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Running

Garmin Vivoactive 3 How To Tutorials

You’ll find below a list of short video tutorials on the functions and features of the Garmin Vivoactive 3. This is a low cost GPS general activity watch which includes a wrist heart rate sensor. A nice upgrade for those who had the forerunner 35. This is a small basic device packed with enough features, including Garmin Pay.

Garmin Vivoactive 3 User Manual

Click here to download the Garmin Vivoactive 3 user manual in PDF format

 

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Tutorial Contents

  • Rebooting / Restart or Restore Default Settings
  • Manage Activity Profile Favorites
  • Change Data Fields When Running
  • Change Controls Menu Icons
  • How to Change Activity Tracking Settings
  • How to Customize Widgets
  • How to Start An Outdoor Activity
  • How to Save and Navigate Waypoints
  • How to Change Default Watch Face
  • How to Change Run Settings
  • How to Change System Settings
  • How to Change Heart Rate Settings

 

Rebooting / Restart or Restore Default Settings

What to do when your vivoactive 3 freezes up or unresponsive or when you want to wipe it clean.

Here we have a method for each. Note as of Jan 2018 hard reset key sequence was not known.

Note that your data could he affected when doing either method.

HOW TO REBOOT/RESTART VIVOACTIVE 3
Simply press and hole the key for at least 15 seconds until the device shuts down or restarts.

HOW TO RESTORE DEFAULTS
Press and HOLD display to get to the menu and select SETTINGS | SYSTEM | RESTORE DEFAULTS

 

Manage Activity Profile Favorites


When you first use the Garmin Vivoactive 3 for the first time, you have the option to set activity favourites or a quick list of preferred activity profile.

Simple select your favorites from the list of activities, this screen only shows up on the firs time. Once done, you can press the Key and you will see your favorites at the top. To access the other activities simply tap on the four dots icon.

You can further manage your favorites by going to SETTINGS | ACTIVITIES & APPS and by choosing an activity and then ADD to FAVORTIES.

Activities like golf, yoga and other can be found by creating a new activity.

You can also remove favorites by going into the activity and selecting REMOVE FAVORITE.

 

Change Data Fields When Running


You can change data fields in the running profile on your Garmin Vivoactive 3.

 

Change Controls Menu Icons


When you press & hold the key button on your garmin vivoactive 3, you have access to shortcut app icons such as power off, music control, garmin pay, saving a waypoint, stopwach, etc…

You can customize, re-order, add and remove the icons based on your preference.

1. Press and hold the key button
2. Tap and hold the display, the device should vibrate and the icons will now have a circle around each of them
3. Tap on an icon

From here you can tap another location to move it, you can tap on the garbage can icon in themiddle to delete it.

When deleting an icon, it will be replaced by a + symbol. Tap the + and scroll through the list of app you have access it.

Swipe right to exit this menu and apply the changes.

How to Change Activity Tracking Settings


In this video we will go over the activity tracking settings on the garmin vivoactive 3.

You can view your daily activity by swiping up or down via the widgets and by default the move bar is turned on.

To access the settings, do thefollowing:

1. TAP and HOLD the screen and select SETTINGS | ACTIVTY TRACKING

From here you can do the following:
a. turn on or off activity tracking
b. turn on/off move alert
c. turn on/off goal settings
d. turn on/off auto activity start

SWIPE RIGHT to go back.

How to Customize Widgets


In this video we will look at how to customize the widgets on your garmin vivoactive 3. Widgets are the data screens or functions when you swipe up or down. There are a number of defaults widgets available and this video will show you how to customize, or re-order the loop of the widgets or screens.

I won’t go over how to download widgets from Connect IQ but you can refer to related videos on other Garmin devices, as the process is the same.

1. TAP and HOLD SCREEN to get the MENU
2. SELECT WIDGETS
3. Scroll through the list and tap a widget to view its settings.

