Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 17.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Android
3.5
3.5
487 Ratings
$ 0

Garmin ActiveCaptain App

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 - https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/573254#devices

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Garmin ActiveCaptain app reviews

  • Integration is Garmin’s Forte 5/5

    By Capt. Jim C.
    Been running ActiveCaptain for 4 years and cruising the East Coast from New England to Key West. Love the software integration with the Garmin chartplotter and other sensors. Updates are a breeze. Garmin’s Customer Service and Help Desk are world class, and all of the folks that I’ve talked to have been knowledgeable and very interested in helping me. Great experience. Capt. Jim. - USCG Lic. Master (Ret)
  • Stock Island Marina Village 5/5

    By 12wave
    These people where great. Very nice dock and good location D Baker, Captain Miss Elizabeth
  • Easy app 5/5

    By Smoothielaxmonger
    Great app. Easy to use. Great customer service via the website.
  • Reliable & Easy To Use! 4/5

    By KlubMarcus
    It doesn't crash. Updating chartplotter, bottom contours, and charts is easy. I wish it could auto-route because it always goes over land in a straight line! Garmin should fix that using your warning depth to determine safe passage.
  • Needs work 3/5

    By Angry pilot
    This app replaces Blue Charts which was much better. The biggest problem is that the text displayed when you look at info from any item is incredibly small and no way to make larger. Try reading when you are on a moving boat and are older than 40. Also the phone number links don’t work. They have appended multiple numbers into the same link in many cases making it difficult to place a call right from the link. Blue Charts was great. This app is poorly written.
  • Best app for best sonar 5/5

    By VHfan988888
    The garmin app is incredible, matching the best sonar tools with the best customer service in the industry.
  • Bottom mapping 4/5

    By Agnubawoc
    The auto contour mapping is great. It would be better if the contours could be viewed in this app without sharing with the community. In other words private contour mapping that could be shared and viewed on this app offline privately or with selected friends. Overall a great app. Another feature that would be great is syncing between mobile devices without having to connect to a chart plotter.
  • Working perfectly. 5/5

    By Simone Scafetti
    Very simple and easy to use. Always connect in automatic without any problem
  • Wow 5/5

    By crzyjoe420
    Very nice setup options complete control and simple.
  • Awesome. 5/5

    By Sissyboy69
    Helm for LiveScope Panoptix is a game changer. Just make sure to get a GPSMAP unit. Helm is not available on Echo units.
  • Garmin ECHOMAP plus 63v 5/5

    By Macgyverecv
    Awesome product
  • ActiveCaptain 5/5

    By Hoogerson
    Full control!!
  • Works smoothly 5/5

    By GregSpen
    The app continues to deliver a smoothness interface to the system.
  • Active Captain 5/5

    By Arkie2019
    Great app that allows me to mark locations to check out while sitting in my recliner at home and then transferring to my Garmin seamlessly. Allows me to be quickly aware of available updates and transfer them to my Garmin. Extremely useful app.
  • Easy to use 5/5

    By 00ehagan00
    Love active captain
  • Good idea. Does not work 1/5

    By mountain sea
    Logs you out constantly. Essentially worthless because of this. Reinstalled with the same result.
  • Lost blue charts 1/5

    By Road king 12 custom
    I see no way to import my blue charts Blue chart was much easier to use
  • Garmin ActiveCaptain 5/5

    By nosuds-jd
    I’m fairly new to boating but with this app and the Echomap, plotting course and staying safe are easy.
  • Manteo Waterfront Marina 5/5

    By Koi kid
    Great marina, clean heads, fun town, piggly wiggly walking distance
  • Have enjoyed for years 5/5

    By sailmon
    We have enjoyed AC for years. Used it to navigate our way through 18 months of cruising from Lake Erie down the US East Coast, through Bahamas, Florida Keys and Gulf of Mexico. Disappointed that Garmin killed Blue Chart Mobile but hopeful about AC App - which should be good with a few improvements. We will continue cruising through coming years relying heavily on AC.
  • ActiveCaptain 5/5

    By sea pro
    It’s great I was out on the boat last week and got a text It showed up on the Garmin They have come a long way
  • Garmin active captain and over all tech support 5/5

    By John Naples
    I have owned Garmin products for years. Cameras exercise trackers bicycle GPS and hand held and fixed mounted marine GPSs. I keep selecting Garmin’s products because of their dependability but most of all for their tech support. When I think about buying a sport product or marine product I always check to see if Garmin makes the product, if so I research no further I buy GARMIN. You product support is by far the BEST. Don’t stop doing what do. I always recommend your product to everyone. John Sollecito
  • Grand Haven Municipal Marina 5/5

    By Posc Script
    I can’t say enough good things about the service we received here this week. We checked in on Monday, planning to leave on Tuesday. Due to extreme winds and heavy swells, we have laid up here all week. Kari and her staff have been flexible and accommodating with reservations and allowing us to stay in a safe place. In the boating world, we are all subject to Mother Nature, which can make the harbor master’s job stressful. This team handled it all very well with smiles on their faces.
  • 800nm 5/5

    By Drtbikr
    My wife and I rode our 2 waverunners from Georgetown SC to St Augustine Fl and back. 800nm give or take. Planning the trip was a breeze with ActiveCaptain, but when it come down to use on the water. That’s where it shines. Finding Marina’s for fuel 5stars. Pine Harbor Marina in GA joined ActiveCaptain a week before we took our trip. All the info was spot on. Also helped with other fuel stops and restaurants on the trip. Would not have found them with out the help. Thanks Garmin and ActiveCaptain
  • Great app 4/5

