MilGPS is an MGRS/USNG focused premium navigation tool trusted by soldiers, search and rescue personnel and other professional navigators around the world. View your current location and navigate to a waypoint in seconds. Or plan and organize your navigation using the powerful and intuitive mapping and overlay capabilities.
Display your current location in real time
- Cell phone signal not required but will make location fixes faster (maps require a data connection)
- Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) & United States National Grid (USNG) (4, 6 8 10 figure grid references supported)
- Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM)
- Latitude/Longitude (degrees, degrees and minutes, degrees minutes seconds supported)
- Ordnance Survey National Grid (grid and easting/northing in metres)
- Military date time groups for local/zulu time
- All info is displayed in large, clear text for easy viewing at all times
- Location and navigate screens are fully customisable - choose what info you want to see
- Wide variety of datums supported including WGS84, NAD27, OSGB36, AGD66, ED50
- Define up to 3 combinations of datum and location format for location display and waypoint entry
Create and navigate to waypoints
- Unlimited waypoints (upper limit dependent on device storage and memory)
- Enter waypoints from current location, map or using any of the above supported location formats.
- Live update of distance/bearing as you enter coordinates (sanity check your grids)
- Waypoints are fully editable, and can be sorted by distance or name
- "Quick goto" feature for quickly entering grids and navigating to them - accepts shortened MGRS grids.
- Receive an arrival indication as you approach your waypoint
- Import and export waypoints via the standard GPX file format (routes and tracks not currently supported)
- View current location and waypoints on map, complete with custom smooth scrolling grid overlay (MGRS/USNG/OSNG/UTM)
- Choice of Apple or Google maps.
- Display user-supplied offline maps in MBTiles format.
- Use the crosshairs to position new waypoints and measure distances/bearings
- Choose from standard/satellite/hybrid/blank map type
- Grid overlay with labels for grid zones, 100km, 10km, 1km, 100m squares
- Map can be set to follow your current location and/or heading.
- Simple, intuitive interface.
- Convert between location formats easily using the add waypoint screen
- Supports degrees/mils for angle, with choice of true, magnetic or grid north reference.
- Supports feet/metres for altitude
- Supports imperial/metric/nautical units for distance
Why choose MilGPS over other apps?
- MilGPS is under active development and testing (since 2010)
- MilGPS is painstakingly crafted by an independent developer
- MilGPS emphasises accuracy, simplicity, ease of use and stability
Things that aren't in the app (yet):
- track recording
- route planning
- online mapping sources other than Apple and Google maps
App Store Privacy Information Note
NOTE: Mapping function requires a data connection. Using GPS will shorten battery life.
YOUR USE OF MILGPS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK
MilGPS is an aid to navigation only and is intended to be used in conjunction with other navigation methods and tools.
MilGPS must not be used where relying on MilGPS could result in death, injury or financial loss. This includes use on military operations, live-firing activities, aviation and surveying use.
MilGPS is not tested to military specifications and is not endorsed by the military of any nation. MilGPS is not a substitute for military issue equipment.
Your use of MilGPS is governed by the standard App Store Licensed Application End User License Agreement.
MilGPS Positive Reviews
Initial Impressions: ExcellentCompared to the two GPS apps that I have used often (LandNav and Spyglass), MilGPS immidietly seems superior and best suited for my military training purposes. Readout is HUGE and responsive and I will probably stick with the default look. Maps come up quickly and it was easy to customize (Apple/Google are adequete, but more map choices would be great).
Design layout could be slightly improved by having more intuitive button placements (e.g., Edit Screen is hiding in the Share menu, and cancel button was hard to find on one screen), and maybe a bug: Navigate → Share → Choose Destination Waypoint took me to Overlays (I'm probably missing something).
Ideally, I would like a mini-app to quickly send an 8-digit grid to the clipboard and close, since I share locations often—every step out in the field counts. For my purposes, MilGPS makes sharing an 8-step process (i.e., Open → Share → Share Current Location → Message → Tap x2 in message field → Select All → Isolate MGRS grid → Tap ⌫). MilGPSs is more intuitive than LandNav, but it would be nice to simply 3D touch a readout and send custom data to the clipboard. Future updates perhaps?
