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HERE WeGo (by: Here we go = Here we go) is a navigation app that is a viable alternative to Google Maps and Apple Maps represents. The service is available both in the browser and in the form of its own program on iOS and Android devices. The download is free, but advertisements are displayed every now and then when you use it. In this small HERE WeGo / HERE We Go operating manual, I have compiled the advantages and disadvantages you can expect from the program.
Note: This post is from 2019. Information may be out of date. An update of the article is still pending.
You can use the map and navigation material from HERE WeGo in your web browser on an Apple Mac with macOS or on a Windows PC. To do this, you just call this page on. The free download of the app, with which you can also use maps downloaded offline, can be found for the iPhone in App Store as well as for Android smartphones in Play Store. After downloading the HERE WeGo, it is useful to allow the app to access the location. This makes route planning and navigation much easier. In addition, when using it for the first time and later in the settings, you can specify whether you want to participate in the app's optimization program and / or receive traffic information for your routes.
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Basically, both the website and the app can be operated intuitively. Everything is structured similarly to Google Maps, and there are also similarities to Apple Maps. The navigation can be activated with the route symbol (straight arrow with arrow turning to the right). As a start you can select an address or the current location. Enter an address, coordinates or other unique values as the destination. If you only enter a city or place name, the route to the corresponding center is calculated.
If you do not know the exact address of your destination or other values such as the coordinates or the POI name, the destination can also be marked otherwise. In the app, for example, you can use 3D Touch, so long press the target. Then different symbols appear around the selected point; including the double arrow for route planning. Traffic reports or options for traveling by public transport can also be called up in this way. Let go, then the place remains marked. The "Calculate route" button then appears at the bottom, which offers another option for activating the navigation.
The display of various travel and transport options is another advantage of HERE WeGo. Where available, not only buses, trains, trams, underground trains etc. are displayed, but also car sharing services such as Car2Go. Some of them can be booked directly from the app if you are connected to the Internet. If not, then at least the offline maps, which you can download before the trip, will help you. Ideal for rural areas with a poor cellular network or for holidays abroad where you have to worry about roaming costs.
To plan a journey: Apps and websites for iPhone, iPad and Mac
Loading maps onto your iPhone or Android smartphone is very easy with HERE WeGo. For example, you can simply go to the menu (the three lines in the top left) and tap "Download maps" next to the map symbol. Even if you have not yet downloaded any HERE WeGo offline maps, but have activated the “Use app offline” slider, you will be able to load the material for the currently selected region. This is useful if you want to make sure that you can find your way around without a network at the destination airport, at the train station in a strange city or elsewhere at a WiFi hotspot.
After downloading the app, you should allow the app to access the location while it is in use. Then route planning (using the arrow symbol or 3D touch) and navigation online and offline are child's play:
If you have determined that traffic reports should be part of the navigation, you can avoid traffic jams and other problems in good time. Of course, this is not possible offline. If you call up the app because you are disoriented, then simply press the green circle at the bottom left; Your location is already determined and displayed. So you can see the surroundings directly and find your way around. You can find more help, tips and tricks for using HERE WeGo in the official FAQ.
Some users state in their test and experience reports as well as in ratings of the service that some POI names are not spelled correctly on HERE WeGo. One example is the University of Hamburg, which was written as “Univerität Hamburg”. I just checked - and at least this bug seems to be fixed. The advertising mentioned above could also be annoying, but I haven't come across it in my short test for this post. So you don't get annoyed with it all the time. Probably the biggest drawback could be the sometimes slightly wrong or not optimally chosen routes, which some users have criticized in the past. But if you check the most important points before driving off, you should be on the safe side.
You can read from users that the functions shown work great, but that there could be small shortcomings here and there. As a Google Maps alternative or Apple Maps alternative, the HERE WeGo app should definitely be able to do a good job - especially in the area of offline maps. Offline navigation is a big plus with this service. What do you think? Do you use the app yourself or do you rely on completely different offers for iOS and Android? Feel free to leave a comment with your travel experience;)
More about travel planning: Google Maps Offline, Ulmon CityMaps2Go and Maps.Me
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.