This is where you will be able to enable or disable the widget and adjust some of the settings.

You can also rearrange or re-order the position of the widget.

4. SWIPE RIGHT to go back to the widget list.
5. SCROLL all the way to the bottom of the list and SELECT ADD WIDGET.

From here you can add a widget or downloaded widgets from the garmin connect.

How to Start An Outdoor Activity


In this video, we will look at how to start outdoor GPS tracked activities with your Garmin vivoactive 3 like running, walking, golf, bike and rowing. There are more outdoor activities, but the process is the same.

Note that outdoor activity profiles will turn on the GPS, while indoor activities won’t turn on the GPS. It’s recommended that you do a few run or walks outside to calibrate the internal sensor next time you want to do a treadmill activity for example.

1. PRESS the KEY BUTTON
2. SELECT an outdoor activity profile like RUN WALK BIKE ETC…
3. Go outside and wait for a GPS signal. You can select a workout or adjust the setting for this profile like data screens, auto lap, auto pause, alerts and other settings you can customize.
4. Once you get the GREEN RING to indicate that the GPS is ready, you can PRESS the KEY to start tracking the activity.
5. PRESS the KEY to STOP.
6. You’ll get a summary page and you can select DONE.
7. You can choose to SAVE or DISCARD the activity.

These steps will be the same for the other outdoor profiles.

How to Save and Navigate Waypoints


In this video we will go over how you can save and navigate to a waypoint or coordinates on your garmin vivoactive 3.

This would come in handy to remember your start location when going on a run, or where you parked your car, find a trailhead, and other useful ways while doing outdoor activities.

1. press and hold key button to the controls menu and TAP on the waypoint icon. Tap Save. Note that you can see the coordinates.

2. Choose and icon and tap done.

Now to navigate to your saved locations or waypoints.

3. Press the key button to get to your activity profiles and if you have set it as a favorite, select from the main activity list NAVIGATE.

4. Go to SAVED location and select a location to navigate. Tap go to to start navigating.

5. Wait for the gps and once ready you will be able to use the navigation data screens to get to your location like any other activity.

How to Change Default Watch Face


You can change the watch face on your garmin vivoactive 3 with default options or download from the garmin connect IQ store.

To access these settings, tap and hold the display and select WATCH FACE

Notice the green ring, from here you can swipe up & down to choose any of the other watch faces installed. Note that once you since via garmin connect, any watch faces from connect IQ store will appear afterwards.

You can customize or remove watch faces. Selecting ADD NEW will bring back default watch settings if you want to start fresh after customizing.

But each watch face allows you to apply it or not, customize the look or remove it from the list.

Customize a watch face allows you to adjust these features of the watch face. Simply swipe and tap to apply a change.

– Dial
– Data fields
– Watch hands
– Color Accent

Swipe all the way to the right to apply the changes to the watch face.

Swipe all the way to the left will let you discard any changes you make to a watch face.

How to Change Run Settings


How to setup your vivoactive 3 for your running training plan is pretty easy.

First hit the key button and select your running profile, I’ll assume outdoor running. While it waits for a GPS signal, you can do 2 things: select a workout that you’ve downloaded from garmin connect or adjust the settings for the profile. Once you apply change, it won’t revert until you change it.

What can you change or adjust on the settings?
– customize the data fields and screens based on your preference

– add Alerts. This is where you will go to add run/walk interval training alerts like 10 min run and 1 min walk. You can have alerts for various targets like HR, distance, time, calories, etc…

– setup the lap button or lap distance

– turn on/off auto lap. you can set the distance

-turn on/off auto pause. a very handy feature when you have a lot of lights along your route.

