Garmin Explore‪™‬ 4+

Explore with a Garmin device


    • Free



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 3.3.1

Stability improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

citizenwithbike ,


Not the most exciting or dynamic app. I think any serious outdoor user knows topo maps are crap. Garmin you have an amazing opportunity here. With the demise of Viewranger next week, the terrible app that is Outdoor Active and the shonkiness of OSMAPS, to pull a blinder and create an amazing all encompassing nav set up. Especially as folks are using your devices anyway. Get proper maps such as IGN and Ordamce Survey. Put in proper nav features including snap route planning etc and dont fill it with bloatware. Best bit!! You can charge for it. Pleeeeeeeeese

IanSh ,

Was OK but now totally useless

This app used to work as advertised, but since an update was released back in May 2021, it has been totally useless. It refuses to exchange any data at all with my GPSMAP 66s always bombing out with a ‘Sync failed’ error message. One star rating only because no stars is not an option.

In response, Garmin e-mailed me a set of instruction on how to ‘solve’ the problem. When they didn’t work, I went one stage further and deleted and reinstalled the explore app. That did not solve the problem either. I was even less impressed by a ‘contact the developer’ link in the e-mail which did no such thing and simply took me to a web page that repeated the content of the e-mail. My review currently stands. I have an explore app that is permanently attempting to sync with the GPS unit pausing every seven minutes or so to issue a ‘sync failed’ message.

Update: I have just discovered that the ‘map’ feature uploads the current track to my iPhone almost in real time as expected. This proves that Explore is communicating with GPS unit. The problem would appear to be that the GPS is not sending activity,route, waypoints or tracks in a format that Explore understand hence the ‘sync failed’ error.

Developer Response ,

Hi IanSh, the Explore app is compatible with your GPSMAP 66s so I'm confident that we can get things up and running for you. Double check that you have the latest firmware on your device by using Garmin Express to check for firmware updates. After that, make sure you have the latest Version 3.0 of the Explore app. It's worth starting fresh with your pairing too, go to Settings>Bluetooth on your phone and "forget" the GPSMAP 66s, do the same in Setup>Bluetooth on the device, also do the same in the Explore app and the Garmin Connect app... it's a pain but we want to have a clean start to make sure everything works. Once you've done that use the new pairing process in the Explore app to connect your device. I expect this to get you up and running with waypoints, courses, and activities syncing between your Explore app and your GPSMAP 66s. Our product support team knows even more than I do about troubleshooting but I'm happy to keep helping if you share an update on your progress. Thanks, Chip Noble, Product Manager, Garmin

dominant 7th ,


Lets be honest Basecamp was a horrible user experience IMO and I avoided it at all times, the simplicity of Garmin Explore is fantastic. I bought the Zumo XT purely for its ability to actually track UK Green Lanes with the “Off Road” mode. I had no idea about Garmin Explore when I purchased the XT but what a pleasant surprise. I can plot and import tracks directly from the OS Maps App straight into Garmin Explore and it sync’s automatically to the XT when I power it up.

App Privacy

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Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • Contacts
  • Identifiers

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The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
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