Garmin inReach Messenger How-To Tutorials

garmin inreach messenger

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In the fall of 2022, Garmin released a direct competitor to the ZOLEO Satellite Communicator with the Garmin inReach Messenger. This new inReach model focuses on messaging rather than be integrated with GPS navigation functions.

With the focus on messaging, the Garmin inReach Messenger requires the Messenger smartphone app and a valid Garmin Explore account in order to register the device and activate a service plan.

The Garmin inReach Messenger replicates the messaging flexibility found on the ZOLEO as you can send and receive messages either via WiFi, Cellular or the Iridium Satellite network. Messages sent over WiFi and Cellular do not count against your service plan message allotment.

Garmin inReach Messenger Manuals

You can find the Garmin inReach Messenger owner’s manual here (web format). The Garmin Messenger smartphone app manual can be found here (web format).

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