-turn on/off the GPS or add GLOSNASS

– change background

-change accent color

How to Change System Settings


Where to go to change time, language, units on your garmin vivoactive 3? In this video I’ll show you how you can navigate to the system settings

1. Tap and hold the display and navigate to SETTINGS | SYSTEM

From here you can adjust the following settings

*Auto lock
*Change language
*Time format and manual set
*wrist orientation
*enable/disable side swipe
*backlight timeout and brightness
*enable/disable vibrations
*enable/disable do not disturb
*Change units to & from metric
*Data recording
*usb mode
*Restore defaults
*Software Update – when paired with smartphone, it will check everytime you sync for new software. But this is where you go if you happen to delay the update for later.
*About

 

How to Change Heart Rate Settings


We will take a look how to access the heart rate montior settings on the garmin vivoactive 3 where you can turn on/off the wrist HR and add a strap HS monitor.

Depending where you live where winter running requires a jacket, you tend to put the garmin gps watch over the jacket, so wrist HR can’t go through the layers. In order to do winter running with the vivoactive 3, you can add an additional heart rate sensor. Any ANT+ garmin heart rate monitor will work.

HOW TO ACCESS THE SETTINGS
1. tap on display to get to the menu, then SETTINGS | SENSORS & ACCESSORIES | HR SETTINGS. From here you can turn on the wrist HR on/off

HOW TO ADD A STRAP HR MONITOR
1. tap on display to get to the menu, then SETTINGS | SENSORS & ACCESSORIES | ADD NEW

Select HEART RATE and pair the HR strap. It works best when you are wearing the strap.

Categories
Running

Garmin Forerunner 35 How To Tutorials

You’ll find below a list of short video tutorials on the functions and features of the Garmin Forerunner 35. This is a low cost GPS running watch which includes a wrist heart rate sensor. A nice upgrade for those who had the forerunner 10 or 20. This is a small basic device.

 

Garmin Forerunner 35 User Manual

Click here to download the Garmin Forerunner 35 user manual in PDF format

Tutorial Contents

  • Getting Started / Unboxing / Initial Setup
  • Run Mode
  • Training Indoors (Turn off GPS)
  • Run / Walk Interval Training
  • Virtual Pacer
  • Interval Workouts
  • How to Soft Reset or Restore Default
  • System Settings Overview
  • How to Change Watch Face
  • How to Change User Profile
  • How to turn Off HR Sensor – Winter Running
  • How to View Widget Screens
  • How to Enable Auto Lap
  • How to Enable Auto Pause
  • How to Setup Recurring Alerts

 

Getting Started / UnBoxing / Initial Setup


Here’s a quick video how you can get started quickly as you unbox your new garmin forerunner 35 running watch. Out of the box, or during unboxing, you will have only the device and USB charging plug.

I recommend you fully charge the device first, use this time to install on your smartphone garmin connect mobile or garmin express for your desktop.

Once fully charged, turn on the device and from here we have the setup wizard. This is where we can specify language, units, clock and basic user profile. I usually skip the user profile since it will get replaced by my profile on garmin connect.

Note that you can skip pairing to your smartphone for later. We will cover this in a later video.

Once you have completed the wizard, go outside and hit the RUN/ENTER button so that the GPS can get a signal (if you selected a activity profile) and update your clock time. If you have the device on your wrist you will be able to monitor your heart rate.

After a few minutes, the watch will beep & vibrate and you will be ready to start your activity.

 

Run Mode


In this video we will look at the Run mode on your garmin forerunner 35. This is where you can switch from a free or open run activity to a run/walk or interval workout. This is where you can also setup virtual racer when you want to run at a certain pace.

1. Hit the RUN button, then select a activity profile, like run outdoors.

2. Press DOWN button to get into the options, then select RUN MODE

You have a number of modes to choose from

FREE
RUN/WALK
VIRTUAL RACER
INTERVAL

FREE mode is the default option. Whatever you select will remain active until you choose another mode.

Once you’ve selected the run mode, you can hit BACK and start your activity.

 

Training Indoors


You can turn off the GPS on your Garmin forerunner 35 by selecting one of the activity profiles and going into the run options.

