The 10 Best Radar Detection Apps for Android

A speed gun pointed at a car.

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When you need to get somewhere in a hurry, it helps to have a warning of speed detection devices, whether permanent or temporary, up ahead. The following apps do just that, and many of them also identify things like real-time traffic congestion, accidents, and road closures. Users help each other by contributing information, and many of the apps work in conjunction with GPS programs such as Google Maps.

Warning: These tools can only do so much, so when you use them remember to always drive safely and stay alert to challenging road conditions that the apps don’t spot.

Tip: Unless otherwise noted, all apps are free. 

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Friendliest Interface: Waze

The Waze app is showing a driving route.

What We Like

  • High accuracy
  • Provides the fastest route to your destination
  • Includes traffic and hazard alerts 

What We Don’t Like

  • High battery usage from constant data reporting 
  • May take more hands-on interaction than some drivers like

This multifunctional app is a GPS navigation tool that allows users to help each other out by tagging traffic jams, accidents, road closures, potholes…and parked police cars and traffic cameras. You get a warning when you get near those areas. Free to download. 

Tip: Waze isn’t a radar detector per se, but it can still help you avoid areas where you might get caught for speeding.

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Best for Frequent Travelers: Speed Camera Radar

The Speed Camera Radar app is showing the driver's speed and other data.

What We Like

  • 3-D design features, and day and night modes
  • Supported in many countries, perfect for frequent travelers
  • Supports voice commands

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of ads
  • May issue false radar notifications 

Like Waze, Speed Camera Radar detects various types of road hazards as reported by other users. It also has its own detection system that can identify speed guns, red light cameras, and stationary speed cameras. It displays your current driving speed so you’ll know whether you need to slow down when you approach one of these areas. Free to download.

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Most Accurate: Cobra iRadar

The Cobra iRadar app is showing notification of a

What We Like

  • Highly accurate and ad-free
  • Easy to flag speed cameras for other users
  • Company verifies user-reported information

What We Don't Like

  • Some features only available with a physical radar detector 
  • Bluetooth may disconnect

This app enables you to contribute information about police, speed cameras, and red light cameras, and to benefit from the same type of information submitted by other users. In addition, it syncs with your calendar to create driving directions to meetings and appointments. Free to download.

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Most Customizable: Escort Live

The Escort Live radar app is showing the driver's speed and a notification to expect police ahead.

What We Like

  • Customizable dashboard
  • Easy-to-read interface

What We Don't Like

  • Quickly uses up battery power 
  • Frequent alerts may obstruct map view

This award-winning app has been around for many years, and provides a user network to share the location of speed detection devices in real time. It even warns you about areas where such devices have been detected in the past, in case of a repeat performance. Download for free or upgrade to premium for a fee.

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Best for Less Populated Areas: Radarbot

The Radarbot app is showing the driver's speed and other data.

What We Like

  • Voice alerts allow communication with drivers in your area 
  • Still accurate when fewer people are using it
  • Flexible viewing options

What We Don't Like

  • Intrusive ads in the free version 
  • Interface is less user-friendly than some similar apps

Unlike some of the other apps listed here, Radarbot relies not on information from other users, but from an actual speed camera detection system. So, you’ll be covered even in less crowded areas with fewer people submitting information. Use for free or upgrade to remove ads.

Tip: Integrate with Google Maps to receive navigation alerts.

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Best Integration with Google Maps: Speed Cameras Radar

The Speed Cameras Radar app is showing locations of possible radars.

What We Like

  • Designed to work in dozens of countries worldwide
  • Map shows a variety of radar types
  • Integrates with Google Maps

What We Don't Like

  • Some alerts may still function during background mode
  • No audio alerts for some types of radars

This app features a clean design and easy-to-use interface. In addition to contributor updates, it maintains a fixed database of known speed cameras. It integrates with Google Maps and indicates speed cameras on your route. A background mode helps save your battery power. Free to download.

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Best 3-D Option: Glob – GPS, Traffic, Radar & Speed Limits

The Glob app is showing a speed trap notification.

What We Like

  • Automatic rerouting helps avoid traffic messes 
  • Easy to help other drivers by reporting traps

What We Don't Like

  • High battery use
  • No offline mode
  • Inconsistent speed limit display

With this app you’ll get 2-D or 3-D versions of maps, so you can prioritize faster loading time or greater detail. It uses a variety of sources to deliver highly accurate traffic information, including speed cameras, and features single-tap notifications. Free to download.

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Coolest Windshield Display Option: Speed Cameras & Traffic Sygic

The Speed Cameras & Traffic app is showing a speed camera alert.

What We Like

  • Provides mileage tracking and driving history
  • Very clean interface
  • Includes Dash Cam to record videos of your trips

What We Don't Like

  • Easy to forget to start the app each time you drive 
  • Some users report inconsistent results
  • Picks up speed cameras on the opposite side of the road

This nicely designed app allows you to set the speed limit for the road you’re driving on, and get alerts about speed traps and stationary speed cameras. It also includes red light camera alerts. Download for free, or upgrade to the premium version, which allows you display driving information on your windshield.

Tip: You can display your speed, speed limits, and warnings within other apps, such as Google Maps.

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Best for Use With No Login: Police Traps and Speedcams

The Police Traps and Speedcams app is showing the option to add a new warning.

What We Like

  • No login or account needed
  • High accuracy

What We Don't Like

  • Some users report technical difficulties
  • Process for reporting cameras is too involved for drivers
  • Picks up speed cameras on the opposite side of the road

Use this app to get real-time alerts about accidents, police cameras, and other situations that may make it more challenging to reach your destination, with clearly marked icons. The clean interface makes it easy to use. You can contribute your own information as well, to help other drivers. Free to download.

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Best Audio Feature: Radar Beep

The Radar Beep app is showing a radar alert.

What We Like

  • Opens when your phone connects to car Bluetooth 
  • Automatic updates
  • Shows exact location of radars

What We Don't Like

  • No Google Maps integration
  • Radar warnings come too close to radars

Like many of the other apps listed, this one uses GPS and radar detection to identify speed monitoring devices. It gives a proportionally loud sound alert, depending on how close a radar is located. It also provides alerts about heavy traffic and accidents. Use for free or pay to remove ads.