I'm searching for an android APP capable off showing a map, getting current GPS position and allowing the user (me) to save the position.

I'll explain my project: I need to place some items in a forest.

  • There isn't any data connection (or really really really slow).
  • I need to place these items in a regular pattern.
  • I need to be able to find these items some months later.

What I don't need (I don't care if it has the features anyway): search or navigation functionalities. There is only forest anyway.

So what I need is a APP with following capabilities:

  • Show me the map (ideally with satellite pictures).
  • Download a specified region via WIFI connection.
  • Get my GPS position.
  • Save many GPS positions (the places where I've placed my items).
  • Show the saved positions with a custom circle around it (something between 50m and 120m).
  • Show my current position also with a circle around it (ideally in a different colour, but could be the same).

If this kind of tool doesn't exist I will have to write it on my own, but it seems like a lot of work so I'd prefer to use something existing.

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MAPS.ME seems to fit almost all your needs, except it doesn't show saved locations with circles, but with 'thumbtacks' (see image). Its features are listed here: maps.me/en/features
Another drawback may affect you: it is not a lightweight app. Besides the offline map data consumes a lot of space (its ok, without satellite pics too), the application also needs circa 80-90 MB on your device, for one this can be a problem.
It also supports exporting/importing saved locations from/to KML and KMZ, thus your saved locations can be used/edited outside the app if you would need it (eg. sharing with others).


  • Fine, I'll try out, I have about 24GB space on my phone so... space shouldn't be a problem. Exporting and importing is wonderful, I'll use this functionality too.
    – Falk
    Feb 21, 2017 at 12:17
  • I've tried the app, it works fine, but I need the circles to know what area is covered by my items and the satellite view to know where is forest and where only field.
    – Falk
    Feb 23, 2017 at 16:17
  • @Falk you can create any shape in kml (so circles too) and import them with opening from a file manager. Field and forest has different color, feel free to (edit them)[openstreetmaps.org] if necessary, changes will be included in the following update.
    – nvi9
    May 10, 2017 at 11:25
  • Can I doo all this stuff with the app?
    – Falk
    May 10, 2017 at 12:10

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