RUN INDOORS, CARDIO and WALK are the profiles where you can turn off the GPS. The speed/distance will be based on the accelerometer which is self calibrating. However you need to do some outdoor activities to calibrate it.

I recommend doing outdoor run/walk for 20-40 min in order to get a good measure.

1. Start by clicking on RUN button, choose RUN INDOOR, CARDIO or WALK

2. Press DOWN for OPTIONS then choose USE INDOORS

You will get confirmation that the GPS will be turned off. and once you start the activity you will see the GPS status icon will be int he off position.

Run/Walk Interval


You can setup interval workouts on the garmin forerunner 35 like speedwork or other type of interval workout while running or biking.

1. Start an activity by selecting an ACTIVITY PROFILE.
2. select RUN MODE then select INTERVALS
3. You can do the workout that was previously created or you can EDIT your own workout.

You have a number of steps to pick from.
COOL DOWN
WARM UP
INTERVAL
REST
REPEAT

If you select INTERVAL, you wil be able to choose either DISTANCE, TIME or OPEN for this step.

Once you have added you workout steps, simply go back and you will be able to start the activity with the intervals specified.

 

Virtual Pacer


You can setup virtual pacer on your garmin forerunner 35 so that you can help you keep pace on your run activity.

1. Start an ACTIVTY and Choose a Profile.
2. Hit OPTIONS and seldct VIRTUAL PACER
3. Specify the pace

Once done you can hit BACK and start your activity. You should get an alert whenever you are not on pace, ahead or behind.

1. Click on RUN and select an ACTIVITY PROFILE like RUN OUTDOORS
2. OPTIONS then RUN MODE
3. Select VIRTUAL PACER and select the pace you want to set.

Hit BACK and start your activity. You will get alerts when you are not on pace.

Interval Workouts


You can setup interval workouts on the garmin forerunner 35 like speedwork or other type of interval workout while running or biking.

1. Start an activity by selecting an ACTIVITY PROFILE.
2. select RUN MODE then select INTERVALS
3. You can do the workout that was previously created or you can EDIT your own workout.

You have a number of steps to pick from.
COOL DOWN
WARM UP
INTERVAL
REST
REPEAT

If you select INTERVAL, you wil be able to choose either DISTANCE, TIME or OPEN for this step.

Once you have added you workout steps, simply go back and you will be able to start the activity with the intervals specified.

 

How to Soft Reset or Restore Defaults


In this video we will look at how you can do a soft reset or restart on your garmin forerunner 35. We do this when the device is frozen or behaves badly. Note that doing this might or might not delete your history. So it’s a good idea to sync regularly.

HOW TO SOFT RESET WHEN FROZEN
1. simply press & hold the POWER/BACKLIGHT button for at least 15 seconds until the device restarts.

Pressing & holding the button for 1 second should bring up the shut down prompt.

HOW TO RESTORE DEFAULT SETTINGS
You might want to wipe the device, when selling or letting someone else use your forerunner. This method should put your device back to “out of the box” mode.

1. Press MENU |SETTINGS | SYSTEM | RESTORE DEFAULT SETTINGS
2. Select YES

System Settings Overview


In this video, we will look at the System Setting options available on the garmin forerunner 35.

To access the system settings, do the following:

1. PRESS and HOLD BACK button to get to the menu
Navigate to SETTINGS | SYSTEM

From here you can find the options to adjust the following items:
Language

time – adjust the time of day

sounds – adjust the beeps and vibration

backlight during activity – sets the backlight settings during an activity

Units – switch between metric & imperial

Software update – if you are paired with your smartphone, every time you sync it will check and download any software updates, otherwise you can use this to check if there are any available.

restore defaults – this will allow you to wipe your device and give it that out of the box feel.

about – gives you information about firmware and other information

How to Change Watch Face


You can change the watch face on the garmin forerunner 35 from the default digital display to an analog watch face. You are not able to download or install any from the connect IQ store.

