#1 About.com Winner: Best Outdoor App
#1 iPhone app, Backpacker Magazine
"The software you need!"
"My favorite when I go hiking"
- Washington Post
"Favorite, hands down"
- Mac Observer
▶ The #1 multi-sport GPS app for the iPhone
▶ Great for hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, running, sailing, flying, navigating, geocaching, and more
▶ Over 5 million users, top rated around the world
▶ Most accurate iPhone GPS
▶ Best map selection: choose from 14 different sources including road, terrain, satellite, and marine map types
▶ Free map downloads worldwide! Including OpenStreetMap, terrain maps, and NOAA marine charts
▶ Unlimited map downloading for use offline
▶ Save up to 300 GPS tracks & 2500 waypoints
▶ Live Position Updates: optionally share your position automatically in real-time with others you choose
▶ Optimized for use with the Apple Watch
▶ Advanced interactive stopwatch with voice coaching
▶ Supports DMS, DM, D, MGRS, UTM, and OSGB grid systems
▶ Record GPS tracks and waypoints, follow saved or imported routes, import and export GPX files, and much more
Continued use of any GPS service running in the background can significantly decrease battery life.
MotionX is committed to constant improvement. We listen to our users and continuously add the most requested features. Thank you for the feedback!
- iOS11 users: Fixed crash when trying to access your contacts when sharing tracks or waypoints.
Ratings and Reviews
Best location app available. I’ve been using it for years.
I been looking into using GPS on smart phones since the very beginning. Motion X in my opinion is the best available for the iPhone. With that said, it’s been the same exact app for many years and it’s a little disappointing that motion X has not added any tools or features to document your journeys. I see so many companies do this and. When you’re out ahead of everyone and doing something better than everyone else in. Be smart and Capitalize while you have the advantage. New GPS apps are creeping up and getting closer in functionality and user experience. Don’t be jawbone. Start developing now while you’re still the best.
I've had this app for years like many other reviewers and I've always really liked it. For walking, for hiking, for biking.
What I do not like is the location services setting. You have to allow the app to access your location always or never. I do not like apps that track your location even when you are not using the app. Most apps have the option to allow location sharing "when using the app" which seems much more respectful of the users privacy.
As a result of the MotionX GPS settings I use this app a lot less then I used to because every time I'm not using it I shut down location sharing in the privacy settings which I then have to re-enable when I do want to use the app.
If this one feature were changed I'd definitely rate the app 5 stars.
Developer Response ,
Good news: In iOS11 you can choose either the “While using App” option or the “Always” option!
To find this setting, go to iPhone Settings > Privacy > Location Services > MotionX-GPS and on this page you can select between "While using the app” and “Always”.
New users will be presented these options when installing the App.
Please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this or any other questions or feedback. We are available 7 days a week and will get back to you promptly.
Thanks for using MotionX-GPS!
Extremely slow map downloads
I really like the functionality of this GPS app for wilderness hiking. BUT the download process for maps is extremely slow. I need high resolution detailed map information so I download maps with zoom level 18. And over a wide geographic area for a multi day trip. This results in hundreds of megabyte tiles which download at a rate of about 100 tiles every 30 seconds. So in order to download a big map it takes overnight, 8 to 10 hours! And sometimes there’s a glitch in the communication link which causes the download to pause and I have to resume it.
Therefore, I have to start my map downloading preparation several days in advance. This is a real pain in the !*#% for an otherwise really nice app.
- Fullpower Technologies, Inc.
- 56.5 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2003-2017 Fullpower Technologies, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Custom Map URLs $4.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.