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How to Use Garmin Connect

You'll be able to use most features in your Garmin Connect account immediately. But, sometimes it's fun to dig deeper and make sure you aren't missing anything. We've grouped our tips by feature to make it easier for you to explore.

Getting Started

What devices work on Garmin Connect?
All Garmin sport devices, including fitness and golf, are compatible with Garmin Connect.
What operating systems and browsers does Garmin Connect support?
Garmin Connect is tested on Macintosh and Windows operating systems and supports these browsers:
• Chrome
• Internet Explorer 9+
• Safari 5+
• Firefox
Other operating systems, browsers and versions may work but are not fully supported.
How do I sync?
Different devices can sync with Garmin Connect in different ways. Most devices use Garmin Express to upload data using your computer or Garmin Connect Mobile to upload data using your smart phone.

vívofit – Press and hold the button on your vívofit until you see SYNC on the device screen, then release the button. Stay near your computer or phone while syncing. Most people will sync at least once a day. If you already had the Garmin Connect website open on your computer, reload the page to see your new information.

vívosmart – After you plug your vívosmart into your computer, firmly press and hold the vívosmart screen until you see the USB symbol. Or, if you have used the Garmin Connect Mobile app to pair your device with your compatible phone, your vívosmart will automatically sync throughout the day. Should you ever want to manually sync with your phone, just press and hold the vívosmart screen, then select the sync icon (arrows).

vívoki – Pass within range of your vívohub wireless access client to transfer your data, or pair the device with the Garmin Connect Mobile app on your compatible phone.USB Device – Connect the USB cable to your device and plug it into your computer.

ANT Wireless Device – Plug your ANT Stick into your computer, turn on your device and Garmin Express will automatically recognize and sync it.

Wi-Fi Device – Press the Connect button on your device when you’re on the Wi-Fi network you have set up in Garmin Express.

Bluetooth (excluding vívofit) – If your device is Bluetooth or Bluetooth Smart compatible, download the Garmin Connect Mobile app on your phone or other wireless device. The Garmin Connect Mobile app will sync as soon as you have saved your activity.


Do I need to download any software?
Information transfers between your fitness device and Garmin Connect via Garmin Express software. Download Garmin Express and install it on your computer to upload your data.

To manually import data, follow these steps:
• Go to Activities.
• Select the Import button.
• Choose the file you’d like to import from your computer. We support .TCX, .FIT and .GPX files. GPX files must include time information.
How do I control the privacy of a single activity?
Use the lock icon to determine who sees your activity. Your choices are Only Me, My Connections, My Connections and Groups, and Everyone.
Can I customize the activity list?
You can choose from dozens of data columns, showing only what’s important to you.
• Go to the Activities List page.
• Hover over any column header, a drop-down arrow will appear.
• Choose Columns.
• Select the data you want to display on your table.

Rearrange the column order by selecting a column header and dragging it to the new location.
How do I export my activity data?
You have a choice of formats (.TCX, .GPX or .KML) in which you can export data:
• Go to the Activities List page.
• Select Export.
• Choose a file format.
• Save the file.
How do I link an activity to a course?
How are the time measurements defined in Garmin Connect?
Moving Time
Garmin Connect calculates Moving Time by removing the amount of time when the user is stopped. This is helpful for users who either don't have AutoPause or have AutoPause turned off. For those who have AutoPause turned on or hit the Stop and Start button in the middle of an activity, the Moving Time should be very close or equal to Time. Avg Moving Speed/Pace is based off the Moving Time value.

Elapsed Time
Garmin Connect calculates the Elapsed Time by the amount of time elapsed from the actual Start and Finish time of an activity. This is for customers who have AutoPause turned on or who hit the Stop and Start button in the middle of an activity. For those who don't have AutoPause or have it turned off, Elapsed time should be very close or equal to Time.
What are elevation corrections?
Elevation corrections cross reference the horizontal position (latitude/longitude) provided by the GPS with elevation data that has been acquired by professional surveys. When corrections to elevation data are made, each trackpoint of your activity contains the elevation from the web service, not the elevation provided by your GPS device. Garmin Connect selectively applies corrections to depict a more realistic representation of your elevation experience. Activities recorded on devices without a barometric altimeter are enabled with Elevation Corrections by default. Alternatively, activities recorded on devices with a barometric altimeter generally contain accurate elevation data and therefore Elevation Corrections are disabled by default.

