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Free offline GPS navigation for Android – Nokia HERE Maps

HERE Maps is a free GPS navigation software for Android, developed by Nokia, which includes free offline maps. You can download free maps of more than 200 countries, and navigation interface is available in many languages.

One of the main advantages of this software is the offline navigation, which means you can download a free map (e.g. the map of England is 600 MB ) and navigate through that map without wireless connection or data transfer. I’d highlight one other cool feature – voice navigation, available on many languages (you might download additional files for voice navigation).

  • New software update brings you even better experience:
  • Interactive 3D maps for shopping malls and airports across 70 countries worldwide,
  • Route planner shows routes for drivers, public transport, and pedestrians,
  • Speed limit warning,
  • Click on any part of the map and find out more info about it,
  • Use traffic reports, including traffic jams, accidents, and other to better plan your route and avoid unnecessary waiting.


How to use Nokia HERE with free maps

HERE maps can be downloaded via Google play store. You don’t need to perform any additional steps to configure HERE for online usage. If you want to use your free map offline, you need to create free HERE account, which will be used to download desired maps. Account can be created within HERE application in a few easy steps. You click on SIGN UP, then on NEXT – where you choose a registration method (you can use your e-mail address or Facebook account). In this article, old-fashioned way is used (using e-mail address).

HERE account sign up
How to register your free HERE account via e-mail address

How to use free HERE maps and navigation without using Internet connection?

Click on the main menu bar (left upper corner of your app) and select DOWNLOAD MAPS, and then DOWNLOAD MORE, to get a list of the continents. Choose a desired continent, and country; the size of a map depends on the size of the country, POI and other included data.

downloading offline maps
How to download offline maps

To enable voice navigation, after you’ve downloaded your map, open again the main menu and select SETTINGS, then NAVIGATION VOICE, and finally MANAGE VOICES. You can download voice pack you want i.e. German, French and other. Size of the voice files is significantly smaller than a size of the map (e.g. the size of the German voice pack is 7MB and the size of the map is 1GB). OK, that’s it, you’re ready to use HERE in the offline mode; open the main menu and tap on USE APP OFFLINE. In this mode HERE works only with GPS data (collected via your integrated GPS receiver). Check out the SETTINGS for more configuration options, although this application works great with the defaults.

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How to download offline voice navigation

Visit HERE’s home page as well, to see other features, i.e. using HERE on your computer.
We wish you a safe and enjoyable trip!

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