BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS
Play in the outdoors with Android as your Handheld GPS and offline topo maps!
- Current Version: Varies with device
- Updated: January 15, 2018
- Requires Android: Varies with device
- Installs: 100,000 - 500,000
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 USGS
USTopo: Aerial Photography with markup.
Canada Topo Maps from Toporama
Marine 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 donât 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.
Matthew Goebel Published date: January 16, 2018
Great application if you enjoy the outdoors. Can purchase overlays for public/private land borders which was alot of help during my hunting season. Tracks altitude and location really well. And the maps are highly detailed. The only con/negative I have is the maps are slow to download depending on how big of a map you need to download. Outside of this I have nothing bad to say about this application. Full Review
Kyle Kirkland Published date: January 16, 2018
I've tried a few GPS apps but always find myself coming back to this one. I like being able to easily import and export gpx files for trips. I now use it exclusively as my hiking and backpacking database making it much easier to do repeat trips in certain areas. Full Review
Bryan Gilbert Published date: January 16, 2018
Great App! Is there a way to display the waypoint labels text at half size and quarter size like the waypoint icon? Full Review
James Jantzen Published date: January 7, 2018
I love this app. I use it while elk hunting. You can download maps before going out and put your phone on airplane mode while hunting. Your battery will last forever, almost. Full Review
BM Steve Published date: January 19, 2018
I use this app when dirt biking or mountain biking, download very detailed hi res OpenCycle maps at zoom level 16 for maximum detail in Australia, once you have downloaded some map tiles use a file manager and go to "internal memory/bcnav/archives" and copy the db to your sd card, you can save as many maps as you like this way and never have to download them again, I have an older sony xperia with a 6 inch screen but limited internal memory, it's just the best for navigation, create tracks in google maps and save as kml or gpx files, you won't regret buying this app... Full Review
John L Published date: December 28, 2017
This program is awesome. I used to use a Garmin 62S for backcountry navigation. I transitioned for a bit using both the Garmin and this app. My biggest concern is the reliability of my hardware (MotoX) and the battery life. (The Garmin has survived drops in streams and easily can swap the AA batteries.) However, the interface of the BCNavigator together with the improved screen on my phone are so much better than the Garmin. I depend on it for bushwacking in the mountains and desert. The cost incredibly small for the value. This is the best app that I have paid for. Full Review
A Google User Published date: December 25, 2017
I have used this hunting in Tn. TWRA has KML files which you can import I have used this hunting in Tn. TWRA has KML files which you can import as boundaries. I also downloaded Thai maps and used it out in the country. Worked great on evo and Note 2 plus Galaxy Tab without cell signal. Thanks. Full Review
Dominic Beacco Published date: December 29, 2017
Overly complicated. A dedicated GPS is much more user-friendly and useful. Very glitchy on Droid turbo Full Review
Published date: January 6, 2018
I never pay for apps, but this one is worth every penny! Keep up the good work! Full Review
Alan Mackey Published date: December 30, 2017
This app turns your phone into a full-featured GPS for a few bucks. Plus, it comes with access to Caltopo maps and tons more. Fantastic! Full Review
Stephen Hall Published date: December 25, 2017
Great back country GPS app with excellent access to maps. Easy to use. Great tool for hunters, backpackers, or anyone heading into the wilderness. Full Review
Tony M Published date: December 16, 2017
Awesome. Highly recommend. Take some time and learn the functions. Offline maps ability is ideal. Full Review
Steve Walberg Published date: December 20, 2017
I thought this app would be great so I bought it, I think the free version works better . I would eat her like it to work or my money back . Full Review
Derik Espag Published date: December 23, 2017
Very nice app. But there are 2 short commings. 1 I cant use Google maps as amaps option 2 I cant use the app to do turn-by-turn navigation, a future i need. Full Review
i2ichardi3 Published date: December 26, 2017
Useful for going off of the beaten path. Ski touring / enduro riding / climbing etc. Full Review
Luen Warneke Published date: December 29, 2017
I use the app bushwalking and exploring North Queensland. It's works very well. Full Review
Brad Howard Published date: December 20, 2017
Love Love Love it! Full Review
A Google User Published date: November 26, 2017
I just can't say it enough; I love this app! Every update brings terrific new functionality to an already great bit of software. I use it often with great success. It is worth far more than the small cost to purchase. Marvelous app! Edit: After some time using this app extensively it's still the best. It just gets better and better! Edit x 2: I just bought this app again for my new phone, simply because the dev deserves it! Terrific app. Full Review
