BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS PRO

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3.8
6.84K reviews
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About this app

Download topo maps for an offline outdoor navigator! Use your phone or tablet as an offroad topo mapping handheld GPS with the bestselling outdoor navigation app for Android! Explore beyond cell coverage for hiking and other recreation.

Download topo maps for the US and many other countries in advance, so you won't need cell coverage for navigation. Use storage memory for maps.

New: Android Wear support to see navigation at a glance on wrist

Use GPS waypoints from GPX or KML files, or enter your own coordinates using longitude/latitude, UTM, MGRS, or grid reference. Using GOTO makes a waypoint a locus for navigation.

This uses many publicly available map sources as free downloads. Some additional content available as an in app purchase:
-Accuterra Topo Map Source for $19.99/year. This can be purchased and used with or in instead of the free sources.
-Thunderforest Map Sources - worldwide for $7.99 per year.
- Boundary maps for 12 western states from the Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Overlay for topo maps valued by hunters.
-GMU boundaries in some states
-Lake Contours in several states.
-Content from US TrailMaps including:
-ATV, Whitewater, and Equestrian Trail Maps

See the menu under More-> "Purchasing AddOns". They can be shown on top of topo maps.

You may try the DEMO version to make sure you like the maps in your country.

About topo (topographic) maps: Topo maps show terrain through color and contours, and are useful for navigation offroad. Topo maps and GPS can be used for hiking, hunting, kayaking, snowshoeing, & backpacker trails.
You can create your own maps with Mobile Atlas Creator, or specify a custom tile server. Built in sources include:
OpenStreetMaps from MapQuest
OpenCycleMaps showing terrain worldwide
US Topo Maps from Caltopo and the USGS
USTopo: Aerial Photography with markup.
Canada Topo Maps from Toporama
Marine maps: NOAA RNC Nautical Charts (coastal)
USGS Color Aerial photography
Topographic Maps of Spain and Italy
Topo maps of New Zealand
Japan GSI maps.
Many of the above sources are generally free to use.

Use offline topo maps and GPS on hiking trails without cell service. The GPS in your Android phone can get its position from GPS satellites, and you don’t have to rely on your data plan to get maps. Have more fun and safe GPS navigation in the backcountry.

Use as a geocaching navigator by getting a pocket query as GPX.

Besides geocaching, use GPS for recording tracks and GPS waypoints on your trip, all the while tracking your GPS quest on topographic maps. It may replace your Garmin handheld GPS.

Here are some of the outdoor GPS activities BackCountry Navigator has been used for:
As a hiking GPS both on hiking trails and off trail.
Camping trips to find that perfect camping site or the way back to camp with GPS.
Hunting trips for hunting wild game in rugged areas.
Doing recon for a hunt or as your hunting GPS
Fishing: make it your fishing GPS.
Search and Rescue (SAR).
Trekking the Pacific Crest trail or other long term hiking.
Kayak and canoe treks on inland lakes and streams or marine, coastal waters.
Backpacker trips: using topo maps of wilderness areas and national forests for navigation on trails with the GPS in your rucksack or backpack.

Find your own ways to have fun in the outdoors. Be a maverick by venturing beyond cell service boundaries with your GPS. Become a pro at navigation with GPS for the outdoors.

BackCountry Navigator has been on WM devices and preloaded on the Trimble Nomad outdoor rugged device. This Android version is more flexible, featured, and fun. Create a memory with maps.

For a one time fee, this a great addition to the outdoor gear you bought at Cabelas, REI, or another outdoor store. Many have found the Android GPS in a phone or tablet to substitute for a Garmin GPS or Magellan GPS, such as the Garmin GPS units Montana, Etrex, or Oregon. Android can be your handheld GPS.
Updated on
Aug 4, 2022

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3.8
6.84K reviews
Gus Lee
July 8, 2022
Works well when it works...But since the last Android update, BCN doesn't seem to play well with the power saving features. Had alot of headache trying to get it to work properly tweaking multiple power saving settings. I'm sure Android is partially at fault here, but from the user's perspective, I would expect app/OS updates shouldn't have to be so difficult.
21 people found this review helpful
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CritterMap Software LLC
May 18, 2022
This is often caused by battery settings in the phone. Check that battery saving settings are off. See that you allow background location and the app is exempt from "battery optimization".
Tim Brandis
May 18, 2022
Wow, after reading other reviews it almost seems redundant to point out that recent updates to the app or Android have left this app completely dysfunctional and worthless. I have been unable to download any new maps, tracking for me has been mostly reliable, but I am unable to contact support and share the logs of the trouble. All of this after years and years of flawless reliability. What the hell happened?
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CritterMap Software LLC
May 18, 2022
You can reach support by replying to the email notification of this response. There is a map we have had to update the configuration for recently. Please let us know.
Smokey Bear GE
May 16, 2022
This app used to be great. I used it internationally with success, but now I agree with Gus Lee's review that erant lines and unreliable behavior is common. It will just stop tracking in less than difficult terrain too. Lately, I cannot get BC Navigator to download areas selected for download. It just never finishes. Time to choose a new app. Any suggestions are welcome.
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CritterMap Software LLC
May 18, 2022
What particular map? We can help you more at the helpdesk.

What's new

Fix for loading style in OpenAndroMaps
Dropbox now recommended for backing up files.
Fixes to folder migration. Ability to restart from settings.
Other fixes for file handling.
Find Premade OpenAndroMaps map files.
Upload for users of bcnavxe.com.