Garmin GPSMAP 66S & 66ST Tutorials
Garmin GPSMAP 66s / 66st User Manual
You can download the user manual for the Garmin GPSMAP 66 series in PDF format here.
Garmin Explore Smartphone App for GPSMAP 66s / 66st
Download the companion smartphone app “Garmin EXPLORE” for the GPSMAP 66 series at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Garmin Explore Portal
The Garmin Explore portal to use with your GPSMAP 66 series GPS to download maps and manage tracks. This is the same portal that inReach users use to manage their devices.
Garmin GPSMAP 66s / 66st Training Content
- Unboxing Garmin GPSMAP 66ST- Initial Compare inReach Explorer+
- How To Setup Weather Using WIFI
- How to Setup Geocaching Account Via WIFI
- How To Use The Flashlight
- How to Sync Smartphone Using Garmin Connect Mobile
- How To Update Firmware Via Garmin Express
Just wanted to start off this series with a quick unboxing and compare against the inReach Explorer. I didn’t dive too deep into details as they will be covered in my usual short tutorials. ** GET THE GEAR ON AMAZON** https://www.amazon.com/shop/jimcyr Overall this device has been difficult to get my hands on as the usual bix box stores are not yet carrying them and of the few that do, they only carry the ST version. In terms of specs, you get some high level stuff like: – 16 hours of battery life using AA batteries – SD card slot -IPX7 (30min under 1m of water) – tested against MIL-810 spec for “Ruggedness” -pre loaded topo maps for US & Canada -birdseye satellie photos – wifi & bluetooth to connect to your smartphone so that you can use either the Explore or Garmin Connect smartphone apps. In terms of size, it is very close to the inReach Explorer, albeit less rounded edges. The main display is 3 inches diagonal and is quite larger than the inReach. Buttons are in usual spots where the power button is located at the top and the input button are below the screen. If you are a previous GPSMAP user, you won’t have much of a curve to learn. After the initial wizard where we chose the language, it took a few minutes to get a satellite fix inside the house. The ribbon to switch screens is now at the bottom and is familar. The main menu has a lot more apps and if you have an inReach mini, you’ll be able to connect to it. I put in a pair of Energizer AA batteries and that should last a while. In upcoming videos, I’ll dive into the various features like connecting to Garmin Connect and download app from the IQ store, getting notification and weather when paired to the phone.
In this video, I’ll show you how to connect to a wifi network and view the weather features on the Garmin GPSMAP 66S or 66ST. You can also access the weather via bluetooth while paired to your smartphone. From the MAIN MENU, find the WEATHER icon and press the ENTER key. You will be prompted to turn on WIFI and add a NETWORK if you haven’t already done so. Once your device has connected to a WIFI network, you will be able to view on your map the weather forecast, weather radar, wind and temperature. You can hit the ENTER button to pan your map or hit MENU to play/stop animation. As out of the box DEC 2018, it takes a few seconds for the content to load and display.
In this video, I’ll show you how you can register your garmin gpsmap 66S or 66ST with your geocaching account and download caches via wifi. First you’ll need to add a wifi network to the device, but if you haven’t done so, you can add it after click on the geocaching icon from MAIN MENU. You can also do this via your smartphone when paired with bluetooth. Once you are on WIFI network, you will see an activation code on the device and a URL. Go to your smartphone or computer and log into your geocaching.com account and enter the activation code. After a few seconds your device will be registered and you will be able to download geocache information based on your location and account status (premium or regular).
In this video, I’ll show you how the LED flashlight works on the Garmin GPSMAP 66ST. You start by accessing the flashlight app from the MAIN MENU. From app screen, you have numbers from 0 to 9 and SOS and a big power icon. Use the joystick on the device to move around and set the light stream / strobe patter, adjust the intensity and to use the ENTER key to turn ON/OFF 0- full beam 1 to 9 = number of strobe per 1 second SOS = Emergency mode this will spell out SOS in morse code. Note that in this mode, all your radios are disabled (WIFI, bluetooth, ANT+)
In this video, I’ll show you how you can pair your smartphone via bluetooth and register your device on Garmin Connect using the Garmin Connect Mobile smartphone. It is best to not have any other devices paired to your phone when doing the initial pairing. I had problems until I turned off those devices and did the pairing procedure without interference. First, open up GARMIN CONNECT MOBILE on your smartphone and tap on MORE then GARMIN DEVICES to see the list of devices you are currently paired with. Click on ADD DEVICE The wizard will try to find your device but be aware that you need to wait until this fails for you to see ALL COMPATIBLE DEVICES. From there you can navigate down to the GPSMAP series and select the 66. Next is to put the GPSMAP 66 into pairing mode. You do this from the MAIN MENU | SETUP | BLUETOOTH When doing this for the first time, you can put the device into pairing mode. Now you can return to your smartphone and try to find your device. From this point it is very similar to how you pair bluetooth devices. After a few minutes, you should have the device paired and if you return to SETUP | BLUETOOTH on your GPSMAP 66, you can turn on or off the notifications or forget the device if you want to pair again or want to manage the which phones your garmin connects to.
In this video, I’ll show you how you can connect your USB cable to your computer and with Garmin Express, you can register your devices to Garmin Connect or download the latest firmware or other compatible software for your garmin gpsmap 66 device. 1. Download garmin express for windows or Mac OS. install and open up the app. 2. Connect your garmin gpsmap 66 using the provided USB cable to the computer. 3. Click on the + icon to ADD DEVICE. After a few seconds, it should detect the device and will allow you to continue with the wizard. 4. Sign in or create a GARMIN CONNECT account. This will allow you to manage your device and allow it to use Garmin Explore app. 5. OPTIONAL – WiFi network. Your GPSMAP 66 can connect to a wifi network on its own. You can specify your home wifi network here or skip it. You can always add it manually from the device itself. From here, you should be able to reach the home page for the device and see if there are any firmware or other software updates available to download and install. 6. Let Garmin Express download and transfer the software to your device. 7. When prompted, unplug the device from the USB cable and you should see on the device screens indicating that software is installing and the device will restart once done. At this point, if the device has restarted, you are done.