Pair your inReach® satellite communication device with the Earthmate® app to get all the features you need to send and receive text messages, navigate and stay connected during your outdoor adventures. It’s perfect for planning, tracking and sharing your trip anywhere around the globe.
This Garmin application lets you access*:
• Unlimited topographic maps that you can cache on your device and store for offline use, including topographic maps, quad sheets and U.S. NOAA charts
• Aerial imagery
• Hybrid maps
• Waypoints and route navigation
• Tracking and location sharing
• High-detail GPS trip logging
• Unlimited cloud storage of routes, waypoints and tracks
• Online trip planning
• Control and access all the features of your inReach device from the app: send 2-way custom or preset text and email messages, trigger an SOS from anywhere in the world, track your location and more
By pairing your mobile device (via Bluetooth® technology) with inReach, the Earthmate app turns your mobile device into a true satellite communication, GPS navigation and safety tool. To access the 100% global Iridium® satellite network for live tracking and messaging – including SOS capabilities – from the Earthmate app, an inReach device with active satellite subscription is required.
You can plan your adventures from your account on the Garmin Explore™ website, wirelessly sync them to your smartphone or tablet, and then save all your trip data and maps with unlimited cloud storage.
Learn more about inReach devices and technology at www.garmin.com/inreach.
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Don't forget to stop tracking.
*Access varies by model.
Various bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
On a small screen, the map the map can be difficult to use because in order to see detailed features you’re forced to zoom in very far.
Also, as others have mentioned, the app sometimes sends messages to the wrong contact (which can be embarrassing or even dangerous). Occasionally messages received to the inreach mini never show up in the app, and you have to scroll through on the inreach to mark them as read. Also, sometimes messages which you did read on your phone still show up as unread on the inreach.
Finally, one of the most frustrating features of the app is that it doesn't handle message notifications in a proper, native way. Most of the time I have to open the app to receive notifications of messages, even though notification sounds and badges are on for the app. I realize that this may be a battery saving feature but it should be optional. If my inreach is outside and my phone inside my pocket, then when I receive a message my phone should make a notification sound, and I should be able to read the message on the Lock Screen, like I can when I receive a message in any other messaging app.
If you haven’t bought an inreach yet, let me suggest a ZOLEO instead. They have more reliable message delivery and a much better app experience.
Unreliable Bluetooth connection
The Bluetooth connection to the InReach device is dropped by the app, not the phone, very frequently. Typically a connection is maintained for less than 1 hour. Sometimes less than 15 minutes. Best workaround so far is to turn Bluetooth on the phone off and on periodically and before sending a text. The problem with this is that it sometimes results in duplicate messages being sent. That can get expensive. Also, turning Bluetooth off and on is a bad hack at best. I reported this problem to Garmin several times. Most recently 3 months ago. They almost seem to be taking it seriously this time, but no real progress. No useful suggestions from Garmin. I think this is a stop-ship bug. They seem to see it is a way to increase revenue by charging for duplicate messages. I have met many other InReach users experiencing the same problem. None had any good ideas for a work around. This problem has been consistent for me across two iPhones and several releases of iOS. I doubt it is any of user error, my phone or iOS.
Needs to check for messages more frequently
I have loved the Garmin inReach. My work is primarily out of cell service and so I use it to keep in touch with work and my wife. The only thing that I want improved is the frequency that it checks for messages without having to manually check for them.
My suggestion would be to either have it check every five minutes or allow the user to set a timer in the app or on the device to send out a manual check for messages at specified intervals. I would love to be able to set my inReach up to check for messages every 5 minutes or while hunting set it up to check every 30 minutes. Long story short I think it would be a huge improvement to allow the user to specify the frequency of how often it checks for new messages.
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- DeLorme Publishing Co.
- 50.2 MB
- Requires iOS 9.2 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.2 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.2 or later.
English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2017 DeLorme
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.