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About this app

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

*Access varies by model.
Updated on
May 9, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
App info and performance and Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
Personal info
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

1.39K reviews
Eric Nagle
August 24, 2021
What a pathetic app from what's supposed to be a major technology company. I've been using this app for 3 years, and I keep hoping they'll fix it, but no such luck. First, as others have said, it constantly drains the phone battery even when not in use. There's no way to shut it down. It's my phone's biggest power hog. Second, you can't use it to send pre-programmed messages from the InReach. You can only use it to send and receive custom messages. Third, you can't use it to track distance travelled. For that, you have to check the InReach itself. Fourth, it lacks the basic functions that almost every other GPS has: Displaying your track on a map. It only displays your current position. So, when I carry my InReach, I use a different app, Backcountry Navigator, to do what Earthmate should be doing. Edit: 4 years later, and this app still sucks for all the reasons above. Garmin hasn't bothered fixing these problems because they obviously don't care. I have no choice but to use it, because it's the only app that works with my InReach.
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Wojtek Rygielski
August 22, 2023
Very bad design. I only use it for InReach messages. It sometimes work, sometimes not, without any kind of error message. I believe the app expects the phone to be *constantly* connected to the device, in order for messages to be delivered to the phone: If you are temporarily disconnected at the moment the message is received, then you will not see it on your phone. What a weird way to design a messaging app. Pro tip: You can force a resync by unpairing and pairing again.
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Tom “TDub” Longtine
October 9, 2020
Yes, this app is pretty terrible. Sometimes the app and inreach connect via bluetooth, sometimes they don't. Incoming messages show on the inreach, but never make it to the app. Outgoing messages frequently show as sent on the inreach, but show as still sending on the app. I haven't even tried anything with maps. I hope the SOS works. What a piece of garbage.