To switch between watch faces, simply do the following:

1. PRESS and HOLD the BACK button to access the MENU
2. SETTINGS | WATCH FACE

from here you can choose between digital or analog.

 

 

How to Change User Profile

You can enter basic user profile information including your maximum heart rate (max hr) manually on the garmin forerunner 35 or transfer it from your garmin connect profile., including hear rate profile.

You can setup date of birth, gender, age, weight, height and max hr by navigating the following way on your garmin forerunner 35

1. PRESS and HOLD the BACK button to access the menu
2. SETTINGS | USER PROFILES

from here you can scroll and select the item you want to change or confirm after a sync with garmin connect.

How to Turn off HR Sensor


Part of the heart rate features on the garmin forerunner 35 is the ability to turn the HR sensor on/off and even to broadcast to another garmin device like Virb or Edge.

How to view last 4 hours of HR data
1. Click DOWN button to the HR screen to view the current and resting HR values.
2. PRESS the RUN button to view the heart rate graph from the last 4 hours.

How to turn off the hr sensor
1. From the last screen above, press RUN button again to get to the options
2. Select TURN off. This will turn off the wrist hr sensor. you can still pair with a garmin ant+ HR strap for winter running for example.

How to broadcast your HR to a Virb or Edge
1. From the same screen as above, Select BROADCAST HR to send your HR data to the virb or edge garmin computer.
2. To stop, press RUN button and Select YES at the EXIT BROADCAST prompt.

How to View Widget Screens


When your are not doing a running activity with the garmin forerunner 35, you can scroll throught the various data screens to view information related to activity tracking, and information that is available when you are paired with your smartphone.

The default screen is the watch face, displaying the current time.

Simply press the DOWN button to scroll through the other screens.

Heartrate – view current & resting HR
Activity Tracking Step Count
Calories burned
Intensity exercise minutes
Last Activity summary

and if you were paired with your smartphone you would see these additional screens.

Weather – it will display the same weather info as with your default weather app

Notifications – any notifications that would come up on your smartphone, you would also see it.

How to Enable Auto Lap


You can setup either Auto lap or manual lap key on your garmin forerunner 35.

Laps are very useful for you to analyze your activity based on segments you determine like distance or manually.

To enable Auto lap
1. start an activity profile
2. go to OPTIONS, select LAPS
3. Select AUTO LAP – it will select 1km auto lap. I assume thisis based on units selection. If you want mile laps, you might need to use imperial / statute units.

How to use lap button key
you can use the BACK button as a LAP key.
From the same screen as above, select LAP KEY and TURN ON.

From here this will allow you to manually hit laps. great when you are going hill or speed training.

How to Enable Auto Pause


You can adjust the timer on your garmin forerunner 35 so that it will stop when you are at a red light or other stops along your run.

This is a good feature to have when you run in urban areas and want to figure out your run pace and time before a race. While not perfect, it does help to keep your run pace more accurate than standing at a light waiting to cross.

Simply do the following to enable auto pause.
1. Select a run profile and select OPTIONS, then AUTO PAUSE
2. TURN ON

Setup Recurring Alerts

When you head out for a long run with your garmin forerunner 35 and only get an alert when you cross a certain time or distance milestone; then recurring alerts is what you need.

This feature justs give you an alert after a time, distance, calories or hr alert.

To setup alerts, do the following:
1. Start a run activity and select OPTIONS, then select ALERTS
2. from here, choose the type of alerts you want to set.

time
distance
calories
Heart rate alert.

once you choose a an alert type, set the value that you want to see the alert.

for example, say you want to get an alert at 5km, or 30 minutes, or 300 calories, or once your heart rate goes above 160 bpm.

 


 



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Outdoors Running

Garmin fenix 3 HR Tutorials

You’ll find below your comprehensive guide on using the Garmin fenix 3 HR. You will find short tutorials videos, links to manuals and general impressions of the watch.

