Guided tour

Explorer gives you access to your maps, allows you to search and visualize your data, and allows you to brief stakeholders. In this tutorial, you manage the city's public safety assets. You have been tasked to assess the current condition of water hydrants in Naperville, IL. You'll determine if a hydrant needs servicing and report this information to management to help prioritize the maintenance work required.

Get started with Explorer

Install the app and sign in.

  1. Install Explorer for ArcGIS from Google Play if you don't have it on your device.
  2. Start the app.
  3. Sign in using your ArcGIS organization account or select Continue Without Signing In if you don't have an account.

    Signed in

    When you sign in for the first time, the Favorites gallery shows. You can add and remove maps from this gallery to quickly access them. If already signed in, you see the last map you used.

    For this tutorial, it doesn't matter if you are viewing a map or viewing a map gallery. Continue with the next section.

    Without signing in

    The Esri Maps gallery shows with some sample maps, including the Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map.

Find the map

Become familiar with the Main Menu and Map Gallery and find the Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map.

  1. Select Main Menu Main Menu to see the available collections of maps and other options.

    Signed in

    You see collections of maps including Favorites, Recent, My Maps, and Groups. You also see options to search for maps, view information about your organization, and learn about Explorer.

    Menu and Map Gallery when signed in

    Without signing in

    You see Featured Content, which contains sample maps. You also see options to search for sample or public maps, view maps recently accessed, sign in to the app, or learn about Explorer.

    Menu and Map Gallery without signing in
  2. Find the Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map card by selecting Find Maps Find Maps. In the search text box, type Water Utilities Naperville and select Search on the keyboard.

    The list of maps displays, including the Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map. The map card presents information about the map, including the title, the author, a thumbnail, and access to details about the map.

    Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map card

Add a map to your Favorites

Adding the map to your Favorites is a great way to access maps quickly from any device.

  1. Select Overflow Overflow on the map card and select Details.

    The map details display.

  2. Select Favorite Favorite to add the map to your Favorites.
  3. Now that you have added the map to your Favorites, return to Favorites by selecting the arrow in the upper left corner, selecting Main Menu Main Menu, and selecting Favorites.

    The map is in your Favorites. You can quickly access it each time you open the app.

Open and navigate a map

  1. Select the Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map card to open the map.
  2. Navigate around the map by dragging, zooming, and rotating.
  3. Select Overflow Overflow and select Bookmarks. The Bookmarks pop-up displays. If the author bookmarked locations on the map, you can select the item you want to navigate to. While in bookmarks, you can navigate to My Places you created.
  4. Select the arrow in the upper left corner to return to the map.
  5. Select GPS GPS off to display your current location. To enable the GPS, you must turn on Location Services, found in your device's settings.

    GPS GPS on changes to show a filled circle, indicating that your location is displaying on the screen and that the map pans to remain centered on it.

  6. Select GPS to turn off the display of your current location.
  7. Select Overflow Overflow and select Bookmarks.
  8. Select the Bookmarks tab, and select Default Map Extent to navigate back to the data in the Water Utilities map.

    The map displays the extent that showed when the map first opened.

Search for a feature

One way to locate data in the map is by using the search tool. In this tutorial, you'll need to find a particular water hydrant that was recently reported as damaged. If you only use a map to locate the hydrant, you'll have to view details of each hydrant and manually determine which is the reported hydrant. Instead, use the search tool to locate the hydrant by ID.

  1. Select Search Search.
  2. Water hydrant 38456 was reported broken. Type 38456 in the Search box and select Search Search.
    As you type in the search box, similar recent searches or suggestions based on similarly named places appear in your search list.
  3. Select the first result in the list.

    The results list is dismissed and the feature highlights with a pop-up to show its location.

Learn about a feature

Having found the feature of interest, you can verify the current condition of that hydrant using its data. Also, gather information about the hydrant that you can use to prioritize a work order if it is damaged.

