Map, Track, Sync and Share Your Trek From Anywhere For adventure seekers, explorers and outdoor enthusiasts, the Garmin Explore ecosystem offers a complete mobile navigation solution that — when paired with a compatible Garmin device¹ — lets you map, track and navigate your trek from anywhere with unlimited cloud storage. Garmin Explore provides basic trip planning or viewing of maps you’ve preloaded on your device. Or you can use the mobile app to pair your smart device via BLUETOOTH®² technology with a compatible Garmin GPS device, so you can do and see even more. Access Online Connectivity Garmin Explore provides free online access to a wide range of additional capabilities. For example, you can download detailed topographic maps, color aerial imagery and other navigation aids directly to your mobile device. The maps and navigation data loaded onto your device can be used anywhere, anytime — even when you’re out beyond the reach of cellphone towers or internet connections. Manage Your Collections, Tracks and Routes Review and edit your waypoints, tracks, routes and activities in your library. Add them to a collection to keep all the recorded data from a certain trip together in one place. For example, if you’re taking a long trip, you can plan different waypoints, tracks and routes for each day of the trip and combine them into one collection. Your Mobile Cloud Connection The Garmin Explore app will send and store the waypoints, planned routes, GPS tracks and Garmin activities you've recorded in the cloud, allowing you to access and use that data on the Garmin Explore web site to plan or review your adventures. You can also sync your cloud-stored data with a compatible Garmin device. A Garmin account is needed to store your data in the cloud. Your activities (e.g., runs, walks, hikes, etc.) include data such as distance, pace, activity time, location, etc. that were recorded by your device. More Off-grid Capability with inReach® Technology Use Garmin Explore with your inReach enabled devices, such as the GPSMAP® 66i navigator and satellite communicator, to turn your mobile device into a true off-the-grid satellite companion. In an emergency, you can trigger an interactive SOS to the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. Two-way messaging and LiveTrack location tracking via the 100% global Iridium® satellite network let you stay in contact globally. The Garmin Explore app allows you to access your phone’s contact list for easier messaging and sharing when connected. What You Get with Garmin Explore • Unlimited map downloads; access topographic maps, USGS quad sheets and more • Aerial imagery • Waypoints, tracking and route navigation • High-detail GPS trip logging and location sharing • Unlimited cloud storage of routes, waypoints, tracks, and activities • Online trip planning 1. https://explore.garmin.com/appcompatibility 2. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Garmin is under license.
Would like to see partnerships with Gaia GPS and On x off-road.
Really like this app when connected to the Alpha 200. Would like to track up on the map somehow.
Garmin, Your going the right direction with this but it needs some work. I use this with a 66 and iPad mini mounted in my vehicle. You need to add a function that shows on a large scale in visual context what maps have been downloaded. For example, I zoom out to where I can see the entire state of Washington and it can show a shaded overlay of everywhere USGS Topo is downloaded to the device. You could color code the shading to correspond to the different layers of downloaded map data. Right now, the only way to see what is downloaded is to scroll through a list and read it, or Zoom in until the layer shows and scroll around the map, both methods are too time consuming.
The app is NOT compatible with GPSMAP64sx. I was trying to pair with the app for hours and even talked to one of their tech support and he admitted that he doesn’t think 64sx is compatible with the app. What is going on?
This is the best app i have used for the back country and international treks
I’ve been using Basecamp, for better or worse, for many years now and am currently planning a trip to RMNP. I loaded this app because I would like to share the itinerary on MacOS with my iOS devices, and I really hoped that would be a feature of this. Alas, not so. App is useless for me because I have a Navi 4.5, and an eTrex 20 neither of which is wireless (or at that I am aware of). Sigh! My Macs are wireless - don’t see there’s a way to shake hands there. Sure wish M$ user guides limiting communications between systems didn’t rule developer world. I’ll give it one star in hopes that the app can grow up.
I recently purchased a 66i. I am happy with it however the app eco system needs to be pulled together. First, find a way for me to create a route and then when I get to my destination, follow it. Another app A****ails does this well at least the following part. Second, there are routes/courses in garmin connect that someone has put together. Make these searchable and able to be saved to my collection in explore for me so it’s synced to my device. Then when I get to the starting point let me follow it. This feature is readily available in the app referenced above Lastly, let me take a track that I have done and save it for others to use on their adventure without requiring a gpx download and upload. I think it’s a good start, but it needs same ease of use features. When I picked up the device I should have been directed to plan my trip. Once it’s planned I should have something that lets me follow my trip and record my tracks. Lastly it should be able to be shared if I chose. This part is really a reference to the device but it should have a simple icon that says map and takes me to a map of where I am and tracks me. Something similar to maps on iPhone or Android. There are a lot of other features that are great but these seem like the basics. Hopefully things will get better as the app is developed.
I preloaded courses onto my watch from Strava months ago and have been going on big runs in the mountains every weekend. I show up to the trail head hit start and pull the course up. No need to ever run with my phone. Today, I changed my mind about going today and instead will run from home. I installed this app yesterday and discovered that my courses are all gone off my device!!! Garmin is becoming very difficult to depend on these days.
It’s nice, I have a Fenix 5x sapphire and it has issue syncing my watch to my phone all the trails don’t seem to make it over if my phone isn’t with me. There is difference in verbiage for way points and routes, and tracks which is needlessly confusing. It’s good like I said but from a company like Garmin it should be excellent and boarders on crappy when it come to interconnect-ability
Update your satellite map overlays and I could give you 5 stars. Those images are like fifteen years old and super poor resolution.