Crowsflight keeps you on track in the direction of your destination, but frees you to discover exciting distractions along the way. It is perfect for wandering around cities, especially without a data connection.

By combining location data (GPS) with the compass, Crowsflight provides mapless navigation in an intuitive, glance-at-it kind of way.

No instructions, maps to read or paths to follow. It’s a lot like asking for directions on the street. A friendly finger pointing in the right direction is often all the help you need.

Crowsflight uses only GPS to navigate. You can search for destinations on the fly if you have a data connection. If you don’t, load up all your destinations before you set out for the day. Once you’ve loaded all the places you want to go, you don’t need data anymore. It’s perfect for wandering around foreign cities.


  • Search for a new destination by address or placename
  • List view shows your relative distance to each location, so you can see how places compare (distances are scaled logarithmically, so shorter distances show greater difference)
  • Input latitude and longitude manually (e.g. enter 40.692,-73.944 in search bar)
  • Search for what3words (e.g. chair.table.lamp)
  • Rearrange your location list by long-pressing the row
  • Share your current location via email
  • Launch Maps to get turn-by-turn directions

  • Displays the distance in metric or imperial units.
  • Drop a marker at your current position
  • Heading pointer changes width as the compass/GPS accuracy increases or decreases
  • Works offline (searching is the only function that requires an internet connection)
  • Backup your locations to your computer through iTunes file sharing

  • Map view shows and allows you to select all your saved locations. It’s another way to see what is around you.
  • Drag and drop pins in map view to pinpoint and adjust locations
  • Opens custom url schemes (e.g. crowsflight:// &ll=42.923580,-78.793953 &q=BUFFALO). You can send Crowsflight destinations to yourself and friends via email.
  • Drag this link to your bookmarks bar [Crowsflight] Click on it when you’re in google maps to email the center of the map to open in crowsflight.


Special thanks to Baptiste for helping us put the finishing touches on CF1.5!


  1. Re Crowsflight.

    I get the yellow ‘go this general way’. But what on earth is the blue ring telling me?



    Posted July 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm by Stuart Hill
  2. The blue ring is a visual indicator of distance. It’s scaled logarithmically, so a full ring would be a distance that is infinitely far. As the distances get smaller, the difference in the ring will be greater.

    Posted July 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm by cwwang
  3. great, the blue ring was my question too.
    beautifully designed app, thanks.

    Posted July 29, 2013 at 5:54 am by ian
  4. I downloaded the app and it will not calibrate. The yellow just goes around in a circle over and over again, then it tells me to “move away from interference” and wave my phone in a figure 8. I have tried deleting and reinstalling the app several times in several different places, and I have tried waving my phone around for 10 minutes. Nothing is working. Please help, I like the idea of this app and I want to use it.


    Posted July 29, 2013 at 11:51 am by Chris
  5. Hi Chris
    The spinning yellow pointer means your phone is still searching for satellites to lock your position. It works best if you have a clear view of the sky. If the compass needs calibration, you’ll see a wider yellow pointer indicating the margin of error of your current compass reading. I hope that helps!

    Posted July 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm by cwwang
  6. your app looks fantastic, but doesn’t seem to work for me – the compass never spins to point north, instead North is always at the top of the phone’s screen. the built in compass app on the iPhone works ok – am I doing something wrong?

    Posted July 31, 2013 at 8:59 am by Andy
  7. sounds like you’re doing everything right. I’m not sure what the problem could be. Maybe the compass needs calibration? or needs a location fix before it can start pointing?

    Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:53 am by cwwang
  8. RE:always has N pointing up
    Check under settings, privacy, location services, system services, and make sure compass calibration is on.

    Posted August 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm by cwwang
  9. Location service icon still displays so do you know it is just using compass?

    What is the red circle in the map screen for?

    Posted July 31, 2013 at 9:33 am by Anthony
  10. Crowsflight uses both the compass and location services, so the location service icon will show at the top of the screen.
    The red circle in the map screen shows up when you longpress on the map. If you keep holding it down, it’ll save the location on the map that you pressed.

    Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:51 am by cwwang
  11. Found you from ‘Wired’ recommendation, but I can’t figure out how to delete saved locations. Any helpful hints?

    Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm by Jez
  12. you can delete saved locations by going to the list view and swiping the row that you want to delete (then touch the X).

    Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm by cwwang
  13. Hi, my version of the program always has N pointing up, not like in the images shown. Is there something wrong? Surely it should change as I walk? Beautiful app though!

    Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:58 am by Neal
  14. if you’re on an ipod touch, you don’t have a compass. sorry! iphone 3GS upwards and ipads have compasses.

    Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm by cwwang
  15. Hi. Yes I have an iPhone5. Any advice? Does one need to be outside or can it work inside (just for testing)? N fixed firmly towards the top of my phone….

    Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm by Neal
  16. App is a really great idea and from the screenshots it seems to have been implemented well. Simplistic/minimalism is key.

    Are there any plans to make an Android version? It would be really welcome :)

    Posted August 2, 2013 at 7:50 am by Tebb
  17. We started with an Android version, but since then we’ve switched to iOS because both of us use iPhones. If we ever switch back to using Android phones, we’ll be sure to go back to it.

    Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:45 am by cwwang
  18. Excellent software!
    Can you consider add new locations by photos (metadata) from camera roll and photo libraries?

    Posted August 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm by Christian
  19. Hi – love the APP but a little confused – I am in London UK and checking the distance and direction to Auckland New Zealand – the distance is correct – but the direction it is saying to travel North – rather than South East … what is wrong ?

    Posted August 6, 2013 at 4:18 am by Brant M
  20. It may be that the shortest path between London and Auckland is by traveling north. The best way to check is to take a piece of string on a globe and connect the two points. Flat maps are really deceptive when it comes to choosing shortest paths across the planet.

    Posted August 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm by cwwang
  21. Re: N pointing up. No luck, even with all advice; N still stuck on top of phone.

    Might it be magnetic / true north? Might it be that I’m in the Southern Hemisphere?

    Posted August 7, 2013 at 7:52 am by Neal
  22. I paid to unlock the app. Am I charged .99 every time I search/save a location or is the app charge a one time fee?

    Posted August 11, 2013 at 9:51 am by Kenneth Price
  23. The charge is a one time fee.

    Posted August 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm by cwwang
  24. Hey, really intrigued by your app. I was wondering if you could offer binaural navigation cues? Would love to navigate by, say, keeping the 3:00 tone in my right ear. Or how about playing with phone vibrations, pulsing to indicate warm or cold? How about tones for right and left, and vibration warnings for wrong way?

    Would be great to integrate with a pebble watch, again with vibrations and a distance to target indicator. I like to listen to audiobooks while I walk around the city, and I would love a walking navigation system that wouldn’t make me have to look at my phone screen. Anyways, great app. Thanks

    Posted August 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm by Ivan Nieves
  25. You say that Crowsflight only uses GPS to work, but mine will not work as it says there is no internet connection. What gives? I paid for the full app but I don’t understand why it won’t work. It says it can’t find postcode I know exist.

    Posted September 24, 2013 at 7:18 am by Anne Whittaker
  26. Hi Anne.
    The app only uses GPS to navigate, but searching for places need an internet connection. If you know the latitude and longitude of your destination, you can input it without an internet connection.

    Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:15 am by cwwang
  27. Crowsflight’s claim should be: “Follow your intuition” or “Follow your intuition again”. What a brilliant app! Such a good UX plus gorgeous designed UI! Thanks!!!

    Posted January 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm by Norman
  28. Hi, you mention that update 1.5.55 has kml import. How do I access this feature? Is there a recommended browser for the bookmarklet to work? I’m not able to use the bookmarklet in Firefox.

    Posted April 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm by Eric
  29. wouldn’t you know it? it’s as simple as opening a kml file in crowsflight. perfect!

    Posted April 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm by Eric
  30. Wow I had no idea you guys were behind this app. I use this app whenever I visit new cities, and I really loved your kickstarter for pen type-a. Keep up the great work you guys.

