Garmin BlueChart® Mobile

Plan & view routes on your iPad® or iPhone® with BlueChart® Mobile. Easily and wirelessly transfer those routes to your compatible Garmin networked chartplotter. Once onboard, wirelessly stream weather data overlaid onto your chartplotter screen.¹

What's New in Version 2.0
- Wirelessly stream weather data to compatible networked Garmin chartplotter²
- Acquire weather through cellular-based Apple® devices and stream the weather onto a compatible Garmin chartplotter
- Free weather data includes weather observations including buoy reports, marine zone forecast, land zone forecast, surface wind forecast grids, sea surface temperatures, surface pressure forecast and wave forecast
- Premium Weather Data² available as an in-app purchase; includes infrared cloud imagery, radar imagery, lightning, StormWatch Land and Marine bulletins

Get Your iPad on Board
Get the same feature-rich and highly accurate BlueChart navigation available for your chartplotter right on your iPad. View shaded depth contours and inter-tidal zones with spot soundings from home. Plan your trips around marina points of interest and slipways.

Overlay with Weather Data
Acquire weather through cellular-based Apple devices and see weather conditions, temperatures, dew points, wind direction/speeds, radar and cloud cover overlaid on the chart.

BlueChart Mobile gives you the same object-oriented data and seamless chart presentation you’ve come to expect from your networked chartplotter. Interact with the map on your iPad or iPhone by using the radial menu to mark waypoints, establish a destination for your route or learn more about the features on the map. Search through BlueChart services and ActiveCaptain™ marinas for a marine service point and find the phone number, hours of operation, and amenities and services available. With the touch of a finger, view tide station and current prediction information.

When on board, wirelessly connect your Apple device to your networked chartplotter and transfer your routes, waypoints and tracks between your iPad or iPhone and chartplotter. Once underway, “follow the boat” along its route on your iPad by wirelessly sharing the GPS location from the marine network. This is the most accurate way for passengers to see the boat’s progress and position from anywhere on the boat when the Apple device’s assisted-GPS is unavailable.

ActiveCaptain Real-time Content
Use BlueChart Mobile with ActiveCaptain, a web community that provides real-time content generated by mariners. Read and write reviews about marinas, shared local boating knowledge, anchorages and hazards. More than 200,000 boaters write reviews and update the information on ActiveCaptain, with more users joining all the time.

*Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

¹Weather data can stream wirelessly to GPSMAP® 8xxx/7400/7600/8x0/10x0/7x1/5x7 series. All other BlueChart Mobile features are also compatible with GPSMAP 4/5/6/7xxx series through the optional Garmin Wi-Fi® Adapter Kit.

²Weather features vary by region. The GPSMAP 8000 series requires the Wi-Fi Adapter Kit

Garmin BlueChart® Mobile App Description & Overview

The applications Garmin BlueChart® Mobile was published in the category Navigation on 2012-11-07 and was developed by Garmin. The file size is 257.44 MB. The current version is 2.1.4 and works well on 8.4 and high ios versions.

Bug fixes.
Including re-enabling background GPS updates for iOS 9 and newer.

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Garmin BlueChart® Mobile Reviews


Crossed five major bodies of water with it!  YowutupG  5 star

I am sold, and a full time believer. I crossed from Scotland through the Irish Sea, The Bay of Biscay, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, using only this app with purchased maps and my Garmin Montana. Of course I had paper charts on board, but this was all I needed. It was amazing and outstanding and I will continue to use it no matter where I end up going boating.


Passage planning  Dinomontana  4 star

Learning to use this app took awhile, not too easy but not too difficult either. Names of major land elements lacking so for example the city of Savannah I had to find it in the small print after finding it on an online map then I added my own icon with a proper label. I would hate to do this when traveling distances. Interface with my Garmin chart plotter (newer version) is okay as far as I can tell so far, but when sending a passage from this app to the chart plotter the waypoints are diminutive and harder to find = not the same as planning on the chart plotter in the first place. LOVE Active Captain!


DO NOT BUY for lakes!  Mrdanahy  1 star

I purchased the North American maps for $45. Lake of the Ozarks were not included. App is completely useless to me for the next 20 years, at said time when I buy an ocean yacht. Navionics has better coverage for $10.


Check you map coverage BEFORE you buy.  Buckshot_00  1 star

Map coverage is deceiving. Rivers are mapped, MOST LAKES ARE NOT. But some "key" lakes are. Cumberland river is mapped, Cumberland Lake (which is just the dammed up part of Cumberland river) is not. That's a lot of $ to spend on no coverage.... especially when other garmin products have it mapped. Come on Garmin, expand your maps. The app looks better (and the premium weather radar overlay option is awesome!!!) but with no chart coverage for any of the lakes I use, it is worthless. And sadly, there is no coverage preview or web lookup so you have to call Garmin support and wait on the phone for 30 minutes to ask about coverage... Going back to Navionics.

