Using a compass with a trusty old map is one of the best ways to navigate forests and hike mountains. That is exactly why I prefer to use one of the best compass apps for Android while going camping. Sure there are amazing offline GPS navigation apps for Android available on the Google play store but I prefer the old traditional ways of navigation. I used to have a physical compass given to me by my grandfather but I have given it retirement for safe keeping. Now, I have my trusty smartphone and a good compass app to guide me through unknown woods.
Using a compass is fairly easy; the needle always points towards the North Pole. And all you need to do is align the map and you’re ready to roll. If you are like me, you would also love to get your hands on a paper map while traveling to exotic locations. I, for one, like to collect the maps and love the feel of them. Therefore, I usually turn off the GPS navigation apps I normally use in day to day traveling while going to a camping trip and get an updated map from the Ranger office. There is another reason why I prefer to use a compass app on my Android smartphone while in the woods.
Compass apps tend to use very less battery when compared with other dedicated GPS navigation apps. As I’m already outside and you know very well that there are no electrical outlets in the woods, it is better to conserve smartphone battery life for other tasks. I also highly recommend that you carry a good quality power bank with you whenever you go on long trips. Watching a movie under the stars is a very refreshing experience and you don’t want to drain your battery completely while doing so.
Note: The five best compass apps for Android were tested on a Sony Xperia Z smartphone. The apps worked perfectly fine and there were no problems faced during testing. The apps are fairly simple to use and are highly accurate. As all of them provide the same functionality, it balls down to your personal preference and selecting an app from this list.
Compass 360 Pro Free
If you need a compass which works all over the world, this is the one you should get. There are many compass apps which work perfectly fine in America but failed to do so in Australia or even some regions of Asia. This app works perfectly fine all over the world with extremely high accuracy. It is simple to use app that can be used like a real compass.
The professional design of the app allows you to navigate quickly and trace your location. The app comes with a dampened compass card that allows you to know the orientation in just a single glance. There is also a decimal bearing which is essential in knowing detailed directions.
The app also provides magnetic and true North and take cares of the variations automatically. Compass 360 Pro can be used completely offline which is very important when you are traveling in no coverage zones.
Field Compass is one of those apps that give you everything you need right on the main screen. On any other app, this amount of information might feel daunting and may strain the user experience in a negative way. However, a compass app needs to convey important information just at one glance, and this is exactly what this app does.
If you want to know almost everything about your location and direction, this is the app made for you. Sure there are many simple compass apps on Android, which simply tell you where the North Pole is but this one goes above and beyond.
There is a night mode and declination field that comes with the user changeable values. This app can be used in sailing and boating as well, thanks to the pitch and roll fields that are included.
There’s something about minimal designs that I like a lot, and this compass app does exactly that. As the name suggests, Minimal Compass is a very simplistic compass which allows you to know the directions. The app does not connect to a server which saves your data and is easily accessible all over the place.
When camping or hiking you are always conscious of saving your battery life and having a compass app that regularly connects to the Internet can dampen your ambition. This compass app doesn’t even ask for any social media interaction; it doesn’t spy on you, and it doesn’t even run in the background. This is a very light app that completely closes when you exit.
If you want something unique in your compass apps, 3D Compass Plus just might be up your alley. This is a compass app with augmented reality view which makes it highly interactive and fun to use. While I wouldn’t exactly use this when traveling but if you are only looking for a simple app with directions, this is the most entertaining one.
The app shows augmented reality view, map, address, speed and time on the screen. It also shows a 3-D Compass and coordinates as well. As it is a very futuristic looking app, it allows you to take screenshots of whatever is on your screen.
It’s very entertaining to see the compass floating midair in the middle of the road. You can also attach the date, time, and location to the screenshot file. You can also record videos on devices which are Android 5.0 above.
A simple app which is designed well is hard to come by. However, Digital Compass combines simplicity with ease of use extremely well. It is a simple compass app for Android which provides all the necessary information right on the main screen. However it is not minimalistic by any means, as there are some features included other than direction telling.
The app may look plain, but tap on the map button, and you can check out where you are just pick one swift movement. It is a great feature for those who don’t have access to a physical map. Switching between apps can be cumbersome on some smartphones and this app gets rid of the need to alternate between the compass and map.
Apart from that, the app can also show you the magnetic field strength. It will also be able to keep the screen on when the app is being used with a simple check in the settings.
This concludes the five best compass apps for Android list. I really hope that you find one good app as a daily driver. I know the digital apps can never replicate what real compass can do but you can carry it anywhere you want so it’s a big plus.
If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to ask them in the comments below and I’ll make sure to answer them.