General Review – After a few days

I upgraded from the original fenix model and first off; it’s a bit thinner but same diameter. Just like the original fenix, you feel the construction build quality. The display, designed for outdoor usage looks nice and crisp. If you have a recent forerunner 230; imagine that but sharper.

Just like the original fenix, the fenix 3 is jammed packed with features, so after a few days of use, I’m slowly getting used to it. The elevated HR sensor was a concern, but has been tracking fairly well and not bothersome on my wrist.

Tutorials Available

  • How to Update Firmware using Garmin Express
  • How To Find the Main Menu or Lock The Buttons
  • How To Add / Remove Activity Profiles
  • How to Create & Transfer Training Plan
  • Waypoints
  • How to Calibrate Compass
  • Deep Dive – How to Customize the Hike app / Hiking Activity Profile
  • How To Track Back from Previous Activity
  • How To Setup Hotkey – Sync Clock with GPS

Garmin fenix 3 HR Manual

Download the PDF manual from garmin.com

 

How To Update Firmware Using Garmin Express

Keeping your fenix 3 HR up to date is important so that bug fixes and improvements to the watch can be applied. Luckily you have two ways how software updates can be delivered: via your smartphone and Garmin Express.

If you have your fenix 3 HR paired with a smartphone and syncing using Garmin Connect, software updates are delivered wirelessly and you see an alert message on your watch to apply the update.

But in this video, we’ll show you how to use Garmin Express to do the same thing. It is a preferred method as other updates appear here such as language files and other chipset updates.

What you need:
1. Install Garmin Express on your computer
2. Plug your fenix 3 HR to your computer via the USB charging cable

Once ready you will need to add the fenix 3 HR to your device list, click ADD A DEVICE, Garmin Express will search for the fenix 3 HR and once discovered, you can log in to your Garmin Connect account or create one. Garmin Connect is where you store your activity data and user profile.

Garmin express will give you prompts that a new updates are available or have been delivered to the device.

UNPLUG the fenix 3 HR from the USB cable and allow it to do a little updating.

To check if your device has applied the software update or if there is one available, you will need to navigate to this menu setting; starting by HOLD UP BUTTON to get to the main menu then SETTINGS | SYSTEM | SOFTWARE UPDATE

PRESS START to install the update. Allow a 5-10 minutes for the update to apply and the device will restart. Allow another 2 min for the device to boot up.

You can verify the software version by navigatin to SETTINGS | SYSTEM | ABOUT

 

How To Find the Main Menu or Lock The Buttons

Here’s a quick guide on the button layout & functions found on your garmin fenix 3 or fenix 3 HR. Usually when you are excited to get your fenix 3 and forget to read the owners manual.

Top Left: Power Button / Backlight. Press and hold to reveal the menu to lock the buttons and turn off. Obviously press and hold to power on.

Top Right: Start/Enter Button.

Bottom Right: Back /Lap Button.

Bottom Left: Down Button. Press the scroll down a list or the page/widgets. Press and hold to return to the clock page.

Middle Left: Up / Main menu button. Press to scroll up the page / widget. Press and hold to get to the main menu where you can adjust settings and such.

 

How To Add/Remove Activity Profiles

By pressing the Start button on The fenix 3 and fenix 3 HR, it displays a number of activity profiles and configures the display with appropriate data fields such as run, bike, ski. This also classifies the activity on Garmin Connect. However it does not display walking profile.

In this video, I’ll show you how to add walking profile and how you can add/remove activities.

Press the UP button to get to your main menu and select SETTINGS | APPS

here you’ll see the list of activities. Press START to edit any activity. You can see that you can adjust data screens, alerts and other settings. But select STATUS and adjust that setting to either SHOW or HIDE.

 

How to Create & Transfer Training Plan

Garmin offers a number of training plans that you can use in your quest to reach that first 5k or half-marathon. You’ll need to access your desktop Garmin Connect account and Garmin Connect mobile smartphone app and your Garmin fenix 3 or fenix 3 HR.

