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MotionX GPS

by MotionX™

(260 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

No usgs topi maps access. No kml import. Lame gpx import. A joke of an app.

The best little app no one ever heard of

Not much about the septic needs to be changed it’s a little bit difficult to operate unless you’re a gearhead and it would be great if that photo button was upfront so you can take a photo anytime and edit other than that I use it all the time and I love love love love love it

Love the App

I love this app, but like others I have to complain about the slow map downloads. It’s still a nice functionality, however. Please update the app for iPhone 10 screen size. :-)

Needs iOS 12 update

Needs iOS 12 update

NOAA charts broken

Easily the best app ever, now doesn't load NOAA charts (for viewing or downloading).

NOAA marine maps

What happened to marine maps? It’s not even an option anymore in map types

Don’t take away great features please!

This used to be my favorite maps app by far. But they took out NOAA maps. A crime!

Accurate and usable

Accurate tracking, usable and selectable maps, easy to use interface. It’s perfect for me. I use it for tracking hikes as well as flights (pilot). Have been using this app for several years and I’m still happy with it.

Was good but outdated

Used for tracking routes when sailing, hiking, cycling around the world. Screen dimensions don’t fit new iPhones. Also, no obvious way to export saved routes into other files.

No map

Be sure to download your maps before turning off to save power or going out of cell coverage!

Excellent system!

It does every thing I want, the forward aim could be tuned you a bit for following (retracing) steps, but other than that, spot on.

Can’t get it to work on Apple Watch

This app said it was optimized for Apple Watch but does not show up in the available apps list of the watch app!!

iPhone X / Apple Watch update needed

Need an iPhone X update to stretch the screen and allow for standalone Apple Watch 2 and newer to be used autonomously. Used to be the best, but gotta stay up to technology or something else will take its place...

Timber cruising, land location, and surveying

This app is great for my timber business. If I need a logger to bid on a tract of timber, I no longer have to spend a day being a guide. I just download the waypoints to the land and email them to the logger (or a friend that wants to hunt or explore). I also can mark property corners, download to my surveyor, and get a good estimate of acreage.

Can’t share via email

I used this app a few years ago and liked it but never tried sharing. I plan on using this app trail riding and wanted to be able to email tracks. No matter what I try, it will not send. It keeps telling me to check settings, share settings. Everything seems to be in order.....missing something?

Great Ap!

well-designed and useful app. It took me a while to understand how to use it - it’s not extremely intuitive - but now that I do I really like it.


Perfect match for myX and Recumbent bike. Thx

Very stable and reliable even under changing circumstances

Start a track and leave it. Very stable on rugged trails.

Outdated, no updates

The iPhone X has been out for a year and there's still no update to scale the screen correctly. The UI is seriously outdated and desperately needs a refresh.

Excellent app with superb tech support.

MotionX is the very best gps navigation app available. It’s multi functionality and superb customer support puts it in a league all its own. I use it virtually exclusively for hiking. Bob Louthan

Love the app but...

Love this app when cycling but I’ve been forced to move to Bluetooth sensors and it seems this app doesn’t support them. Sadly going to have to look elsewhere in the future :(


My phone said MotionX-GPS needs an updated for new phone How can I do that

Was the best, not anymore

I updated to an iPhone X recently and have changed my review from 5 to 1 star. Can’t pair a heart monitor and also can no longer pre-cache maps. The latter makes the app pretty useless out on the trail. Until these bugs are fixed avoid this app!

Excellent app and customer service

I’ve been using MotionX-GPS for a few years and can’t say enough good about it. Recently I tried using the a Custom Map Download feature and with some help from customer support succeeded. Worth acquiring.

No good

Can’t delete waypoints. Can’t delete tracks. I want to simply show my position, not follow a track but the app always starts a track. I finally dumped it. I carry a handheld gps, much easier and more flexible.

