491K reviews
Content rating
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image

About this app

Sky Map is a hand-held planetarium for your Android device. Use it to identify stars, planets, nebulae and more. Originally developed as Google Sky Map, it has now been donated and open sourced.


The Map doesn't move/points in the wrong place

Make sure you haven't switched into manual mode. Does your phone have a compass? If not, Sky Map cannot tell your orientation. Look it up here: http://www.gsmarena.com/

Try calibrating your compass by moving it in a figure of 8 motion or as described here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1EPbAapaeI.

Are there any magnets or metal nearby that might interfere with the compass?

Try switching off "magnetic correction" (in settings) and see if that is more accurate.

Why is autolocation not supported for my phone?

In Android 6 the way permissions work has changed. You need to enable the location permission setting for Sky Map as described here: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/6270602?p=app_permissons_m

The Map is jittery

If you have a phone that lacks a gyro then some jitter is to be expected. Try adjusting the sensor speed and damping (in settings).

Do I need an internet connection?

No, but some functions (like entering your location manually) won't work without one. You'll have to use the GPS or enter a latitude and longitude instead.

Can I help test the latest features?

Sure! Join our beta testing program and get the latest version. https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.google.android.stardroid

Find us elsewhere:

GitHub: https://github.com/sky-map-team/stardroid
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113507592330/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/skymapdevs
Updated on
Dec 21, 2021

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
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
No data collected
Learn more about how developers declare collection
Data isn’t encrypted
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

470K reviews
February 18, 2024
Just like so many other reviews are saying, calibration couldn't possibly be further off, and nothing helps. Settings for location AND "time travel" were both set to insane defaults, but it's still wrong even after fixing them. I wasn't aware Google discontinued the app, and it hasn't been updated since 2021, but the least they could have done is not leave it in a broken state. Revert to when it worked or take it down.
4 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?
Tom Silvestro Jr
November 13, 2023
Used to love this app. I've used it on multiple devices and Android versions for years. I've recommended this app countless times and have gotten good feedback from those who installed and used it. Unfortunately, it's no longer accurate. I mean, it's way off. I've recalibrated my Pixel 7 Pro running Android 14 to no avail. Tried to manually input my location to no avail. It will change the position of celestial bodies as I'm holding the phone still, in the exact same location. Edit-clarity
108 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?
Screaming Monkey
December 24, 2022
Have used for years, and it's mostly great; however... Needs the option to lock labels into one orientation (so that when you hold your phone straight up, then a little further back, the labels don't all flip upside down making them more difficult to read). Also, a setting that lets you keep the heads-up menu from auto-disappearing when you tap a button would be great (i.e. - maybe I'd like to deselect galaxies AND planets without the menu disappearing before I can tap the Planets icon).
149 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?

What's new

Adds Comet Leonard, which will be visible for a few days around Christmas.

Sundry translation improvements and a major refactoring of the code.