Garmin smartwatches and navigators are high-rated by advanced users due to their exclusive set of features. With unique sporting and navigating, protective and special features, these devices offer much deeper specialization than more popular Apple Watch, Tizen, or Wear OS watches.
Though Garmin has more in store (like cameras or remote control devices), this app is primarily meant for connecting Garmin smartwatches to your iPhone, retrieving and processing all the fitness data from its sensors and providing feedback.
Designed in bright colors on the black background, the app is anything but dull. Sports is fun, it says and quite convinces its users. The fonts are easily readable, and visual representation of the collected stats easily correlates with what you feel about your physical activity these days.
The app is compatible with all Garmin smartwatches and activity trackers available now, including general purpose models as well as specialized ones (for example, watches for golf players or divers). All you need is to install the app and complete the pairing.
Like all these apps do, Garmin Connect™ stores all the data about your activity collected by sensors. The app can as well create customized or use generic workouts on your phone, so later you can follow them with just your watch. It also provides cross-connection with MyFitnessPal and Strava services, so it becomes the center of your fitness data on your iPhone. Your stats stored on Garmin clouds are also available locally on your phone.
Garmin developers care a lot about motivation. So the app shows you other Garmin users around, and if any of your friends uses Garmin trackers or smartwatches too, the service will suggest a competition (for example, walking championship, with the one that has made the most steps awarded). As you complete the goals you have set, you receive badges for your achievements.
As Garmin watches do the regular smartwatch job as well, the app is also responsible for sending notifications to your wrist, updating weather forecasts on it, and so on. It also helps you with setting up Garmin Pay on your wearables if you prefer this payment system. You just need to activate payments in the app and register your credit card in it.
The app itself is completely free, as it makes no sense unless you own a Garmin device. AS you purchase one, you get your link for installation in the box. Setting up your watch is pure fun with such an elaborate app.
A must have app for all Garmin wearables users. It unlocks the full potential of its fitness powers, connecting them with Garmin online services as well as third-party ones. Within this app, you can also set up special functions like Garmin Pay or using built-in GPS in your watch.
- Rich fitness functions and motivating systems;
- All Garmin features available in one app as a hub;
- Personalized training plans;
- Garmin Pay (if available in the device).
- The app is a bit oversized (though there’s no alternative anyway).