what3words: Navigation & Maps

44.1K reviews
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About this app

what3words is an easy way to identify precise locations. Every 10ft square has been given a unique combination of three words: a what3words address. Now you can find, share and navigate to precise locations using three simple words.

Easy navigation, simple deliveries and more
Use what3words to:
- Help emergency services know exactly where to find you - especially in hard to describe locations or places with inaccurate addresses
- Plan exact meet-up locations, simplifying navigation for you and others
- Give car breakdown services your precise location
- Navigate to any destination easily
- Save your favorite memorable spots so you know how to navigate back to them - a viewpoint, waterfall or proposal location
- Save key locations, from incident reporting to delivery entrances
- Help people find your business or Airbnb - perfect for travelers tired of relying on inaccurate street addresses
- Help people navigate to accessible entrances

Help others find and navigate to you
what3words addresses are accepted by over 4,800 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Centers from across the United States, helping first responders locate and navigate to you easily and quickly. Businesses and hotels display what3words on their contact pages and booking confirmations - anywhere you would normally find location information: on maps, in guidebooks and more.

Discover your favorite new location app
Popular features:
- Find your current what3words address offline
- Compatible with other navigation and map apps, including Google Maps and Apple Maps
- Save your favorite locations and categorize them into lists
- AutoSuggest prompts you with intelligent suggestions
- Available in over 50 languages
- Navigate offline with Compass mode
- Add a what3words address to a photo
- Wear OS support for smartwatch navigation

More accurate than street addresses, simpler than GPS coordinates
Street addresses and postcodes aren’t accurate enough to specify exact locations - for navigation, deliveries and more. what3words is a more precise way to do so - and it’s also a more accessible way to communicate location information than latitude/longitude coordinates or GPS - in short, it’s a simple ‘geocode’.

Navigate adventures, big and small
Offline navigation and compatibility with your favorite map apps - like Google Maps, Apple Maps and more - make what3words the perfect tool for daily trips and bigger adventures.
- Walking somewhere unfamiliar? Use what3words to navigate to your precise destination stress-free
- Find the perfect camping spot - and remember how to find it later - by saving the what3words location
- Meetups made simple: help others find hiking trailheads, shop car parks, precise entrances and more by sharing the what3words location
- Navigation couldn’t be easier with the what3words Compass, which guides you straight to where you need to be

If you experience any problems or have any questions, email us at support@what3words.com
Updated on
May 31, 2023

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
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

42.8K reviews
Brook Dickinson
April 23, 2023
Although the idea of utilizing the 3 unique words for lists of waypoints when mapping out routes or trips and linking to in notes or sharing seems like a great idea. Unfortunately this workflow is not well thought out and the app reflects that. This is not a good mapping application. The base maps cannot be used to navigate as they lack detail of roads and trails. You have to be zoomed in so far to choose a square that your cannot tell where your are choosing. The app UI blocks the map + more..
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April 25, 2023
Hi Brook, we’re sorry to hear you're not happy with our app. We really appreciate you sharing your feedback about the app UI with us and will share this with our team internally. If you'd like to share any extra detail, you can drop us an email to support@what3words.com. Thank you,
John Spitznagel
June 30, 2021
Neat idea, but doesn't really do anything more than GPS. With smart phones, it's easy enough to send a GPS link. Just press and hold on Google maps and click share. GPS is also the standard for location pinpointing, and is easily transferable to other devices that aren't "smart." Look into Geocaching if you think you can't share an accurate location with a friend. In addition, most of the locations I picked do not have short words, making it even more cumbersome.
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Axel Stevens
December 27, 2022
App stopped working all-together. Matter fact, just started crashing randomly in the background without me ever opening it. It was a bit frustrating at first, but what finally got me to write this review is learning that this app used 10 Gigabytes of data in the background without me even being able to open it. I cannot imagine how such a simple app can use this much data WITHOUT EVEN BEING USED.
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January 5, 2023
Hi Axel, we’re sorry to hear this. Please can you try deleting the app, switching off your device and then reinstalling the app? This should fix the error - if these steps don’t work, please get in touch at support@what3words.com. And I will share your feedback with the Tech team here. Thanks, Naya.

What's new

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