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Gaia GPS: Topo Maps for Hiking, Camping, and Hunting, with USGS and Compass

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►► About Gaia (guy-yuh)

Plan trips and explore the wild with Gaia GPS, on your phone, tablet, and computer.

Since 2009, we've been constantly updating Gaia GPS to help people explore remote places, and stay safer in the woods. Top adventure guides recommend Gaia GPS for exploration all over the world.

Today, many great people contribute to the support and development of Gaia GPS. You can always get in touch with the whole team at

Gaia comes from Greek mythology - she is the Goddess of the Earth, or Mother Nature.

►► Maps
• view maps online at
• download worldwide topo, road, and aerial maps
• use Gaia's unique, streaming, vector, worldwide topo map
• includes the best government topo maps for the US and Canada (USGS, USFS, NRCan)
• unlimited downloads for offline use - no extra charges

►► Sync, Back-up, and Website
• use Gaia everywhere - iPhone, iPad, iPod, and online at
• sync your tracks, photos, maps, and waypoints to all of your devices
• share links to tracks and photos, via email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and more
• keep your data backed up, effortlessly

►► Map Tools
• record tracks, waypoints, and take geo-tagged photos
• display NEXRAD radar, track data, and Gaia POI data with webpages from our search engine
• import and export GPX/KML files, by iTunes, Safari, DropBox, and email
• customize all aspects of Gaia, including units, coordinates types, color and sound, and more

►► GaiaPro
Subscribe to GaiaPro to get extra features, maps, and support. The cost is $3.99/month or $39.99/year.

* use to print maps and plan routes
* download multi-layered maps - mix and set opacity for many layers at once
* use MapBox cloudless aerial and street maps, the best and most up-to-date OpenStreetMap available
* view weather forecasts from Wunderground
* set custom icons for waypoints you create
* sync max-resolution photos to GaiaCloud
* dedicated email and phone support from within Gaia GPS Settings

To manage your subscription:

• TURN OFF auto-renewal via the main Settings app:

• Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your iTunes account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal.

• Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase

• Visit the following URL to view our Privacy Policy:

• Visit the following URL for full terms of use:

►► IMPORTANT - IPOD TOUCH AND WIFI ONLY IPADS - This application will not be fully functional on these devices, unless you have an external GPS attachment. The GPS Recorder and compass will be inactive. You will be able to view maps and waypoints, but you cannot record tracks.

►► GPS WARNING - Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What's New in Version 10.2

If you have a moment to leave us a review on iTunes, we really appreciate your support! Or send some feedback to

* new website feature - plot a precise trail with elevation profile:

* added feature to export a zip file, including photos, for tracks and other data

* fixed a bug for Pro users when naming a new Layered map download.

* fixed a bug that could cause Sharing to fail from the Track Details screen.

* fixed a bug that would delete All Tracks instead of All Routes.


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Customer Reviews

Offline maps are perfect for the iPod Touch or places without a connection

I first started using Gaia GPS with my iPod Touch, where the offline maps feature is great. You have access to the beautiful-looking topo and street maps. Accessing them is simple and you can save quite a large section that can be zoomed-in for complete details without a WiFi connection. And you get Canadian topos too (yeah!)

And with my iPhone 6, it is even more useful, even when i am in the mountains far away from any connection. The developers are super-responsive and are constantly improving the app; truly an app made by real outdoors people for others like them.

Buy it now; you won't be disappointed.

Great for the outdoors

I rarely rate apps, but this app deserves mention. I use this app constantly on hiking, biking and other outdoor trips! No signal? No problem. Just download the map for the area that you will be in before you go, and you are set! I have had some minor issues with tracking when mountain biking, presumably because I am moving quickly, but that's a minor problem for what many would consider an unnecessary luxury on the trails. Worst case scenario, I still have a topo map downloaded to get me out. Thanks Gaia for the app! I will keep recommending the product to people who ask "Whoa, what app is that?!"

Not a replacement for a GPS

Downloaded the app with TOPO maps for a 5 day Smokies trip. Tried to use it to leave breadcrumbs and map the route. Absolutely worthless for this function and not reliable. Randomly stops recording several times per day making it useless to calculate distance hiked. GPS function is downright weird. Asked it to Waypoint current position several times and about 75% of the time missed my position by 5-6 miles. Had to hard boot my phone several times per day just to use the app to record one or two miles, then would quit.

Save your money for a real GPS. This software has a long way to go and is NOT reliable enough to count on for mapping backwoods trips.

Endomondo had no problem finding my location, by the way.

Gaia GPS: Topo Maps for Hiking, Camping, and Hunting, with USGS and Compass
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • $19.99
  • Category: Navigation
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  • Version: 10.2
  • Size: 33.0 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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