By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Current Version: 35.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 162.21 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
Score: 3.93001
From 2,886 Ratings


The free ActiveCaptain app creates a powerful connection between your compatible mobile device and Garmin chartplotter, charts, maps and the boating community. Whether you use your Garmin products for cruising, fishing, sailing or diving, this all-in-one app will help you enjoy your time on the water. Just pair the app with your compatible chartplotter to wirelessly transfer and access charts and maps, software updates, routes, waypoints and helpful feedback from the ActiveCaptain Community. And, with the purchase of the OnDeck™ hub(1), you can track and monitor your boat from virtually anywhere. Please note that this app is intended for Garmin chartplotter owners and is not recommended for use as a stand-alone navigational app. FEATURES AVAILABLE: - ONECHART™: > New Garmin Navionics+™ and premium Garmin Navionics Vision+™ cartography, featuring a Navionics® style appearance, advanced Auto Guidance+™ technology(2) and a one-year subscription to daily updates, is available now for North America and Europe, and coming soon to the rest of the world. Purchase our newest-generation charts or legacy BlueChart® g3 charts from your mobile device, and upload them to registered Garmin chartplotters on your vessel. You will get exceptional coverage, clarity and detail with charts that feature integrated Garmin and Navionics data and much more. Plus, the NOAA raster cartography(3) and premium features can be downloaded for free through the ActiveCaptain app. Visit - PLAN A TRIP: Plan your trip, or e-scout a new fishing spot before you’re on the water. Then, transfer your data to your chartplotter where you can view your routes and waypoints. - USER DATA SYNC: Automatically back up and sync your data between your chartplotter and the ActiveCaptain app. - ACTIVECAPTAIN COMMUNITY: Join a community of boaters to get up-to-date feedback on marinas, boat ramps and other points of interest (POI). Check ratings, read reviews, and view pictures of POIs to make informed decisions on the water. Contribute your own POI, reviews and pictures from your compatible mobile device. - CONTROL YOUR CHARTPLOTTER: Using the built-in Helm™ feature, the ActiveCaptain app lets you view and control your compatible(4) chartplotter from your smartphone or tablet, even when someone else is at the helm(5). - EASY SOFTWARE UPDATES: Receive notifications about software updates from the app, and update your chartplotter wirelessly. - ONDECK HUB: Use the ActiveCaptain app to track, monitor and control any number of switches with the OnDeck system(1) from nearly anywhere. Door open? Bilge running? Peace of mind comes in the form of text alerts and updates. - GARMIN QUICKDRAWTM COMMUNITY: Download the latest 1’ HD contour maps shared by your fellow boaters, and sync with your chartplotter. You can also upload your own Quickdraw Contours map data. - SMART NOTIFICATIONS: Connect the app to your chartplotter, and turn on smart notifications(4) to see calls, text messages and more on the chartplotter display while your phone is somewhere safe and dry. FOOTNOTES 1)OnDeck hub sold separately and requires an active subscription plan 2)Auto Guidance+ is for planning purposes only and does not replace safe navigation operations 3)NOAA raster cartography cannot be viewed on echoMAP™ CHIRP and ECHOMAP™ Plus combos but can be viewed on mobile devices via the ActiveCaptain mobile app 4)Helm feature is not compatible with ECHOMAP series chartplotters 5)Check device compatibility on the ActiveCaptain app web page; visit End User License Agreement:



  • New boat

    By Jason’s boat
    I’m not too good with technical things, but I was able to do it by myself so easy enough
  • Need Easy To Follow Training Info or Video

    By ChuckDrake
    Tired of hunting and pecking. Where’s some decent instruction??
  • Keeps shutting down completely unusable

    By GJKTHE3
    I’ve had the app for years and has worked great for charting on my iPad, then syncing with the plotter. Recently (the past 4 months or so) the app keeps freezing and shutting down. Up to date iOS and app.
  • Active Captain

    By Rzbacker
    I use Active Captain to update by Garmin electronics. I have never had a problem. I highly recommend this app.
  • Retired

    By Randy Fishing
    It has been easy to use and download information. For an older adult it’s hard to keep up with today’s technology. The app was very easy to use and was easy to transfer information from my phone to the units Thank you
  • Great App!

    By buagey
    As a new sailor, I‘ve found the Garmin app to be user friendly and intuitive.
  • Completely hopeless

    By malvaviscokunga
    No information on swapping charts - if needed. SD card reliant yet my brand new plotter doesn’t recognize my brand new sd card…. Solution might bd to get a 32gb card and system update? Ha who can find one of them on a remote island? So i have subscribed to a chart I cant see on a devocd I can blue tooth to but without SD card seemingly a pile of junk. Epic fail.
  • Active Captain

    By Pugparty123
    I’ve had a few hiccups with the app here and there, but overall I’m happy with the features and ease of use.
  • User friendly

    By Georgiaboy26
    ActiveCaptain is super user friendly, easy to navigate, and offers great features. Easily control and update all of your Garmin products through the app.
  • Active Captain App

    By Boater PNW
    The new app does not automatically download firmware updates which can later be transferred to the charplotters. Where did it go?