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MotionX GPS

by MotionX™

(90 user ratings)


Download size: 53.91MB
Version: 24.3
Released: 2008-12-17
For ages: 4+


#1 About.com Winner: Best Outdoor App

#1 iPhone app, Backpacker Magazine

- ComputerWorld

"The software you need!"
- Navigadget

"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!
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Customer Reviews
Update ASAP please!

Please update for iPhone X screen. Needs an update to utilize the barometric altimeter sensor in the iPhone. Zoom level 16 for motion x terrain maps needs to be fixed/changed back to the way it used to be. Screen locks up on motion x road and terrain map. All touch input stops functioning. The only solution is to quit the app. When relaunching the app it crashes on launch. Launching again after the crash gets it working again but map problem persists. App will not let me add a photo from my camera roll. Motion X GPS does not show up in the photo privacy page of iPhone settings.

I use this app for running and navigation

I like it


Motion -X is probably one of the biggest reasons I have an IPhone. If they made it d Florida Android, I might consider switching to a cheaper phone and plan. It is by far the best I have found. Between this and All Trails, from travel to hiking it is all I need.

4 star performance

Use it. All the time. Plenty of room for growth but currently highly functional for me.


I bought this app hoping it would be easy for me to use. I can’t even figure out how to put in the info where I am starting or where I am going. I feel really dumb. All I need are talking directions and a list getting me from point a to b. I want my money back

Used it all over the world – never disappointed.

I’ve use this app all over the world, and it’s always worked flawlessly. It’s saved me so much time, trouble, and money with navigating in places with no Internet by downloading the maps. It’s always worked just as I expected it to. I recommended it to many people, and everybody has thought it was as amazing as I do.

Waypoints are buggy

Not worth the money or frustration. The I imported waypoints but only a few of them actually show up. Also if you import waypoints the manually enter in a few your imported ones display but not the manually entered ones.

Great for Scouting and Personal Fitness

Easy to use. Doesn’t eat too much battery on my iPhone 7.

Great app

This is great for recording hikes. You get all the stats.

GPS Lock Issue

Since update applied two days ago the app has a tough time gaining satellite locks. Locks also dropped while in use. Didn’t have this issue before the update. UPDATE: Installed 11.2.5 O/S and the problems went away. I’m not sure what version it was before but it was 11something.

Favorite app for jogging

Allows me to track and save all of my runs. Monitors my pace and incline of the terrain. Has nice terrain maps for hiking.

Love it! But I terribly miss...

I’ve had it since shortly after its first release, and love it! I’ve typically used it to record long, rural, scenic treks by motorcycle, in order to share them with other motorcyclists. That said, the remainer of this review is meant for the developer. Fullpower, I terribly miss GPS Drive. I understand that with Google Maps, and the subsequent release of Apple Maps, that you had some very stiff competition. However, Apple Maps doesn’t provide as many features as your app had, and even if SUPER SPY Google does —and it may not— I refuse to use their app except when the need is critical. I don’t even trust them enough to want to have their app on my phone. I have nothing to hide; it just gives me the creeps to feel like I have an ever present peeping Tom. As for other GPS apps, there just aren’t any out there that look to be on the same level as yours was. In spite of their star ratings, you can find many issues with them if you begin to read the individual reviews. There was more to your app than pure GPS navigation. I often used it to discover restaurants and coffee shops as I traveled, or even to discover new ones in my home city. I’m an old school developer, myself —for Windows; not iOS— and would be surprised to find that it would be a very big undertaking to update the app to be compatible with iOS 11. If you did, I believe it would still stand out among its alternatives. That said, I *am* just one person and can’t speak for everyone else. But, perhaps some will see this and submit their own requests for an update (previous users) and/or an opportunity to buy a quality alternative to existing GPS apps. Actually, it’s been long enough that I’d probably be fine with spending $5 or so just to get an updated Version 2, if you care to release it as a new effort. But that does seem likely hard to justify to other previous users, and I wouldn’t want you changing things for the worse, just to justify calling it a new version/variation. I liked it very much, just the way it was.

Best Hiking App

After several years of using this app, I am amazed at how it totally defines the hiking experience. And beyond all other apps it easily creates gpx and kmz files to use on Google Earth and other uses. Very easy to transfer files to CPU’s and apple products.

No Phone X support

Nice app, I actually bought this accidentally when a friend had recommended it and I was looking but I wish they would update the app to support the new devices, you lose a good portion of the screen real estate in its current form. Will wait to see if the app still has developer support and then update my review.

No complaints!

Somewhat cumbersome at first, but once down it’s great.

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.

Great GPS App

This is a very versatile easy to use app. It is well worth the money.

Great for walking and listening to tunes

The best thing about this app is that it will run in the background while you listen to your tunes and walk. It keeps track of all your info while allowing you to run other apps. I love listening to my tunes while I walk and this app allows it with ease.