Zephyr 3.14

Helpful application  Zephyr 3.14  3 star

This application is a great resource. I use it mostly to locate places we will stop at during our long voyages. Do find the location-labeling lacking and would love to post to Active Captain, but can't figure out how. Now that Garmin owns Active Captain, I hope the interface becomes more intuitive.


Very Difficult To Use  EdB10*  2 star

The only good thing about this app is that it works with Active Captain, but so do others that are easier to use. The major problem is the presentation of place names as you zoom in and out. At large scale, it will show the manes of creeks and small islands, but not the name of the island containing the creek or the inlet in which the island is located. For example, try finding Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is virtually impossible. The names of cities and towns are another example. The app will show, often in all caps, the name of an inlet or creek in the town, but not the name of the city or town.

The G fishing guy

BUYER BEWARE  The G fishing guy  1 star

I bought a new iPad. Loaded up the app into my new iPad from my old one. None of my content came over to the new iPad. Apple won't do anything, help or even have suggestions, because the app is a third party app. I searched and searched for a number to call tech support....finally got one and called.... to find out Garmin doesn't have a tech support team, it's a third party tech team.... and for the great price of $150 (And they want remote access to your computer!) they will address your problem..... oh, the not so convenience of technology these days.


In App Chart purchases FAIL!  Mondovibe  1 star

$48.90 ($44.99 + tax) wasted on In App purchased charts. "Restore Purchase" function to move charts to new device DOES NOT WORK! Garmin explicitly says this is a supported feature. Checked before making purchase. From Garmin site: Any mapping that is purchased through BlueChart Mobile is tied to the user's Apple ID. If that Apple ID is being used on any other iPad/iPhone, the maps will be available in the BlueChart Mobile app. If the same Apple ID is being used, and the maps still show a purchase price, press the "Restore Purchases" button. This can be found by doing the following: Press the Settings icon at the top left of the screen (the Settings icon will look like a gear) Press BlueChart Maps Press Restore Purchases THIS DOES NOT WORK


They fixed it, broke it, fixed it..never update fast  Rowdy78  5 star

Really - Really Garmin. Management needs to get involved here in a big way. You owe us at least a set of free maps for the serious idiocy endured. In case you don't realize it, your failure to properly beta test your software update is NEGLIGENT and could get people killed. There is NO excuse for your failure to properly test your updates, none. As a result, I no longer "auto update" anything on my iPad and will wait months before I even think about "updating" this app again (now that it is apparently fully functional again). Forced to update because my premium weather failed I discover logging off of the Garmin "sign in" and back on magically makes it work again. I've owned the app since early 2013 and have sailed over 4500 miles using it (as a backup and a primary planning tool). It is (now once again) a wonderful tool that had become seemingly unreliable because you don't BETA test your upload. I have literally hundreds of saved anchorages (that often nicely match the wonderful Active Captain data) and love it. I just can't stand needing to figure out how to make it work again whenever you push an update. The new program could automatically log you off and on if that fixes the problem - but no, for the third time you push an update that needs more work. I used this App in 2014 to sail from Washington DC to Bar Harbor Maine and back and absolutely loved it. It has now gotten me to South Florida and back and I hope to keep adding routes and anchorages long into the future. When you fixed it with the (Feb 2016) update it was even better, no it is even much better - and I loved it then. Now another update brings the UNRELIABLE back to the Garmin name - how about some free map update for all the pain - put that in your next update script. The truth is I've also given this app a Five star rating and a one star. The SECOND time you fixed it and the third time you broke it. Now, because I want people to buy it and you support it, you get a five star mercy vote. To give your readers some background on the love/hate (1/5 star rating) relationship you see at the App Store for this product, they (Garmin) pushed updates (in 2014 and again 2015/16) that broke it (serious crash problems and serious route planning and measurement tool issues). I was lucky, I wasn't actively cruising at the time but the app was almost totally useless for months on end. All criticism aside of the fatal updates they pushed, you will not find a better App to plan your cruise and have as a backup for your primary chart plotter when it is working. Its nice with one purchase to have it on all my Apple devices. I found myself using this as my go-to device to get information fast, when fast is important, as well as during nightly route planning. All the new bells and whistles the've added are worth the wait but not at the cost of breaking it once a year. I'll continue to dream about a set of free maps but won't hold my breath.


Good other than daily login  Meldggkjyfv  3 star

Like the app and usability. Love active captain integration. Hate the fact I need to login every day to me garmin account for weather. This should be once and done.