Not sure why it took me so long to find this in the App Store. Downloaded USNG first, and then found MilGPS via 'Also by This Developer' in the sidebar.
Kudos to all those who helped develop this app, good job!.Version: 6.3.0
Good for military or other usesThis map has a good layout that doesn’t take too long to figure out. It allows you to utilize “overlays” which means you can create permanent overlays that you can always leave on or you can create a new overlay for a training exercise and then turn it off when your done and remove the points. The pay version isn’t expensive a d if you’re going to use it a lot then I would highly recommend paying for it.
Additionally they have multiple shapes and colors you can use to make points unique and you can further specialize them by naming them and adding descriptions.
A cool feature I didn’t realize existed was that you can send overlays you’ve created to people with the map. This means if you’re going into a new training area then someone can send you their overlays or you can help someone out and do the same.
Overall it’s well designed, easy to use and you can get pretty specific with points. There’s also a moveable scale so you can figure out the exact distance and direction between 2 points. Overall I love the app and use it every time I go into the field.
Some features I wouldn’t mind seeing are:
- lines to connect points so that you could construct boundaries. I would use this to form the boundaries of training areas and impact areas.
- the ability to change the direction of the ruler from degrees to Mils..Version: 6.10.0
On MFing pointI bought this app a few years ago, when I was still in the Army, back then I paid $10. I used it as secondary/backup/check-location-accuracy. Since it was on my phone, it couldn’t be my primary source. My primary source was a wrist Garmin GPS, I would (discreetly) open this app and check my position, both, my Garmin GPS and this app were always on point, may be 1-2 meters off but that’s nothing since we used a 10 meter margin of error. I’ve always loved the satellite image because it allowed us to plan better when picking routes of travel.
For a one time payment, the accuracy it has and all the things you can do, $10 is a steal.
Highly recommend this app, I have and keep doing it when the subject comes up..Version: 6.4.1
A solid App!I downloaded this and got going really fast. The active overlay and visible overlay took a bit to figure out but not a big hurdle. I used this to map location of items during a field test. Worked great. The challenge is using the files upon export. The icons used all translate to the basic point name. For example, I used green crosses for one position and orange triangles for a subsequent position. Google earth makes them all a single color pushpin once kml exported. GPX export rendered boxes. Luckily I named the point distinctly. Giving instructions on how to retain map attributes in the user guide would help tremendously. Otherwise note that all points will visually look the same upon export. This a a great app though. Excellent for on the ground recording and the accuracy is good enough! I’d definitely download and continue to use..Version: 6.8.2
Outstanding GPS in multiple coordinate systemThis is an outstanding GPS with huge Military Grid Reference System or Latitude/Longitude or Decimal Degrees formats. The other screens allow you to mark places. Although it takes months to get a response the developer will actually communicate with you! With Wifi the maps are great. Without Wifi there are no maps. Outstanding App with 2 hopeful updates.....1. Download maps for use when not on-line and 2. Have a conversion button for converting MGRS to others and back. I have used this in several countries and it is outstanding!.Version: 6.4.1
Small improvementsThis is absolutely a great App, ive been using the app for around 10 years and even after trying different apps that are similar i still end up coming back to this app. I use the app significantly while hiking but also during training in the military because the app is easier to use and more reliable than ATAK.
A few things that i believe would improve it would be offline maps, topographic and google/apple maps. This would just make navigation easy with or without cell service. Being able to download even just sections of a map, topographic and google/apple maps, would be perfect and not take up as much space on the device.
A significant issue that i have seen was when zooming in on the topographic maps the contour lines disappear when you zoom in close to an area. This makes it challenging to choose the best route or see what terrain youre getting into.
Another nice to have feature would be the ability to make routes. Having this would make long distance navigation significantly easier.
Thank you for your time and for making this incredibly reliable app, its been a huge asset both on hikes and also at work.
