

MapQuest: Maps, GPS, Voice Navigation & Traffic
Rated as one of the most reliable navigation apps on the internet, MapQuest, like MapFactor, uses the OpenStreetMap.org database to provide you with detailed and accurate maps. This voice guided turn-by-turn navigation also takes instructions in voice, so you can change your destination while driving with ease. MapQuest also plans your route to avoid major traffic congestions using live density updates. The app is known for its quick auto rerouting in case you take a wrong turn and can also help you get a wide range of point of interests near your location.
Features Traffic updates, ability to understand voice instructions and quick auto rerouting
Supported platforms Android and iOS
User rating 4.5/5

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