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Garmin Connect: Everything you need to know

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If you own a Garmin watch, Garmin Connect is indispensable. It’s the app you’ll use to manage your wearables from your phone and gives you a complete view of your daily activity and overall health. At its core, it’s very similar to the Fitbit app, albeit with a few other features. Find out everything you need to know about Garmin Connect in our guide.

What is Garmin Connect?

According to Garmin, the Connect is “a tool for tracking, analyzing, and sharing health and fitness activities from a Garmin device,” and that’s as brief an explanation as you can get. While the app puts your fitness and health data front and center, it also houses important Garmin device settings. In this sense, it is the hub for your wellbeing data and your dashboard Garmin watch.

Garmin Connect also has social features, allowing users to connect with and challenge friends. This, combined with training analysis, route planning, and built-in coaching features, makes Connect one of the most feature-packed health apps on the market. But it is not only available on your phone. Garmin Connect can also be accessed from any web browser.

It should also be noted that all Garmin “fitness, wellness and golf devices” are compatible with Garmin Connect. No devices from other smart watch companies are supported, but you can Manually import Fitbit data if desired.

What does Garmin Connect track?

Smartphone showing Garmin connect sleep tracking

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Garmin Connect tracks a wealth of health and fitness metrics. It has the basics, like heart rate and sleep, but also monitors and calculates accurate stats. These are the main metrics that Garmin Connect tracks:

  • Sleeps: Garmin Connect records total hours slept, sleep stages, blood oxygen and breathing rate throughout the night.
  • Weight: You’ll need to manually enter your weight into Garmin Connect, but it calculates change and estimates BMI based on height.
  • Burned calories: An estimate of the number of calories burned throughout the day. Connect differentiates the average active calories used against the total amount.
  • calories in/out: require this feature MyFitnessPal integration but allows users to track energy intake from food and drink.
  • Taurus pulse: Connect displays blood oxygen levels throughout the day and calculates an average.
  • Coping with the pulse of Taurus: Primarily useful for climbers or those who live at high altitudes, this feature helps users gauge how their bodies respond to hot, high altitude landscapes.
  • breathing: Maintain your breathing rate throughout the day and while you sleep.
  • heart rate: In addition to the current heart rate, Garmin Connect can also alert for high and low heart rates as set by the user.
  • Stress: Garmin uses heart rate variability (HRV) data to measure a user’s stress level. This data is then plotted and labeled on a chart.
  • body battery: A Garmin scale to calculate the amount of energy reserve for the user based on rest, stress, and activity.
  • Moisturizing: Track your fluid intake during the day. Connect can automatically increase your daily goal based on how much fluid you may lose during training.
  • VO2 max: The amount of oxygen your body can use during training. Unlike other metrics, this metric is not calculated until after exercise.

Browse Garmin Connect

Garmin Connect can be confusing at first. Even after you know the app well, it’s expected to take a few moments to find the exact setting, scale, or switch. Fortunately, it’s also customizable, so you can choose which stats you want to display on the home page or which tabs are available in their tab bar.

Garmin Connect Top Shortcuts

You’ll find four icons right at the top of the app.

  • The Three lines main menu icon Where you’ll find a practical link to everything within Garmin Connect.
  • The icon to the right of it is yours Profile icon. If you don’t have a photo set, it will display as a blue, yellow, and pink circle to indicate swimming, running, and cycling exercises.
  • Click on Device code next to it to access your device settings. You can adjust the watch face, general settings, and more.
  • Finally, in the far right corner is a file sync code. Tap to sync your watch data with Garmin Connect.


When you open Garmin Connect, the first page you’ll come across is My Day. This is a comprehensive summary of your key health and fitness metrics, including heart rate, body battery, and breathing. You can choose metrics – or cards To view, scroll to the bottom of the page and press daily edit. This page also shows a summary of the data obtained for the previous day and the average for the past seven days.

tab windows

At the foot of Garmin Connect, you will find the tab bar. It is visible on all screens in the app, and allows quick navigation to specific sections. My Day and Notifications are two permanent tabs, but users can select the other three. You can choose between the following tabs:

  • activities
  • Evaluation
  • challenges
  • Connect IQ Store
  • Courses
  • Garmin trainer
  • Garmin Golf
  • Health stats
  • ideas
  • my device
  • the news
  • Slices
  • training plans
  • drills

To edit the tab bar, click Three line menu iconthen select Edit tabs.

Training and exercise features

Apple Watch vs. Garmin Connect for training plans for portions of courses

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Garmin Connect is not only an excellent health monitoring app, but it’s also great for those who are serious about improving their fitness. There is room for beginners and more experienced users alike.

