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Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ is your one-stop source for health and fitness data. Whether you’re training for a race or tracking steps, it provides the information and inspiration you need to beat yesterday.

Once paired with a compatible(1) Garmin device, activity tracking is just the beginning of what Garmin Connect™ can do for you. You can create new workouts, build courses and even challenge your friends to compete, all within the app.

Garmin Connect™ is packed with useful features, including the ability to:

- View today’s health data in vivid detail on your personalized My Day page.
- Analyze your activities and their related statistics. (2)
- Create customized workouts and courses.
- Sync with other apps like MyFitnessPal and Strava.
- Review personal records for steps, distance and pace.
- Earn badges for accomplishments.
- See how you measure up to other Connect users with Insights.
- Get support for Garmin devices and their features.

Are you ready to join millions of users who walk, run, bike, hike and strive to beat yesterday? Learn more about Garmin devices and how they work with the Garmin Connect™ app at Garmin.com.

(1) See compatible devices at Garmin.com/BLE
(2) Activity tracking accuracy: Garmin.com/en-US/legal/atdisclaimer

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

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How to use Garmin Connect

Garmin Connect is a platform that’s all about helping you stay in shape, giving you ways to make the most of your exercise or simply keep closer tabs on your health.

Once you’ve paired it up with a compatible Garmin watch, you will open the door to a wealth of features and settings that you have full control over and can choose which ones are going to be most useful to you.

Launching Garmin Connect for the first time can seem daunting. That’s why we’ve picked out some key features and how to set them up to help you get the best experience once you’re ready to get moving.

How to pair your device with Garmin Connect

To get the most out of Garmin Connect, you need to get it connected to a Garmin device – and there are a lot of them out there, including fitness trackers, running watches, smartwatches and bike computers.

Pairing one of those devices to the app is largely done in the same way. Once you’ve downloaded the mobile app from its respective store on your phone and you’ve created an account using your email, launch the app and then look for the drop-down menu in the top left hand corner of the app.

Next, look for the option named Garmin Devices. If you’ve paired a Garmin device to Garmin Connect before, you’ll see it listed here. If this is the first time you’re doing this, you’ll also see the option to Add Device. Some Garmin devices will be displayed, but you will also see the option to Browse all compatible devices.

Once you spot your device, select it and it should begin the pairing process over the Bluetooth connection on your phone and device.

How to join groups and make connections

Like a lot of health and workout apps, Garmin Connect lets you seek out friends and fellow run and workout lovers to give you that motivational push to keep on top of your step goals or racking up those miles.

Connections are essentially profiles of people whose activity data you can view. These profiles and activities can be viewed in the News Feed of the app. If you want to search for Connections, you can do it from the dedicated tab. If you have details of someone using Garmin Connect, you can input their details in the search bar. You can also search for Connect users using Facebook, Google contacts and your phone contacts.

If you're worried about what information you share once you’ve made a connection, Garmin does let you edit your privacy settings to have greater control over what is shared to other users.

Along with keeping an eye on your connections, you can also join public groups that can be set up by the likes of cycling or running clubs for instance. Once you know the details of the group, you can simply search for them and see current members, recent activity and some basic information about the group. Simply tap the three dots in the top right hand corner, select 'Join Group' and you’re in.

How to create challenges

This is a really nice and simple way to create a competitive element to your weekly activity by taking on others to complete challenges, which can be done over a range of activities and time period. Once the challenge is over, you’ll be emailed as well as notified in the Garmin Connect app who is the winner and has those bragging rights. You can do as many of these challenges as you want so it doesn’t have to be a one-off.

To set up a challenge, you’ll find the option as a tab at the bottom of the Garmin Connect app. Simply tap 'Create Challenge' and the person or persons you want to compete against.

Next you can select the activity you’ll be competing on. That can be over daily steps, running, cycling and swimming activities. You can then select whether the challenge takes place on a single day, weekend, a whole week or on custom dates. Hit 'Start Now' and the challenge will officially begin.

How to link Garmin Connect to Strava

Something you can’t do on Garmin Connect is manually track activities. This is a hub for data captured by your compatible Garmin device. You can connect it to other platforms where you can track activities including running and cycling favourite Strava.

To connect Garmin Connect to Strava so you can view data in both apps, you need to go to Settings and look for 'Third Party Apps'. Look for Strava and then you’ll see a breakdown of what will be shared by the apps. You’ll then need to hit the Connect button where you’ll be prompted to log into your Strava account to complete the connection. If all has gone to plan, you’ll be able to use the two apps together in a really useful way.