    By Captbf
    Really helpful for making anchoring decisions. Just wish more people would contribute. App would be even better if you could add anchorages in the app rather than having to go to the web.
  • port Henry NY marina 4/5

    By Done Tacking
    We stopped for a one night stay traveling south. Manager Dave was on the dock to greet us and take our lines. The Marina is small but everything is clean . Plenty of AC power stands and a pump out capability. Dave is big on customer service and offered to drive us up the substantial hill for groceries. They do not offer fuel ( G or D),,, so beware of that. I would definitely stop here again.
  • Skiraine 5/5

    By Skiraine
    Great app
  • Get it! 5/5

    By Dlf Atl
    A great complement to my 9” touch screen Garmin! Makes data transfer easy and allows me to access charts from my iPhone. Connection is solid and quick, works every time. What a nice bonus for free. Thank you, Garmin.
  • Menemsha Bight Anchorage 5/5

    By Richrld
    Great Anchorage in any wind other than northerly! Best spot is one mile west of jetty in 10-15 feet of water.
  • Today’s update removed features 1/5

    By pppkkkccc
    My app updated today and somehow I lost map features. Hopefully this was a mistake that can be fixed. I have Gulf of Mexico charts on my boat system and oil and gas lease block names and numbers which is a very important feature in navigation and fishing. Today’s update took them off of then “fishing” chart. Why???
  • AC and livescope win win 4/5

    By cross country ADV
    Enjoy having everything in the palm of my hand needed for the unit. Sharing info has never been easier. Great APP
  • Amazing 5/5

    By Ks loves AIC
    This has made life so much easier. Since I got this app have not had to call the support center once. Can find all my answers right here. It’s a real time saver. I recommend anyone who has a garmin marine device to download this app and learn how to use it.
  • Great deal 5/5

    By bdjkdudncjrnckkd
    Awesome app
  • Crashing 3/5

    By ScoPo123
    App crashing on loading. Won’t open. Was helpful for updates and planing prior to this issue
  • Great app 5/5

    By Alba_gu_brath
    Love this app.. easy updates and super convenient downloads to units.
  • Crashes on IPhone XS Max 1/5

    By HCFR Firefighter396
    Not happy at all with what I paid for this app to download maps. It cost me $230 and I can’t even use it. I used to love Garmin but I’m highly dissatisfied. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone! Waste of my hard earned money!!!
  • garmin's worst app 1/5

    By fishing costa rica
    I use to have this app in my iPhone after my iPhone update everything in the app disappeared the map I bought my fishing waypoints, everything. Of course it is to make me buy the $149 charts again.
  • Stock island 5/5

    By Flyfll
    2nd time here. This marina keeps getting better! The people are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The marina is clean! It’s a full service marina. It’s quite but active. Highly recommend
  • Better than the competition 5/5

    By Bissler
    Better app than other apps that aren’t made by Garmin
  • Repeatedly crashes 2/5

    By JNC1986
    Crashes on launch repeatedly. It takes about 10 times launching before the app will actually open. Then as soon as I try to enter a new waypoint, crashes again. Please fix I am running the newest iOS software
  • North cove, Old Saybrook 5/5

    By ALCOR yawl
    Based on good reviews, decided to give finding a mooring a try before the long run up the river to Hamburg. Glad I did. There were at least two moorings with yellow ribbons and several more that looked like they were not used, based on slime. Plenty of depth if you follow the many marks. Pretty boats to admire. Perfect calm harbor.
  • Crashes on my iPhone 1/5

    By FN Larry
    App has crashed on me twice on my iPhone. I put in a bunch of waypoints in manually and started to plot a course and the app just crashed and won’t stay open. I closed the app, restarted my phone and it still wouldn’t open anymore. So, then I deleted the app and re-downloaded it (Lost all my waypoints by the way) and it seem to be working until I put in some waypoints and tried plotting a course to one of them it crashed again. Very frustrating and disappointing.
  • Trying to gift a map 2/5

    By areallofthesenicknamestaken33
    I tried to gift a map to my father and there is no way to transfer the map which I purchased on my phone to his device... now I’m stuck with $150 worth of maps that are useless to me... Edit - after calling Garmin support they sent me a microSd card with the map loaded for use on the chart plotter. This is great for Garmin and me - but doesn’t change my opinion much about the usefulness of this app. Changed from one star to two.
  • Getting better & better! 4/5

    By TheSlackdaddy
    I appreciate the seamless updates foe all my Garmin marine products. I also like the ability to manage my waypoints. TheActive Captain Community is a good reference to visiting new places. Just took a trip to Marsh Harbor and got great ideas for anchorages and snorkeling. Blu Chart Mobile is a very good product. I wish I had the ability to share waypoints by text or emails though. Also would be nice to be able to better auto plan routes using my G2 chart like Navionics does.
  • Crashes constantly 2/5

    By Gonzbird
    Please fix the app so I can update my charts! It just crashes all the time.
  • Miss Blue Chart Garmin App 2/5

    By Kimabster
    I do not know why Garmin did away with Blue Chart Garmin, that app could be used for navigating and worked with Active Captain too. This Active Captain app is clunky and is a waste. Bad decision Garmin!!!
  • A must if you own Garmin marine electronics. 5/5

    By Binder22
    A great App assisting you with all your Marine electronics.
  • Ease of use 5/5

    By BrianEisch
    I’ve owned all the other brands...Garmin Active Captain is by far the most user friendly and so innovative. Imagine an app that literally tells you what to do, who’d of thunk it? Absolutely love this system.
  • App crashes on launch 1/5

    By dnx379zzz
    Well actually the app is still active but in the background and if I navigate to it it crashes/disappears again. In the middle of a trip in the Bahamas do not really the ideal time to lose sync capabilities.

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