GPS Essentials

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4.2
45.7K reviews
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Everyone
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About this app

The most complete GPS tool available: Navigate, manage waypoints, tracks, routes, build your own dashboard from 45 widgets.

❧❧❧❧❧ Dashboard ❧❧❧❧❧
Shows navigation values such as: Accuracy, Altitude, Speed, Battery, Bearing, Climb, Course, Date, Declination, Distance, ETA, Latitude, Longitude, Max Speed, Min Speed, Actual Speed, True Speed, Sunrise, Sunset, Moonset, Moonrise, Moon Phase, Target, Time, TTG, Turn.

❧❧❧❧❧ Compass ❧❧❧❧❧
Show the orientation of the earth's magnetic field, shows an arbitrary tracking angle and the current target. Also a marine orienteering compass.

❧❧❧❧❧ Tracks ❧❧❧❧❧
Record tracks and view them on map. Export KML files and import into Google Maps, Google Earth and others.

❧❧❧❧❧ Routes ❧❧❧❧❧
Manage routes and view them on map. Import KML files from Google Maps, Google Earth and others. Create turn-by-turn instructions between waypoints.

❧❧❧❧❧ Camera ❧❧❧❧❧
A camera HUD (heads-up display) view to show your waypoints, take pictures and share them.

❧❧❧❧❧ Map ❧❧❧❧❧
A map to show your waypoints. Convert mail addresses of your contacts to waypoint so that they can be used within the app.

Supports Google Maps, MapQuest, OpenStreetMap and others.

Supports Google Maps v2: Indoor Maps, Traffic, Buildings, Satellite and Terrain layers and map rotation.

❧❧❧❧❧ Waypoints ❧❧❧❧❧
A list of all your waypoints with export and import (KML, KMZ, GPX and LOC format).

❧❧❧❧❧ Satellites ❧❧❧❧❧
A sky view of the current positions that shows satellites in view.

❧❧❧❧❧ Features ❧❧❧❧❧
Supported position formats: UTM, MGRS, OSGB, Degree-Minute-Second, Degree-Minute-Fractions, Decimal, Mils. Supports over 230 datums.

Waypoints, routes and tracks can be exported as KML or GPX files and sent by email or uploaded to Google Docs or DropBox.

Please open the web page below for more info, send me emails for support. I CANNOT HELP IF YOU SIMPLY PLACE A COMMENT HERE.

Purchase the "GPS Essentials Donation Plugin" on Android Market if you want to support development.

The latest beta release is available on the Google Play Beta channel. Try out the latest features and help us improve GPS Essentials!

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GPS Essentials is not affiliated with any political party nor with any other organization mentioned in the ads, and it has no connection with any economic interests. If you don't like the ads, please contact AdMob.

WHAT ARE THE PERMISSIONS GOOD FOR?

✓ Coarse/Fine/Background location: To access network locations and GPS
✓ Full internet access: To read map tiles, send bug reports
✓ Modify/delete USB storage contents: To write waypoints, tracks and images onto the SD card
✓ Read phone state and identity: To tag pictures with the device ID (can be switched off in settings)
✓ Take pictures and videos: Camera HUD, take pictures
✓ Your accounts: Required to run Google Maps v2
Updated on
Mar 31, 2021

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4.2
45.7K reviews
A Google user
April 14, 2020
Has a lot of features but the one I care most about is the ability to track my hiking routes on the satellite view. Unfortunately it measures in straight lines when the screen is off which creates inaccurate distances and I cannot see my exact route. I cannot retrace my route. It will track my exact route if my screen stays on, but it is a pain to hold my phone and constantly refresh the screen. As soon as I put my phone in my pocket or let the screen go dark it starts tracking from that point on to when I refresh in a straight line. I've tried all the fixes eg. battery usage,permissions,etc., on my Samsung S10+, but still no change. I used to use MyTrails which was great but is no longer available
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A Google user
November 1, 2019
I've been using this app without the donation for about 4 years. Especially have liked the dashboard. I never really took a close enough look at what this thing will do. I just realized that, besides Google Maps, it has the "Portable maps" as well. I have watched in the news about people getting lost while on hikes in national parks and stuff. I really believe they thought they could use Google maps on their phones to get back to civilization not realizing that without cell service, that function doesn't work. For that reason alone everyone should have GPS Essentials on their phones. This service has a wonderful GPS receiver and a built in North American Mapset. You do not need cell service. I am currently sitting on my patio on the second floor of my apartment complex and my location arrow is maybe....MAYBE 10 FEET from where I am standing. This app is an absolute must have for EVERY cell phone. For that reason alone I made the small donation but there is so much more that this app gives you.
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Jason Harvey
January 21, 2022
I've been using this app for several years now to help track my hiking progress through rugged terrain. I've also used it to import Google Map zones and graphics so that I can see overlay maps in real time. Because this app has so many features it's a little difficult to navigate at first, but once you learn how everything works it's an invaluable tool for any type of GPS tracking. The only addition I'd like to see is the ability to import custom icons to use as waypoints
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What's new

Fixed HikeBikeMap not opening
Bugfixes and performance improvements.