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  • Accurate
  • Geo-tag notes
  • Cool graphics and interface
  • You can live without it
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"You won't ever lose yourself thanks to this compass"

Reviewed by / Aug 30, 2012

Compass is an app that displays a virtual compass on your Android screen

This is a sort of add-on to your internal compass since it displays the virtual compass on the screen and allows you to bookmark your favorite places, add notes about it and know exact coordinates. We regard this app one of those curious apps, good to see and try the first time. That means, this is not an application that's going to be used everyday, except in some specific cases like hiking. Its interface and graphics are quite good, as well as the possibility to bookmark and geo-tag notes to the places you visit. It will drain a bit battery since requires using the GPS, that's it, Android internal compass.

Compass has been developed by, a startup focused on the development of Android apps. They've launched some and are reaching a remarkably success.

If you really need this kind of app or if you want to have it in your Android "just in case", give it a try. It does what's supposed to. And does it properly.

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Featured in “Best Android Apps, The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders”, published by O’Reilly Media, Compass by is the most popular compass app available.

Compass view with location display and geo-tagged notes lets you not only steer in the right direction, but view maps and keep notes of the places you visit.

•Save your favorite places (home, work place, school, restaurant, shops, etc.) or even your car location. Navigate back to them later with Google Navigation.
•Capture and view your location-based notes in your area using the free Catch app.

Compass is a free app that includes 5 basic compass types
•Antique dial, direction names adjust for user's language.
•Outer dial can be manually rotated, green inner dial shows direction name in user's language, crisp pointer movement with no overshoot.
•Red section shows magnetic compass information including direction, magnetic field strength and declination. Green sections show GPS-based information including direction of movement, speed, altitude, and accuracy estimate. Pitch and roll indicators.
•Red outline on black styling for easy reading in low-light conditions.

Now Compass offers premium compass themes with a simple in-app purchase. Choose from among our Urban Hiker, Space Cowboy, Sea Navigator and Special Ops themes, or buy all four for one low price.
“Urban Hiker”
•Hand points up, compass dial rotates underneath it. Shows direction and latitude/longitude below the compass. Paper texture and city skyline background.
“Special Ops”
•Shows magnetic compass information including direction, magnetic field strength and declination. Also shows GPS-based information including direction of movement, speed, altitude, and accuracy estimate. Pitch and roll indicators.
•Digital camouflage background.
“Sea Navigator”
•Outer dial can be manually rotated, inner dial points north with slight overshoot, "moving" direction below compass.
“Space Cowboy”
•Inner digital direction indication with finely-marked outer dial. Dial movement is crisp. Latitude and longitude below compass.

Internet permission is used only for Google Analytics so we know which features are used the most and where to improve. There is no unique identifier tied to your usage, and your data is not shared.
Note that this app relies on the mobile device’s magnetometer so accuracy may vary.

Recently changed in this version

New in 3.2.2:
- Updated support/FAQ link
- Various bugfixes

New in 3.2.1:
- Removed a third-party library that was causing crashes for some users

New in 3.2:
- Various bugfixes

New in 3.1.5:
- Analog compass theme is correctly saved in preferences

New in 3.1:
- Restore Analog free compass theme
- Fixes to purchase tracking
- Improved animation

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  • (69)

    by andreascpl on 01/07/2013

  • (69)

    by faraztic on 21/02/2012

    it wud b better if it can give grid references also

  • (69)

    by pgbihani on 27/07/2011

    Excellent app. Can improve if you: 1. while saving place also save altitude along with lat lon. 2. provide a way to transfer a place from google map to 'my place' in this app.

  • (69)

    by Carl Tovey on 01/06/2014

    The top and bottom of the main screen is cut off on my device. Samsung S5 with 1080x1920 resolution. Good app apart from that.

  • (69)

    by R Bradley on 17/05/2014

    ● Not sure why it needs to Run at Startup. :-( I don't need it burning my battery before I might want to use it. ● Display area is too large or too zoomed so on my Galaxy S4, with the woodgrain theme, the degrees and direction are mostly hidden, as well as the top of the top address box. ● The red (magnetic) and green (GPS) bar theme has the same issue with the boxes on the bottom and the box on t

  • (69)

    by Allen Augustine on 13/05/2014

    It's a very good app, why it won't work with lenovo s650? version 4.2.2

  • (69)

    by Vickie Carey on 13/05/2014

    Well there's an app for that! And it's a pretty good one too. But the image is too big for the Galaxy S5 & you can't access the settings icon. It's off the screen. So you can't recalibrate. ---- Works great on my Galaxy Nexus. We put this app up against my husbands nautical compass and it's matched up in accuracy perfectly. It's great whether you're standing still in your backyard for star gazin

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