1. Check out our app, Forums for Android! Download and leave feedback here!

Support Use GPS while hiking without 3G or cell signal?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Mr. Boom, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. Mr. Boom

    Mr. Boom Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    98

    Jul 23, 2010
    689
    84
    98
    EOD/UXO
    Nevada
    What apps or hacks are available to use the GPS as a standalone navigation tool without having cell signal? I am frequently in the mountains where there is no signal, and would like to use my DI instead of my Garmin.
     

    Advertisement

  2. howarmat

    howarmat Well-Known Member
    163

    Apr 8, 2010
    1,580
    229
    163
    Generation Dispatcher
    Noblesville, IN
    using google you cant. it has to download the maps as you go. there are some other programs out there that do store their map data locally for use when you dont have cell service.
     
    Mr. Boom likes this.
  3. RawlingsSc

    RawlingsSc Well-Known Member
    153

    Apr 8, 2010
    1,205
    174
    153
    Utah
    Take a look at Backcountry Navigator. It has a free trial with a time limit on it so you can try out all the features instead of a subset. You download free topo maps of the area you are going to before leaving and they are stored on your SD card. I like it and think it works really well. I've been using it for geocaching mostly. The developer is really responsive if you have problems, and is adding features all the time.
     
    Mr. Boom likes this.
  4. Jim Chapman

    Jim Chapman Well-Known Member
    18

    Apr 27, 2010
    52
    11
    18
    Male
    Software engineer (retired)
    California, USA
    There's also "Topo Maps" (formerly called "Gaia GPS") in Android Market. It lets you dowload topo maps and use them offline. I wasn't impressed by the quality of the maps, but it might serve your purpose.
     
    Mr. Boom likes this.
  5. Mr. Boom

    Mr. Boom Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    98

    Jul 23, 2010
    689
    84
    98
    EOD/UXO
    Nevada
    Thanks to all! I am investigating these apps tonight after work!
     

Share This Page

Loading...