Garmin Explore: Using the Software to Save Waypoints and Routes

Garmin Explore: Using the Software to Save Waypoints and Routes


Garmin Explore is the mobile app for mapping and organizing your outdoor adventures. In this video, we’ll show you how to use the Garmin Explore app for map viewing, trip planning and cloud storage of your favorite hikes, rides, trips and adventures for future reference. Once you’ve downloaded Garmin Explore to your smartphone or tablet and paired it with your Garmin GPS handheld or wearable, you’re ready to start accessing the detailed maps and other outdoor resources provided through Garmin Explore. We’ll assume you’ve downloaded the maps you want, and now you’re looking at the Garmin Explore map screen on your smartphone. To start with the basics, let’s create some waypoints. Waypoints are locations that you record and store, so you can create a route or return to the same spot later. To mark your current location as a waypoint, simply tap the Plus sign icon on the upper-left side of the Map page. This will bring up selectors for Add Waypoint and Add Route. Tap the Add Waypoint selector and you’ll see a New Waypoint page showing you the GPS coordinates for your location. You can type in a name for your waypoint and select a graphic symbol to represent it on the map. There are also on-screen cues that will allow you to edit and save the waypoint to a new or existing Collection, so you’ll know where to find it if you ever want to return to that spot on future excursions. Alternatively, if you want to create a waypoint somewhere besides your current location, you can simply zoom in and tap that location on the map to drop a waypoint there. Then choose Add New Waypoint from the Selected Location pop-up menu. A waypoint symbol will appear on the map, and a New Waypoint page will come up, showing you the GPS coordinates for that location and allowing you to select and enter a name and icon symbol for your waypoint. You can also enter any notes you want to remember about the site. Now that you’ve created a waypoint, or multiple waypoints you can organize them for future reference by tapping Collections, creating a new listing, giving it a file name, and saving it for return trips or to share with others who want to follow in your footsteps. To revisit or review your Collection entries, go to the Library icon at the bottom of your screen. You’ll find a section there for your saved Collections. The Collections list displays the name you’ve given to the trip, along with the distance covered and the date. You can sort the list by any of these criteria to easily locate the saved route or waypoint you’re looking for. You can also plan for your next journey by creating routes in advance using multiple waypoints on your app’s Map page, or you can also create them using the Garmin Explore web portal and then sync them with your mobile app. If you’ve paired the Garmin Explore app on your phone with a compatible Garmin GPS handheld or wearable device, you can also sync your waypoints, routes, tracks and activities from the navigation device to your phone, so you can save, organize and upload them to cloud storage for future reference. These will appear on the Library page as well, allowing you to select and convert items from this page into organized Collections for future reference. All the waypoints and routes you’ve created will automatically sync to your Garmin Explore website account when you’re within cellular or Wi-Fi range. So it’s easy to keep track of where you’ve been, and preserve your activity data with unlimited cloud storage. Well, that’s a quick look at the basics of using Garmin Explore. Check out the other videos in this series to learn more. Thanks for watching.

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