Overall, okayIt’s a good app and has a lot of features. I love being able to customize the navigation screen especially when working with two gps formats simultaneously. Also, location sharing via text is outstanding and relays all the necessary information.
I don’t feel the UI is very user friendly or intuitive. For example, I am unable to enter coordinates from the map screen. I can place coordinates at my current location and at the crosshairs on the map, but I can’t simply enter coordinates from the map screen. I have to back out to another screen completely. And to copy coordinates from a website and paste into the app is terribly awkward.
In fact, having to enter coordinates quickly is very difficult because of how buried in the UI that feature is. If you’re geocaching and have all day to fiddle with the app to enter coordinates, then you won’t have any problems. If you have to quickly plug in coordinates from your hunting party, a mayday or dispatcher, use another app or gps.
Also, downloadable maps for app use independent of cell service would be helpful in poor coverage areas. Just a thought..Version: 6.4.1
RangerThis app is amazing. I use it for almost everything i do. I use for doing reconnaissance work such as taking a screen shot and then drawing in the sea wire, Vic, guard positions. I also use it for almost all of my route planning.
The only improvement i would like to see is if i could actually draw on the terrain in app then having to use another app to do it. Other than that the maps are always up to day and have absolute precision on grids. The arrow can be shaky at time. But that’s why you always use a compass. Other than that highly recommended this app and will continue to use it.
Works like a charm for amateur land management.I use this app to help me locate and manage the corners on various pieces of remote property. The exact locations were/are gathered by our surveyor but MilGPS gets me within feet of our flags, stone monuments, or iron pipes that mark the various corners of our property. Has never crashed on me and always gets me within feet of the corner. Also very easy to store different points and organize them by parcel instead of one long list. Very customizable and reliable. Has absolutely been worth the price..Version: 6.4.0
Best GPS in App StoreThis app has so many good features it is hard to summarize.
The location and navigation screens are completely customizable display of the fields, location/size and units. (10 stars).
The map screen allows you to choose the type of map to display (street / hybrid / satellite). (5 stars)
The overlay screen allows you to organize waypoints however the waypoints are difficult to choose to navigate and you must be careful not to accidentally edit/delete the waypoint when selecting to navigate to the point. (3 stars).
The settings screen should allow for a default for waypoint navigation screen (e.g. map or navigate screen). (4.9 stars).
I have used many of the GPS apps in the App Store. This is the best. A few minor enhancements would make the app perfect.
This is a must have app for hikers or navigating in an unfamiliar city..Version: 6.5.4
Suggestion for the creatorsI love this app and I use it all the time. Definitely money well spent. It’s the most helpful and efficient land nav app I’ve ever used. Simply incredible. My suggestion for the creators is:
You should come out with an Apple Watch app to accompany your main app. Even if it was something as simply and just seeing your current grid or checking your azimuth arrow while using the navigation mode. I think that would be awesome!.Version: 6.4.1
May Need More Development in CompatibilityI work in field artillery for the Army. This app is super helpful when you don’t have a map on you and degraded from digital.
I wish that this app was compatible with iWatch. It doesn’t need to be complex on the watch. As long as the app can simply give my grid location with altitude. Perhaps, it could allow me to mark my location for quick hip shoots or on-calls.
Other than that, this app is definitely beneficial for our field of work and use of maps..Version: 6.5.3
Really useful and very detailedOnce you get used to this app it does everything I can imagine you would need for land Nav and plotting points. I’m Army SF cadre and I use this all the time. The only small thing I would like to be able to do is edit the names of the locations when you drop a point on your crosshairs from the map screen instead of having to go into the overlays. That’s a small thing. Overall I’d say it’s worth the $$.Version: 6.4.0
Absolutely love it.Thank you. Thank you to everyone that invested time, energy, and effort into the creation of this app, making it one of, if not the most used app on my phone. Please keep up with either the updates, or making sure it is compatible with future versions of iOS, I was not joking when I said one of the most used apps, I use it for everything from business to personal life. I love it. Thank you..Version: 6.4.0
Great App for Planning TrainingI’ve been using this app for years to plan training exercises. Very helpful and as long as you have the maps downloaded, you can gps navigate without cell service. I’ve been recommending it to all of my Marines.
