Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Current Version: 15.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 147.19 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 3
From 299 Ratings


The free all-in-one ActiveCaptain™ app provides a powerful connection to your Garmin chartplotter, charts, maps and the ActiveCaptain community for the ultimate connected boating experience. Wherever you are, you’ll have unlimited access to your cartography, be able to purchase new maps and charts, and have access to the Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours Community. Connect to the ActiveCaptain community for up-to-date feedback on marinas and other points of interest. Smart notifications¹ on your chartplotter screen keep you connected with everyone else. Plan a trip or pre-fish a lake, and ActiveCaptain will automatically sync with your chartplotter. Even view and control your chartplotter from your smartphone or tablet while you’re on the water. This app is not recommended for non-Garmin chartplotter owners and is not intended to be a standalone navigational app. The included basemap is not useable without purchasing additional charts/maps. - OneChart™ lets you access all your Garmin unit pre-load and accessory card charts and maps from your mobile device and purchase new ones - Receive smart notifications¹, such as calls and texts, on your chartplotter display when paired with the app - Connect to fellow boaters with the ActiveCaptain community for up-to-date feedback on marinas and other points of interest - Make, save and transfer routes and waypoints between the app and chartplotter - Easily upload and download the latest Garmin Quickdraw Contours content from the community - Download software updates and notifications from the app to your Garmin devices - View and control your chartplotter from your smartphone or tablet ¹See compatibility matrix -



  • Not the best for waypoint management

    By Saenglund
    There are a few quirky things with the app. Managing waypoints is very awkward. Try to delete multiple waypoints, after you delete 1 waypoint it takes you all the way back to the chart. You then have to drill down into the menus for each waypoint you want to delete. Very painstaking. Also when using the helm control from my iPhone X the screen form my unit is so small that it very hard to tap on any of the buttons
  • Boat

    By Krus E
    Great app
  • Awesome! Easy to use and makes updating GPS a Breeze!

    By Keyzlivin
    This app makes updating and connecting to my Garmin 7610s a breeze. Keeps all my Garmin products up to date and easy to buy and upgrade charts. Best off all I can use it as a stand along GPS if needed and I can plan routes and waypoints directly from my couch!!!
  • Johnnymo34

    By johnnymo34
  • ActiveCaptain

    By Morrillo58
    It’s been a great experience and easy to transfer updates to my 7612 unit From my Phone to update my Radar ,sonar,& maps thanks for the great Work
  • Easy Software and Map Updates

    By Bob the Garmin Fan
    I have a Garmin GPSMAP 742xs and I can update software and download charts easily with the ActiveCaptain app! I love it.
  • Very Important and Valuable

    By Captain Hample
    I am professional captain I move vessels from the US Virgin Islands to Maine. The Active Captain helps me find places to stop and what’s available when I get there! It is a perfect planing tool for a captain. Only one down side and the reason not 5 star. The new mobile app does not have the ability to record a track. The old Blue Chart Mobile could and has many tracks I laid down. I could always refer back to good water. Not all vessels use Garmin for their main navigation system. I’m never without a backup system. Garmin please add tracking on the mobile side of active tracking, or help me if I’m missing something. Captain Fred
  • Active Captain

    By reel good fishing
    Active captain is great, no need to pull my phone out to see my text or see who called. All my messages are displayed on my screen. Nice to have my way points and tracks on my phone when I leave my boat. Great app.
  • Great App

    By Rsccore
    I use this along with a Garmin 7610xsv chart plotter. I love the local maps and the ability to use the chart plotter from the fly bridge. My only desire would be that it used my boat’s WiFi rather than the chart plotter when controlling the chart plotter.
  • Love it

    By Chris55645
    This app is extremely useful to sync and update charts between my phone and my Garmin Echomap.