    Posted May 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm by Ahdom Sayre
  31. I love the idea of this map, but I need help, and I can see from the comments that I am not the only one with this problem. I have a iPhone 5S and the compass in my crowsflight app is stuck… it will not move. I have tried to find a setting in the crowsfight app, in the compass app and in location services, but have had no luck. The app will show the correct direction and distance relative to my location and north, but if I turn, the compass stays frozen. I love the app, but it is useless I can get this fixed.

    Posted January 18, 2015 at 3:28 pm by Paul
  32. hi! I haven’t been able to reproduce your bug. Does the compass spin in Apple’s compass app?

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 7:22 pm by cwwang
  33. Frustration. Froze at instruction screen telling me to tap here to delete. Can’t.

    Posted February 19, 2015 at 8:59 am by Sylvia johnson
  34. hey! sorry it’s not working for you. I haven’t been able to reproduce your bug, but if you go to settings and find crowsflight there, you can turn off all the tooltips.

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm by cwwang
  35. The app seems to work well apart from the distance indicator which doesn’t decrease. I have to close down and re open the app to get the distance to up date. Any ideas?

    Posted April 9, 2015 at 4:36 am by Jamie Macpheron
  36. Can you try re-installing the app? I haven’t been able to reproduce the bug that you found.

    Posted April 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm by cwwang
  37. Love the app, would be perfect on Apple Watch. Any chance this happens?

    Posted May 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm by matthew
  38. maybe! got to get one on my wrist first.

    Posted June 29, 2015 at 2:54 pm by cwwang
  39. compass stuck on north… problem solved. I should have solved this long ago. the problem was compass calibration was turned off in the system services setting. this fix was listed in a comment above. Great App!

    Posted May 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm by paul
  40. i read your response for the blue ring question with interest. I still don’t get it! How can a ring (consisting of 360 degrees) represent a proportion if it doesn’t have a finite distance to calibrate 100%? Where does the blue ring add value to the objective of getting back to a starting point?

    Posted October 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm by Anthony
  41. The blue ring calibrates to the longest distance in your list of locations. So the ring is relative to the locations on your list. It’s meant to only show progress from your starting point, so all it does is show a change. It’s logarithmic, so as you get closer to your location, the ring will decrease more. Similarly, if you select your longest distance, it won’t fill the ring completely because it’s a finite distance, and a full ring would be an infinite distance. I hope that makes sense!

    Posted December 5, 2015 at 11:43 pm by cwwang
  42. I had to reinstall crowsflight on a new iphone. When I start up the app I can see all the previous locations I marked. When I close it and open it a second time the locations are gone. How do I get them back?

    Posted January 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm by Brad
  43. sounds like something happened with your iCloud syncing and the defaults wrote over your saved locations. I’m not sure if you can access backups of your iCloud sync, but that may be a way to get it back. Might not be worth the trouble unless you have hundreds of locations saved.

    Posted May 18, 2016 at 8:37 pm by cwwang
  44. I would love to be able to use this on the Apple Watch.

    Posted March 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Adam
  45. How do I change the distance from miles to kilometers?

    Posted July 21, 2016 at 6:56 pm by Lars
  46. just tap where it says MILES

    Posted March 7, 2017 at 8:48 pm by cwwang
  47. Hello!

    You made a very fine app. This Crowsflight is great. There is on thing that bothers me. I do not see very well especially such a small lettering like those in the bottom left corner: speed, heading, bearing etc. Please make the option that we can enlarge lettering and see it clearly. Many thanx!

    Posted August 5, 2016 at 9:33 pm by Tche Xydon
  48. Hello good people of Crowsflight!
    Great app. Thank you. One question. Would it be possible to make letters bigger and bolder. The words like: speed, heading, bearing, altitude etc?
    Something like tap the bottom left corner and letters are bigger, tap one more time and they are bigger again. Best regards, Tche

    Posted August 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm by Tche Xydon
  49. Love the app, but one thing is baffling me, under the “target” and “current” grid reference numbers there are three seemingly random words, at the moment my target is saying “fools . doubt . warthog”, what’s this all about?

    Posted November 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm by Joe
  50. those are from, a universal location addressing system

    Posted March 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm by cwwang

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