Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

Summary: In a hurry? Feeling the pressure build? Don't strain any longer, there are public bathroom locator apps available for Android and iPhone.


How often has this happened to you? You're in an unfamiliar place, and the call of nature hits you unexpectedly. Many stores don't let you use the bathroom, even if you buy something. What if you're not in a mall, or a department store, or near a gas station where facilities are ubiquitous.

Don't feel down in the dumps, because you don't have to dance around the issue any longer. Thanks to your smartphone and a selection of applications, you can relieve yourself of worry. I found several apps that were available on both Android and iPhone platforms. They really help out in a pinch.

First up is Sit or Squat. This app is free for both Android and iPhone, and also has a website. You can find bathrooms by entering a location, or by GPS locator. You can rate the facilities, leave a review, or even add a new location with photos.

Next up is Toilet Finder. Free for both Android and iPhone, it also has Nokia and Windows Phone versions as well. Also a crowd-sourced bathroom locator, it shows the nearest bathrooms on the map, along with distances--which is handy when your speed is reduced by clamping your legs together.

Finally there's Find Toilets, which is free for Android (with ads) and 99 cents for the iPhone version. This one stands out by providing custom directions to the nearest facility. With GPS, it also provides latitude and longitude, which is quite handy if you need to nuke the site from orbit after that burrito.

And if you need to keep yourself occupied while you're taking care of business, you can grab these games for your phone: Drag Toilet Paper for Android and iDrag Paper for iPhone.

Topics: Android, Google, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Test

  • Need to Crap?

    There's an App!
    (for that) :/
    Dietrich T. Schmitz *Your
  • RE: Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

    windows phone 7.5 also has this type of app (at least for australia):

    - aussie toilets -
  • Scott, the title is priceless

    Then the article gets to plumb through the depths of the bowels of the theme.

    Well played sir. In all seriousness, this is a handy app type that I hadn't thought about before. Definitely comes in handy if you have kids along with all the other reasons.
  • You enjoyed writng that, didn't you?

    I get the feeling you'd have written the apps yourself, just so you could write the article.
  • I told my brother that this was a good app idea

    About two years ago, after he got back from a sightseeing trip to Hong Kong, I told my brother that he could write an app to give travelers public toilet locating/rating information, especailly outside the US. He didn't think it would be a sellable idea.
    silent E
  • RE: Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

    Even better was the ad that popped up at the end of the article...
    "Vendor HotSpot"
    "Here to help you with your Document Management Needs"
    ...I think you can guess what those documents will be doing after we use the Toilet apps!
  • RE: Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

    I hate when people write an article about a couple of apps in a particular category, but then don't bother to offer their opinion on which is best and because of what criteria they used. :( Anyone can go on to the Market Place pull up a couple of apps, read the description and aggregate it into an article.
    • RE: Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

      @jefferyshall Personally I prefer the Sit or Squat app, but Find Toilets does have the custom directions to the nearest bathroom. It reduces the number of taps you need to make to get directions.
      Scott Raymond
  • RE: Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

    Just a follow up. I actually took the time to look for some of these and INSTALL them to see which works best and I can say, by my judgement, the best app for this purpose wasn't even listed. Toilet Scout had the best user ratings and rating in the other apps comments saying to go use Scout instead. They were right, far more locations in DB, can see the location, can leave your rating and comments. UI was better than the others (not that it is perfect) but what app is.
    • RE: Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

      @jefferyshall I tried all of the apps listed here myself. I limited the article to a handful of apps that were available on both major platforms. There were others that were available only for Android, but I didn't want to be biased about the software selection. Because that would be a crappy thing to do.
      Scott Raymond
  • Have2P is a useful Android app

    AT&T offers a free Android app called Have2P, a companion to their Have3Eat, Have2Snack and Have2Drink which links with YellowPages.com
  • RE: Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

    Do they distinguish between free and paid toilets in Europe?<br><br>Finding a free toilet in the USA is easy (virtually every restaurant and gas station in the nation), but Europe is a different story :/. They really do nickel and dime tourists for everything they've got.
  • RE: Take a load off with crowdsourced bathroom locator apps

    Doc is going to avoid the obvious puns, Scott, in part because you did such a good job covering them. But seriously, this is a great set of apps and very necessary, and actually a great example of how modern technology can help us in the most basic ways. Now if there was just an app for putting the toilet seat down we'd be in there!
    DocuMentor (Doc)