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The Windows 10 platform offers a wide variety of apps that can help you pass the time, stay up to date with the news, check in on the weather, edit photos and more. If you need help finding your way around town, the Windows Store also has a collection of solid navigation apps.

The Windows 10 Maps app (opens in new tab) is preinstalled and a fantastic navigation option that meets most user's needs. However, if you find the Microsoft Maps app lacking, there are other options available in the Windows Store. We have scoured the Store aisles for navigation apps and these are some of the best Windows 10 navigation apps for your consideration.

MapFactor Navigator

MapFactor GPS Navigation

MapFactor Navigator is a free, turn-by-turn navigation app that is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices. The Windows 10 app uses OpenStreetMaps data with the option to purchase TomTom GPS navigation maps ($14.99 and up). Maps are available for the United States and Canada, as well as a huge collection of Countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and South America. You can find the full listing of maps available at MapFactor Navigator's website or in the Store description.

Key features of MapFactor Navigator include:

  • Downloadable Maps
  • Unlimited number of waypoints on a route
  • Speed camera and over speed warnings
  • Navigation profiles for bus, truck, car, bicycle and pedestrians
  • Voice Guidance

MapFactor Navigator includes a large collection of points of interests that range from restaurants, gas stations, hospitals, etc. The app also includes map color themes to customize the map's appearance and several options to customize your route (allow for U-turns, allow for Ferry Boats, Toll Roads, etc.)

The voice navigation is intuitive with support for multiple languages with door to door planning. Routing does support cross-border crossing without the need to switch between country maps. An overview of upcoming maneuvers and distance is displayed on the navigation screen to help avoid surprise turns.

MapFactor Navigator may not be the most eye-catching navigation app in the Windows Store, but it does a nice job of covering the basics. The free maps provided by OpenStreetMaps are listed as potentially containing incorrect data, but in the time I used MapFactor Navigator everything seemed in order. The free maps are a good way to try out the Windows 10 app and if the need arises, you can always upgrade and buy the TomTom maps.

Download MapFactor Navigator from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

QR: MapFactor Navigator

GPS Voice Navigation

GPS Voice Navigation

GPS Voice Navigation is a free, turn-by-turn navigation app for Windows 10 Mobile that utilizes Google Maps for your routing needs. The design of GPS Voice Navigation takes a simplistic approach with an options menu that appears over the map view.

Key features of GPS Voice Navigation include:

  • Spoken voice instructions with multi-language support
  • An easy to view dashboard to view estimated time of arrival, time and distance traveled, upcoming turns and more
  • Generate routes directly from the map by touching the point of destination

GPS Voice Navigation has a large points of interest collection that includes hotels, restaurants, gas stations and more. The app includes map layers to display points of interests, speed cameras and more from the map view, but lacks offline maps.

There is a premium version of GPS Voice Navigation (opens in new tab) that is currently priced at $6.99. The premium version includes all the features of the free version plus short and long turn-by-turn instructions, integration with Bing Maps and MapQuest, an Eco-mode and a speed camera alerts.

The Eco-mode allows GPS Voice Navigation to run in the background and conserve battery power. This can be useful on long trips where turns are spread apart over a considerable distance.

All in all, GPS Voice Navigation covers the basics of GPS navigation nicely. The app is free and available for Windows 10 Mobile.

Download GPS Voice Navigation from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

QR: GPS Voice Navigation

NAVIGON USA

NAVIGON USA is a Windows 10 Mobile app that turns your Windows Phone into a feature rich navigation system. Developed by Garmin Wurzburg, the app is a bit on the pricey side ($39.99) but gives you access to downloadable maps for North America with access to free map updates as they become available.