How to create courses

This is a handy feature to know about if you’re visiting somewhere new and want a straightforward route to follow or you want to make sure you can get back home and don’t get lost for hours.

The quickest way to create a course is to look for the Training option and then select 'Courses'. From there, select 'Create Course' and then choose the type of course. This is mainly a feature designed for cycling and running.

You can then choose to select an Automatic course that is created from a single starting point. You give it a name, distance and what direction to head. It will then create the course including course distance, elevation gain and loss.

There is also the option to pick 'Custom' to create your own if you want to take in some new terrain or mix up road and trail environments.

Once you’ve finished designing your course, hit 'Save' and it will be available for you to use.

How to use LiveTrack

If you’re planning to go on a big solo run or ride and you’d like your friends or family to be able to keep a close eye on where you are, LiveTrack is definitely a feature to get familiar with. It essentially lets others see real-time information of your activity. That information can include current location, distance and even heart rate. It can be viewed on a web page and accessible via a link shared over email or even on Twitter.

For LiveTrack to work, the person doing the activity needs a compatible Garmin device with them paired to Garmin Connect on a phone that has a cellular connection.

To set it up, you’ll need to look for 'Safety & Tracking' in the Connect app and select 'LiveTrack'. Select the device you want to connect, give the session a name and choose how you want to share the LiveTrack link. Select 'Start LiveTrack' and you’re ready to go. 

A good tip is to wait for a good GPS signal on your device to ensure you’re sharing the most reliable location information to those following the activity.

Get those badges

Now, who doesn’t like a way to show off hitting a major activity milestone? Garmin has created a whole host of virtual badges you can unlock based on hitting certain distances, completing races or doing something that contributes to your overall fitness journey.

If you want to find out where those badges live, you’ll need to go to the main 'My Day' page on Garmin Connect and look for your profile avatar. If you haven’t already dropped in a photo of yourself, this will be identified by an icon with three interlocking rings. Press that icon to bring up your profile where you can see badges earned, ones available and how you rank against your Garmin connections.

Michael is a freelance journalist who has covered consumer technology for over a decade and specialises in wearable and fitness tech. Previously editor of Wareable, he has written for publications including Wired UK, GQ, Men's Fitness, BBC Science Focus, Metro and Stuff. Michael is a keen runner and swimmer and is also the co-founder of YouTube channel The Run Testers.

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Garmin Connect™ is your one-stop source for health and fitness data. Whether you’re training for a race or tracking steps, it provides the information and inspiration you need to beat yesterday.

Once paired with a compatible(1) Garmin device, activity tracking is just the beginning of what Garmin Connect™ can do for you. You can create new workouts, build courses and even challenge your friends to compete, all within the app.

Garmin Connect™ is packed with useful features, including the ability to:

- View today’s health data in vivid detail on your personalized My Day page.
- Analyze your activities and their related statistics.(2)
- Create customized workouts and courses.
- Sync with other apps like Apple Health, MyFitnessPal and Strava.
- Review personal records for steps, distance and pace.
- Earn badges for accomplishments.
- See how you measure up to other Connect users with Insights.
- Get support for Garmin devices and their features.

Are you ready to join millions of users who walk, run, bike, hike and strive to beat yesterday? Learn more about Garmin devices and how they work with the Garmin Connect™ app at Garmin.com.

(1) See compatible devices at Garmin.com/BLE
(2) Activity tracking accuracy: Garmin.com/en-US/legal/atdisclaimer

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Version 4.48

With the bug fixes and performance improvements in this version of Garmin Connect, tracking your health and fitness stats is easier than ever before.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

28.2K Ratings

More activity options please

I recently upgraded from the Forerunner 35 to the Venu sq. I had an Apple watch for a minute and quickly discovered that it couldn’t do what my garmin did, so the Apple Watch went back and the Venu sq was purchased. Still trying to decide if i love the Venu Sq, as the Forerunner was so much simpler to use, but the Venu provides so much data that i love, like stress tracking, O2, etc.
I really wish the Venu had more exercise options like HIIT or “functional”strength training. The strength training option from Garmin is frustrating with the reps, just simply time my workout.
I wish setting up my walk/run intervals while running was simpler than going into another menu. Why isn’t that option there when i go into run? I can’t seem to figure out how to pause a run. Does it auto pause? What happens when i have to wait at a traffic light?
Can i scroll through my text messages. Some just show half a message. Why can’t i scroll down? The watch just isn’t very intuitive. I’ll keep reading the manual, but i think improvements could be made. If there wasn’t so much other data that i like, i would be tempted to go back to my Forerunner. 🤔

