Mini 2: Mapshare Link Tracking via SMS Text vs. Email

I’ve had the Mini 2 for 2 years and am based in Texas/USA.  I’ve hiked Pikes Peak, Grand Canyon Rim 2 Rim, GC Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim, Crestone Needle, and more. Each time I get individuals who received my initial message to follow my Mapshare link but it never updates for them.

I’m going on year 3 and I’m so frustrated that when I send a Mapshare link, it’s absolutely Russian Roulette if my contact list of <5 people can use it as it only shows where I started.  

However, for a select individuals who I have email as a contact, they never have an issue.  It is 100% they can use the link.  But the SMS text, including my own phone as a test, do not work/update.  

Fortunately, while I was deep in the Grand Canyon by myself, those select, smart individuals knew to send the link that worked to the others who’s SMS link did not ever update.  

Why is this happening?  I test my Mini 2 in my neighborhood walking the dog 1 week before every trip but can’t get any confidence that when I start my hike that SMS text will work.  Every time I finish and talk to my wife I’m told of this ongoing issue.  I’m about to head out on another trip and I’m tired of having paid for this device and it’s so persnickety.  

Also, now there is a 4th Garmin app.  I’ve had Connect, Explorer, and IQ but apparently now I was informed I need “Messenger” to update & syn my Mini 2.  I didn’t have to have that (nor knew it existed) in Oct ‘23 when I hiked the Grand Canyon.  Why are there so many Garmin apps?  Can we not simplify?

To say I’m at my limit with Garmin devices is being polite.  

Thanks for anyone able to shed light.  


Trying to stay respectful but I’m at my limit

  • Just wondering if you have the following 3 items checked off. In the Garmin explore website, under social, in mapshare, do you have mapshare turned on? Also under mapshare settings, Allow map viewers to send you messages checked off, Allow map viewers to locate you, Show waypoints created in the field on mapshare, checked off, plus under filters, make collections visible in mapshare checked off. As far as syncing goes I have had issues syncing, sign out of the messager app and sync through the explore app and if that doesn’t work sync from the explore website as that is at the top of the priority list for syncing. In the explore website you can sync from the device page plus the account page. All I use is the explore website or the explore app. The other apps have problems. Some say the messager is a mess. You can send messages using the explore app, using the dictation on your phone, I just look at my phone before and if I see the cell symbol, just text as normal, if I have no cell coverage I use my inreach device, using the explore app or the device itself. My personal opinion is the more apps the more problems. See the following setting up mapshare

  • Hello, based on the description you have put above it sounds like the confusion might be between the mapshare share link and a link to your location. The mapshare link should always start with and the one time location link (which is not mapshare) is sent with text messages if selected on your account and starts with inreach.garmin. I would verify they are looking at the correct link and that you are sending the correct link for mapshare Setting Up MapShare for an inReach Mini 2

    As far as the apps you do not have to have both the explore app or the messenger app. However, you can use both or either that is up to you. As far as connect you would not be using those at all for the mini 2. Comparing the Garmin Messenger and Garmin Explore Apps

    Benefits of Using Both the Garmin Explore App and Garmin Messenger App