First thing is to go to your Garmin Connect portal on the desktop and go to TRAINING PLANS. Filter the plan you want. Note that some plans have a time based workout or heart rate training workout. You can specify a start or finish date and schedule the plan into your CALENDAR.

Once the Training Plan is in your Garmin Connect Calendar, you can use your Garmin Connect smartphone app to send the workout easily to your device.

Finally, to access the custom workout, simply hold MENU, select TRAINING | MY WORKOUTS. From here you can view, delete or do the workout. The final step is to apply the workout to a running profile such as TRAIL RUN, RUN or RUN INDOORS.

 

How To Create, Navigate & Manage Waypoints


In this video, I’ll go over the steps in order for you to save a waypoint; navigate a saved waypoint, navigate a manual waypoint and finally how to delete or manage your waypoints on your garmin fenix 3 or fenix 3 hr.

You can do this during a hiking or running activity since you need to access the main menu. Note that if you hit BACK it will stop the navigation.

Note that once you select a waypoint, you need to wait for the device to get a gps signal to determine the distance. Make sure you calibrated the compass so that the direction arrow guides you in the correct direction.

HOW TO SAVE A WAYPOINT
1. PRESS and HOLD the UP button to get to the menu
2. Select SAVE LOCATION
3. Press DOWN to EDIT name, position, elevation or delete.

HOW TO NAVIGATE A SAVED LOCATION or WAYPOINT
1. PRESS and HOLD the UP button to get to the menu
2. Select NAVIGATION | WAYPOINTS. Select a waypoint
3. Select GOTO and then an ACTIVITY PROFILE

HOW TO NAVIGATE A MANUAL ENTERED WAYPOINT
1. PRESS and HOLD the UP button to get to the menu
2. Select NAVIGATION | COORDINATES. Enter a GPS position

HOW TO DELETE ALL WAYPOINTS
1. PRESS and HOLD the UP button to get to the menu
2. Select NAVIGATION | SAVED LOCATIONS
3. Select DELETE ALL

 

How to Calibrate Compass


In this video, we will look at how to calibrate the electronic compass on your garmin fenix 3 or fenix 3 hr and other compass settings, including how to add the widget to your device for quick access.

HOW TO CALIBRATE COMPASS
1. PRESS and HOLD the UP button to get to the menu
2. Select SETTINGS | SENSORS | COMPASS
3. CALIBRATE | START now rotate the watch in a figure 8 motion while rotating it. You will get either a RETRY or OK message.

Other features or settings for the compass are:
Display – charge formats
North Reference – true, grid or user
Mode – auto, off on

Finally how to add the compass widget to your quick access list where you can press UP or DOWN.
1. PRESS and HOLD the UP button to get to the menu
2. Select SETTINGS | WIDGETS | COMPASS
3. SHOW | ENABLE

How to Customize Hike app / Hiking Activity Profile


We take a deep dive into the Hiking profile or app on your Garmin fenix 3 HR or 5. When you first start an activity, you have a number of profiles to choose form like running, biking or as in this video hiking.

Once you select the profile, you wait for the GPS to get a fix on your location and then you are ready to do some hiking.

Here I’ll go over the default screens that are available and show you how you can customize your data screen, pan/zoom the map and adjust the profile or app to your liking.

Some of the other features you can do while in a hike is to do things like saving waypoints, doing a trackback or back to start as part of your navigation options.

You can even rename the app, so for example you may want to customize the data fields specifically for geocaching and label the app as geocaching.

How To Track Back From Previous Activity


Let’s say that you are off for a multi-day hike and you want to use the same track that you came in. Or better yet, doing a snowshoe hike or paddle activity. in this video we will go over how to do this using the Garmin Fenix 3 HR or Fenix 5 using the trackback function.