  1. Select the pop-up for Water Hydrants: 38456 to see additional information.
    Water Hydrants pop-up details

    The hydrant ID, its condition, the last service date, and other details for this hydrant display in the pop-up. Operable is set to No. Visually on the map, you see a school next to the hydrant. The priority to repair it becomes high. Outside the app, you can use this information to complete a work order and get the hydrant repaired.

  2. Select the arrow in the upper left corner to return to the map.

Change the visible data

The data displayed on the map provides a context in which the rest of the data is viewed. When making the map, the author included data they determined you need. Depending on what shows, you may want to hide some of the features while you are looking for patterns in other features or while you focus on particular features. In this tutorial, display the Water Hydrants layer and turn off the other layers in your map.

  1. Select Map Contents Map Contents.

    The Legend of map layers and their symbology displays.

  2. Select Layers to see the layers in your map.
  3. Select the checkmark Turn layer on or off beside the Water Distribution Network layer to hide the layer on the map.
  4. In Map Contents, select Legend.

    The layer you turned off no longer appears in the legend.

  5. Select the arrow in the upper left corner to return to the map.

    The pipes and valves are no longer visible on the map.

    Visible layer on the map

Measure on the map

You can measure distances and areas on the map. In this tutorial, measure your distance from a feature.

  1. Select Overflow Overflow and select Measure.

    The map goes into measure mode. Selecting a feature no longer displays information about it and instead places a measure point at the location. The Measure toolbar and results display at the top of the map. The map is set to measure distance if it is your first time measuring, or if you last measured distance. If you last measured the area, the map is set to measure area.

  2. Locate a feature on the map and measure your distance from this feature. Select the feature to place a measure point at its location.
  3. Select Use my location My location to add another point at your current location.

    The distance between you and the feature displays.

  4. Select the measure units on the toolbar to display available units. Select the units you want displayed to view the measurement in different units.
  5. To exit measure mode, select Done Exit measure mode.

    The measurement shape and results are removed from the map, and measurement mode is exited. Selecting features returns information about them.

  6. Select Search Search and select search result 38456 to return to the location of the hydrant that needs repair.

Sketch on the map

Sketch on the map to highlight the hydrant that needs repair.

  1. Select Overflow Overflow and select Sketch.

    The Sketch toolbar displays.

  2. Select the thinnest line on the Sketch toolbar.
  3. Select the color palette Color palette to display the choices for changing the pen color and opacity.
  4. Move the the opacity slider to the center and select the arrow in the upper left corner to return to the map.
  5. Use your finger to draw a circle around the hydrant that needs repair.
  6. Select Done Exit sketch mode to exit sketching.

    Your sketch is on the map and the map toolbar displays.

  7. Select Overflow Overflow and select Share.
  8. Select An image of the map.
  9. Choose an email app to send an image of your sketch.
  10. For this tutorial, compose an email to yourself and type Water hydrant ID 38456 requires repair in the body of the email, and select Send.
  11. Select the arrow in the upper left corner to return to the map.

Allow access to your map

You identified the hydrant that requires repair in your map, but only you can view this map. Share it with a group so that the other members can access it.

  1. Select OverflowOverflow and select Share.

    You see the map is shared with the Public on the web.

  2. Select Public on the web to share the map with one of your groups.

    You see the organization and groups to which you belong that have access to the map.

  3. Select one of the groups to share the map with that group.
  4. Select the arrow in the upper left corner twice to return to the map.

Share a map

Now that the map is accessible to other members in your group, send an email with the link to the map to the city mayor, who can use the map to visualize the public safety assets in the city.

  1. Select Overflow Overflow and select Share.
  2. Select A link to the map.
  3. Choose an email app to send a link to the map.
  4. For this tutorial, compose an email to yourself and select Send.
  5. Select the arrow in the upper left corner to return to the map.

View map presentation

In addition to exploring the data in your map, you can communicate important information to others by using your map as a presentation. A map can contain a collection of slides that you can step through to review important information or to present to others. For details, see Show a presentation.

By using the Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map, you should now be familiar with the capabilities of Explorer. From here, think about how it can fit into your workflows, and how you can use it when working with your organization's data and maps.