on the messenger, when pressing the main menu and then scroll right, one can view the current position.
This is however displayed in degrees and minutes.
Is there any way to change the display to international standard, namely degrees (decimal)
But it is a pity, that you still can’t change the coordinate system on the messenger. Almost all my hiking paper maps are in utm.
Degrees in minutes and seconds or Decimal degrees is not practical for land navigation. Especially not on foot. UTM/MGRS coordinates is the most common format used for reference on paper maps, with military…
I assume everyone out in the "wild" has a paper map or tablet-based resource.
Just practice looking up coordinates on your chosen map — and set your device to match format.
next advise I got from support:
use the app on the phone, there you have to create a message first with location included and then view this message and you will then get location coordinates...
according to support, messenger is not some kind of outdoor equipment for position indication and is supposed to be used with phone only
the remaining question is why to use an app or the messenger device at all, position can be displayed on every phone also without any garmin app...
Yes, you can change this only for the app and not for the messenger at all. I really hope they will add this possibility also for the messenger soon. They mentioned (somewhere) that the messenger is fully functional even without the app...
"inReach Messenger operates as a fully functional, standalone device and does not require a cell phone."
But maybe Garmin has a different understanding, what "as a fully functional, standalone device and does not require a cell phone" means...
And no, it is not a fully functional stand alone device: if I request a premium weather, I can only see the current weather, but not the upcomming weather for the next hours (two hour steps) - the device changes the weather by time, but you can´t preview the weather for the next 2 hour steps without using the app...And btw: Zoleo uses also Dark sky as weather provider, but the Zoleo weather is much more informative...
Garmin inreach: Zoleo:
And group messaging is also not working without the app.
with November app update Zoleo switched to AerisWeather as weather provider (because Apple bought dark sky and will cancel support for non Iphone products). Is there already a new weather provider in sight for Garmin?
OK, just back to the original subject, degrees. I filed it with support and features request etc. Explained why the format degrees and decimal minutes is not useful and not allowed to be used in serious international communication.
Today had again time to use messenger and *magic*
Messenger now displays decimal degrees! and not any kind of nonsense. No, it can not bechanged or adjusted, but at least it is in the correct format for international communication now.
Where is this "international" format used and why would other formats not be allowed? To my knowledge in aviation and nautics worldwide Deg° Min,xx' is used and therefore it would also be useful to have this format for many people.
I agree that there should be only one format for international communication but I cannot find that standard and it seems reality is much different to the ideal way.