I would love to have the ability to draw geometries, such as lines for roads, or rhombus/non-standard for impact boxes or training areas. The ability to auto-draw lines while driving/confirming MSRs would also be a great help.
I would also like the ability to download all layers of maps for a given area. I’ve had to zoom in/out on each position and route in order to save the maps for offline use.
Even without those functionalities currently, this is still a great planning tool..Version: 6.10.0
FlawlessI have been using this app since around March of 2016 (it’s now January 2020) and I have never had a single problem with it. If you’re in the military this is a MUST-HAVE because it will do everything you need a gps to do plus more. And the different active layers is also helpful so you don’t have to much clutter in one area. Definitely worth the couple bucks I spent on it years ago..Version: 6.7.0
Info dense, no fluff appThis app does everything I need it to, except keep maps when offline and plan routes, which are both in the works. It’s a great way to get all the information you need at a glance, and has a lot of functions with the customization options to match. Updates come regularly and bugs are prettymuch all worked out. Well worth the price..Version: 6.4.1
This app is better than a Garmin!I’m in the army and work as a Forward Observer, 80% of my job has to do with accurate grids, distances, altitudes, or anything that deals with location accuracy! This app has hands down worked better than any equipment the army has given me. I use it every time I go on deployment or just practicing in the field! Couldn’t ask for a better app lol ITS PERFECT THE WAY IT IS PLEASE DONT UPDATE IT!!!! Lol.Version: 6.4.1
Great appThis app is great. The different types of maps is my favorite part of it. They help when planning routes or just trying to see what type of terrain you’ll really be looking at. The only thing I wish it had was an Apple Watch app. That would be a lot easier to use while using the navigation portion of the app to get places.Version: 6.5.5
***///QUESTION FOR THE DEVELOPER///***Is there a way to utilize downloaded maps with MilGPS in such a way that we can use them offline? For instance, with Google Maps you can download maps and use them for when you are without mobile internet. I really like this app but the area I typically use it in has sketchy LTE and it severely degrades the usability..Version: 6.10.0
Distance between points NOT availableI would give 5 stars if only for one thing...
I think it was a waste of money since I can’t plan ahead of time by pulling distance between two points. That’s the one thing I need to be able to plan ahead. This app is great to navigate from your current location, but if you need to know anticipated waypoint to waypoint info then you are out of luck.
If this feature is added it will be a great product..Version: 6.4.0
Upgrade Overlay CapabilitiesLove this app! I use it from planning to execution. I just wish the overlays had more of an actual military feel. It needs to have the ability to add lines and objects such as enemy icons, and friendly icons. Other than the lack of graphics, it’s an amazing app for getting from point A to B.
It also needs the ability to download maps so you can use it offline.
Amazing!!For the $10 I paid for this app... it does everything I need and more! The accuracy, available imagery, multiple overlay capability, and the sharing overlays via text/email features are all EXCELLENT!!! I have definitely recommended this app multiple times and will continue to recommend in the future..Version: 6.5.4
Best Nav/Map App everBeen a loyal customer for more than 5 years and I’ve been selling it ever since. The disclaimer you have to acknowledge when starting the app aside; I can’t count the number of times I’ve used this app to keep myself or others out of harms way. Too easy to use- I’d like to see this app get officially approved by the military..Version: 6.5.2
The greatest tool I’ve usedI have been an army field artillery (HiMARS) For 18 years when you’re constantly moving this is your best friend especially with the satellite imaging and ability to mark points anywhere without having to download Maps and all that this is definitely well worth the money.Version: 6.5.3
Excellent App and Customer SupportThis app is absolutely amazing, it really makes navigation and training in a field environment significantly easier. No other program compares! Customer service is also great, prompt responses to my various questions and requests. Definitely a program and team worth supporting!.Version: 7.0.2
13F- JFO to civilian lifeThis has been one of the best apps I’ve found, just make sure you don’t close out the app and go to the location before you lose service. Only down fall is you need service to use map images.
