Nearby Explorer Online is a free indoor and outdoor location app designed for use by people who are blind. It works much like the full featured Nearby Explorer app, but it does not include NAVTEQ onboard maps.
For outdoor use, a network connection is required. Indoors, it uses Bluetooth with supported beacons, so no data connection is needed.

Nearby Explorer Online does not provide directions to places or information about nearby intersections or include onboard maps. For these features and more, see Nearby Explorer.
Nearby Explorer Online works with any device running iOS version 9 or later, but if the device does not contain its own GPS receiver, like most iPads and iPods, you must use an external GPS receiver outdoors. All iPhones contain GPS receivers.
The app works by letting you select from several different location related options about what to announce as you move. These include typical items like street name, address, and nearby places as well as the distance and direction to them. (All announcements are optional.) All of this information is shown on the home screen and is available at any time, but typical use is to adjust the level of announcements, then lock the screen and put the device away. This keeps both hands free and lets your preferred voice speak the characteristics of the environment as you move.
You may also use the devices position and orientation to obtain additional targeted details such as pointing the end of the device to scan for points of interest or tilting it vertically to function as a compass. This all works with the device locked, so one need not fuss with the touch screen while moving. You may even mark a point, then use the position of the device to get haptic feedback about that point's location.

Nearby Explorer Online includes a transit feature that provides detailed mass transit schedules for over 60 metropolitan areas in the U. S. and Canada. It treats transit stops just like favorites and points of interest by announcing their name and relative position as you move, but in addition, transit stops add next vehicle stop time, direction of travel, and route name to the announcements. You can use the transit schedules to look up times or even follow a route.
You may virtually move to any area and search, or use the transit maps for that area.
For complete details about Nearby Explorer Online, see

Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life

What's New

Version 1.24.0

* Removes the ability to share favorites and remove shared favorites from Google Places. This activity is no longer supported by Google Places.

* Speaks the status of an item on the Home screen immediately when turning the item on.

* Improves accuracy of clock face reports.

* Fixes a bug where cities supported by the Transit feature no longer worked.

* Fixes a bug where the Address Provider would stop working if using OpenStreetMap and updating the active map.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
8 Ratings
8 Ratings

Great app, but for the search dialog


when you have to search for the search field and it's not automatically editing something is wrong!


American Printing House for the Blind
22.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
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