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BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS

Download topo maps for an offline outdoor navigator! Use your phone or tablet as an offroad topo mapping handheld GPS with the bestselling outdoor navigation app for Android! Explore beyond cell coverage for hiking and other recreation.
Download topo maps for the US and many other countries in advance, so you won't need cell coverage for navigation. Use storage memory for maps.

New: Android Wear support to see navigation at a glance on wrist

Use GPS waypoints from GPX or KML files, or enter your own coordinates using longitude/latitude, UTM, MGRS, or grid reference. Using GOTO makes a waypoint a locus for navigation.

This uses many publicly available map sources as free downloads. Some additional content available as an in app purchase:-Accuterra Topo Map Source for $19.99/year. This can be purchased and used with or in instead of the free sources.
- Boundary maps for 12 western states from the Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Overlay for topo maps valued by hunters. -GMU boundaries in some states-Lake Contours in several states. -Content from US TrailMaps including:-ATV, Whitewater, and Equestrian Trail Maps

See the menu under More-> "Purchasing AddOns". They can be shown on top of topo maps.

You may try the DEMO version to make sure you like the maps in your country.

About topo (topographic) maps: Topo maps show terrain through color and contours, and are useful for navigation offroad. Topo maps and GPS can be used for hiking, hunting, kayaking, snowshoeing, & backpacker trails. You can create your own maps with Mobile Atlas Creator, or specify a custom tile server. Built in sources include:OpenStreetMaps from MapQuest OpenCycleMaps showing terrain worldwide US Topo Maps from Caltopo and the USGSUSTopo: Aerial Photography with markup. Canada Topo Maps from ToporamaMarine maps: NOAA RNC Nautical Charts (coastal)USGS Color Aerial photography Topographic Maps of Spain and Italy Topo maps of New Zealand Japan GSI maps.Many of the above sources are generally free to use.

Use offline topo maps and GPS on hiking trails without cell service. The GPS in your Android phone can get its position from GPS satellites, and you don’t have to rely on your data plan to get maps. Have more fun and safe GPS navigation in the backcountry.

Use as a geocaching navigator by getting a pocket query as GPX. Besides geocaching, use GPS for recording tracks and GPS waypoints on your trip, all the while tracking your GPS quest on topographic maps. It may replace your Garmin handheld GPS.

Here are some of the outdoor GPS activities BackCountry Navigator has been used for:As a hiking GPS both on hiking trails and off trail. Camping trips to find that perfect camping site or the way back to camp with GPS. Hunting trips for hunting wild game in rugged areas. Doing recon for a hunt or as your hunting GPS Fishing: make it your fishing GPS. Search and Rescue (SAR). Trekking the Pacific Crest trail or other long term hiking. Kayak and canoe treks on inland lakes and streams or marine, coastal waters. Backpacker trips: using topo maps of wilderness areas and national forests for navigation on trails with the GPS in your rucksack or backpack.

Find your own ways to have fun in the outdoors. Be a maverick by venturing beyond cell service boundaries with your GPS. Become a pro at navigation with GPS for the outdoors.

BackCountry Navigator has been on WM devices and preloaded on the Trimble Nomad outdoor rugged device. This Android version is more flexible, featured, and fun. Create a memory with maps.

For a one time fee, this a great addition to the outdoor gear you bought at Cabelas, REI, or another outdoor store. Many have found the Android GPS in a phone or tablet to substitute for a Garmin GPS or Magellan GPS, such as the Garmin GPS units Montana, Etrex, or Oregon. Android can be your handheld GPS.

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Reviews (30)

Gus. L. May 9, 2022     

Been using this app for a decade and I loved the way it tracked my hikes accurately. I had no problem with multiple switchovers to new phones, including my current Samsung S1e. Then with the recent Android and/or app update, the app became completely unreliable. The tracking function skips about half the route I hike, drawing a straight line between two points that are sometimes miles apart, instead of a few meters, and the logged miles are much shorter than actual. Please fix the issue!

Tim. B. May 18, 2022     

Wow, after reading other reviews it almost seems redundant to point out that recent updates to the app or Android have left this app completely dysfunctional and worthless. I have been unable to download any new maps, tracking for me has been mostly reliable, but I am unable to contact support and share the logs of the trouble. All of this after years and years of flawless reliability. What the hell happened?

Her. S. Apr 28, 2022     

I'm upgrading this to 5 stars. After much searching I finally located an Android setting under App Battery Usage, which needs to be set to Unlimited. With this tweak the app works as it used to. [Original post: This used to be a great app, but at some point the GPS location and track recording functions stopped working correctly. Now my recorded tracks are wildly inaccurate, making the app virtually useless for me. Very disappointing.]