Honestly you can’t go wrong and all of my guess had this app.Version: 6.9.0
Best app I’ve never needed.Until I joined the military I didn’t need anything like this but wow this has made my life easier. Quick grids when needed, reference points for locations, easy sharing to any other app; this app has it all. But now I use it to go off the trail exploring as well, and it’s effortless..Version: 6.5.0
Efficient!!!So I have had this app since it first came out. I am a JTAC and I use it primarily for CAS training. So I like how I can manage my points and save them based on my training scenarios I run. The only gripe I would have about this app is elevation. I would like to actually have elevation added to the points I drop! That would make it a 5 star in my book. Thanks overall though..Version: 6.3.0
Great app for trainingGreat app, very intuitive, flexible, and good documentation. Would love to see ability to display course, distance, time, and speed between to points. Mark time when each point is dropped to determine the speed you traveled between each point..Version: 6.3.0
Best Phone GPS AppI use MilGPS monthly to plan and practice land navigation. A great feature is the datum conversions all listed out under the waypoint. It cuts down on mistakes and makes it easier to communicate position to others who may be operating off other map sets or GPS systems. I would like to see an option to make 1:24,000 topos the map base. 5 stars if that happens..Version: 6.4.0
Excellent GPS AppI love this app and have been using it for years.
The current version as of September 7, 2021 doesn’t accommodate offline maps, it’s really one of the few things I wish it did! Everything it does it does fast and great. It’s easy to use, too..Version: 7.0.2
Love this app!This app is indispensable when navigating areas with no cell coverage. Just have to open the app and zoom in on area to be navigated prior to entering dead cell zone, then zoom out and leave the app open. Gives accurate 10 digit grid map coordinates via gps signals..Version: 6.6.2
GoodGreat for what it does: point overlays, sharing with others, navigation, changing between units (datum, distance, etc.), coverage across continents
Make it better: enable shapes or graphics in overlays, navigate to point after selection from map screen rather than having to go through the overlay screen, update imagery periodically.Version: 6.4.2
Awesome!Everything you can ever need for landnav or hunting.
I would think about adding a couple things to make it even better though.
1 It would be cool if you could draw on the map
2 if MilGPS could be on your applewatch, like your heading and current position..Version: 6.7.0
Live the APP, but….This app is awesome for navigating passively or actively. It’s also very accurate based on my cell carrier. It’s functionality is wide and deep and allows me to pinpoint and navigate waypoints precisely. It’s also very good for team navigating. But, the decision to collect data, anonymously or not, is a no go for me.
Retract the collection or allow me turn it off or I’m out..Version: 6.10.0
Great app for just hence the nameGreat app it really helps me with my work. The only thing I would like to ask is I would like to be able to draw. Maybe in the future that could be an option. Also can someone teach me how to upload this data to ARCGIS.Version: 6.3.0
Great appEasy to learn how to use. Easy to enter new locations. Really like the overlays that allow you to name the overlay and place specific locations in that overlay. This is useful if you hunt different sections of land and want to group those stands you have in each area..Version: 6.10.0
What a Great AppI love it, easy to use and customizable for how you use it. Some features are not super untuitive but I love the features and power of this app. I would like to see multiple navigation screens so I could have different setups for foot travel vs car vs etc....Version: 6.5.1
Never tells me it can’t loadAlways works toward getting my location and map imagery, it never stops and tells me it can’t do it based on low signal, which is extremely helpful in the field..Version: 6.4.1
GeneThis is an excellent program. Has everything needed to use in conjunction with my GPS! I was able to set it up to utilize UTM’s for land navigation, which makes it much simpler to use. I would recommend this program to anyone for hunting and fishing!.Version: 6.4.1
Great appIMO a little complicated to use. A lot of great features once you figure out how to use them. The app is only as good as your phone’s GPS bare that in mind. In land nav, generally, it will get you to about 5-10m of where you’re going. I would recommend this app..Version: 6.5.3
Needs a low light optionThe app needs a low light option. Probably all red light and limit access to imagery in such a mode. Also, it would be great if it could cash maps/imagery for offline use.