Sharing Tracks

I’ve had the application for years and really like it it’s my favorite. But recently I’m on able to share tracks. When trying to share the track message state unable to share go to settings. In settings it’s set up correctly but it will not share the track.

Love It

We keep track of our walks in the evening. Have plans to use this app for all kinds of things.

Great but...

Loved this app for years. Just wish they’d make a version for the Apple Watch. It’d easily buy be the best in class. U

Can not share a location

You just fixed the app from crashing when I selected someone from my contacts. But now get a message that says “share failed. Please check your share settings under setup->share to ensure it is properly setup”

Best in class, ANY class!

I’ve used MotionX-GPS for years on many different Apple devices and it has almost always done exactly what I expect it to. You can import and export to just about anything. BTW, when I say I use it, my dog and I have hiked 962 miles in the last 18 months with added difficulty of 42000 feet of elevation change in the last 10 months. It’s awesome, updated and dependable. Just like my almost 14 year-old Irish Setter!

Great App!

I've used this app for years to record 4x4 off-road trails and it has worked great. Friends enjoy receiving a copy of our trail records too.

Great app!

I've tried over a dozen different bicycling apps and this is my favorite so far. It's laid out well and very easy to use!

My constant hiking buddy

Great app. Very functional. Friendly interface. Lots of preferences. I take it with me on every hike; I love keeping a catalog of my hikes with pictures and related information. Great investment.

Works great for me. Lots of cool data collected.

Great app! thank you!

Love it!

Works well. Notifications are set up nicely.

Best app for navigation and tracking out there

I've used many over the years and now I have the best app for back country navigation

No good for serious outdoors

No true topographic maps showing townships and sections, only offline maps are very weak and no offline satellite option. Can I get my money back?

Love this app

Great app. Simple to use!

Great for hiking. Horrible for searching.

F this app for wasting 40 minutes searching for a well known hot spring. If the trail is listed in the map, you should be able to search it. Waste of time app if you are using it to easily find trailheads. Horrible lat/lon "search"

Privacy Concern

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.

Nice Design

Testing soon. Good support request response.

[] READ to BOOST []

This is a must have app for those who have a BOOSTED BOARD! Imagine boosting and getting audio feedback of time boosting, mileage boosted, distance from boost start, and boost avg. speed! Yeah it's like that (Mic drop and cut throat gesture)! Drop them dead presidents and get your Boost on!

Working outs with smarts

This is one of the best apps I've found for walking, hiking and biking. Strongly recommend it. ms


Excelente aplicación

Great for biking.

I mostly use Motion X for road biking. Love the data collection that gives me a clear idea of my ride. I've been using it for about 5 years.

Great app.

I have been using for years, from the first version. It has gotten steadily better. I have never had it fail on 8 or 9 hour hikes, on bike rides or on cross country drives. I have iphone and ipad versions and highly recommend both.

Awesome App - Thank You

Best one for tracking and training and updating friends!

Amazing functionality and infinitely useful

I don't use this app often, but when I do, I'm amazed by the functionality. I've been on long distance endurance events and used the app to report my team's location on Twitter at regular intervals. I've used it in a pinch when in the woods and needed to know my current whereabouts. I've uploaded tracks from Google Earth which outline property that I wanted to explore. The outline appears as a boundary on the display which easily coordinates with my current position. I could go on and on. The price for the app is a bargain for the functionality. I recommend this without reservation.


I have used this app for years and love it. The newest version offers so much for the exercise enthusiast.

Long tracks cause app to fail

Not long ago I had a track that lasted nearly 7 hours. Any attempt to save it caused the app to freeze and heat up my phone. Any attempt to reset the track so I could start another caused the app to freeze and heat up my phone. Contacting support led to no helpful means of saving that epic day of adventure. Even the latest update didn't help. The only thing that helped was to delete the app then reinstall it. So beware that if you have a long trek (at least more than 6 hours) somewhere - it will hose the app.


Love using it

It's good

Big like

Love this app

This is applicable in so many ways, I cannot even begin to describe. I use it when I walk daily, when we travel

Amazing app!

I backpack and hike year round, and I'd go so far as to say this app is the 11th essential. Not only is it extremely helpful to be able to track your progress and send updates, this app has helped me find my route in unexpected whiteout conditions!

Best GPS app for backpacking

I've used this app since it was first released and it keeps getting better. Have a history of all my trips. Family and friends love to see the trips.

I would give 100 + stars if I could

I ride frequently and sometimes ride alone. My husband loves the feature where he can get updates on my location while I'm on a ride. Provides useful data such as total distance, average speed, and altitude change. Also love the summary feature where I can easily see the total miles I've ridden. Can't say enough good things about this app.

Great Hiking app with Apple watch support.

Thanks for fixing Apple watch 2 issues. Love this app.