Nice tracker

Does what it does very well. My only complaint is that the menu functions are clunky at best. Though, to be fair, I can't think of a way to make it more clean. It's very feature-rich and whenever I get lost in the confusing menus, there's something else they've included I wasn't aware of.

MotionX to the rescue

I lost my beloved Garmin fitness watch. I looked for an app to replace it and found MotionX-GPS. No more looking at my wrist! And the data is better. And that nice lady tells me my pace in 5 minute intervals. I have found a new love.

Extremely slow map downloads

I really like the functionality of this GPS app for wilderness hiking. BUT the download process for maps is extremely slow. I need high resolution detailed map information so I download maps with zoom level 18. And over a wide geographic area for a multi day trip. This results in hundreds of megabyte tiles which download at a rate of about 100 tiles every 30 seconds. So in order to download a big map it takes overnight, 8 to 10 hours! And sometimes there’s a glitch in the communication link which causes the download to pause and I have to resume it. Therefore, I have to start my map downloading preparation several days in advance. This is a real pain in the !*#% for an otherwise really nice app.

Seems to work great.

Download maps before heading out on the trail.

Cool !!

This Is a cool apps 👍🏽

Getting worse

I’ve been using MotionX-GPS for years. Never wants to update to the lad test versions. Always 12 months behind. It only wants to install 24.2 and not lasted 24.3. I deleted app and reinstalled it. I even had to pay for it again. It still only installed 24.2. I’m using latest iOS on a 6s+ also the GPS signal lately has taken over 10 minutes to begin syncing. I’ve even reset and lost years of data to try and get working like it use to. Guess I’m going to look for a replacement.

Motion x

Great app. I would recommend it. I'd rate it 5 stars but it needs to be an option in privacy for while using app instead of always or never. Everything else seem fantastic. It lags a bit compared to a dedicated gps device but the always on is the only real downside

iPhone X Support?

Really love this app and after all these years there still really isn’t a true competitor that’s as reliable and simple to use, would so love to have iPhone X support, this app and the iPhone X capability would truly make this the best app for hiking. A web companion site for logging would be awesome too 😉

Best app for enduro riding

Top of the class in opening and reading GPX files, as well as creating your own tracks. It could do with less sound interaction, but I haven't looked into turning it off.

Best runners app if not for watch compatibility

This has best coaching functions and saves your runs. I’d like 2 things 1. I watch compatible 2. Better integrated music function. Newer versions seem to have dropped this. Do that and it’s by far the best runners app.

Extremely disappointing

I had this program 5 years ago and it was great. I got a new phone iPhone X and the new app is so disappointing. It does not work, it is too complicated and confusing. The beauty of the old one was it was simple and easy to use but not the new version. I was so exasperated that I had to go with a different program that was simple and easy. I would like a refund because it was a waste of money, good thing it was only $1.99. I won’t be using anymore👎☹️

Always works great

I have been using this app for years and never have problems with it whether it’s a walk in my neighborhood or a hike in the wilderness it’s seems accurate and doesn’t drain my battery! Recommend it always!

Useless App

I downloaded this app thinking it had trail maps I could use to plan routes but it just tracks u. Also I didn’t realize it but it’s a recurring monthly fee lame.

Used to look nice and was easier to navigate

Too much fluff, too much stuff. Simplify the app people, this is used on the road. Previous versions were much better.

Misleading app

Does not, as the previews and help files indicate, allow tracking over topo maps

Don’t Leave Home Without It

I have been using and relying on this app a couple of years for hiking and kayaking. In summary I have somewhere around 150 miles in my hiking track log. The more I use it the more features I find. I love this app and won’t go anywhere without it. Now my daughter is using it.


This app is absurdly confusing. Tried to download a map of a location that I’m traveling to next week. Awful. Online help doesn’t match screens. Tried to submit feedback within the app and errors out.


Motion -X is probably one of the biggest reasons I have an IPhone. If they made for an 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.

I use this app for running and navigation

I like it

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.