Gaia GPS Classic


Instead of buying this app (Gaia GPS Classic), please download the new Gaia GPS app. You can find it by searching for "Gaia GPS" - then download the app with the gold border called "Gaia GPS: Topo Maps and Hiking Trails."

We're maintaining Gaia GPS Classic for existing users, but our work is focused on the new app.

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Plan trips and explore the wild with Gaia GPS, on your phone, tablet, and computer.

Widely considered the best outdoor mapping app, Gaia GPS has been showcased in Apple's "Your Verse" stories, and covered in countless major publications, from Outside and TrailRunner, to the New York Times and FOX News TappedIn.

Top adventure guides use Gaia GPS all over the world.

Since 2009, we've been constantly updating Gaia GPS to help people explore remote places, and stay safer in the woods. Today, many great people contribute to the support and development of Gaia GPS. You can always get in touch with the whole team at [email protected]

Gaia (guy-yuh) comes from Greek mythology - she is the Goddess of the Earth, or Mother Nature.

►► Maps
• view maps online at
• download worldwide topo, road, and aerial maps
• use Gaia's unique, streaming, vector, worldwide topo map
• includes the best government topo maps for the US and Canada (USGS, USFS, NRCan)
• unlimited downloads for offline use - no extra charges

►► Sync, Back-up, and Website
• use Gaia everywhere - iPhone, iPad, iPod, and online at
• sync your tracks, photos, maps, and waypoints to all of your devices
• share links to tracks and photos, via email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and more
• keep your data backed up, effortlessly

►► Map Tools
• record tracks, waypoints, and take geo-tagged photos
• display NEXRAD radar, track data, and Gaia POI data with webpages from our search engine
• import and export GPX/KML files, by iTunes, Safari, DropBox, and email
• customize all aspects of Gaia, including units, coordinates types, color and sound, and more

►► GaiaPro
Subscribe to GaiaPro to get extra features, maps, and support. The cost is $5.99/month or $39.99/year.

• use to print maps and plan routes
• download multi-layered maps - mix and set opacity for many layers at once
• use MapBox cloudless aerial and street maps, the best and most up-to-date OpenStreetMap available
• view weather forecasts from Wunderground
• set custom icons for waypoints you create
• sync max-resolution photos to GaiaCloud

To manage your subscription:
• TURN OFF auto-renewal via the main Settings app:
• Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your iTunes account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal.
• Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
• Visit the following URL to view our Privacy Policy:
• Visit the following URL for full terms of use:

►► IMPORTANT - IPOD TOUCH AND WIFI ONLY IPADS - This application will not be fully functional on these devices, unless you have an external GPS attachment. The GPS Recorder and compass will be inactive. You will be able to view maps and waypoints, but you cannot record tracks.

►► GPS WARNING - Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Gaia GPS Classic App Description & Overview

The applications Gaia GPS Classic was published in the category Navigation on 2009-09-21 and was developed by TrailBehind. The file size is 45.60 MB. The current version is 10.9.14 and works well on 9.0 and high ios versions.

* updated for iOS11

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Gaia GPS Classic Reviews


Hasn't failed me yet.  Terminatot  5 star

Trail riding is my thing and this app has helped me fond my way back every time. I tap record right when I leave to ride a trail and it records my top speed, mileage and much more. The best part is that I can always retrace my steps to find my way back since it records my path. Before I had this app I was limited to how far I could ride. But now I can explore anywhere I want to go.


Why do you ALWAYS need my location???  Anonymous980  1 star

Why does this app *always*need my location? 20 bucks for this? Are you spying on me? Even if you're not, you're *wasting my battery*. Honor my privacy and spare my battery and I might give this a good rating. There's no way you need always on location tracking.


Very glitchy, sorry I spent the money  AKham1  1 star

I purchased this app to utilize while hunting. I downloaded a section of the map, however, the app was very glitchy and the satellite map did not have any detail. I had high speed internet while downloading. Many times while in the satellite mode the topo map would appear on the screen when I zoomed in on the map. I would be open to suggestions if someone thinks I'm using it wrong or if my settings are incorrect but to be honest is there a refund for this app?


Confused about subscription and why app monitors location 24/7/365  Ressaw2011  3 star

I'm confused with the new Gaia subscription vs non subscription. I bought the Gaia app and have an acct. What's the difference in maps and functionality between the one time purchase and the subscription? Also doe Gaia work in and have maps for Thailand , Cambodia, Canada and or Mexico? Also why can't I change setting to use my location only WHILE USING THE APP?


