BackCountry Navigator GPS PRO

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6.9K 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 $11.99 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
Jan 30, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

6.29K reviews
Herbert Schroeder
April 28, 2022
I'm upgrading this to 5 stars. After much searching I finally located an Android setting under App Battery Usage, which needs to be set to Unlimited. With this tweak the app works as it used to. [Original post: This used to be a great app, but at some point the GPS location and track recording functions stopped working correctly. Now my recorded tracks are wildly inaccurate, making the app virtually useless for me. Very disappointing.]
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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.
Bryden Cais
March 4, 2022
Used and loved this app for 7 years, and had recently been using it in search and rescue. Folder migration failed, and lost 7 years worth of downloaded maps. I can no longer access the (better IMHO) green FS topo maps as they seem to have all been replaced with newer white/ brown ones. Contacted support, waited a week with no reply, contacted again, still waiting on reply. Seems like support is non existent, and a one great app is now garbage.
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What's new

Import fixes for Android 14.
Library updates required by Google Play.
Newer version of Mapsforge library for openandromaps.
Fix for NOAA charts
GPS Pointer resize
More accurate altitude in some cases.
Avoid getting stuck on permissions.
Highlight links
Changes for Android required by Google Play.
KML/KMZ export fixes.
Dropbox now recommended for backing up files.