Other then those two suggestions this is a solid app!.Version: 6.4.2
Best 8 bucks I’ve ever spent!This is amazing. It’s better than tacnav and is the best app/software I’ve ever seen in the us military or civilian world for navigation or planning. It’s intuitive, ergonomic, good looking, and just flat out easy to use.
I highly recommend this app..Version: 6.7.0
Great AppI have used this app for a couple years now and love it. Very accurate for current position and great mapping. I still always have map and compass in areas I am not familiar with but as long as I can run this app I haven’t ever had an issue..Version: 6.6.1
Add just one more featureBeing able to sting multiple waypoints together would be useful, especially in the backcountry. This would also be useful in determining total distance you will travel on given route. Otherwise, this app is great!.Version: 6.6.2
Great AppI’m in the military and this has been a very helpful app with what I’m doing now. It would be five stars if I could make more in depth graphic overlays such as phase lines, objectives and all military essential symbols. But as I said it works great and I’ve even stopped using my wrist gps most the time and started using this..Version: 6.5.3
Fantastic and easy to use!!!Creating overlays is incredibly user friendly and the navigation with maps is simple. Absolutely fantastic product!!! Highly recommend..Version: 6.4.1
Great for use with a topographical mapVery customizable. It can do many things but I use it mostly to occasionally verify my location on a map or record exactly where I am future reference..Version: 6.4.1
Great GPS appGreat app. Suggest considering an option to back up data..Version: 6.8.2
So awesome.Only wish you could download offline maps, but otherwise it’s perfect..Version: 6.8.2
Complex interfaceHowever it is very reliable offline. Accurate to .5-10m depending on the number of sats available..Version: 6.7.0
Solid appDeadly app for navigation and reconnaissance or hunting. The ability to switch over lays and still navigate to waypoints while on airplane mode is unreal. One of the best navigation apps in my opinion.Version: 6.7.0
Best Coordinate SystemI do ground search and rescue and when I’m away from the command post this app is the best thing I’ve found to help match the coordinate system We use to a map. It helps convert coordinates to work with different agencies using different map systems. You can get this kind of information from google..Version: 6.6.0
NiceIts a work in progress . But the best out there ..Version: 6.4.1
Best GPS app!!After downloading 3 other GPS apps I found this one. I used it while assessing soldiers conducting navigation. Works perfectly and I found it way more customizable than even a $300 brand name GPS!!.Version: 6.0.2
Great gps appThis thing is awesome, after a bit of playing around and customizing, I got the screens displaying what I want and where. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical at first but man was I happy I made the purchase. The only reason I am giving 4 stars and not 5 is because when setting a waypoint I can only choose one point instead of creating a route with more points. Not that big of a deal to set the next one manually. Bang up job boys..Version: 6.2.0
Great app for military use!Still works great without signal if you use it with paper map. Very accurate. Great for Pl or Coy sightings..Version: 5.1.3
Good job overall. Error with maps.Please fix error with hybrid maps from Google and Apple. The road name labels are way off the actual roads..Version: 6.0.2
Best gps phone softwareHelped me pass a course by providing greater detail and information that I could get by actually being on ground and measuring everything..Version: 6.0.2
The best military tool ever!Any military combat arms will love this app. Great as a back up or for a quick grid..Version: 4.1.2
Awesome AppLove the map integration. Also great for calling in an air strike..Version: 5.1.0
Best app in categoryI've used a bunch of apps that combine MGRS/UTM grid system with map/navigation. Out of all the apps, this is by far the best one. The UI, both functionally and aesthetically, is fantastic - it is beautiful, and every option is laid out logically and easily accessible. There are no gimmicky or superfluous functions that clutter the app. The developer is open to suggestions and replies to email promptly. Highly recommended..Version: 4.0.0
GPSBang on! Thanks for all the hard work..Version: 3.1.0
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