Steve W Published date: November 7, 2017
If you do any type of "off the beaten path" exploration, this app will do you well. I've only used it in Arizona, but it's helped me navigate thousands of miles off road. Full Review
Stuart Taylor Published date: November 28, 2017
Replaces a 200 or 300$ GPS (just make sure you have spare phone battery for long trips). Amazing map sources, also being able to import custom maps is great! Interface is very nice, so many options for all kinds of uses, very customizable! My phone will last 3 - 4 days using the app for several hours each day (on airplane mode). Just be sure to turn the GPS off when your not using it. Organizing trips and GPX data is easy! Very helpful tech support also! Full Review
Hal Ray Published date: November 11, 2017
I have used this for a few years now. Great hunting/hiking nav app. I live in western Montana and cell service is not available in most of the mountains. The ability to use the maps offline is a must. Take the time to study and learn the app and you will be impressed. Full Review
Rick Lewis Published date: November 24, 2017
Excellent application. There is a learning curve but clear and comprehensive documentation is available online and for download. There are also third party YouTube videos which are helpful. This is "back country GPS" not turn by turn GPS to get you to the nearest doughnut shop. Many maps are available for free download and for in-app purchase. If you are a hiker, a back country camper/explorer, a hunter, a fisherman, etc., then check this application out. Full Review
Andrew Lewis Published date: November 21, 2017
Used this during a mountain rescue operation to locate a hiking group last weekend. Works brilliantly with open andro maps. Full Review
Doug Steinman Published date: November 19, 2017
Great android app for mapping with my phone when out of town w/o my mapping tools. Its a little limited compared to full tools at home but a great tool for spontaneous trips off road. Love it! Full Review
Kps Published date: December 2, 2017
Bought the app it didnot comes with any map disappionted. Vrry hard to use want refund thx, Full Review
A Google User Published date: December 16, 2017
Awesome app. Dev worked quickly to find a new source of topo maps. Glenn should learn to read before he rates & comments. Full Review
A Google User Published date: November 6, 2017
Awesome app! Just keeps getting better! Keep up the good work! Full Review
Jimmy Brokaw Published date: November 11, 2017
Been using this app for years for both sailing nautical charts and backcountry skiing. Outstanding! Full Review
Bruce Mutton Published date: December 19, 2017
Serviceable. Responsive development team Full Review
Susan Kaitz Published date: November 17, 2017
Great! Full Review
Christian Jardine Published date: October 5, 2017
App was fixed and working great. For some reason now its saving all its cached map tiles in the files section so they aren't being cleared when the app closes. Now I need to manually go and delete them. This makes the downloaded maps nearly unusable Full Review
Monica Verwoerd Published date: October 29, 2017
I am very dissapointed with this app. It certainly does not work for backcou try Nz. It does not work offline, even with a previously downloaded map. Totally unreliable. I think one star is a lot for what this app actually deserves. Full Review
David Beck Published date: November 6, 2017
Please bring back the "overzoom at level #" setting. Since the update that replaced it with the map magnification button it has gotten exponentially more problematic to use with offline maps at lower zoom levels. Its been a great app for me for 8 years but ive looked elsewhere lately because of this issue... Full Review
Michael Robertson Published date: November 5, 2017
By far the best offline map app I have. Just it for navigating trails up north and for finding new ones. UI can take a bit to get used to but read the tutorial and you will do fine. Full Review
Published date: October 1, 2017
Looks cool, but it's such a pain in the a.. use. The interface is not user friendly. Hands down the worst gps for off grind use. Full Review
A Google User Published date: October 1, 2017
Works well on my Samsung A7. Great not having to rely on data link. The new zoom button is great. The new NZTM2000 feature is great. Thank you! Having the tracks list come up on the screen is a handy feature, makes it easier to go back to old tracks. Awesome Full Review
Tyler W Published date: October 4, 2017
Best app for backcountry adventures. Save hundreds over expensive GPS Full Review
Clark Hefflefinger Published date: October 16, 2017
It's good for use while on a trail, but offers little in planning tools. I would the ability to check distances from various waypoints instead of from the GPS coordinates. Full Review
Keith Myers Published date: September 30, 2017
Over all it's a great app to use while out hunting. However the maps need updated for Washington State. Full Review
Published date: October 28, 2017
Great navigation app for my hikes and hunts with or without cellular service Full Review