Features of NAVIGON USA include:

  • Live traffic overlays
  • Weather forecasts for your travel route
  • Voice assistance
  • Take me home feature for one-touch route generation
  • Augmented Reality Scanner to find points of interest
  • Support for Garmin Heads-Up Display
  • Traffic camera overlay

The primary menu for NAVIGON USA includes pages to set your destination by address, coordinates or based on your Windows Phone coordinates; a points of interest page to find hotels, gas stations, restaurants and more in your area; a More page where you can view the map, plan a trip, view your GPS information, access the app's settings and manage your downloaded maps.

If you are looking for a navigation app for Europe, there is NAVIGON Europe ($79.99) (opens in new tab) that covers most (if not all) of Europe. Please note that NAVIGON Europe requires at least 1.1 GB of free memory and NAVIGON USA requires at least 900 MB of memory.

Download NAVIGON USA from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

QR: NAVIGON USA

CoPilot GPS

CoPilot GPS

CoPilot GPS offers a free, turn-by-turn navigation option for Windows 10 Mobile with the option to upgrade to premium services based on individual needs. The Windows 10 Mobile app includes offline navigation to reduce the need for data with maps available for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, India and Brazil.

Key features for CoPilot GPS include:

  • Multi-stop trip planning
  • Itinerary and preview direction
  • Drag and Drop route editing
  • Lane indicator arrows to alert you of upcoming turns and merges
  • Speed limit and safety camera warnings
  • Tons of points of interest that includes the customary hotels, restaurants, gas stations and more.

CoPilot's route view includes distance to your destination, time until arrival, distance to the next turn and details on your next turn.

There is also a CommuteMe feature where CoPilot learns your preferred daily route to work. Combined with the ActiveTraffic feature, that monitors traffic reports and helps you avoid delays, you can better plan your commutes. The ActiveTraffic is a subscription service ($9.99) but a free 7-day trial is included with the free version of CoPilot GPS.

The free version of CoPilot GPS covers the basics with additional in-app subscriptions to enhance the app's capabilities. These subscriptions start at $0.99 a month for voice-guided navigation and can be as high as $26.99 for some regional maps. You can purchase a lifetime subscription to voice guided navigation for $9.99. The ActiveTraffic is also a subscription service ($9.99), but a free 7-day trial is included with the free version of CoPilot GPS.

The free version of CoPilot GPS is enough to get you around town and you have the benefit of choosing which upgrades fit your needs the best, as they are needed.

Download CoPilot GPS from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

QR: CoPilot GPS

Scout GPS Maps

Scout GPS Maps

Scout GPS Maps is another free Windows 10 Mobile navigation app that covers the basics with the free version, but has plenty of in-app upgrades to enhance the core app.

The main layout for Scout GPS Maps offers a Main page where you can set up home and work addresses for easy routing, view your recent destinations, tap into your contacts for easy routing and resume an existing trip; a Nearby page to find points of interest near your location; and a Profile page where you can access your account, app settings and download maps.

Key features of Scout GPS Maps include:

  • Multiple routes generated to allow you to choose the best optimized route
  • Step by Step turn list to easily follow the selected route with a visual list of turns
  • Destinations can be searched by keyword, address, from your contacts or points of interest

Settings allow for several customizations from map colors, icon styles and route preferences. You can upgrade to Scout GPS Maps Plus through an annual cost of $24.99. The in-app upgrade unlocks voice guidance, traffic alerts, red light camera map overlays and voice commands for navigating around the app. If you aren't sure if you need the upgrade, the free version does provide a 30-day trial of the Plus features.

Download Scout GPS Maps from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

QR: Scout GPS Maps

If you have tried any of these Windows 10 apps out, let us know what you think of things in the comments below. These navigation apps aren't the only game in town. Along with this collection of Windows 10 titles you have the likes of Turn by Turn Navigation (opens in new tab), GPS Routes Finder (opens in new tab) and Sygic GPS Navigation (opens in new tab).

