BackCountry Navigator XE: Topo

In-app purchases
3.6
322 reviews
100K+
Downloads
Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

Download and use topo maps offline to explore the outdoors using your smartphone! Use the GPS in your smartphone to navigate, mark your path and record waypoints.

Look at the advantages that BackCountry Navigator XE brings to the table.

Easy Grid Based Download of Maps
You can try out a simpler approach for downloading and organizing offline maps, choosing large squares at a time. Visualize what you have and what you need.
We have a variety of both worldwide and country specific maps that can be downloaded for offline use based on a yearly membership.
Bronze membership to use most maps.
Silver membership to also use slope shaded topo maps of the US, plus US Forest Service maps.
Gold membership to also use Accuterra Maps, with new, readable maps of the US and the World, plus BackRoads MapBook Basemap in Canada.

Vector Topo Maps for the World
The default map, BackCountry World map, is a set of Vector topo maps for the world. Vector tiled maps hold the promise of crisp multilevel detail, with the ability to download large chunks of the earth's surface in a quick, compact operation. The BackCountry topo map for the world can be viewed in this app and on bcnavxe.com, with an easy process to install them in large blocks.

GPS Navigation
Using GPS in a modern day smartphone, see your position on a moving offline map. Find your way to waypoints you mark on the map or create from entering coordinates into the search bar.

Planning In The Cloud
The website bcnavxe.com is the web interface for BackCountry Navigator XE. With it you can plot points, routes, and boundaries for trips, and download them on demand in the mobile app. You can push trips created in the mobile app to the cloud as well for reviewing or sharing.

Cross-Platform
BackCountry Navigator XE works on Android, has a newer app in iOS, and a web app to aid in planning at bcnavxe.com.

iOS app is available through Appstore

We are well known for our previous product BackCountry Navigator PRO which is still supported and developed on a parallel track.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.crittermap.backcountrynavigator.license

To see why you might want to upgrade to XE from PRO, see this comparison

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Updated on
Mar 3, 2022

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3.6
322 reviews
Amy Gallagher
May 16, 2022
I've been using this on android for the past 9 months. I used BCN Pro for years before. I'll continue to use this, but it would be fab if some bugs were addressed! - crashing occasionally when: trying to download maps, switching map sources (offline), trying to make a waypoint - altitude measurement availability: in BCN Pro you can swipe up on the compass at the bottom of the screen, and are shown your location and elevation. Can't find an analogous feature on xe
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A Google user
December 29, 2019
This app is great for navigation outdoors. Wide variety of excellent map sources, including a vector topo map that's very efficient in terms of file size. Powerful tools for drawing and measuring on maps (for when you want to know how much farther it is). Good integration with a website for trip planning if that's your preference. I've tried several outdoor navigation apps and this is the best I've used.
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Adam Brown
May 3, 2020
It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles as some other trail map apps, but for serious backcountry navigation I think it's the best one out there, and I've tried them all actually out in the field. It does still have some bugs, but they are actively improving it. One important note: if you are using it to record tracks on a modern version if Android, then you must exempt the application from battery optimization, or it will get killed in the background.
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What's new

Allow background location permission.
Faster splash screen.
Tweaks to GPS to help some newer devices.
Additional file related fixes.
Fix for failure to send logs and start tracking for some users.
Release needed for the app to continue to connect to server.
UI changes benefiting light/dark mode.
Google imposed folder migration needed for Android 11+.