Introducing FishSmart from Humminbird, the name you know and trust when it comes to making the most of your time on the water. With the new Humminbird FishSmart app, you now have the ability to access our library of high definition lake maps, as well as transfer maps and important software updates directly onto your Humminbird fish finder. - Access to High Definition LakeMaster Lake Maps on Your Smartphone and Humminbird fish finder: For those who seek the best freshwater lake maps, FishSmart allows you to purchase detailed contour maps of more than 1,500 LakeMaster lakes directly within the app. You can then view your LakeMaster lake map within the FishSmart app, or, you can now download your LakeMaster purchase directly onto your Bluetooth-equipped HELIX G2N and SOLIX series fish finder. - Ability to Identify and Perform software updates on your Humminbird fish finder: The FishSmart app allows you to identify if there are any software updates available to your Humminbird units. Depending on the models you own, you can then seamlessly download the update directly onto the internal hard drive of your Bluetooth-equipped HELIX G2N or SOLIX series fish finder. - GPS Enabled Navigation: Know your exact location, speed and course out on the water, with GPS enabled navigation available in FishSmart directly through your smartphone. - Data Planning Tools: The new FishSmart app allows you to plan waypoints and routes to get a head start on your fishing trips. It also allows tracking on the water so you can save your tracks for future trips. - Data Sharing Tools: FishSmart allows you to import or export waypoints, routes and tracks in GPX format to share with your friends or transfer them to your Humminbird fish finder. - Map Sharing: Maps purchased on ChartSelect are exclusively available for use on both your Humminbird fish finder as well as in the FishSmart app. No extra map purchase required. The Humminbird Advantage: Already own LakeMaster lake maps purchased via ChartSelect and want to use them on your smartphone? No problem! As an added benefit, all existing LakeMaster lake maps in your ChartSelect account are accessible for free within FishSmart once you download the app and sign-in to your account. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. For convenience, charts will be available for re-download for at least one year after purchase.
The only thing this app is good for is to sell you overpriced maps. Ok it’s also good for updating software but that’s it. Here’s my biggest complaint. You can’t send waypoints to your unit via Bluetooth. Stupid. And it gets stupider. Waypoints entered into the app get exported in the .gpx format, but the unit needs the .hwr format. So you have to convert them using software on your computer. So you might as well enter them into your computer in the first place. And the app only exports one waypoint at a time. You can’t ‘select all’. I’ve been entering waypoint into machines for 15 years and this was the most frustrating. I feel like yelling at someone.
How is this not available
Purchasing & downloading maps is easy and the maps look great once downloaded. It also makes software updates for your units simple if you have your devices registered on the app. However there are a couple things that need to be improved: Each time the app is opened, it has to validate purchases... takes about 45 seconds which gets old. Especially when you are out on the water trying to drop a waypoint or find one on your device. Waypoints are not easy to manage in the app. Each waypoint has to be edited / deleted individually. There is only one waypoint icon to use, so all you see is yellow dots. You must select each one to see what the waypoint represents. Waypoints do not carry over to your other devices when you sign into your Chartselect account. You must select & export each waypoint. This is tolerable but would make more sense to make these sync over to your next device when logging in (the app is already slow to load so might as well wait for waypoints to sync) Waypoints can be air dropped to other devices, but cannot be sent directly to your units, at least not on the Helix’s... not sure about Solix. They must be exported to an SD card then loaded on your device... why???? Maps purchased in the app must be downloaded to an SD card from a PC and loaded on the unit. Not sure if multiple maps can be downloaded to the same SD card. Would be great if maps to be transferred directly from app on device to your unit, just like the software update.
It works but when my iPhone is paired to My Helix 9 the app gives me this message, Pair and connect to a Hummingbird control head to see your devices listed here. The iPhone and unit are paired ? So what’s with the malfunction ?
I had the original version since 2016 with about 20 maps. I had to purchase each map independently and I had no problem with that until they had an update and all my maps are gone. I was told the new version doesn’t support all my maps. Hundreds of dollars gone without any warning.
The mapping is awesome BUT, why does the app have to “validate purchases” every freaking time you open it? fix it humminbird and you will have a great app.
Can’t download purchased maps, progress indicator stuck and will not finish download.
Waypoints can only be exported one at a time. Needs a “select all” function to put them all in one .gpx file. Waypoints should also be able to be sent directly to Helix via Bluetooth. I bought the Helix 7 Mega SI G3N and spent extra to get Bluetooth to update software from Fish Smart app. The app sees my Helix 7 but the update button does not show. So far a waste of money for the G3N. Disappointed. Also, I own 2 lake maps and only one is showing up on the app.
Downloaded this so I could possibly update my helix software via the app but even though my iphone or iPad is connected by Bluetooth it doesn’t show any devices. App is pretty much useless to me at this point. It’s also a rip off to charge $9.99 per lake. Buy a sd card with the maps on it or use navionics on your mobile devices.
I really like this app for the ease of scouting on my phone. I hate spending extra money on maps I feel I have already paid for with my lakemaster chip, but I think it was worth it for my most fished lakes. Where this app could improve: Why can’t we select all of the waypoints from a route and hide them all at once? Selecting 100 waypoints individually and hiding them is a PAIN Why does the app need to validate my purchase every time I open the app? This process takes too long. I wish it would give me the option to rename a waypoint right when I create it. Having to go in and edit it just adds more steps. I don’t think most people use the default naming convention. It would be nice if we could zoom in as far as you can in google earth. Why can’t we upload waypoints/routes to our graphs just like uploading FW to the unit via BT? I use this on my iPad and my iPhone. Why can’t we have a setting to link my devices to share the waypoints between them? You solve these issues and it’s a home run.