Activity Tracking

What is activity tracking?
Some devices provide 24-hour activity tracking (steps, sleep, etc.), so you can get a full picture of your daily health. An activity tracker can only be used by one person at a time, not shared between friends or spouses. Garmin Connect will only sync with one activity tracker at a time. If you have multiple activity tracking devices, set the device you wear all day as your activity tracker.
What is a step challenge?
If you have a Garmin activity tracker (like vívofit, vívoki or Forerunner 15), you can participate in challenges with other Garmin Connect users. Each week a new challenge begins during the night between Sunday midnight and Monday noon (your own time zone). We’ll analyze your past step totals, when available, and add you to the challenge group that’s the best fit for you. As your steps add up throughout the week, you’ll see your rank with the other 7-12 participants in your challenge group. If you win a challenge, you’ll earn a badge.
How do I join a step challenge?
• Go to the features menu.
• Select Challenges.
• Follow the on-screen instructions to join.
When does each step challenge end?
The week’s challenge will end between Sunday midnight and Monday noon in your own time zone. You will have a grace period until Monday at noon to sync your activity tracker. If you don’t sync in time, your steps for the previous challenge cannot be counted.
How do I move into a different challenge group?
Depending on your step trends over time, you may move to a new challenge group that will keep you challenged. For example, if you exceed your challenge goal a couple weeks in a row, you will move up to a higher-goal challenge.


How do I set my units of measurement?
• Go to Settings.
• Choose Display Preferences.
• Select your preferred system of measurement. (Statute UK displays elevation data in meters.)
Where can I change my decimal format, time format or date format?
• Go to Settings.
• Select Display Preferences.
• Choose your preferred formats.
How do I customize my power data?
You have the option to define power ranges for 7 zones according to levels you find meaningful or have obtained during performance testing.
• Go to Settings.
• Choose Training Zones.
• Select Cycling.
• Make your preferred changes.
How do I change my heart rate display preference?
• Go to Settings.
• Select Display Preferences.
• Choose your preferred heart rate setting.
How do I change my heart rate zones?
• Go to Settings.
• Select Training Zones.
• You can change the default heart rate zones. You can also change heart rate zones specifically for any running or cycling activity.
• Select BPM or %max at the top of each column, depending which you want to edit.
• Enter the lowest value for each field.
How do I change my display name?
Your display name is the name that shows to the public.
• Go to Settings.
• Select Connect Profile.
• Type a new display name. (It must be a unique name, not used by any other Garmin Connect user.)
How do I change my email address or password?
Sign in at my.Garmin.com to change your email address or password. If you don’t remember your password, you can retrieve it at my.Garmin.com, too.


Can everyone see my activities?
You are in control of who sees your profile, your activities and the daily summary of your steps, sleep, weight and calories. Your choices are Only Me, My Connections, My Connections and Groups, and Everyone. Select the lock icon on any activity to change the privacy of that one activity. Or, adjust the privacy of all your future activities:
• Go to Settings.
• Select Privacy.


Why can't I make my course private when using OpenStreetMap?
OpenStreetMap is open source, so all courses must remain public. If you need to create a private course, you can use Bing or Google maps.
What is a heat map?
When you're exploring courses and activities or creating a new course, you can use a heat map overlay to see the most popular locations for running or cycling in a particular city. This helps you find a new spot to work out or a good place to meet up with friends.
Why can't I see heat maps when I use OpenStreetMap?
We use custom tile overlays to present the heat maps, the current MapQuest OSM API does not support this. You can contact MapQuest to encourage them to add "support for custom tile overlays."


