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Solar Compass

Find directions using the position of the sun

Find directions using the position of the sun in the sky.


Start the app and place your device horizontally. Now touch the sun icon on the screen and rotate it towards the position of the sun in the sky. The compass will automatically rotate to point the directions once you release the sun icon.


To properly find the direction of the sun place your finger vertically on a horizontal surface. The direction of the shadow will be the exact opposite direction of the sun.

The left upper corner of the screen contains your location information. You can touch the button by its side to enter a location manually.

The right upper corner contains the help button. Clicking it will open a help screen detailing the usage instructions.


Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 1.0 (1) suggested Added on 2016-01-30

    This version requires Android 4.0.3 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your exact location only when it is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them. This may increase battery consumption.

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