GPS Apps for iPhone

iOS and iPadOS

I am looking for a GPS app that is accessible for the blind, and it doesn’t have to be free.
How is Google maps? Is it good in terms of giving turn by turn directions?, Does it have any voice guidance feature? How is blind square? Is that app good? Looking forward to get suggestions recommendations, and reviews of the apps that I’ve mentioned.
Stay safe and healthy!



Submitted by HarmonicaPlayer on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

just for your info, i have used google maps. It does give turn-by-turn directions from point a to point b. Its voiceover usable as well. I used it a couple times when i was on medical transport rides to and from my doctors to listen to the turn-by-turn directions to make sure it was the same ones the transport drivers GPS was saying and it was:)

Submitted by peter on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Nearby Explorer is another GPS app made especially for the blind. It is distributed by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and is free.


Submitted by Justin Philips on Thursday, May 28, 2020

BlindSquare works well with Google Maps too particularly for walking.

Submitted by Angel on Thursday, May 28, 2020

I wanted to say thank you all for your suggestions, I have decided to get blind square and in the process of that I have Google Maps as well.
Again thank you so much, hope you all have a safe day and stay healthy! I’m sorry if it took me long to reply.

Submitted by charles on Thursday, May 28, 2020

In reply to by Angel

Nearby Explorer was mentioned, and I also use it. However, by that specific name, it costs roughly $80 in United States currency. The free version, which is still being gradually updated, uses a more modern mapping system. If you want the free version, you must look for "Nearby Explorer Online" in the app store. It is, for the most part, fully functional. HTH.

Submitted by charles on Thursday, May 28, 2020

In reply to by Justin Philips

Blind Square does not give turn by turn instruction..You will be using more battery power by running it in conjunction with another app such as Google Maps. Why use 2 apps when 1 will suffice? You can do a lot with Blind Square, but if you are looking for turn by turn info, I would not get it. HTH.

Submitted by gailisaiah on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Believe it or not, Sirie does pretty good too. When our office first moved, I gave Sirie the address and he got us right to our new location.

Submitted by charles on Thursday, May 28, 2020

In reply to by gailisaiah

When you use Siri for directions, it starts, and uses, Apple Maps, which is the built-in GPS app on an iPhone or iPad. But Siri itself does not perform this task, any more than asking Siri to open an app would be claiming that Siri is doing what the app is actually doing. In this instance, Apple Maps is the GPS app that is doing the work. Siri only opened it and gave it the request. You got the results from Aple Maps, the actual app. HTH.