Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Current Version: 14.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 135.52 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 166 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 -



  • So disappointed

    Garmin, I’m very disappointed with you, no need for a long explanation, you did this to yourself.
  • This App Rocks! Much better an the others!

    By JR2K
    Open the app and download the upgrade. Turn on the depth finder. Then change to the network of the depth finder and follow the instructions to upgrade the unit. Way to go Garmin to get this right!
  • Still can’t plan routes?

    By Mgoody73
    I would sure like to plan routes with multiple waypoints. I just want to drag and drop on the map. Is this still not possible? Need to have this very useful option added ASAP.
  • Painfully frustrating and almost useless unless paired to a chart plotter

    By scubakdx
    I have a chart plotter; but I am not always on the boat with the chart plotter. I have a small sailboat, kayacks etc where I would like to use my iphone as a stand-alone device. But you either need to connect to the chart plotter or a pc/Mac to download your g2 charts that you already own. Yes I “ registered” my chart plotter about a dozen times ( it still shows nothing registered on the phone ). I can see a pretty useless chart with NO detail without connecting to the chart plotter ; but again no G2 even though it was registered.
  • Only 10 characters per point? Really?

    By Bellybuster
    I miss the old ActiveCaptain
  • Protected, Quiet Anchorage

    By Papasailor
    Anchored in 10’ just north of the 4 private mooring balls in Meyer’s Hole. Good holding with 10:1 scope & Mantus anchor in 20kts wind. Nice beach just to the west where locals and boaters occasionally walk dogs. Dinghy to small dinghy Dock next to public boat ramp with easy access to Kubel’s and bait/tackle stores. About 0.7mile from dock to food market. Nice walk on Barnegat Lightouse grounds. Definitely would stop here again. Pay attention to previous comments on navigating in as shoals are definitely present.
  • Becoming old

    By Fggtf
    Buy blue chart mobile 2years ago. Now is dumped and can’t use the $30’s map. Now that my maps can be use I learn better choices for less than half price. If Garmin keep treating customer like that, will loss them because the new App’s make them old stuff.
  • Do not use for software update downloads

    By Whaler285
    I would not recommend using this app to update your chartplotter software. Can cause significant glitches. I did an update on my 7616xsv and when rebooted the system could not see my radar. Garmin tech support is currently at a loss as to what the problem is given that voltage and networking cabling all confirmed to be sound. I will not use this app again. Again, everything was working fine until using this app to update software.
  • ActiveCaptain is greatly improved

    By Ablegen
    After some growing pains, active captain seems to be making some great improvements in both usability and usefulness.
  • Captain Todd Olason

    By Captain Oly
    I love the intuitive nature of Garmin’s products and their ease of use.