You can access the training features of Garmin Connect by clicking Three line menu iconand then Training and planning. You will find four menu items here.

  • Training plans: This section contains a list of programs for runners and cyclists. It is not as wide Fitbit PremiumBut all plans will help users to train more effectively.
  • Courses: Hikers, runners, and cyclists can create custom route maps.
  • PacePro Pacing Strategies: This is for those who plan to keep their distance during long runs. You provide Garmin Connect with specific race and track details, and provide a race pace plan.
  • Slides: List of virtual races in your vicinity.

If you want a historical look at your workouts and activities, click Activities. Here you can view your past steps data, WalkingAnd the ManagementAnd the CyclingAnd the swimmingAnd the Multi-sportAnd the Fitness and gym equipment exercises, Floors climbed and Sharpness minutes data. You can also click Create a manual activity To add a workout Connect didn’t have a chance to log in.

Golfers can also take advantage of specific features, including scorecardsAnd the Golf course statsAnd the General stats in this section. These menu items are shortcuts to the features within Garmin Golfso you will need to download this app separately.

Setting goals in Garmin Connect

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We recommend setting goals manually if you just purchased your first Garmin watch.

Set step goals

  • On Garmin Connect, tap Device code at the top of the app.
  • Choose Activity tracking.
  • Faucet daily steps To adjust your step target. We recommend switching Use the automatic average It will change the target based on your activity.

Set a weekly intensity minutes goal

  • On Garmin Connect, tap Device code at the top of the app.
  • Choose Activity tracking.
  • Faucet Weekly intensity minutes To set the goal of your vigorous activity. If you are used to intense activity, we recommend that you leave the goal the same or increase it. You can also set files heart rate zones This will allow you to stay at an elevated heart rate as required by this goal.

Set sleep goals

  • On Garmin Connect, tap Device code at the top of the app.
  • Choose User settings.
  • Faucet normal bedtime And the normal waking time To set your sleep goals.

Set weight goal

  • On Garmin Connect, tap Device code at the top of the app.
  • Choose health and performance.
  • Faucet Weight.
  • Click on Three-dot menu icon in the upper right of the screen.
  • Choose Edit target weight.
  • Enter your target weight, then click Memorizes.

Create a custom goal

Now for a really curious design decision. You can only see and set exercise goals using the Garmin Connect website. It’s weird, but here’s how to do it:

  • Go to Garmin Connect Website and login.
  • click Objectives in the right column.
  • After that, click + Create a new target.
  • Enter target nameLocate activity typeLocate target typeand insert files targeting.
    • for you target type Options include hoursAnd the Distance: afterAnd the CaloriesAnd the activities.
  • Select a Period And the starting date.
  • Once you are happy, click Memorizes.

Apps and services compatible with Garmin Connect

Galaxy A51 resting on running sneakers showing Strava recording screen.

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Garmin Connect can sync with a range of third-party websites, apps, and services. The company officially lists the following:

  • Triathlete beginner
  • vetchevry
  • The final boom
  • Map My Fitness (including Map My Ride and Map My Run)
  • MyFitnessPal
  • Nike Plus
  • Coach rang
  • Run Keeper
  • strava
  • training tops
  • Zwift
  • sleep
  • Weight Watchers
  • Yes really

Notably, MyFitnessPal, Strava, TrainingPeaks, and Zwift are the only services that send and receive data from Garmin Connect. Others listed will only receive data.

See also: The best fitness apps for Android

Garmin Connect vulnerabilities

Phone screen showing clutter in the Garmin Connect app.

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One of the biggest criticisms of Garmin Connect is its design. Visually, it’s messy compared to the likes Samsung Health And the Fitbit, while navigating the app is not easy for experienced users, let alone beginners. Arguably, it also serves golfers a great deal, considering Garmin already has a dedicated golf app.

The embarrassing lack of manual goal creation features on the app is a shame. Heading to the website to edit, view, and create new custom goals is likely to discourage many from using this feature.

Many users will complain about Garmin Connect’s unreliable syncing and pairing. While we haven’t had any issues with any of the Garmin watches we’ve used, they seem prevalent enough to mention here.

Top Garmin Connect FAQs

There could be several reasons why your device may not sync with Garmin Connect. Quickly fix the problem by restarting both your phone and your watch.

At the time of this writing, there was no way to switch Garmin Connect’s traditional dark look to a lighter one.

No, you will need the Garmin Connect IQ Store app to access apps, watch faces, and more. However, you can quickly launch the app by setting it as a shortcut in the tab bar.

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