Best Free Android Apps for Hikers and Backpackers!

These are my recommendations for the best Android apps free for hikers and backpackers. But everyone will love these apps as well!

Android Apps
Android Apps

Google Maps

Google Maps
Google Maps, Android Apps

Never carry a paper map again with the latest release of Google Maps. For Android, Google Maps with Navigation features:

  • Indoor maps for select retail stores, hotels, airports, and more
  • Walking, biking, public transit, and driving directions
  • Street View
  • To avoid congestion, live traffic information
  • Detailed maps with 3D buildings
  • Local search and business reviews
  • Turn-by-turn GPS navigation (Voice guided)

Google Maps for Android can help you whether you need a sense of where you are located, the closest place for a bite to eat, or just directions.

Facebook for Android

Facebook for Android
Facebook for Android, Android Apps

Wherever you are, keep up with family and friends with the Facebook for Android app. Nearly everryone has a Facebook account, so this app is perfect for keeping in touch:

  • Check into places you go
  • Share videos and photos
  • Play games
  • Text and chat
  • Know who's seen your message, and who hasn't
  • Use your favorite apps


Twitter, Android Apps

This is the official Twitter app for Android. If you're short on time, sending a "tweet" is quick and easy.

Get instant updates from your family and friends. Follow what's happening around the world, and industry experts. Get short bursts of timely information, even from celebrities if you want.

Trending topics show what's happening now around the world, and real-time search reveals breaking news. Browse your interests and see suggested users in several categories, including travel, entertainment and fashion, or search to find out what people are saying about big sporting events or politics.

Twitter features:

  • Tweet
  • Retweet
  • Find and follow friends
  • Follow
  • Share web pages and photos
  • Real-time search
  • Exchange messages with your followers
  • Trends
  • Favorite
  • Browse interests

Google Search

Google Search
Google Search, Android Apps

The fastest way to search your phone and the web: Google Search app for Android.

Get web site suggestions as you type and web search results plus phone search. To make it even easier to get what you want fast, Google Search will learn which items you click on most!


Pinterest, Android Apps

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful photos you shoot on your travels.

You can browse pinboards created by other people. Best of all, browsing pinboards is a fun way to get inspiration from people who share your interests and discover new things.


  • Pin with your camera
  • Explore boards and pins by pinners you follow
  • Comment, like and repin on your favorite pins
  • Pin what you love from around the web
  • Discover content by browsing interest categories

The Pinterest app is one of the best ways to:

  • Plan destinations for your next vacation
  • Collect your favorite music videos
  • Compare and save items you're shopping for
  • Discover design ideas for your home
  • Find recipes

Pandora Internet Radio

Pandora Internet Radio
Pandora Internet Radio, Android Apps

Pandora personalized radio plays comedy and music you will love, and is free. Just start with the name of one of your favorite comedians, songs, composers or artists and Pandora will create a custom station. Pandora features hundreds of comedy and music stations ranging from Power Workout to Smooth Jazz.

Listen whenever you're in the mood for great music; and wherever - On the trail, on the train, at the gym, or in the car. You can easily switch between favorites by creating up to 100 stations!

Are you already a Pandora listener? Just log in. It's simple. Enjoy all your existing stations and create new ones right from your tablet pc or phone. Pandora on the web is fully integrated with Pandora on mobile.

Note: We recommend you connect your device to trusted WiFi networks when available for best results. Pandora may use large amounts of data and carrier data charges may apply.

Download these free Android apps after you get your Android phone and have fun! See you on the trail.

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