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What's new?

Explorer for ArcGIS is available on iOS and Android.

If you are looking for information on features added at a past release on iOS, see the Archived what's new on iOS. The current Android release, which modernized the app, has made past release information extraneous; an archived what's new for Android will be added at a later release.

iOS—Version 18.1.2

With the 18.1.2 release of Explorer for ArcGIS, you get various bug fixes and improvements.

Android—Version 18.1.0

Explorer for ArcGIS 18.1.0 on Android modernizes the app and aligns it with the app currently available on iOS. With this release, the following functionality is now available on Android devices:

Work offline

You can't be connected everywhere you want to explore, so now you can take your maps offline with you. Prepare a map for offline use in your office and put it on your device, by either downloading it through the app or sideloading it onto your device. Once it's on your device, you can work with it in the same way as any other map in Explorer. For details on making offline maps, see Make offline maps.


With this release, Android supports working offline with vector data as well as imagery and other raster data. The capabilities are the same as those on iOS.

Use improved markup and share it

Capture sketches and notes on the map with improved tools. You can clean up as you go, making your sketch a true circle and your line straight. Place markers, draw arrows, and add notes and labels. You can use your sketches across your maps, and even share them as layers to your organization. Mobile workers in the field and ArcGIS Pro users in the office can see and act on what you've found. For more information, see Markup.


Find your features with the compass

Walk right to your assets using the new compass tool. See how far you are from your assets and which direction you need to go. From a feature, search result, or pin, select Compass Compass. This complements the directions that are available through integration with Navigator for ArcGIS and Google Maps.

Compass mode

Experience a new, simplified browsing experience

Discover maps with ease through a new, simplified browsing experience.


You can still search for, browse to, and open groups—we learned from our iOS release.

Maps browse screen on Android phone and tablet

Use beautiful, more responsive and informative maps

Explorer for ArcGIS 17.1.0 includes support for related records, labeling, smart mapping, and vector tile basemaps.

The Explorer team is excited to bring one of the most requested features to our users with this update: related records. You can now deliver more data to your users by creating pop-ups with related records in your map, and you'll see the same pop-ups in Explorer.

Related records

Another frequent request has been support for labels, and they are supported with this release. You can even use Arcade expressions to make the best labels for your map.

ArcGIS provides smart mapping to help you make your maps beautiful, while showcasing your data's important values. Explorer now honors the styling done through smart mapping, bringing the maps you are making in Map Viewer to your devices. Improve your maps with smart mapping: get started with the How to smart map story map.

One of the benefits of working on a mobile device is the high-resolution display, but not all basemaps take full advantage of it. With this release, Explorer supports vector tile basemaps to bring crisp, responsive basemaps to your device. Vector tiles have a combination of tile access performance and vector drawing, allowing the tiles to adapt to any resolution of the display, which may vary across devices. See Vector tile layers (ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise) to learn more.

Interact with UX customized for your device

Explorer now makes the best use of available screen space. When working on a phone, the panel resizes to fit your needs. If you need to see mostly the map, collapse the panel into a summary. When you need both the map and details, use the panel in half the screen. When you want to focus on the details, make the panel full screen. If you are using a tablet, the panel is fixed to the side of the screen.

The panel collapsed, half screen, and full screen

Differences between iOS and Android

Both iOS and Android are version 18.1.0, and while the majority of the functionality is the same, be aware of the following differences:

  • Sharing a map by URL through the app is only supported on iOS.
  • Zoom to a feature is only supported on iOS.

Future releases will synchronize these across the platforms.