What is a dashboard?
Garmin Connect allows you to arrange all your favorite and most-used features on your own fully customized dashboard. In fact, you can create more than one dashboard page to sort features by sport, data type or any way you choose. Here are some more things you can do with the features on your dashboard:
• Drag a feature to any column or row on your dashboard.
• Change the view you see by selecting the gear menu in the top right corner of the feature.
• Remove a feature from your dashboard via the gear menu.
• Add the same feature to your dashboard as many times as you want. For example, you might add the reports feature twice, once to show your average cadence and once to display your total activity time.
• When you use a new type of device for the first time, new features may appear in your menu and on your dashboard.
How do I create a new dashboard?
• Select the plus sign (+) in the top right corner.
• Give your new dashboard a name. You can always change it later.
• Use the small arrow beside the name of a dashboard to change the name or delete the dashboard. Deleting a dashboard will remove all the features as well, but we’ll ask you before removing everything.
How do I add a feature to a dashboard?
• View the dashboard where you want to add the feature.
• Select the menu in the top left corner. (It looks like 3 stacked lines.)
• Choose the feature and slide out the description to the right of the name.
• Select “Add to Dashboard.”
The feature will be added to the first dashboard. Look for it below your existing features.


What are course segments?
Course segments are virtual race courses that allow you to compare your performances against all your past activities, your connections, your group members or the entire Garmin Connect community. You can find segments in your area, or create your own.

To compete in segments and see your results on the leaderboards,
• Go to Settings.
• Select Privacy.
• Make sure your activity privacy level is set to Everyone (or the level or privacy you prefer).
You can opt out of segments if you do not want to use this feature.
Personal Information & Leaderboards
To get an accurate ranking in leaderboards filtered by gender or age, be sure to fill in the appropriate information in your User Settings under Personal Information.
How do I create a segment?
• Choose an activity that includes the area you want to turn into a segment.
• Select "Create a Segment" below the activity map.
• Choose the segment start and finish points on the map or the elevation chart.
• Name the segment, add the segment type and select the surface type.
• Save.

Workouts & Training Plans

What is a workout?
Before you go out for a run or ride, you can plan the workout on Garmin Connect and send it to your compatible device. This works especially well for speed sessions, intervals, heart rate zone training or anytime you want your device to tell you when to go, stop, recover or rest.
What does “duration” mean on a workout?
The duration determines when a step ends. Heart rate and power durations require ANT+ accessories. Not all devices support all duration types. You can set the duration to move to the next step of a workout when you reach a certain time, distance, number of calories burned, heart rate or when you press the Lap button on your device.
What does “target” mean on a workout?
The target is the performance level you want to maintain during a step of the workout. You can set the target in terms of power output, cadence (repetitions per minute), heart rate, speed, or pace.
What is a training plan?
A training plan is a series of workouts that build upon each other and help you reach your fitness goal. Whether you want to improve your general fitness, run your first 5K or shave minutes off your triathlon PR, your success depends on your training. Our plans are created by professional coaches and include workouts for your primary sport, cross training workouts, rest days and coaching tips. You can add the plans to your Garmin Connect calendar, and send the workouts to your compatible Garmin device.
How do I add training plan workouts to my device?
After you have chosen a training plan and added it to your Garmin Connect calendar, you can send every workout in the plan to your device.
• Go to Calendar.
• Select Send to Device.

Please note, cycling workouts will not show on running devices, and running workouts will not show on cycling devices. All workouts will show on multisport devices.
Why don't I see my lap splits when I'm using a training plan workout?
When you're doing a time-based workout (e.g. Long Run-90 minutes), you will not see lap splits at every mile or kilometer. If those splits are important to you, you can choose not to do the Garmin Connect workout and, instead, do a simple, non-scheduled workout on your device using just the Start/Stop buttons.
Why doesn't a training plan workout automatically end when I'm done?
Every training plan workout has a cool down step at the end. The cool down begins as soon as the tough part of the workout is over. This cool down is good for your body, and it gives you a buffer at the end of your workout. When you're done cooling down, press the Lap button on your device and hear the finishing tone that signals the end of your workout. Or, you could press the End button and no tone will sound.

