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Garmin Connect — Android & iOS– Is Now At 4.2 (As Of January 13, 2018).

by Anura Guruge



Garmin Connect updated to 4.2 this morning, automatically, on my ASUS ZenPad 10.1″ running Android 7.0.

Smooth update. No issues. Accessed my prior data, seamlessly, as soon as it initalized itself. So far, so good. Noticed that it now ‘flashes’ a ‘device connected’ message when it makes Bluetooth contact.

This update is consistent with Garmin’s recent claim to provide monthly updates — at a minimum — for all of its software.

We were, with Garmin Connect, at 4.1.11 (which was released around December 8, 2017). So, the timing was on the mark.

Interesting that it is 4.2 rather than 4.1.12.

Garmin Express, earlier this week, was updated to 6.0.

So, it would appear that Garmin, in January, starts off with fresh ‘release number’ builds — rather than incremental updates.

Garmin Connect, unlike Garmin Express, should AUTO-UPDATE.

If you do not have 4.2 on your Mobile you might want to force an update.


So, as of Saturday, January 13, 2018:

Garmin Connect — 4.2

Garmin Express — 6.0

Vivoactive 3 — 2.9

Got that? 


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Garmin Express Is Now At 6.0 (As Of January 11, 2018).

by Anura Guruge



I updated it today, on Windows 7, to 6.0. I think the update was released in the last couple of days.

As I had previously told you, Garmin Express (at least on Windows) does NOT auto-update or provide you with any notification that an update is available. You have to check manually.

Going from 5.9 (December 16, 2017) & 5.8 (November 17, 2017) to 6.0 in January 2018 is consistent with their stated goal of an update a month.

What I still cannot find, to my chagrin, is an update history — so that we know what is new/fixed in 6.0. Why Garmin is so secretive is a mystery.

NOTE. Something I discovered today, prior to updating to 6.0. IF you are getting a ‘Garmin Server Error‘ when using Express it means YOU need to update Garmin Express. Happened to me when I still had 5.9. That prompted me to CHECK for Express updates. As soon as I had 6.0 … all was GOOD.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Firmware 2.90 — Released 7-Days After 2.80 To Fix Touchscreen Issue!

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You should be able to find the latest firmware news here.




This firmware update, just 7-days after they release 2.80, to fix the battery drain issue, came out of the blue.

I was synching my Vivoactive 3, via Bluetooth, with my Android tablet, when I noticed that it was taking unusually long. So, checked. Saw it was doing a software update. Surprised me since 2.8 was so fresh.

Just to be on the safeside came upstairs, USB connected it to my PC, and ran Garmin Express. Sure enough. Firmware version 2.90 — to fix a touchscreen issue. Must have been serious. I had not noticed. Maybe I thought it was a bit sluggish BUT I had had any issues with the touchscreen and I had been running 2.80 for a week.

So, heads up.

Best to update to 2.90.

Happy New Year.

I suspect we will have 3.0 before the Chinese New Year, which is in February.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Firmware 2.80, Released Dec. 28, 2017 — Supposedly Fixes Battery Drain!

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Click to ENLARGE. My Vivoactive 3 on my wrist, around 10pm on December 28, 2017.


Well we all knew that Garmin would have to fix the battery drain problem at some point. It was serious. So, this appears to be the first attempt. I haven’t had 2.8 firmware running for ling enough to tell whether it has made a difference. I will, of course, monitor and keep you posted.

I need to charge my Vivoactive 3 this evening, and whenever I do (since I do it on my main PC), I fire up Garmin Express to check on the software. It took a LONG TIME to sync so I suspected that new firmware was being downloaded. I was right.

Firmware 2.70 for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 was released on Friday, December 8, 2017. So, 2.8o was released within 20 days. Their usual goal is once a month. I am GLAD.


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Garmin Express Is Now At 5.9.0.0 (As Of December 14, 2017).

by Anura Guruge



I just updated it, on Windows 7, to 5.9.0.0. I think the update was released on December 13, 2017.

As I had previously told you, Garmin Express (at least on Windows) does NOT auto-update or provide you with any notification that an update is available. You have to check manually.

I had downloaded 5.8.0.0 on November 17, 2017. So it appears that they are updating Express every month. I gather that that is also the new goal for Garmin Connect Mobile. A new update every month.

Not sure what going up to 5.8 from 5.7 did. I haven’t seen any differences. Maybe it was to add support to the Vivoactive 3.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Firmware — Now At 2.70 [& Update History].

by Anura Guruge


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You should be able to find the latest firmware news here.


Firmware 2.70 for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 was released on Friday, December 8, 2017.

Though not listed as a ‘fix’ bluetooth pairing appears to have been improved.

But, then again it might be the latest update, 4.1.11, to Garmin Connect Mobile.

I would suggest that you make sure you are at these latest levels. Seem to make a noticeable difference.


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My New Garmin Vivoactive 3 Paired With My Android 7.0 Tablet FIRST Time — No Issues!

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This was the replacement, from “Heart Rate Monitors USA” (who have been OUTSTANDING), for my first Garmin Vivoactive 3 that died exactly 2-weeks after I got it.

Though they shipped this brand new replacement on Tuesday, I only got it today (Saturday) because UPS is so, so pathetic.

Last time it took me 22-attempts over 4-hours.

This time — BANG. First go. Took seconds. I could NOT believe it.

4 things changed.


  1. The Vivoactive 3 has yet another FIRMWARE update. We are now at 2.70. NOT 2.60 or 2.50.
  2. There was a new version of Garmin Connect Mobile (for Android) yesterday, i.e., December 8, 2017. The Android version is at 4.1.11.
    ….
  3. I restarted the Android tablet prior to attempting the pairing.
    ….
  4. I did a FORCE STOP on Bluetooth, on the tablet, just prior to the pairing.

It was probably the new software that made the difference. I had shared my experience and screen shots with Garmin.

But, it is easy enough to do the other two steps as well.

Hope this helps.


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