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Garmin Helm™

By Garmin

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Garmin Helm™ allows you to use an iPhone® or iPad® to view and control a Garmin GPSMAP® 5x7, 7x1, 8x0, and 10x0 which have built-in Wi-Fi. When paired with a GPSMAP 8000 series chartplotter the Garmin Marine Wi-Fi Adapter is required (sold separately).

• View and control the chartplotter
• Enhances situational awareness for the mariner
• Works seamlessly with SmartMode™ to group chartplotter thumbnails by station
• Easily switch between chartplotters using thumbnail screen preview
• Connect multiple iOS devices simultaneously

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Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance

What's New in Version 1.2.0

Version 1.2:

- Adds support for latest chartplotter firmware
- General updates and bug fixes

For more information on chartplotter firmware updates, visit


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Customer Reviews

Works as advertised

I have the 7608 and it works great. The problems from the other reviews are that they are not using a compatible unit. Older units are not supported as a company understandably only wants to upgrade and support current units.

I would like to see the ability to have a separate display and control than the main unit. For example: the main unit being used on a chartplotter/radar screen and then the app showing Downview/Sideview Sonar. Personally I mostly use the app when up front of the boat, but with more functionality any vessel would greatly benefit over such options allowing Garmin to offer scalability and flexibility over any other brand. Maybe even offering just display that can app off of the main display as mentioned above.

Careful what chartplotter you have

Read the description on this before buying the wifi device that this pairs with. It does not work with 5000 or 6000 series plotters even though those systems will recognize your device and transfer waypoints via the Garmin BlueChart app. The answer to my compatibility question at Garmin is to replace my $3000 and $4000 displays with a $5000 display. Ouch.

Doesn't work

Repeated tries don't work. Stuck on "connecting to network device". Bought the unit for this feature, so very disappointing.

Garmin Helm™
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.0
  • Size: 32.2 MB
  • Languages: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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