Best offline navigation and maps (for holidays abroad)

The best OFFLINE navigation application and maps
The best OFFLINE navigation application and maps

What does Offline navigation mean?

Offline means no wifi or mobile data connection.
Usually, free navigation applications (Google Maps, Waze) use the Internet connection to download / update maps, configure or reconfigure the route.
For example, on Google Maps, even if you download your home maps, you will still have to have the net to configure the route, or net on the route if you want to reconfigure the route.

Are there any 100% Offline software?

Yes there are a lot of offline navigation software, but it costs. They are commercial software for which you have to pay in various forms. is free and uses OpenStreetMaps maps that are updated quite often. is also extremely useful for mountain bikers and hikers

Just a few days ago, I returned from a fast hike through the mountains, where I discovered how useful the application is.
I was in the valley of Ialomita, through a forest between two slopes, and there was no signal on the phone, no matter where I was going, and I was going with more people.
At one point I was walking through the forest for about 30 minutes and I had no idea how long we had, how long we had to go, if we still had to go up or down, that it was night and… on the mountain it is not good to catch you at night , especially in the realm of bears.
I opened the application and the great surprise I had when she showed me exactly where we were, the route, the way we went, how long we had, and especially when I got down / up.

Information is vital in the wild

When you are in an unknown area, you should have all the information, so you can make informed decisions. For example, before consulting the, I did not know how much I did from the route, how long I had and if I had time to come back in case I decided to go ahead.
At that time, with the information provided by, we decided that we should return because it is left in the evenings, and with the evening we leave the moisture on the stones and the roots of the trees on the trail, which makes it difficult for us to return.

Where works flawlessly, Google Maps has not helped me at all.

Google maps and Waze are great applications as long as you have the net and stay on the asphalt. These applications do not have much to look for. is like a Swiss knife!

Reconfigure the route on the road with Google Maps and Waze

How long you have the net with Google Maps and Waze is boier. If you do not have the net, these applications can not reconfigure the route.
Of course, everyone now has a mobile net, but there are situations where the net leaves you, such as a holiday in Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, etc. is the perfect navigation application for holidays outside the country

My advice.

Keep Google Maps and / or Waze installed, as you can find more points of interest, pizza, shops, gas stations, etc.
However, I recommend that you also install, as a backup, in case… zombie apocalypse, nuclear war, the net falls, you are out of the area… only needs GPS (goes to the forest, tested) Plus

1. 100% offline navigation
2. Reconfigure offline route
3. Street Numbers
4. Block numbers
5. Mountain trails
6. Level Chart Route Differences
7. Free
8. Simple and intuitive


1. Has no vocal guide in Romanian
2. Voice guidance in English is rushing

Application for location falsification (fictitious locations)

The best OFFLINE navigation and maps application - video tutorial

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About Cristian Cismaru

I like everything related to IT&C, I like to share the experience and information I accumulate every day.
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  1. You are right, as long as you have the internet as a boy, and when you do not have Internet, these Waze browsers,, are useless.
    But the best free gps navigators in the Google Play store are two:
    - MapFactor
    - Magic Earth (free version)
    These navigators have the following advantages:
    - Romanian voice guidance
    - menu in Romanian
    - Maps can be stored on the external memory card
    - these two programs work offline (without internet)
    - everything is free.

    • Wasn't it really clear enough that (the application shown) does NOT require internet? ANY of the ones you mentioned (MapFactor, Magic Earth (free version)) also needs internet until you install it and download the papers. So is… You install it (with internet) and download the papers - which you want - also with internet and then it's offline.

    • roflorin said does not require internet during use. Only when you download the map for the area you need. This has been made several times in the video. And it's free.
      Waze DOES NOT REQUIRE internet during use. But if you have a connection it gives you information about the dangers you may encounter on the road (pits, police, animal carcasses,…) it can reconfigure your route if traffic jams occur on the road… I say it's a great advantage of the program that it knows how to do to stay. And all by the fact that using Waze cannon you will be part of a community that will provide traffic information… And if you use the internet it will consume a few MB (1-2) every 100 Km.
      In conclusion, Waze uses it daily and Maps me is there because he knows how to find the waterfalls in the forest, the keys to the rivers… and takes you as a pedestrian, on the path to there.
      All the best!

  2. And Here WeGo works offline and additionally has a vocal guide in Romanian! On mountain trails I do not know if it is good.

    • I confirm what CRISTI said. I have been using HERE for at least 5 years. I have never been disappointed either in the country or abroad (Europe). It's offline, reconfigure quickly and the most important "talk stays"!

    • Here Maps / Here WeGo, works flawlessly without internet / off-line. These are the old maps from Nokia or the old Simbyan Nokia Maps application
      You can download almost any map / country in the world. So are the languages ​​/ vocal guides. You want, for example. tipcat? , no problem !
      The problem is with mountain trails where it is as "blind" as google, but also with POI which is much lower than google / waze. But at street numbers it is very good, better than google or waze.