Garmin in General

I recently purchased a Garmin Forerunner 235, and I enjoy everything about it! It is so useful. It is lightweight, tells you your heartbeat, your VO2 max, recovery time, your aerobic training, and more. I didn’t realize all of the features I wanted were on the watch (there is no swimming, but I don’t really care). The app is what makes the watch so cool, and it makes it easy to see your mileage. Also, there are badges that you can get, and it makes the workouts feel like a game sometimes, trying to earn the badges. My mom now really wants one of these watches. I guess the downsides are that the watch dies after around three days, with you recording a workout session in all three days that last for around an hour. I don’t know how accurate the Garmin watch is, but I’m just glad that the features are there, because if I wanted more accuracy I would need to go and make myself uncomfortable for the day (heart rate while sleeping, deep and light sleep tracker, heart rate while running, etc). Sometimes it’s uncomfortable after wearing the watch snug for a couple of days. The “move!” Thing on the watch is a little annoying, but the pros outweigh the cons by far, and you even might be able to disable it.

All in all, this is a great brand, and if you are obsessed with health and working out, I would recommend this brand for a lot of people. I got my watch on Black Friday for $150, and I don’t regret it at all.

Used 2 garmin products and over them

I have a vivoactive 3 for 1.5 yrs. Until recently I owned a edge 520 for roughly 4 years. The 520 does the basic features ok but when you want to use an advanced feature, it might work it might not. Both are plagued with constant glitches. I couldn’t handle the edge 520 reoccurring issues. When the charging usb port broke I got a refurbished 520 and gave it to a friend who was new to cycling. I switched to a wahoo roam and I am problem free!! I still wear the vivoactive 3. My watch always had one or two nagging quirks. Now it continues to have constant connection issues since iOS 13 was released. I’ve gone through the suggestions garmin sent out to fix this issue but still nothing. 🙄 Furthermore I had great customer service 4ish years ago. The last time I called my experience was the opposite. Things happen and people can have bad days. Why am I bringing up customer service? If you buy a garmin product you’ll have to use the garmin connect app. When issues arise you’ll have to call garmin. I know this is supposed to be a review of the app and I am giving examples of the products issues. In the end who knows if it’s a garmin connect issue or a 520/vivoactive issue.... who cares when the stuff isn’t dependable and doesn’t work as advertised. If anyone reads this the take away thought is my garmin experience has been sub par due to numerous glitches. They kinda work 🤷🏻‍♀️. Good luck

The developer, Garmin, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Contact Info
  • Contacts
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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Information

Seller
Garmin International

Size
533 MB

Category
Health & Fitness

Compatibility
iPhone
Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
iPod touch
Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
Languages

English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Age Rating
4+

Location
This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.

Copyright
© 2012-2021 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries

Price
Free

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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How to connect and pair a Garmin watch to your smartphone

Garmin sports watches are among the easiest wearables to set up and pair, and there are multiple ways to get devices paired to your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Whether it’s a Forerunner, Fenix, a Vivoactive or Quatix, you can’t really go wrong. Before you know it, you’ll have conquered all the hurdles the first hour throws at you and be up and running - literally.

Here's how to set up your Garmin watch, including guidance on pairing it to your iOS or Android device, downloading the Garmin Connect and Connect IQ apps, connecting to Wi-Fi and using Garmin Pay.

Get started pairing and connecting your Garmin watch

Pair Garmin watch to iPhone

Charge the watch

Although Garmin watches arrive with a certain level of charge, you’ll want to get your new watch fully juiced before entering the set up. Hook it up so it's ready to roll once you're paired.

Download the Garmin Connect app

Whether you’re on iOS or Android, you need the Garmin Connect app to pair up your watch and ship all of that training data back to the phone. It’ll also allow you to receive messages and other smartphone notifications, if you wish.

Enable Bluetooth on your smartphone

This might sounds obvious, but Bluetooth is needed to pair the watch and then sync the data thereafter. You can’t pair directly through the Bluetooth settings, you must go through the app.

Setting up your Garmin

When you place the Garmin Watch on charge, it'll automatically power on when there’s enough juice to get you up and running. This process may vary slightly, depending on which watch you’re using, but you may be asked to complete a couple of tasks before pairing.

Set your language

Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll through available languages (English is the default in the US and UK regions) and select the Start/Stop

Pair with phone

Option and will be asked to choose “Yes” or “No”. Got that Garmin app at the ready? Fire her up.

