what3words

what3words

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what3words is a new universal address system.

w3w is a giant grid of the world made up of 57 trillion squares of 3 metres x 3 metres. Each square has been given a 3 word address comprised of three words from the dictionary. What three words? Carefully chosen ones to help make important locations more memorable. [Go to the settings menu to change the language for the "three words".]

Explore the map, zoom in to see the grid, and tap the wordbar to share a 3 word location with your friends.
You can also use the app to purchase an additional, personalised address for any 3m x 3m square: it's called a OneWord. It always starts with a *, and you can move it to your current location, or any other location whenever you choose.

You can use the w3w app to find, share and get directions to any 3 word location or any OneWord location.

w3w is universal. You can email or SMS a w3w, say it over the phone, write it down or just remember it. It's the easiest form of address communication.

Next time you ask someone where they are, just ask them "What 3 words?"!

We hope you enjoy what3words!

Please note: to function properly, the "what 3 words" app requires an internet connection, either via 3G, 4G or WiFi.

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Recently changed in this version

You can now open directions in your favourite navigation app.

We've added new sharing options, so you can share your w3w more easily in a range of different apps.

Improved compatibility with more devices.


Comments and ratings for what3words
  • (66 stars)

    by Adam Z on 01/12/2014

    App won't start without a data connection. Can't even read the FAQ or view tutorial, let alone look up entries. Yet the FAQ says it works offline. Very disappointing. But idea is brilliant. Just the app needs work.

  • (66 stars)

    by Chris Burrow on 29/11/2014

    Nice idea though.

  • (66 stars)

    by Bob Garland on 24/11/2014

    Fab. Simple. Intuitive. GPS UI for humans.

  • (66 stars)

    by Yakov Grichanikov on 19/10/2014

  • (66 stars)

    by Sanjay Kadam on 16/07/2014

    No more mincing with landmarks

  • (66 stars)

    by Atif Shaikh on 28/04/2014

    excellent app and a great idea

  • (66 stars)

    by Hannes van Zyl on 28/03/2014

    This app is brilliant and does exactly what it promises, and does it well.