Polaris GPS: Hiking, Offroad

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About this app

Easy-to-use high performance GPS for wherever your travels take you. No account setup or subscriptions required.

Turn your phone into a powerful GPS navigation system with Polaris Navigation GPS, the most accurate all-purpose GPS, and dare to go where there are no roads.

Imagine... What would it be like to navigate any waterway or hike any wilderness or city using only your phone's GPS location abilities and a view of the sky? What it would be like to create navigation destinations without the need of an internet connection and find them using offline maps or a waypoint pointing arrow.

That is just a glimpse of the navigational power you will hold in your hands when you install Polaris Navigation GPS.

Used mostly as a hiking, off road, nautical and trail GPS app, Polaris is an excellent backup or replacement for your dedicated GPS satellite navigation unit and will keep you oriented wherever your outdoor adventures take you!

Typical usage:

● Waypoint navigation.
● Hiking GPS with the best hiking maps! Search and find nearby trails.
● Back country exploration and outdoor adventure.
● Record tracks and navigate trails.
● Offroad navigation support for your ATV, Jeep or other 4x4 vehicle.
● Sailing / Boating. All marine navigation charts in Polaris are free.
● Fishing GPS. Easily find you favorite fishing hole.
● Hunting and hunting maps. Find you favorite hunting blind and your way back!
● Geocache
● Camping
● Mountain Biking and bike maps
● Backpacking and other outdoor sports
● Compass orienteering

Known for its stability, reliability and flexibility, Polaris is used by land-sea search and rescue, military personnel and millions of others worldwide.

For your offline adventures we provide:

📡 Unlimited free access to our offline vector & raster maps (topographic maps, marine, hiking and others).

📡 Offline nautical charts for the USA included (ENC's and raster).

This powerful navigation system also includes:

📡 Polaris Places Picker. Find hiking trails, camping locations and much more!
📡 GPS compass and magnetic compass.
📡 GPS info panel.
📡 Odometers, altimeters, speedometers, chronometers.
📡 Split distances on tracks.
📡 Connect your waypoints and navigate the track they define.

Map Types:

- Google Maps
- OpenStreetMap-Mapnik
- Topographic Maps
- Cycle Route and Hiking Maps
- Vector Maps
- USGS Topo
- NOAA Marine Charts
- Aviation Operations Charts
- Canada Toporama

📡 Comprehensive set of GPS Tools and diagnostics.
📡 Waypoint navigation system including a dynamic waypoint-finding compass that always points to your destination while reporting estimated time of arrival, distance to target and other statistics. Just follow the arrow!

📡 Trail navigation system
📡 Altitude profiles
📡 Location sharing
📡 Supports British OSGR and OSGB-36 DATUM (Ordnance Survey Grid).
📡 Coordinate formats: latitude/longitude as degrees, deg:min, deg:min:sec, and UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator)
📡 Military Coordinate Finder - Military Grid Coordinate Reference System (MGRS)
📡 Hiking Trails - Most of the maps show hiking paths courtesy of the Openstreetmap project. You will find that even some of the most remote hiking routes are visible on our maps.

⚓ Marine navigation- NOAA Nautical Charts and nautical unit reporting.
⚓ Drift alert / Drag anchor alarm.

📡 Select source for altitude reporting: Satellites, United States Geologic Survey or map your location to the results of NASA's Space Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.

📡 Waypoint photos stamped with coordinates.

📡 Road navigation and street directions are provided through a digital pipeline connecting the power of Polaris to the Google Maps app on your device.

* The premium version of Polaris Navigation is called GPS Waypoints Navigator, available on Google Play. GPS Waypoints Navigator is ad-free and contains many other enhancements.
Updated on
Mar 19, 2022

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.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Location, App activity, and Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

41K reviews
Mike Almazan
August 22, 2020
I had high hopes for this GPS app. But it failed to deliver. I did a kown 3 mile hike. It was off by 3/4 miles. It showed 2.25 miles. Total time was 45 minutes. App showed 20 minutes. Used it again along side a handheld Garmin GPS. Again, the apps measured distance was about .25 mile per one mile traved. The timer was very inaccurate. The map was accurate, so no worries there if you want to use it as a map guide. But if you want to track time and distance, this app is very inaccurate.
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Disciple Skies Software
August 22, 2020
Sorry you had trouble with a recording. Sounds like either the GPS or its host was stopped. Turn off battery optimizations while recording, otherwise the GPS or its host may get turned off by the manufacturer's battery saving features. Contact support@discipleskies.com for free GPS trouble shooting if the problem persists.
Mark C
July 26, 2020
A bit clunky, but has a wealth of features. It’s okay for free, but you can only save 3 routes at a time. Possibly if purchased it unlocks more features. Doesn’t seem to keep a time on your routes which I would have liked and only has elevation and plotting. The good is there are lots of map vectors which is very cool. But, I’m still looking
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A Google user
January 12, 2020
This is a very good app. I downloaded a vector map for Michigan from within the app. It installed to /Polaris_Navigation/Maps on my internal storage. The map is relatively small so it doesn't take up much space. I tapped the map button in the lower right corner of the main screen, then the Map Manager button on the next screen. Then I tapped View Map after tapping the Michigan map (58.36MB) near the top of the screen under Vector Maps. Turning on Auto Center showed my mapped location very quickly. I turn it off whenever I want to scroll around the map. The app is quite accurate despite my not having a magnetic sensor in my phone. I have to use it to guide me whenever I use Google Maps to map out directions for walking some place in my new neighborhood, as Google Maps tends to be very confusing in tracking my movements and displaying the route directions when I'm on foot rather than an automobile.
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What's new

1. New maps: Hiking and biking, National Geographic and others.
2. The Map It companion app is no longer required for location and waypoint searches.
3. Added boundaries and place labels to offline satellite maps so they are easier to use.