Explorer for ArcGIS Update Available on iOS

The next generation of Explorer for ArcGIS is now available on iOS! With this update, we’re bringing the app to field workflows. Previously focused on executives and decision makers, Explorer is now a great tool for mobile workers as well. Engineers, project managers, and service technicians are among those who will benefit from having all their asset and project data available online and offline. And all users will benefit from the visual improvements now available in their maps.

This release lets you:

  • Download and use maps offlineExplorer 17.1.0 release
  • Capture sketches and notes on the map with improved markup
  • Share your markup throughout your organization, from mobile workers in the field to ArcGIS Pro users in the office
  • Get directed to your assets with the compass
  • Discover maps with ease through a new, simplified browsing experience
  • Use beautiful, more responsive and informative maps, including support for related records, labeling, smart mapping, and vector tile basemaps
  • Interact with UX customized for your device

Read What’s new for more details, or head over the to App Store and download Explorer for ArcGIS today. Join us over on GeoNet for discussions and to share your feedback.

Looking for Android? It’s available in beta now and is expected to release later this year.

Update: We have heard reports of issues with this release. Please see the discussion on GeoNet.

Vector tiles on iPad

Markup on iPad










The Explorer Team

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  1. chdkelley says:

    We have had several users experience bugs with the new version.

  2. looey86 says:

    EXTREMELY slow.
    There is no “magnifier” like there used to be. Without this, we cannot select a single feature and end up getting multiple ones.
    The zoom is unpredictable and confusing.

  3. Jeff Shaner says:


    We are preparing a 17.1.1 update that addresses a number of issues that have been reported (not all) and would really appreciate your feedback. We are submitting our update to Apple right now.

    Our plan is to provide a Test Flight build to those that email Explorer4ArcGIS@esri.com. We already have a working list so please add yourself to it if you have not done so already and would like to test ahead of release – we would like your validation on these issues if possible.

    In the interest of time, we are submitting our 17.1.1 update for release as well and will make it available as soon as possible.

    Here is the working list of issues addressed within the 17.1.1 update:
    - Cannot see or edit visibility of sublayers in Layers list
    - (BUG-000106698) Webmap Search Settings not honored
    - Ranking should return features as top result on search
    - Maps: Sort by Date is putting oldest maps at the top
    - (BUG-000106480) Workaround for Popup Details not showing for 10.5 and 10.5.1 services
    - Takes long time to drop a pin with slow rendering layers enabled
    - Sort by Title: Should not be case sensitive
    - IWA portal URLs not being added to the recent portal URL list on the portal Sign in screen
    - (BUG-000106478, BUG-000106507) URLS not clickable in Popup
    - Version # change to 17.1.1
    - (extends BUG-000106698) Disable search if Find Locations is disabled
    - URL Scheme: Support box application

    Thank you for your continued support.

  4. bluetrails says:

    IOS users require a Z value to see our map that wasn’t required before. Error message is “Unable to Open Map, the shape must have a Z value.” Thanks for looking into this.

  5. ecarrerascoh says:

    Previous app version worked better. It used to display all maps with no issues. After the update, all maps show only the Basemap but not the operational layers. The Android version works fine. The maps were tested in Android and Web to confirmed there were no issues. Please fix ASAP. Most of our field workers use iPads to complete their daily tasks.

    • joel8641 says:

      Hey ecarrerascoh — I would like to better understand the issue you are running into. Are you able to provide me with temporary access to one of the maps in question so I can debug? Otherwise, please describe what types of layers are not loading in your maps? Are these OGC layers or CSVs by any chance? Feel free to reach out to me via email (jwhitney@esri.com) so I can work with you closer.