Personally, one can never have too many apps and I rely on the Windows Maps app for trips around town and NAVIGON USA for longer trips. If we have missed your favorite Windows 10 navigation app, feel free to share that as well.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

69 Comments
  • hey there. im glad sygic had a small mention towards the bottom of the article. i enjoy this app as it is a UWP and is the only app thats given me turn by turn directions and offline maps in japan (a country that really lacks maps support from bing maps and even here maps). daniel wrote and made a video about the beta app which is on par with the public release here: http://www.windowscentral.com/first-look-sygic-gps-navigation-windows-10
  • here drive.. oh wait .. glad I'm running 8.1 on my 1520
  • HERE+  is the best .    Have 1520 and rolled back to 8.1 just for HERE+
  • And I on my Lumia 1020 still running 8.1.  The app on W10 is horrible.
  • Windows Maps has surpassed Here Drive.
  • LOL
  • It has. More features makes it better. I travel for a living and have use just about every Nav app available on Windows, Here used to be my favorite but Windows Maps is absolutely better now. Maybe you should try it again.
  • Me too. I've tried a lot of others but Windows Maps does a great job.I actually had problems with Here sending me the long way around.
  • What about Sygic UWP and the out of the box Microsoft maps app? Sygic brings you the whole TomTom HD Traffic. Microsoft maps is great if you want to travel by train.
  • First-party Windows 10 Maps app does not provide offline maps for South Korea, so I use MapFactor GPS Navigation as my outside navigator app. The one thing that irks me is how slow the app is to identify my exact location. Anyway, most apps described here are still Windows Phone 8.1 apps. If would be great if the developers upgrade their navigation apps to UWP apps.
  • after trying everything out there i can say nothing beats Waze and especially live traffic and cops alert. None of the GPS navigination apps (Google maps included) has so fast live traffic updates like Waze does. It's a shame that they stopped Windows support
  • I agree. Waze is so good for ETA, that I use it even though there is no voice. That is how good it is. Windows Maps is awesome for features and integration but sucks for the actual navigation part which never finds GPS signal and had ETA 15 minutes overshot.
  • Why do you need cops alert?
    are you a lawbreaker?
  • For me, having an alert that the police are ahead is huge due to the fact that traffic is going to quickly slow down. Some of my worst slowdowns on my way to work are caused by police pulling someone over in rush hour traffic. Waze is a fantastic app. It's one of the few things that keeps me going back to android.
  • And NONE of these apps, (or any that I have seen in the Windows Store, aside from old, half-broken Waze) offer live dynamic traffic rerouting. It is extremely important in and around cities. So far, the only app that works for that is Waze, which is broken without voice guidance at this point, and has not been updated since 2014.
    I guess we at least have something for use on uncongested roads: with Windows Phone 7 there was Bing Navigation where you needed to touch the screen for prompts, and it didn't offer rerouting. We had improvements with HERE Drive for Windows Phone 8, but development for it stopped in 2013 after it wasn't included in the Nokia deal. Thus we didn't, and still do NOT have dynamic traffic rerouting. As far as I am concerned, I have no reliable navigation solution to actively route me around occurring traffic jams. p.s. It is not 2009 anymore, when my iPhone friends were impressed with my Windows Mobile and its offline navigation. Now we need a live traffic-based routing solution. Just showing me the red and green on the map doesn't quite do it when I am driving - sorry.
  • CoPilot has live traffic rerouting if you pay for it. It's called ActiveTraffic. I know it works, but I have not used it often enough to figure out how effective it really is compared to something like Waze.
  • It can't be as effective....because it relies on conventional traffic flow data rather than live data from millions of (Waze) users.
  • Navigon has traffic.  To be honest, though, I have no way of knowing if the routes I didn't take, had more traffic.
  • Agreed... I put Waze on every time I go to work... get traffic updates, re-route and it's saved my THOUSANDS in speeding tickets :)