Smo. B. G. May 16, 2022     

This app used to be great. I used it internationally with success, but now I agree with Gus Lee's review that erant lines and unreliable behavior is common. It will just stop tracking in less than difficult terrain too. Lately, I cannot get BC Navigator to download areas selected for download. It just never finishes. Time to choose a new app. Any suggestions are welcome.

Ale. G. May 8, 2022     

I had used this app for years with minimal issues, until a few days ago when I opened the app and suddenly some of the satellite map source would not load at certain zoom heights. Quit the app and reopened it to find all of my well over 100 GPS points had disappeared, and now my favorite source arcGIS no longer functions at any zoom elevation. Uninstalled and reinstalled to the same issue. Years of work completely gone. If you want any hope of a reliable service, look elsewhere.

MPP. 2. Apr 18, 2022     

This app worked extremely reliably for many years and has helped me on numerous outdoor adventures in the past. I prefered it above all other similar apps because it did not require me to create an account just to be able to use the app. After recent updates it has become completely unusable for me because it keeps displaying a message saying "Internet Off, See Layers Menu". I have confirmed that the "Internet Enabled" option is turned on. Reinstalling, clearing data/cache did not help.

Col. M. Mar 18, 2022     

This was a brilliant app for showing contours, trails and local details. The map migrate that's just come in kills the app completely in that it will no longer load maps that are on the phone in the specified location. I have uninstalled, reinstall, redownloaded maps still does not work just a blank white screen. Very sad.

Jak. M. Apr 4, 2022     

What happened to this app? I paid for pro and I've been using it for years. It used to be great. Got a new phone and went to use it while I was out on a walk and it took a few minutes of clicking through permissions and other nonsense before whatever that migration was that didn't work. Now it seems like the map sources aren't loading and a bunch are talking about subscriptions.. I'm going to find a new hike tracker.

Nar. W. Apr 12, 2022     

Not sure what these guys have done... i recently re-purchased the app (used other backcountry aps before) and have to also purchase the underlying map... what's the point of purchasing the app? So it can read the map that you also have to purchase? Unless I'm somehow mistaken, seems like a better idea to just purchase another app. Very poor communication on this. Might try out alltrails next time - definitely a different one.

Ric. L. May 9, 2022     

Unreliable lately. Several times existing downloaded maps fail to load, and/or fail to update location. Currently downloading public domain topo maps seems broken. Little worse than not being able to rely on downloaded maps, as there is little cell coverage in the backcountry.

Bry. C. Mar 4, 2022     

Used and loved this app for 7 years, and had recently been using it in search and rescue. Folder migration failed, and lost 7 years worth of downloaded maps. I can no longer access the (better IMHO) green FS topo maps as they seem to have all been replaced with newer white/ brown ones. Contacted support, waited a week with no reply, contacted again, still waiting on reply. Seems like support is non existent, and a one great app is now garbage.

Ber. M. Mar 29, 2022     

Recent upgrade has moved storage of some data such as screen shots to different locations where duplicates of early data is also replicated. Took awhile to find.

Jam. C. Mar 10, 2022     

App was brilliant but opened it today and did the data migration. And my maps stopped working, I tried to browse for them (in app) and they don't show up. But after browsing outside the app my map files are still present it's just the app doesn't recognize them anymore :(

R. C. Apr 22, 2022     

Pretty decent app for navigating while hiking. Not so much when navigating while Overlanding. Five stars for hiking. Two stars for Overlanding.

bil. w. Mar 20, 2022     

The app used to be very good, but now it's forcing intrusive location permissions. I may have to give it up. How unfortunate

Ale. S. Feb 1, 2022     

I've been using it for years but now for some reason free maps are not downloading in full . lot's of tiles missing at various zoom levels. The subscription maps are downloading great. It seams they do it intentionally. I tried on 3 devices with the same effect.I feel that with intruduction of subscription service this app should be free to download...I paid £12.5 and I feel cheated.

Mic. E. Feb 18, 2022     

First class navigation app... What a great so. You down load all the maps you need and go from there. No signal issues and is completely reliable. Theory is no limit to the maps I can download. The only thing I wish it had was Imperial miles and feet as I live in the UK. Otherwise it can't be faulted.

jam. b. May 1, 2022     

Will not import maps after last updata. The app is worthless now. Would not recommend. Stay away.

Tod. S. Jul 31, 2019     

I used the free version for a while and decided to upgrade to Pro just to show my support for this very useful app. The app can be difficult to figure out at times, but if you do some research, you find the answers. Many people complained that they couldn't get maps to load, or it stops tracking when your screen is off, or other problems. Those are problems I had too, but I watched a few videos and (gasp) read the manual to find the fix (sometimes an app setting, sometimes an Android setting).

