Pairing Your Phone and Activating the Device


Before you can use the inReach® features of your device, including messaging, SOS, tracking, and inReach Weather, you must have an active satellite subscription. Always test your device before you use it outdoors.

The inReach device works best when it is paired with the Garmin Messenger™ app. The app allows you to compose and send messages using your phone, and to sync contacts and check-in messages with your device.

  1. Turn on the inReach device.
  2. Bring your compatible phone within 10 m (33 ft.) of your device.
  3. From the app store on your phone, download the Garmin Messenger app, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate a subscription service plan.

After the devices are paired, they connect automatically when they are turned on and within Bluetooth® range.

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