  • Waze is very good but I can't use it because I find the portrait only mode extremely annoying.  I suppose I could get used to it but there are too many other options for me to bother.
  • Yup Waze is good because of the large number of community users. Traffic cams can't beat user input. I don't think any other app will ever beat that unless they also use community input along with being widely used.
  • Summaries such as this one just demonstrate how far behind Windows Mobile is compared to iOS and Android. Waze, HERE and Google Maps are my go to navigation apps on Android. None of them are available on Windows Mobile.
  • Waze is on Windows Mobile.....
  • Yep. Broken, terrible scrolling, unreliable or broken voice guidance, and side by side comparison with Android showed me a different, longer route to the same destination.
  • Yea, the Android version is WORLDS better than the Windows Phone/Mobile version... It's too bad but, after using Android for a few months, this is NOT the only app that is WORLDS better...
  • thats exactly my gripe, wm10 is worlds better than android as OS but the apps that i use on wm10 the same ones when i use in droid are worlds better than on wm10, that when i go back to wm10 i feel dreadful wtih the apps despite beign in love iwth the OS
  • Agreed. No live-traffic routing solution means we have no navigation app, as far as I am concerned.
  • See my comment above regarding CoPilot.
  • See my comment above about Navigon.
  • Agreed, After having a older car with factory nav and using an app link Waze for a few months with real time traffic, I would not even look at a GPS system unless it had real time traffic... GPS with Real time traffic is how I define GPS now days... with out it, it's just a mapping program..
  • I often have Scout running on W10M side-by-side with Google Maps, sometimes on Iphone others on various Android devices, and for stability and graphical clarity, Scout routninely outpreforms.  With the excpetion of live traffic updating. 
  • While it's basically abandoned, the Waze app works great. It combines real time traffic into It's routes and updates the route as events unfold. Just yesterday it suggested a very slick deviation around a major accident on the freeway. It got me off the freeway just in time and back on a half mile later meanwhile the freeway ended up getting completely shut down.
  • Stupid question, does the input from android, ios, and windows users get shared together? As in if an adroid user marks a hazard will i see that on my windows phone?
  • Yes, it is supposed to. You know what is funny? Waze started on Windows Mobile!!! I recently fired up my Verizon XV6800 (HTC Titan), and Waze STILL works on it! The last iteration of the app was around 2012.
  • Funny, I still have one of those sitting in my closet...(kept around for a spare phone, as Verizon will still activate it)
  • Exactly. None of these apps would do that. It is really frustrating. Even when I know where a destination is, I often will let Waze figure out the best route to avoid congestion.
  • I soooo wish Google had never acquired Waze.
  • I'm surprised neither Waze and Sygic made the list since those are the two I use. Even with the abandoned support of Waze, it is still the most practical and featured GPS for Windows mobile at the moment...
  • I was a sygic user but it appears to have gone down hill, crashes constantly.
  • CoPilot GPS by ALK Technologies has been my "Go To" map & directions app my Audiovox PPC 6700. I have never had a Windows CE, Mobile, Phone, or Mobile device without it. It is great to see a company support the platform for so many years with top notch downloadable maps
  • I've been using Scout for years and years, and I continue to prefer its version of 3D route mapping.  It occasionally gets a little wobbly when I do a Fast Ring update of the phone OS, but it usually settles in.  The "search along" feature is spotty, as it sometimes seems to pick a locale at random.  And it never has had much ability to track traffic.  You have to toggle through the 3 available routes to try and guage where traffic might be a more serious problem.   But overall, you can download maps for offline use, it has lane selection help and is very dependable.  My go-to back up is the Windows Map app itelf, which is bright and surprisingly good.  I have used Sygic and Waze but prefer Scout.  Waze is still too cartoony and too slow in catching developing traffic issues.  By the time its rerouting you, the reroute has bogged down.  And it also tends, on long trips, in taking you off and on main highways to save a minute here or there, so that you are in constant readjustment even when on a long straight run.  And if you keep getting off the interstate for a 1/4 mile to pick up 15 seconds time, sooner or later you are going to get stuck and lose all the gains and then some. 