Simply HOLD the UP button to get to NAVIGATION | ACTIVITIES and select a past activity to navigate. You can view the details and track of the activity, select TRACK BACK.

Now choose an activity profile and after a short delay you should be at the ready state to start the track. At this point, this is like a normal workout. Hit STOP once done and save/discard as necessary.

 

How To Setup Hotkey And Sync Clock With GPS

The easiest way to set the time on your garmin fenix 3 HR or 5 is to start an activity and allow the device to search for GPS and the time would be set.

With the december 2017 firmware, you now have access to the “sync with gps” function where you can navigate down to SETTINGS | SYSTEM | TIME However, you can assign a hotkey to this function (among others) to either the Start or back button.

This will essentially create a one click shortcut. Simply navigate to SETTINGS | SYSTEM | HOTKEY and select either the HOLD UP or HOLD DOWN action. Then select from the list of functions SYNC TIME WITH GPS.

 

 

Categories
Running

Fitbit Alta – How To Tutorials

The fitbit Alta is a more stylish option than the fitbit Charge, not only allowing you to change wrsit band but provides the usual amount of features you’d expect from a daily fitness tracker. In addition to the daily tracking, silent alarms & clock – you have the additional features such as: Reminder To Move; SmartTrack; Call, Text & Calendar Alert Notifications; Sleep Tracking & Tap Display. That’s right, there are no button with this unit.

I’ve been able to squeeze out 7 days of battery life under normal desk job, walking dog, going to the gym 3 times a week & chasing after a toddler lifestyle. You can use your smartphone and unleash the freedom of the fitbit Connect app to sync your data and view the information under it’s very effective dashboards.

Contents

On this page, you will find our usual assortment of short video how-to tutorials on how to get familiar with your fitbit Alta fitness tracker.

  • How to Setup to a Computer
  • How to Setup Using an iPhone or smartphone
  • How to Reboot or Restart
  • Sleep Tracking Features
  • How To Setup Silent Alarms
  • How To Adjust Activity Goal – Reminder To Move
  • How To Adjust Clock Face and Orientation

Manual

Download the fitbit Alta manual.

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Iridium GO! – How to Update Firmware

Updating the firmware on your Iridium GO! is fairly easy and similar to how you update the firmware on your home wireless router.

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Garmin Vivofit and Vivofit 2 How to Tutorials

Contents

You will find below a number of tutorials on the Garmin Vivofit. Vivofit 2 users should see almost the exact same behaviour.

  • How to pair with iPhone
  • How to add heart rate monitor
  • How to Go into sleep mode
  • How to calibrate using stride length
  • How to reset and remove bluetooth pairing
  • How to pair to a computer or laptop

Manual

Download the Official Garmin Vivofit Manual or Vivofit 2 manual.

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Daylight Savings time Issue: A number of Vivofit users are having some issues with their time being an hour forward. The date & time is set everytime you sync either on your mobile or computer. Make sure you have the correct time zone / daylight savings time setting enabled. Another quick fix from the comments section is flipping your clock from 12 to 24 hours and flipping back. Also refer to this support page on Garmin’s website.

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How to Pair with iPhone


By using the bluetooth radio on your smartphone, we can pair our Garmin vivofit with our smartphone. Here we will use an iPhone 5s. When we first get our vivofit, we should see the PAIR indicator when first pressing the button on the device.

Next with bluetooth turned on your smartphone, we will open Garmin Connect Mobile app. go to the DEVICES page and press on the + sign. Select HEALTH & FITNESS and select vivofit.

From here you will go over the pairing instructions and you will end up with a paired device. Everytime you want to sync your activity data, simply press on your vivofit until your see SYNC and within range, Garmin Connect Mobile will sync your device and automatically load your data to Garmin Connect. The Sync will disconnect when done.

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Update Firmware via Basecamp

I’ll show you how to update your firmware using the Garmin Basecamp software.

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