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


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What’s New

Version 2.6

• Improved warning when deleting from the Library
• Added information about available software updates for paired devices
• Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Avisé703 ,

Its confusing.

So, I am trying to understand the meaning of this app. Look like a mini basecamp for mobile which is nice, definitively something I need. But, can I sync my traces with basecamp desktop? Where do I go if I want to access the GPX of those traces on my computer? What is the saved format? .FIT or .GPX? The magnet does not seem to be working with the routes. Somehow it says I don’t have available storage anymore for one of my collection but there’s only 30 of them, well less than the gigabyte available. Also, I don’t understand why it use a different terminology, it’s extremely confusing. Is there also a reason why the Edge 1030 is not on it? It’s the top cycling device you sell, and it’s not cheap.

I definitively think the need is there and the idea is good but the execution was.. special.

Nice touch for the adoption of the Apple UI guideline by the way.

Please continue the developpement of the app but with Basecamp in mind.

Russtick ,


App is excellent with new 66i for messaging when linked to my iPhone. Easier to type and read messages, view tracks, and manage map share.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the feedback Russtick, glad you are enjoying your Explore app with your GPSMAP 66i. Make sure you are picking up firmware updates on your 66i and with your Explore app. We just released an update bringing inReach Weather forecasts to the 66i and the Explore app. I think you'll enjoy those improvements to the system.

Thank you,
Chip Noble
Product Manager

Ymartin ,

Works very well!

Great add on with the Garmin Fenix 5X plus! I love it.

Developer Response ,

Thanks Ymartin, glad you're enjoying the Explore app with your fenix 5X Plus! Have you had a chance to view your activity line in the Explore app and then view the elevation graph? This is one of my favorite features, along with seeing the same graph on the fenix watch while hiking. Safe travels!

Chip Noble
Product Manager


Garmin International
88 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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