  • Agreed, sometimes I override Waze with my own thinking, since it gives odd directions on a longer drive. Like you said - often losing any time you gain. Nevertheless, it is usually good to pick up traffic/reroute on shorter drives, and within the city and close suburbs.
  • If you like turn by turn nav, forget Sygic. While it is "free", after 7 days you have to pay for voice. I've never had a sat nav on my phone without voice, especially when using screen off to save battery. Maps is a bit of a misnomer for me. Always seems to struggle in 'rural' areas. Still lacking in some ' intelligence ' that Google Maps has as standard. I just can't get on with it. Waze for me, even without the updates.
  • I do miss HERE a lot.
  • Navigon uses the HERE maps and they are downloaded onto your phone too.
  • Sygic is pretty good. How does it compare to others? I want the opinion of some specialist :)
  • Is anybody aware of a GPS solution that allows me to find points of interest along my route that are searched for not by proximity to me, but most route-efficient? Example: a search for gas station that is along my route but 4 miles away and not the closer station that is 2 miles behind me?
  • One thing I absolutely hate about nav in Windows 10 is that you can't change the default app, which you used to be able to do in Windows Phone. For me, the Maps app is pretty awful and never seems to route me around traffic
  • I second that gtbuzz!  It seemed to work well enough, yet mysteriously disappeared.  So we are left with the choice of using the default Windows Map, or having to cut and paste an adress from an email, web-page, etc. then launching and pasting in the address in the navigation app we want to use.   It's such a no-brainer yet build-after-build, this capability is missing.  Maybe there's some technical reason for this but if that's so and Windows Mobile is unable to interact with even the apps running on it, then that's a bigger problem.
  • I don't think there's any technical reason. Deep linking has existed for a while and continues to exist. I think the problem is while Microsoft continues to develop windows mobile, pretty much nobody internal uses it for a daily driver and these gaps just go unnoticed. I have to figure the Windows Mobile team internally is understaffed and unloved as it is so they're probably not even listening to any of the feedback people give.
  • I use Microsoft Maps (more often) and Sygic. Sygic was the best choice on Andriod, but now on Windows I am faithfull to MS products.
  • Waze, though abandoned on Windows since the Google aquisition, is my main choice. It does live traffic rerouting. Here never even did that. I wish Windows Maps would do that. I also wish Windows Maps would change how they handle music and podcasts playing. Currently, it abruptly cuts off the music while giving voice directions. I prefer that the directions be said over the music. That's how Waze did it, when they supported voice on Windows.
  • Are you me? :)  Agreed on all fronts. I'm not sure if MS even knows the voice interruption is an issue. Maybe it works right in some cars, but in mine I need for the bluetooth call profile to activate, which interrupts audio playback. I do get the sense that the documentation is not very clear on this, because I have seen several WP apps struggle with activating the right bluetooth profile. 
  • I've given feedback in the Feedback Hub. Then again, they ignore all of the live traffic rerouting requests, too. :)
  • If you were getting older and hearing is declining, you wouldn't want music playing in the background. If they're going to do that, it needs to be optional.
  • W10 bing maps are ok but not good enough. Whatever new buildings/apartments come up its not here but you can bet your money that Google maps will have it. My building which is four years old is there on Google maps but still not on bing maps. Even if bing could introduce something like Google local scout where people can contribute to map it will be great help.
  • Where did you leave Sygic, guys?! I switched from Navigon to Sygic because 1) Navigon does not offer traffic info for my country (yes I know, doesn't have to be an issue in all countries), 2) Sygic is native UWP, whereas not optimized and long time not updated Navigon started to heat up my Lumia 930 like crazy. So much that it even often restarted!
