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Trails - GPS tracker

By Felix Lamouroux

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Trails is the first GPS app that allows you to record, export AND IMPORT tracks directly on your iPhone! Prepare and review your outdoor adventures on the iPad (easy exchange between iPad and iPhone).

O'Reilly: "Best app for hiking"
MacUp (Germany): "Best iPhone App for iPhone OS 3.0"
NYT GadgetWise: "Remember That Great Hike? My iPhone Does [with Trails]"

Record your hikes, bike trips or jogs directly on your iPhone. Easily import tracks by simply searching on popular GPS websites such as and to find hikes and jogs of other users and follow their tracks on your iPhone.

You can view your recordings (live or later) on an OpenStreetMap (the Wikipedia for maps) that include a lot of additional information (such as bike trails, ski lifts, ATMs). You can switch between road and topographic maps! Maps are loaded once and then stored on your phone, so that you can view them again even without an internet connection: offline maps!

Trails is also the first app that allows you to edit your tracks with a simple tap on the map: delete and label any recorded waypoint.

You can export your tracks with two clicks in the standard GPX Format. This allows you to geotag and geocode your non-iPhone photos (via e.g. HoudahGeo) or to share your track with others via Earth, etc. Or upload your tracks directly to or into your TrailRunner log with a single tap!

- Record waypoints with altitude for multiple tracks (pause and resume as you like)
- Display your tracks OpenStreetMaps and select between road and topographic maps (that include cycle roads)
- Map cache allows you to load maps once and view them later offline (or abroad) without an internet connection.
- Edit recorded tracks on the map: name waypoints or delete unwanted ones.
- See the distance, speed and duration of your track while you record
- Import tracks from, through the easy search or import a GPX file from a URL
- No internet connection required during tracking - ideal for holidays. (Loading of maps requires Internet though).
- Export your tracks along with time stamps as GPX file, to and TrailRunner
- Select kilometres or miles for display of distance

Trails supports multitasking. Please understand that, continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Make sure to stop recording tracks before leaving the app in the background if you do not wish to record a track (check the arrow in the status bar). You can disable background tracking support under settings.

What's New in Version 6.0

Updated for iOS7.

Trails has been released 5 years ago. Thank you for your ongoing support. If you enjoy using Trails, please consider leaving a positive review.


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Customer Reviews

Quite counterintuitive and no help

I had high hopes for this longstanding product and finally purchased it based on good early reviews that indicated quick responsiveness of the developer. I have spent a good deal of time trying to simply find a way to import files to the product to no avail. There also does not seem to be a way to quickly and easily stop a track without shutting down the app. And there are interface display errors on the iPhone 5s. Apparently a former website explaining all this is now a dead link. I have not been this disappointed in an app purchase in quite some time. It seems the developer has not kept up with the much easier to use interfaces of his competitors, which is a shame since this app started out so well several years back. Finding a way to contact the developer has been fruitless as well, hence I have had to resort to this poor review.

Use everyday

Use the app everyday to track distance, speed and time. Simple to use and works without issue. Would be nice to have the ability to have weekly or monthly totals.

Trails - GPS tracker
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2013
  • Version: 6.0
  • Size: 2.0 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Seller: Felix Lamouroux

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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