How To Activate a Garmin Inreach

How To Activate a Garmin Inreach

What is Garmin Inreach?

All inReach-enabled Garmin products offer GPS navigation — ranging from compass and bearing capabilities to basic grid waypoint marking and breadcrumb trails to sophisticated on-map guidance with detailed topographic maps, altimeter/barometer/compass reference and more.

How To Activate a Garmin Inreach

  • Create an account, and select a satellite subscription at
  • Turn on the device.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • When prompted, go outdoors to an open area with a clear view of the sky.
  • Wait while the device communicates with the Iridium® satellite network.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to activate Garmin inReach?

Wait while the device communicates with the Iridium® satellite network. NOTE: It may take up to 20 minutes to activate your device. The device must send and receive several messages, which takes longer than sending a single message during regular use.

Can you use Garmin inReach without a phone?

The Garmin inReach Mini works where cell phones don’t, using a satellite connection to communicate with other devices, including non-satellite ones like phones and email. The Garmin inReach is a two-way satellite communicator that works where cell phones don’t.

Can you use Garmin inReach GPS without subscription?

The inReach Explorer®+/inReach SE®+ can be used without a subscription. When you power on your inReach® handheld, you will encounter a message that states: “Welcome Communication features require activation”. From this screen, simply select Skip and the inReach handheld will be ready to use.

Can someone borrow my inReach?

The Garmin Explore app includes a Guest Device feature for lending out a compatible inReach device.

What app do I use for Garmin inReach?

In order to use an inReach device with an Android or iOS device, you must download the free Earthmate app from the online Google Play or the App Store.

Does Garmin inReach track distance?

The GPS receivers used in the inReach SE®+, inReach Explorer®+, and inReach® Mini handhelds are accurate to within 15 meters (49 feet) 95% of the time. Generally, users will see accuracy within 5 to 10 meters (16 to 33 feet) under normal conditions, with up to date firmware.

Do incoming texts count on inReach?

The number of included messages depends on the level of service you signed up for. The number includes messages you send, and messages you receive. For example, if you message a friend and they message you back, that will count as two of your messages.