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.

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 2.1.3

• The inReach message details page will now show the correct location on the mini-map.
• Updated localizations.

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Onsomehill ,

Garmin keeps moving backwards while others move forward

As others have eluded to, Garmin makes nice hardware, but their software is getting worse by the update. Platforms like GAIA are years ahead when. It comes to functional software. Routing on this is terrible, compared to even own Basecamp, which they have stopped developing. Website use from a browser is inconsistent, and plagued with bugs.

Their support folks are terrible at responding as well. Sometimes for weeks or even months. If
You don’t believe me, just Google. You’ll find plenty of unhappy customers. And that’s a shame, because there was a time when Garmin was top of the food chain with their tech.

I have bought many Garmins, including the newest 5X Plus and mini. Those possibly will be my last, as I revert to my iPhone and GAIA, or even Suunto.



eTrex, 60CSx, eTrex20, eTrex30+, Virb, Fenix 3 Saphire, inReach Explorer+, Fenix 5X Plus, Mini, and I don’t know how many maps.

Trailname Numbers ,

Needs GPX/TCX import/export

The ability to import waypoints and tracks from gpx files made elsewhere would improve the usability of this app. Near as I can tell, this app, or the connect app, are the only ways to load tracks to the Garmin Instinct without a PC (something likely not available if on a long trail). Storing the waypoints/tracks in the explore app, and syncing the necessary ones for the next couple days would be far faster if it were possible to use existing gpx files.

Export of gpx/tcx files from the app (this one and the connect app) would also be incredibly useful. It is very annoying to be forced to use the web browser version of connect to export a gpx/tcx/fit file when this should be fully possible from the app. Sharing with other apps or airdrop would allow for adhoc sharing of data without internet connection with other hikers.


Mostly good, so far.

I have the new GPSmap66s, and a inReach mini. It would be great to see the Explore and Earthmate apps combined into one rather than have duplicate map info saved to my phone. They already both use the same website for online management.
Also, add device capability for the 66s to save multiple Bluetooth pairings. I can’t switch between my iPad and iPhone without deleting and then creating a new pairing each time. Lastly, why do I have to use and register with the Garmin Connect app when I’m not using any other functions from it?


Garmin International
67.7 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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