    • WRONG Whybal !!! Now I arrived from a trip to Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Macedonia and I relied on the offline of Here WeGo with which I was in Hungary last year and I was proud of its operation. On this year's route I missed and I had to go as in the '90s after the map and signs. It wasn't funny at all. I met other people with this application who were disappointed. I could only use the map to see which locality was next. That's why I opened this tutorial to find another offline application that really works. It amuses me that everyone gives their opinion taking our country as a landmark. I'm really looking for an offline that works.

    • Keeping in mind that it does not always work off line, this is the great minus here, while on the rest of the line it has the most exact numbers of houses, attention, not streets!

  3. Adrian Gudus said

    I don't know what some people say in Romanian, but for me, the application menu is in Romanian. Only the voice guide is in English. Useless for me even if I had Romanian, I use it for "pedestrian traffic" to find out where company X, store Y or other buildings are. I don't mind glancing at the display from time to time to see when I'm right, left, etc. The vocal guidance really irritates me and those around me, who hear it, look strange.

  4. Adrian Gudus said

    I forgot to say, I use it on an Android 7.1.1 Nook, device OnePlus 3

  5. Maps me mi.a made belele in Denmark

  6. Coco Moll said

    iGo. The best. The rest is a cancan.

  7. Zebastian said

    Howdy. I go far enough and my favorite navigation application is Navigon. The best thing about this app besides going offline is that it tells you where the fixed rooms are (this is completely useless for Romania).

  8. Digging machine said

    Yes MapFactor and Magic Earth are good I do not know on a mountain track if it works. There are others that are good enough just to be tested and everybody chooses the best. How about Here WeGo I tested it and without internet you can not choose the destination. With Here WeGo if you activate the internet then you can choose the destination after which you can stop the net and go offline. All applications like this, even if they are free for the first time, need to use the internet to download the desired files and then use them offline. For map updates and even the application, and the Internet must be activated to look for new updates. In a word they are good, but my opinion of who wants a gps can be found on emag or another site or even in pretty good stores and with map updates for all life. However, everybody chooses what he wants, and the guys doing these tutorials about pc, phones, etc. Are very good because that's how we learn something

  9. I got, one incited by the articles read here, a oneplus 3t. I mean that the gps works sharply, without connections on the net, provided you load your area of ​​interest from google maps from time to time. I tested it in Romania and abroad, in several places. from my point of view it's something of a dream compared to what we have before…

  10. I see you are getting more and more into ideas for tutorials. I give you one: For example, I was looking at a laptop with an integrated video card. There are many graphical options 500, 510, 520, etc. What is the difference between them? Advantages vs. disadvantages. A good day.

  11. Hello Cristi,
    I asked you to do a tutorial on the best firewall for the current year, many times, I understood that it depends on your available time, yes my messages were in vain and unanswered… as if I had plagued and not do you want to touch…: ((
    Can you want to do a tutorial with external upgrade to the video card and ram to an older laptop?
    I would appreciate any answer of yours!
    Thank you.
    Sincerely Mihnea.

  12. Hello again,
    It can be seen that the big concern is for the telephone… let's not forget where you came from… no offense (and other comments from some… I don't want to get into controversy)… my opinion of a simple anonymous person watching you and enjoying the tutorial from 2010… I would say to do 50% tutorials for phones and 50% for PC… do as you think (without hearing criticism for what I say)…
    Mihnea Popa.

    • Hello. You're right when you say it started with your pc, but times have changed, people stay longer on the phone than on the pc and it's normal to have more phone tutorials. The problem would be if any iOS device user wants tutorials about iOS :). Peace

  13. Hello . Very useful videotutoriale.mulum

  14. I installed the program and I was surprised to find that Jvocea was in Romanian. Probably having TTS in iGO, the first android goes automatically on this navigation program without any settings.

  15. For offline maps I used osmand, it has also mountain routes for the map of Romania, also knows to route offline. It is based on openstreetmap maps. The free version lets you download a limited number of maps (maximum 10 hard), the maps are well updated.

  16. Ciprian B. said

    To see what it's like to run out of water reserves in the mountains, to have two or three more days of walking on the ridges until the descent from the route and to look at Maps.ME and show you two springs in your area. YES, it even shows the springs in the mountains, not all of them. Or leave in the evening, be in the woods and don't know where to spend the night - Maps.ME shows you the shelters, the sheepfolds, the chalets, the distance to them, if you have to climb, if you have to go down… I recommend Maps.ME from experience .

  17. For Ukraine and
    Offline maps recommend me?
    Thank you in advance

    • to see that the whole cabbage is the recommended placement for the Berca mai vb locality after you find her place is in the buzau on the brass road

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