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Footpath Route Planner

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Walk and run mapper needs more guidance.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Entertainment
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  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.
  • Unclear whether data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
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Is It Any Good?

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What makes this app stand out is the interactive mapping tool for planning customized routes, but using it effectively could be challenging. Drawing on the map is not a perfect science. Kids might have trouble getting the routes they want, especially on devices with smaller screens. The editing tool helps, and zooming in for a detailed view of the roads and trails is an option. Sending routes to Apple Maps or Google Maps is key -- otherwise, kids have a route but no directions for following it. But this means that they'll either need to save and print the route ahead of time or use cellular service while following the route. There's a built-in tutorial, but it provides very little information about how to use all of the features in Footpath Route Planner. Tappable hints or a more detailed tutorial would be extremely helpful. It's also important to talk to teens about sharing their routes: They should share them only with family members or others they completely trust.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($1.99 single upgraded route; $3.99/mo.; $23.49/year)
  • Release date: October 8, 2019
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Publisher: Half Mile Labs LLC
  • Version: 4.1.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; watchOS 4.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 30, 2019

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