Subscription = bad  ElVadim  1 star

It was a good app, but I cannot support the subscription model. It seems that Gaia saw a way to make more money at the user's continued expense. $20 is expensive for an app, and there are other, cheaper ones out there with equivalent functionality that continue to be supported without subscription fees.


Great app  bdabmcm  5 star

Just got back from a 2 day hike using gaia for navigation and planning and it worked a lot better than expected. Gps was very accurate and battery life was great in airplane mode with gps. With tracking on and constant picture taking and map checking on a difficult to navigate trail my iPhone 6s battery made it 20 hours(12 hours day 1 and 8 hours day 2).


Gaia Abandoned Us!  goldbaumer  1 star

A couple months after spending $20 on this app the developer updates to a buggy version and stops supporting it. Will be posting about this on our hiking forums that recommend Gaia.


Map downloads are not available offline  danbanco  2 star

I downloaded a rather large map area for offline use as most of my hiking trails are located outside of cellular data coverage. The offline map data loaded without issue the first couple of times, but then I noticed the map resolution had degraded to the point that it became unusable. In order to recapture the original high resolution, I would have to connect via wifi or cellular data while zooming to the location in question there by caching the the missing map files. This process only served as a temporary solution as cached map data is often overwritten by new map data as it is fetched by the app. It would appear that most of my downloaded maps are merely just cached and not truly available for offline use. This defeats the whole purpose of downloading map data for offline use.


Bad  Gonerebel  1 star

$20 for an app that gets the rendering resolution to wrong that the screen just flashes constantly instead of working? Are you kidding me? Waste of money, crap app.


Junk  Un4seen  1 star

Waste of 20 bucks, would refund it if I could.


Excellent program!  Gigiogrl34  5 star

I use the app on my phone and iPad, as well as the desktop version. I love how it syncs what I do on one to all of my other devices. I also like how easy it is to change formats, which allows me to get waypoints from other people regardless of what format they use.


The best outdoor app  activelifejs  5 star

Best GPS app for exploring the outdoors. I've tried all the rest and this one is the best. Frequently updating and adding new features. Well worth the price.


Trying to give info to @ilovesailing  andrewljohnson  5 star

If you were logged in, you can restore the data from Deleting from the app just archives the data, and it can be restored or permanently deleted from the website. I hope that helps.

Slow braking news

Great  Slow braking news  5 star

Great app. GPS works great. Topo map are great. Thanks.


Used to love this app  Ilovesailing  1 star

I have been using this app for several months now and was very happy. I HAD about thirty tracks recorded. I tried to organize them by creating different folders. Well I tried to make a folder within a folder and it did not work. Much to my dismay when I went to delete the embedded folder the parent folder just disappeared. This may have been my fault but there is no backup and no warning!!! I am very displeased and will not recommend this any longer. Be careful!!!!!


Great app for iPhone, bad for Apple Watch  Aquaman72  2 star

I bought this app specifically because it was compatible with the Apple Watch. I like to put my iPhone in my backpack while hiking and then look at my watch for the latest stats (time, distance, ascent, etc.). Unfortunately, the watch doesn't stay synced with the phone. The data just freezes. Total bummer! Tried resetting watch, it would stay synced for a minute or two then freeze up again. Contacted Gaia support, they said might be a problem with Bluetooth. No way, the watch was still receiving text messages and notifications, it's an App problem for sure. Sent logs to Gaia, they said they would look into it but haven't heard anything. Will look into a different App like All Trails. Stay away from this App if you want to use Apple Watch.

Black Boi Pachino

Love it  Black Boi Pachino  5 star

Love his app, I work out in the woods and I don't know what I would do without it!!


Awesome!  Haenisch024  5 star

This app does what it says and does it very well!


Awesome.  akluiber  5 star

Best maps app for hiking and backpacking, period.


Absolutely The Best GPS/Map App  TranceMist  5 star

What a fantastic App. I’ve used it for several years now. Excellent recording and organizational functionality. Access to lots and lots of great maps (you have to enable some to see them). Syncs very well with their cloud/web app and Gaia GPS on other iPhone/iPads. This is the best app I have found for the outdoors, trails, backpacking, hiking.

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