Sure, lots of people still use GPS units, but if you have an iPad, you have a built-in GPS. Need to find a destination you've never visited before? Want to go on a scavenger hunt? Need a way to track your route? Use your iPad and check out one of hundreds of GPS apps you can find on the App Store. Here's our list of the best GPS apps for iPad.
The best GPS apps for iPad
1 Apr 2016, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
GPS Location Tracker for iPhone and iPad is an app that tracks the location of an iOS device. Just install the app on the iPad or iPhone in question, and the app will record its locations and upload them to a secured server. Just go to the FollowMee website and use the app to track the whereabouts of the person carrying the device. Use this for your children, employees, or in your own devices. The app is configurable; the default is set to track every 10 minutes but you can adjust it to track every 60 seconds to 12 hours. You are able to track multiple devices using your account, and the app is always on. If terminated by a user, it will restart itself.
- Track the location of an iOS device
- Records location at set intervals and stores on secured server
- Track multiple devices using your account
- The app is always on
- Free GPS app for iPad
Waze is a hugely popular community-based traffic and navigation app. Use it to share real-time road and traffic info to make your life easier and to spend less money on gas. You will contribute to the local community just by driving with the app open. You can actively report police traps, accidents, construction, and other issues you see on the road. Receive alerts as you drive and find the cheapest gas prices that are shared by other users. Want to let your friends know where you are on your way to a planned event? You can do that, too. The app offers turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation too, of course.
- Community-reported alerts
- Automatic rerouting as conditions change
- Add Facebook friends and sync Contacts
- Earn points as you contribute road info
- Free GPS app
Where Am I At? will show you exactly where you are by showing coordinates, address, and even the altitude of your current location. Just open the app for it to do its work. You can scroll around the map and keep track of your location while you move, and the zoom feature allows you to get a bird's eye view of your location or a closer look. You can choose from Hybrid, Map, and satellite view, and if you need to paste your address, longitude, and latitude somewhere else, you can easily use the copy feature.
- Just launch the app for it to tell you where you are
- Find out the coordinates, approximate address, and altitude of current location
- Scroll around the map
- Zoom feature
- Free for a limited time
Google Maps is the obvious app to be on this list, isn't it? The app offers real-time updates so you can beat the traffic, get re-routing based on live traffic issues, and the lane guidance will make sure you never miss your exit or turn. Use Google Maps to plan your visit to a new city and make reservations, see menus, and find out when venues are their busiest. If there are places you visit often you can save them in the app and easily find them from any device or computer later. You can use maps offline in the event you don't have an Internet connection, and Street View gives you a better view.
- Transit schedules and maps for more than 15,000 cities
- Share photos, reviews, and more
- Real-time ETAs
- Lane guidance
- Free GPS app for iPad
ParkIt will help you quickly and easily find your car after you've left it in a busy lot or in an unfamiliar city. You can add a note and image to make it even easier to find your way back, and the Dynamic Notifications will tell you when to head back to avoid getting a parking ticket. The app will show you the quickest way to get back to your car. So how does it work? Just launch the app and tap one button for it to store your location and enter in a note, photo, meter expiry time, or whatever else you want. If you didn't set an expiry time, just open the app and it will give you directions, the distance to your car, and estimated walking time to get back.
- Never lose your car again
- Don't get more parking tickets
- Easy to use
- Notes your car's parked location and will give you directions back
- Free GPS app for iPad
Tomstrails GPS Pro gives you a clear display of your position in map coordinates that are used around the world. Some of the grid formats available are Latitude and Longitude, Swiss Grid (used by Swisstopo in Switzerland), New Zealand TM (used by LINZ), Irish Grid (used by Ordnance Survey in Ireland), British Grid (used by Ordnance Survey in Great Britain), MGRS (Military Grid Reference System), and UTM (used with both the WGS-84 datum and ED50 in parts of Europe). The app changes the frequency of updates depending on how much battery power is available and the speed of travel to ensure you always have enough juice to make a phone call.
- Multiple grid formats
- Clear display
- Extended battery life
- GPS never on when app is in background
- Works with Apple Watch
GPS Tracks is a great app if you want to be able to store your favorite destinations, track where you go outside, and/or navigate your way like a pro. You don't need to have an account, and now it can sync data between iOS and OS X. Use it for when: you're hiking, walking, biking, or running; you're taking photos and need to track location data; hunting or fishing and need to store specific locations; participating in navigational applications. Store your favorite locations, create routes to follow manually, add fully editable waypoints, view and track Glide Ratio, and easily navigate to waypoints.
- iCloud syncing
- Map measuring tools
- Post track stats to FB and Twitter
- Track your location/route of your activity
- Free with in-app purchases
iGeoTrans Lite is the free trial version of the app that accurately locates your location. It supports mapping, fieldwork, surveying, and related fields for any area. You can see a digital compass, direction, route, and the straight-line distance between your location and a selected waypoint on the map, and it's easy to figure out the distance or area on the map. You can convert geodetic coordinates to map grid coordinates and vice versa, and it is easy to manage the reference coordinate systems by removing, adding, and updating them.
- Determines your location with high accuracy
- Compute the area or distance directly on the map
- Imports or exports waypoint coordinates in different coordinate systems
- Converts geodetic coordinates to map grid coordinates
- Free GPS app for iPad
Family Locator by Life360 is a location-sharing app that allows you to stay connected with those you love. Organize your friends and family into unique groups, and decide who is in and who is out if you're a Circle admin. Share your location with who you want, when you want them to know where you are. You can get notifications when they arrive at favorite Places, and you can communicate with one person in a Circle or an entire group with in-app messaging. Places are circle-specific, and you set the preferences for the alerts you want to receive. When you upgrade to premium, you get 24/7 Live Advisor, Emergency Roadside Assistance, Stolen Phone Protection, and unlimited Places.
- Create circles for friends, close family, or whomever you want
- Create Places for favorite or common locations visited by members
- Get a notification when someone in your Circle arrives or leaves a Place
- In-app messaging
- Free app with in-app subscriptions
Chirp Phone Tracker is a tracking app that will turn any device into a password-protected, dedicated GPS trackable device. You can view someone's location on a map and see direction, overhead satellite view, speed, weather, history, and even crime in the area. You can get alerts when people leave or enter a geo-fence and boundary you set. The app offers low battery impact, crime and weather info for any location, turn-by-turn directions, and the option to send “panic emergency alerts.” Send messages back and forth, see indoor maps, toggle global status to online or offline, and track a stolen or lost device from the app or website.
- One-tap account registration
- Turn-by-turn directions
- Panic emergency alerts
- Switch between GPS street and satellite views
- Free with in-app subscriptions