Chr. R. Dec 12, 2020     

I've used this app for years, includin the prior paid one and was one of the first to support the Kickstarter. So I'm invested in this app and want to use it. But it's too cumbersome. Each action requires pages of instructions to use. Nothing is intuitive. The maps are also dated compared to other apps out there. While this works ok, the experience is frustrating and requires too much effort to use effectively. I've switched to onX and can't be happier.

Chr. A. Mar 8, 2020     

My favorite app for tracking my hikes, many times not on a trail. I've been able to upload the files to my Google Earth account and see all the stats for where I've been. For some reason, my recent hikes have not been tracking properly. The app shows where I begin hiking, but then it doesn't show any segments of my hike until I select "Show my current location," and then it draws a straight line to wherever I am (with infinity speed). I sure wish I knew how to fix this. I've missed two intense snowshoeing hikes that I would have liked to have documented. Please help me know how can fix it! Thanks...

Jus. P. Oct 30, 2019     

All these gps tools with offline maps are a bit quirky. However this one has consistently worked well for me. I paid for the accuterra maps and that has really made the difference. I really like being able to name map packages and then switching to the relevant map for my trip. Same thing goes for the trip database and waypoints. I do wish that Google maps were available. They are of little value in the Backcountry but it is easier to locate places with them.

Eri. B. Feb 1, 2020     

Great app! As the information from Crittermap states, the app requires some practice before taking it on a major trip. I've used it to log several trips, hiking and biking. I feared the battery usage would be excessive, but for outings of a few hours my phone's battery did not run low. I enjoyed knowing the maximum up and down speeds, time moving and not moving, and other statistics; as well as making screen shots of the tracks. Get this app to know where you are out-of-doors.

Jay. T. Jan 9, 2019     

Only been using it for about a month. Still getting used to where to find features. There are a fair amount of maps available online and downloading sections for off line viewing is pretty good once you get used to it. I have found that it's easy to get lost around the map center if you are viewing a section that is not immediately in your area. Trying to stay zoomed to the right section can be tricky. I do a full walk through on my YT channel...Rough Riders Off-road.

Ale. J. Sep 20, 2018     

The app worked for about a year. Recently the app randomly deleted all of my waypoints. I talked to customer service about it and they said it wasn't a "known bug" and they left it at that and started ignoring me. The app then proceeded to completely die on me and make my phone almost unusable until I ran it in safe mode just to delete this app. I recently tried a reinstall and it's just as broken. When using an SD card the app is impossible to get to load both your saved maps and waypoints all from the same area. Recovering files for the app is NOT user friendly. The overall layout of the app is beyond cluttered and a lot of options could be minimized. I wish I could get a refund for their now defective app but as I said, their customer service started ignoring me. Horrible customer service.

Ste. R. Apr 7, 2021     

I have used this app for several years now and have found it quite helpful in tracking where I am on backcountry trails. I have tried several other Topographical GPS apps, and have found not one that I would replace this one with. The choice of maps has changed recently due to 3rd parties, but there are still good choices for trail maps (which is all I use this for). The user interface is not always easy to decipher, but once you get used to it, the interface makes more sense. Also there are very nice explanations for what the various options are in the user interface, so it becomes fairly easy once you've used this app for a while. I think buying the Pro version was worth the money.

jem. m. Dec 27, 2019     

I've had pretty good use with this application for a number of years internationally and extensively in Canada. I've recently had issues where it didn't track when the app wasn't open creating a straight line from the last know point. There was some decent customer service responses about the issue. I'm fairly certain you need to go into application settings for the app in your phone and enable to app to be running while it's closed to fix the issue. Google pixel 2.

Tod. S. Jun 26, 2021     

Great app! I happily paid $10 for the Pro version. I've taken 6-7 hour canoe trips and recorded my track the entire way, sampling every minute. No battery issues. My only complaint is the custom icons for waypoints are stupid. There are icons for places that are clearly limited to Urban areas, not the backcountry. Also, the icon pictures were poorly chosen. They were clearly made by someone who is not an outdoors person. For example, there's an icon for "butcher". Huh?

Dan. A. Jul 15, 2019     

This app is awesome! I use this on my phone and I have a handheld garmin GPS, using them side by side, obviously I much prefer the screen size, brightness and responsiveness of my phone. Be sure to download your map ahead of time. While youre on the trail turn off mobile data, bluetooth, etc. Leave location services enabled. I also use the battery saver mode and can get my phone to go a few days without a charge. I always carry a backup battery just incase.

J. T. Jul 27, 2019     

I really like BCN. I've used it for years and works well. Its done everything I've asked. There is a learning curve. Very flexible and gets the job done. With that I feel that they've let it get out dated due to their new focus on XE software coming out someday. Look at their website and you'll notice things haven't been touched in years. Not a lot of refinements or updates specially when there's a lot of competition- Gaia, LeadNav and a lot of others.