Send to Device

How do I send all the workouts on my calendar to my compatible device?
• Go to Calendar.
• Select Send to Device.

Your device can store hundreds of workouts, but you may meet its maximum capacity when sending large training plans. If your device is full, you can choose to overwrite workouts or cancel the Send to Device process.
How do I send goals to my compatible device?
Goals will be automatically sent to your compatible device any time you use Garmin Express.

Please note that only goals set up with "Any Activity Type" will be transferred to your Forerunner 310XT, 910XT, 405, 405CX or 410.
How do I send segments to my device?
Compatible devices can show you when you enter a segment and the ability to compete with a leader in real-time.
• Go to Segments.
• Select Send to Device.
• Sync your device.

Profiles & Connections

What is my profile page?
Your profile lets you tell others who you are and what you are doing. Most of this information is optional, but, if you fill it in, it will display. Your privacy settings control what personal information and activities can be seen and who can see them.
Who can see my profile page and activities?
You can determine who sees your profile and your activities. Your choices are Only Me, My Connections, My Connections and Groups, and Everyone.
How can I change my privacy settings?
• Go to Settings.
• Select Privacy Settings.
• Your choices are Only Me, My Connections, My Connections and Groups, and Everyone.
What does it mean to connect with someone?
When you find a friend, foe or pro on Garmin Connect, you can connect with him or her. Once a connection is established, you can see your connection's activities, and he or she can see yours. It's a great way to get encouragement and find out what others are up to.


Why aren't my activities showing up in my group?
When you join a group or start making connections, be sure to adjust your activity and profile privacy settings. If all your activities are set to private, they won't show up anywhere.
Who can see my group comments?
Comments you make in a group, stay in the group. This means if a fellow group member uses the group page to tease you about bonking on yesterday's long ride, your connections who are not in the group will not see it.
Who can create a group?
Any Garmin Connect user can create a group. However, if your existing group has a coach or leader, that person is generally the best one to create the group.
What's the difference between a group owner and a group administrator?
Each group can have only one owner. Usually, the owner is the person who first creates the group; however, ownership can be transferred if the group creator wants to pass on the responsibility. The owner is the only person who can delete a group.

Groups can have multiple administrators, assigned either by the owner or an existing administrator. Administrators can add events, courses, notifications and other information to the group page. They can approve membership requests, too.
How do I edit group settings?
• Go to Settings.
• Select Groups.
• Make your changes.
Who can see what is posted on my group page?
Group administrators or owners can adjust the privacy of a group to best fit the group's needs. Use the group settings to select who can see the group: Everyone or Only Group Members.

Calories & Weight

What do all these different calorie terms mean?
Resting Calories – Also called BMR (basal metabolic rate), this is the amount of energy it takes to keep your body alive, even if you stay in bed all day. Resting calories are based on your age, height, weight and gender.

Active Calories – When you record an activity using a Garmin device, we calculate the calories burned based on your activity level, age, height, weight, gender and heart rate (if available).

Calories Consumed – Track your daily food intake at MyFitnessPal.com.

Calorie Goal – MyFitnessPal.com can help you determine a calorie goal based on whether you want to gain, lose or maintain your weight. When you’ve determined the proper number, try to hit it with a combination of activity and healthy eating.

Net Calories – If you take all the calories you’ve consumed, then subtract all the calories you’ve burned (active), you’ll get your net calorie figure for the day.

Calories Remaining – When you have determined a MyFitnessPal calorie goal, we’ll help you track how many daily calories you are above or below your goal. The formula is calorie goal minus net calories.

Total Calories – By adding your resting calories (BMR) and your active calories burned, you’ll get your day’s total calories.
How do I track my weight?
You can enter your weight in Garmin Connect, use a Tanita scale with a compatible Garmin device, or use myFitnessPal. In Garmin Connect you can enter a weight goal and see when you’re over or under your target weight.