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Deprecation Notice for Explorer, Collector, and Tracker

ArcGIS Field Maps was launched in October 2020 and replaces the functionality of ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcGIS Tracker on the iOS and Android mobile platforms. These products (Collector, Explorer, Tracker) are currently available to download and are fully supported; however, they will be retired in December 2021 – a little over a year from when this blog is being published.

Over the next year there are no additional planned enhancements or upgrades scheduled for the sunsetting apps. There may be additional releases to address security bugs or breaking changes related to platform updates but in December 2021 the apps will be retired and support will be discontinued. You can always refer back to the product lifecycles for Explorer, Collector, and Tracker if you have questions about what will be supported.

Why are these apps being retired?

Field Maps is meant to simplify and streamline the Esri field apps suite. Having one app to install, sign into, and use makes the life of a mobile worker better. Having one app to test, validate onto your network, and deploy makes the life of an IT admin easier. We believe reducing the number of available apps will result in an easier to understand, easier to deploy, and easier to use field mobility strategy at your organization.

How should you begin planning your transition to Field Maps?

You have over a year – that should be at least one more field season with the current apps, if you wish – but we encourage everyone to begin transition planning early. That being said, we believe the transition to Field Maps will be a smooth process. The Field Maps app brings a familiar user experience so the onboarding process should be quick. Field Maps also works with the existing user types and licenses that mobile workers use in the retiring apps, so no licensing changes are required. To learn more, you can read the Migrate to ArcGIS Field Maps blog post for more information on transition planning and migrating to Field Maps. It has a really great migration guide that will help you kick off your migration plan.

What about the Windows versions of Collector and Explorer? Will they be retired in December 2021 as well?

We are not actively in development of ArcGIS Field Maps on the Windows 10 platform, so Collector (Windows) and Explorer (Windows) will be supported for the foreseeable future. While they are not planned to be retired at the same time as the iOS and Android apps – there are no additional enhancements planned for the Windows apps.

For users who need a Windows solution in active development, ArcGIS Survey123 and ArcGIS QuickCapture are active in their cross-platform development and continue to build new features on the Windows platform.

Additionally, ArcGIS Pro 2.7 will support GPS-based data collection workflows (blue dot, map panning to keep blue dot centered, etc.). ArcGIS Pro already supports commonly requested features such as the Utility Network and the ability to operate completely offline for long periods of time.

What about the other field apps that were not a part of the initial release of Field Maps? When will they be retired?

ArcGIS Workforce and ArcGIS Navigator will be incorporated into Field Maps over time. When Field Maps reaches functional parity with these apps, we will ‘start the clock’ and give you a year to get transitioned over to Field Maps before moving those apps to ‘Retired’ status.

Where can I learn more about Field Maps? 

There are a variety of resources available that will get you up to speed with Field Maps, including the following:

About the author

Scott is a product manager working to make the power of geography accessible to everyone. He works on Field Operations mobile apps to help our users take GIS from their desktops into the rest of the world.

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