Crash City!!  Robair422  2 star

Sorry I spent the money for this turkey. I can't believe a company like Garmin would go to market with a product that crashes with every other key stroke. Nice graphics,but I should have spent a few dollars more and bought the Navionics app that my son recommended. Come on Garmin, you can do better!


Garmin has lost touch  NervePangs  2 star

I have two issues to highlight among the user interface and features in this app, which is broadly good. First, this app is unreliable. For a navigation aid, that's inexcusable. I don't want to go into all the frustrating details, but if you try to actually use this offshore you'll experience an alarming number of glitches, hangs and quits. Ok then. Nothing is perfect and I know enough not to treat this with my life... But the second issue is the greed that drives this product. I have a recently outdated map installed. My $50 map from 2014 is now considered such a threat to Garmin's business model, that they put a message on screen informing me to get a new update AFTER EVERY BUTTON INTERACTION! I understand if the insist on the displaying a message once per session... That's crude, but I get it. To be so brazen and show it repeatedly, dozens of times per session AND place all of those messages in your Notification Center is simply hostile. I also understand that they felt they could offer a weather feature I previously paid for, for free while creating another "Pro" subscription opportunity that I declined. I understand it, and I dislike it. I will not be spending another dime on this product. I advise you to consider the alternatives on the App Store and elsewhere. Read reviews, look at the ratings... customer respect is inherent in the application experience and the business model. Garmin needs to learn this.

7616 plotters

Crash  7616 plotters  2 star

I am using this app on my iPad mini. Garmin has a home run with this app if they can fix the crashing issue. Almost every route I try to build it will crash and restart in the middle of it. After it crashes you are unable to go back and continue working on the same route. You need to start over. Hopefully I will be able to change this rating in the near future.


Still a lot of problems  LarryPDX1  3 star

Running on an iPad 2 with iOS 9. Very unstable. Crashes and restarts for unknown reasons. Send feedback button in settings doesn't work. If you are looking at an active captain listing and try to copy a phone number or address it only highlights the item and if you click again it crashes. That being said I still depend on it. And love it conditionally! I'd give it 4 stars if it was stable.


Still Bugs  DCottis  2 star

The app looks awesome but crashes when creating a route on the coastal region chart I purchased. This happens on my iPad Air and iPhone 6. Very disappointing when you buy a $1,300 chart plotter with these features and then pay for more charts in an app that doesn't work.

Roadway Traveler

Freezes with iOS 9.1 on 6plus  Roadway Traveler  1 star

This app worked great on my 5S and 6plus with iOS 8.. Now with iOS 9.1, the app freezes on my 6plus when I start it up and move the chart with my finger. It seems to be getting stuck trying to make a data connection (which is ridiculous for a product designed to be used on a boat where there might be no Internet connection).


Sucker us in  mSib  1 star

The level of detail shown before getting the app is false. It is only avail after downloading THEN PURCHASING $30 minimum detailed maps. What comes with app is useless.


Works great but don't update  Conduitjc  2 star

Worked as advertised for over a year until yesterday when I installed most recent update. My profile has been removed and I no longer have access to the maps I purchased. When I called garmin, they said it was an app issue and I had to contact Apple?



From a 3 year active user. Well, that did not last long Premium Weather crashed again after using it for several weeks. Maybe since I stay up to date with IOS updates is the problems. DON'T BUY and back TZ and Navionics. Finally, Oct 5th, after many and many different iterations of trying to get Premium Weather (a good feature) to restore I finally found the right combination. Garmin Bluechart was unusable for 3 months and if it did not have Premium Weather and the Captain I would definitely delete it from my Ipad and Iphone. Even after all the expense with this product. Without those two features its just not worth the frustration. Today Oct. 5th their support contacted me (a little very late) I will upgrade the score by one but remember, there is a risk with their updates and support. MOST FRUSTRATION EXPERIENCE. Upgraded the rating by 1. The charts work again after being unusable for several months with the latest update. Still cannot get the expensive Premium weather to load after having repurchased it several times and had to have Apple to refund monies. There customer support service should be disbanded and they should restart for all the good it is. Still recommend a DO NOT BUY, ITS EXPENSIVE AND THERE ARE PROBLEMS. Loaded the new version today. Premium Weather $29 version does not load after connection to App Store. Feedback Option does not work. Lost a lot of money on Garmin Bluechart Mobile. . Used to be a good navigation app with great view of moving thunderstorms. Now this app locks up and is totally unusable on both IPhone and IPad. A waste of money on charts purchases and in app purchases like weather. Had to go back to TZ and Navionics.


lacks basic function  pxr97-y  1 star

lacks basic functions like average speed.

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