  • Nokia Lumia 730's GPS is not working. Only works when WiFi is ON. On cellular, it is not working. Went to feedback hub. Nothing happened there.
  • Using Sygic, full paid.
    Full featured, with traffic Infos, users alerts, live re routing, speedcams.
    Enjoying.
  • Is it really live, as in Waze's ability to inform one that a new route has been calculated because of accidents, etc, during the ride? Not just like MS Maps which calculates the best route at the moment and then ignores any changes happening to the route during its lifetime.
  • Yes, all those things are true about the paid version of Sygic.  I've never used it but it also has the "heads up display" feature.  The biggest advantage of Sygic for me is its responsiveness compared to the many other map apps I use.
  • Does anyone have a problem with gps when trying to use their sat nav, can not find ur location, have downloaded all the sat navs and same problem on windows 10 mobile
  • Still in the store but not updated in a looooong time: Garmin StreePilot. No downloadable maps, and yet $30, so maybe to a great deal. I do like it, despite some misgivings. 
  • I used MS Maps on 950xl and Google's Maps on Note 5 when last month during my Europe trip... Of course, Google maps have tons of POIs and very smart search predictions compared to MS Maps. Although MS Maps worked well when I was offline, while Google's maps did not work at all, even though I had downloaded maps on the phone. Not sure why it happened.  I would miss the efficiency and reliability of Here maps!
  • I'm still on 8.1 and just hearing that Waze is not available for W10, that is a major gap! Waze is the absolute best app for driving in the US, with user alerts, re-routing, and general navigation. I guess I'm lucky that my wife has an iPhone so we can still use that, if I ever "upgrade" to W10 phone ):
  • I have been using Navigon for map & directions and voice guidance on my original Pocket PC, Windows Mobile HTC 6700, and now Windows Phones.  It has always used the HERE maps (previously Navteq) and they are downloaded onto your phone so you are never without them. It has lots of choices.  2d and 3d views.  Traffic routing choices.  Seachable points of interest including the Reality Scanner.  Quick locating nearby gas, food, or parking.  It has a trip planner, great cockpit tools, and of course GPS information can be saved and emailed or texted.  There is an adjustable setting to warn you when you are over the current speed limit.  (I have mine set to notify me when I'm 10 mph (miles per hour) over the current speed limit.  It has Active Lane Guidance telling you which lane to be in to guide you through complex traffic routes.  The voice speaks the street names.  It notifys me of red light cameras.  It can connect to the Garmin bluetooth HUD (heads up display), but I don't own one, yet. It is very intuitive to use.  It makes sense, to me anyway.
  • I have real issues with Maps app. The nav is 'unusual', the routings are erm...'bizarre' and it just doesn't have a nice feel to it. It's almost as if you cant trust it, besides the fact, you cant trust it. As a cabbie I tend to know my way around and occasionally see what maps can do, and where it sends me. Mmm... Traffic is OK, but does it take its traffic data from elsewhere, like a collation of all OS devices? Why do I ask? Well, if it we're just W Mobile, I'd end up stuck everywhere. I like waze, but no voice is a killer. If I need directions, I use a map now. Most Nav apps have issues, but I've not found a good one on here yet. Sygic no voice unless you upgrade, some of the others, well you might as well by a sat nav as they are so cheap now.. If I really need Nav, then I borrow the wifes N3 and use Gmaps. Still a horrid OS, but even a Microsoft advocate like me is starting to wonder.......
  • I quite like Sygic.  I've used it going all the way back to the good old Maemo/Nokia N900 days.  In fact, Sygic honored the lifetime map license I bought seven years ago to use with my N900.  Sygic is colorful and very responsive.  The 3D views are fun.  They remind me of Here+.  I also have Windows Maps, Waze, and GPS voice navigation.  Based on the reviews here, I am going to try Scout and MapFactor.  I keep so many Map tools because I travel a lot.  I find the usefulness of Map apps varies noticeably from country to country.  Some of them are of very little use in certain countries.  As I mentioned in another post, I like Waze but I can't abide the portrait only layout.  That's more about me than the app.
  • waze!