ArcGIS Field Maps

What's new in ArcGIS Field Maps (December 2021)

In case you missed it, ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcGIS Tracker (iOS and Android platforms) are deprecating on December 31st, 2021. Please read our deprecation notice for more information.

ArcGIS Field Maps is a powerful mobile app solution that streamlines field workflows for exploring maps, collecting and updating authoritative data, and recording where mobile users have gone, all within a single location-aware mobile app. Included with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise, the Field Maps web application can be used to configure maps, forms, and mobile app settings to provide a focused experience for your mobile workforce.

Initially released in November 2020, the December update introduces some exciting new capabilities for mobile users and map authors.

Map viewing

ArcGIS Field Maps has the most advanced map viewing capabilities on smartphone and tablet devices. Built upon the latest ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for iOS and Android, maps in the field support the same rich cartography you are used to in the office. We’ve added a few new mapping capabilities that will improve your overall experience exploring maps:

The Q4 update includes new mapping capabilities

Data collection

ArcGIS Field Maps supports efficient, rapid, and accurate data capture. Field Maps has the unique ability to leverage high accuracy GNSS receivers and extend data capture capabilities with partner solutions. New in the December release:

New collection settings are available in Field Maps


With each update, Field Maps continues to improve form authoring and data entry capabilities. The forms you author are stored inside of the map itself and can be used in the Field Maps mobile app and in web applications that use the JS API edit widget. With the December release, the following new form capabilities were added across ArcGIS:

Forms are everywhere with the December update

Location tracking

With the location tracking capabilities included in ArcGIS Field Maps, you can improve operational awareness. Field Maps support all user types. If you sign in with a Field Worker user type, location tracking is included at no cost, but you can also purchase a Tracker add-on license and apply it to a Viewer user type (or any other user type) if you like.

Here is what’s new in the December release:

New location tracking capabilities are here in the December update!

Working offline

Field Maps works where and when you need it to. Quite often that may be in a remote location, void of network connectivity. To optimize offline map use, you can configure map settings using the Field Maps web app. We’ve added several capabilities to optimize the use of maps in remote locations  used offline and Using the Field Maps web app to configure offline map settings, the way features and attachments are delivered to devices, and manage map areas.

You can configure offline settings, determine the way features and attachments are delivered to devices, and manage map areas.:


New settings simplify the download experience for mobile workers

What’s next

Looking ahead to 2022, the Field Maps team has an aggressive road map with a rich set of new capabilities coming early in 2022:

These are just a handful of features the Field Maps team are planning to add in 2022. We’d like to hear from you on your needs and priorities. Please post to our Esri Community Ideas site!

About the author

Jeff Shaner is a Senior Product Lead with the software products team at Esri. With 27 years experience, Jeff is focused on delivering apps that enable users to work more productively, safely, and effectively. In his spare time, you are likely to find Jeff on the golf course or hockey rink. 

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