Pairing with the Garmin Connect app

manually find your Garmin watch

Download the Garmin Connect mobile app and select 'Create Account' or 'Sign In'.

If you’ve used a Garmin device before, you’ll be able to use your existing login details. Otherwise, account setup takes a couple of minutes.

Then within the Garmin app head to the More > Garmin Devices > Add Garmin Device.

The app will look for any devices looking to pair, which can save you time, so make sure your Garmin is close by.

If it doesn't pick it up, you can choose it from the list and then the app will restart.

If your Garmin has become unpaired and you're resetting it up, you can head to the settings menu on the watch > Phone > Pair and put your sports watch into a pairing state.

When pairing is available, your watch will show a 6-digit code, which can be entered into the pop-up alert on your phone. Type it in and setup will commence.

Once the initial connection has been established, you’ll be walked through some account more account set-up procedures: You’ll choose an avatar for the app, whether you want to share your profile or activities with others, and also some questions about vital states. That’ll mean entering gender, weight, height and birth date information.

If you have previous workout data, you can sync that to the watch too, in order to give the watch a head start on your fitness levels.

How to manually set up a Garmin

manual set up

We wouldn’t advise this, but if you don’t choose to pair with your smartphone immediately, you’ll still be able to set a lot of the device preferences without delving into the app. This offers the watch enough information to inform workout data, but you’ll still want to pair with the phone at some point.

If you select “No” from the initial pair “Pair With Phone” option on the watch, you’ll be asked to select the following:

  • Miles or kilometers
  • 12-24 hour time format
  • Gender
  • Birth year (use the up and down key to select 19/20 and then select to move to years)
  • Height (same deal; it’s Feet > Select > Inches > Select > Select to confirm)
  • Weight (in pounds, although it could be confused for stones).
  • Set the time via GPS or manually.

Here, you can also pick which wrist you’re wearing the Garmin watch on and customize your Heart Rate Zones.

If you didn’t pair with the app initially, you can use the watch to enter pairing mode. select Menu > Settings > Pair Phone (on some earlier watches, the trail is Menu > Settings > Bluetooth > Pair mobile device). Then, open the Garmin app and follow the instructions similar to those listed in the previous section.

Holding down the power button (usually called 'Light') to access the main menu and selecting the phone icon from the carousel will also take you there.

Set up Wi-Fi on Garmin

Garmin wi-fi set up

If you have a Wi-Fi-compatible Garmin watch, the next step in the set-up process is to establish a connection to ensure all activity data, settings and, if compatible, music, are automatically synced when both are connected to Wi-Fi.

From the 'Set-up Wi-Fi' option in the app (it appears at the completion of set-up, or it can be found in the device menu under General > Wi-Fi networks).

The watch has its own Wi-Fi radio, but the connection takes place via the app. First, the watch searches for available networks and the app asks you to choose the network ID and enter the password. From there, you’re all set.

Connect to Garmin Connect IQ store

Connect to Garmin Connect

A big part of customizing your watch and making the most of its functionality is to connect to Garmin’s own mini app store, which is called Connect IQ - not to be confused with the regular Connect app. It exists as a standalone app and must be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

  • Head to the Device section of the Garmin app and choose Activities, Apps and More > Activities & Applications > Get More Applications.
  • This will encourage you to download the Connect IQ store app. Download the app as you normally would, agree to the terms and conditions and you’ll automatically be connected to your watch.
  • Here, you’ll see third-party add-ons from a number of providers which can be added to your watch. There’s music, navigation apps, watch faces, training tools and much, much more. If you’re looking for something in particular, use the search functionality.
  • Select an app of your choosing in order to add it to the watch.
  • Not all devices are compatible with all apps, so each app listing has a 'Compatible Devices' option allowing you to check. For example, Spotify only works on select D2, Fenix, Forerunner, MARQ and Vivoactive watches.

Set up Garmin Pay

Set up Garmin Pay

Some of the newer Garmin devices allow you to make contactless payments using the watch on your wrist. They are the as follows:

  • Forerunner: 645, 645 Music, 945.
  • Fenix: 6/5
  • Vivoactive: 4/3
  • MARQ: Athlete, Aviator, Captain, Driver, Expedition.
  • DS:Delta, Delta S, Delta PX

If you have a compatible watch head to the Garmin Connect app and select the Device screen and choose Garmin Pay. From here, use our guide on how to set up Garmin Pay.

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