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Top 20 best & free GPS tracking apps for iOS in 2019

There is a huge variety of GPS tracking apps in the market. What is the safest and the most efficient one? How to find the right one for yourself and your family and keep your location data secured?

This is a list of 20 best & free GPS tracking apps for iOS. As it is said, nothing is perfect. We have highlighted the pros and cons of each app.

1. Google Maps (Free)

Pros

  • Simple to use – excellent for speedy searches
  • Guidance available with time estimation
  • Search results are filtered – Searches are now quite narrowed down for the convenience of the users
  • Weather Check – Know about weather conditions before traveling
  • Available in different languages
  • Provides a good traffic estimate of a particular route
  • Street view available for searchers when traveling to unknown places

Cons

  • Provides no direction for lanes
  • Offers limited route suggestions – doesn’t allow area exploration
  • It overestimates traffic at times
  • It is a major battery drainer

2. Apple Maps (Free)

Pros

  • Automatic night mode helps to focus even when it is dark
  • Apple watch extension feature- the watch vibrates, when it is time to take a turn and so on.
  • Lists step feature – displays steps in the route in one convenient step
  • Assistance available from Siri – the best voice assistant

Cons

  • Errors and Inaccuracies in finding locations or routes

3. City Mapper (Free)

Pros

  • Simple Setup featuring location tracking and local transit options.
  • Easy to navigate app interface with a multi-device syncing option.
  • Facilitates planning by showing multiple types of transport and route options between two points.
  • Characterized by rich features – Saving Addresses, Sharing Live Location, Access to Tweets from Transportation providers etc.

Cons

  • Limited to 17 cities outside of which the app is useless.
  • Confusing information, FAQ and Contact US menus and links.

4. MapQuest (Free)

Pros

  • Provides clear instructions for walking and driving.
  • Offers Multi-segment routing.
  • Features Built-in traffic information.
  • Provides access to a different point of interests and places around you – restaurants, hotels etc.

Cons

  • Lacks public transport transit guidance.
  • Presents issues with walking directions.
  • Struggles to find the most direct route at times.

5. Waze (Free)

Pros

  • Allows users to add friends and keep a track of their locations while traveling or to know when they are nearby.
  • Facilitates google calendars and Facebook syncing to create stops on the way.
  • Maintains a strong user base and provides real-time and factual traffic updates.
  • Loads faster as compared to its counterparts.

Cons

  • Often shows routes through residential areas when trying to dodge traffic.
  • Congested interface featuring confusing navigation iCons.
  • Drains the data and the battery of the device.

6. CoPilot (Free)

Pros

  • Works on offline mode, eliminating the need for a Constant working internet connection.
  • Provides pedestrian and cycling navigation.
  • Has the option of providing traffic and navigation alerts.

Cons

  • Makes occasional navigational errors
  • Traffic navigational service needs a subscription after one year

7. Navmii (Free)

Pros

  • Provides quick traffic updates via a community of drivers
  • Has the option of real-time rerouting
  • Supports offline maps and can function without a data connection.

Cons

  • GPS running in the background affects battery life
  • Address-lookup is weak in rural areas
  • Has a problem in connecting to SD Cards

8. Sygic (Free)

Pros

  • Intuitive and Simple Usage and Functionality
  • Compatibility and Integration of core iOS
  • Supports 3D Viewing of Environment
  • Stores Map Data for future reference

Cons

  • Country-Specific Nature means that international travelers will have to download multiple versions
  • Takes up a lot of storage space on the device.

9. Here WeGo City (Free)

Pros

  • Supports offline mode, enabling navigation without a data connection.
  • Excellent navigation mode supporting cycling and walking.
  • Supports Public Transit Navigation

Cons

  • Offers Limited Search Results
  • Designed primarily for Windows and not iOS

10. Maps.me (Free)

Pros

  • Fast rendering of data from a community-based map
  • Supports offline navigation and turn-by-turn routing
  • Access to traffic information and nearby attractions and places.

Cons

  • No support for satellite images
  • Fails to differentiate the fastest or the shortest route

11. Scout-GPS Tracker (Free)

Pros

  • Accurate car navigation at no cost.
  • Alerts for traffic, safety cameras, speed traps, and incidents.
  • Thorough and detailed Points of Interest Database.

Cons

  • Faulty Pedestrian Mode.
  • Point of Interest Database full of advertisements in a free version.

12. GPS My City (Free)

Pros

  • Thorough GPS Walking Tours of 470 cities that are easy to understand and follow
  • Allows you to create your own customized tour by picking a type or destination
  • Offers access to main local attractions like temples, museums, art galleries etc.

Cons

  • The low resolution of maps without turn by turn navigation on a free version
  • Limited to only 470 cities

13. TrailLink (Free)

Pros

  • Curated for biking, cycling, and hiking featuring over fifty thousand hand-curated maps
  • Allows you to save and share trail experiences and photographers
  • Allows you to create customized guidebooks

Cons

  • Offline mode is not supported on a free version

14. Map My India (Free)

Pros

  • Combines mapping, tracking and location analytics
  • Features extremely detailed map of India with ISRO’s Bhuvan satellite view
  • Supports 3D rendering

Cons

  • Inefficient Transit mode

15. City Maps 2 Go (Free)

Pros

  • Features a vast collection of international maps, allowing you to navigate through most foreign locations
  • Includes recommendations and tips on the best places around you, acting as a tourist guide
  • Allows you to create your own travel itinerary and share your favorite locations online.

Cons

  • A free version is limited only to 5 locations

16. Triposo

Pros

  • Offers brilliant offline functionality
  • Features a phrasebook for the local language
  • Easy to use and understand interface
  • Includes information on culture and history and local transport as well.

Cons

  • No option to filter points of interest by category

17. MotionX-GPS (Paid)

Pros

  • Detailed location information including compass, map, stopwatch, and a logbook.
  • Automatic tagging of pictures with geographical data.
  • Provides detailed longitudinal and latitudinal data with a speed gauge.
  • Downloadable Maps allowing offline navigation

Cons

  • Speed Gauge doesn’t recognize speeds below 5km/h.
  • Could have a better interface with options to switch between screens

18. Komoot (Free)

Pros

  • Allows trip planning with road type, trail elevation, and similar details
  • Excellent app for choosing trails for hiking, biking etc.
  • Allows users to share their trail details online easily

Cons

  • Does not support offline re-routing

19. Drive Mode (Free)

Pros

  • A minimalist user interface that is best-suited for in-car usage
  • Easy to use interface
  • Specialized settings for receiving calls and reading out texts

Cons

  • Odd choices in certain areas of the interface
  • The left tab makes the left section of the device inaccessible

20. Navigon (Free)

Pros

  • Excellent routing algorithms that are accurate in pinpointing routes
  • Routes and navigates even without data
  • Take me Home’ feature allows you to go navigate to home from any location.

Cons

  • Poor interface that is frustrating and requires too much attention
  • No built-in voice input
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