Text and Navigate with inReach
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 and quad sheets
• 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.
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.
Great Nav App
I use this app on my phone for navigating backcountry snowmobiling. I always carry my inreach in my pack for emergency use only. I use Earthmate on my phone for navigating. The downloadable topo maps have saved me many times, and have also helped me find new rideable areas as well.
It seems many people have given negative reviews due to the inreach not linking up properly to their phone. I don’t usually ever mess with that. I keep it powered off in my pack. Using it for nav would be clumsy compared to using Earthmate. I save it incase my phone battery runs out or if I need to communicate while out of cell service for some reason.
My only complaint about it would be that it only saves a certain amount of tracks. I’m not sure if it’s time or total mileage, but after a while old tracks will disappear. That said it stand by my five star rating, just for the fact of how many times it has helped me either get out of trouble or find new areas to get into more trouble. (Haha)
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.
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- Requires iOS 9.2 or later.
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- iPod touch
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- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
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