The Garmin Explore ecosystem offers a complete mobile trip planning solution that — when paired with a compatible Garmin device¹ — lets you map and organize your trek from anywhere with unlimited cloud storage.

Garmin Explore works as a standalone mobile app for 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® so you can do and see even more.

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 app. The maps and navigation data loaded onto your app can be used anywhere, anytime — even when you’re out beyond the reach of cellphone towers or internet connections. The Garmin Explore app will send and store your 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.

What You Get with Garmin Explore:
• Unlimited map downloads; access topographic maps, USGS quad sheets and more
• Aerial imagery
• Waypoints and route planning
• Unlimited cloud storage of routes, waypoints, tracks, and activities
• Online trip planning


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What’s New

Version 2.0

Added support for the GPSMAP 66i. Fixed a few bugs too.

Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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.

NWevo1 ,

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?

tjstroker ,

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.


Garmin International
66.7 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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