Make Best Use Of Garmin Connect IQ Store On A Garmin Device

Garmin Connect IQ changed the GPS history with this innovative way of using other apps on your device. With the help of Garmin Connect IQ apps, you can enjoy music on the go, track your data anywhere, change the watch face on your watch and even check out the estimated arrival time of your Uber driver. It is an application development platform for high-end Garmin devices where developers can make watch extensions and apps dedicated to a Garmin Wearable.

What Does Connect IQ Offer?

You can easily download the following items if your device supports Garmin Connect IQ:

Apps – You can easily download several apps right from the basic fitness apps to some smart apps. You can choose from fitness, music, social and lifestyle apps. Even though the installation process is not as smooth as smartphones, it is quite easy to use the apps once installed correctly.

Widgets – You can access several smartphone-like widgets in your Garmin device through Garmin Connect IQ. You can track your daily activity and weather on your device. These widgets make your data less cluttered with easy screen notifications.

Garmin Watch Faces – If you have got bored with the face of your watch, you can download watchfaces for your Garmin Watches. There are several watchfaces available which are very attractive and change your watchface completely.

Data Fields – You can easily include a data from an existing fitness app right on your display. With this customized display, you can access other apps data from your device.

Music Apps – This is the best advantage which a user can have with Garmin Connect IQ. You can download apps like Spotify in your device and enjoy it right from your watch.

How To Access Connect IQ Store?

Access Connect IQ through Garmin Connect App:

  • Run Garmin Connect app
  • Select the ‘Menu’ option
  • Log into your Garmin Connect account
  • Pair your device with Garmin Connect and browse through the Garmin Connect IQ store.
  • Just select from a wide range of applications, widget and watchfaces and install them in your device.

Access Connect IQ through Garmin Connect WEB on PC:

  • Log into your Garmin Connect account
  • Click on the option in upper right corner.
  • Click on ‘Connect IQ Store’ and browse through the IQ store for various apps and watchfaces.

How To Install A Connect IQ App?

If you have a Garmin-compatible device, you can install a Garmin connect app through two different ways. One is by Garmin Connect on your smartphone and second is Garmin Express.

Install Connect IQ Apps Using Garmin Connect App:

  • Open Garmin Connect app on your phone. If you do not have it, download it from
  • Select the ‘More’ option and select Garmin IQ store.
  • Select the app you want to install and download it.
  • The application might ask you to grant permission before installing. Select Allow.
  • Sync your Garmin account with your device and exit the app. Your new app will be available to use.

Install Connect IQ Apps Using Garmin Express:

  • Open Garmin Express in your computer. If you do not have it, click here to download.
  • Connect your device with your computer using a USB data cable.
  • Select your device in Garmin Express and go to IQ Apps.
  • Select the app you want to install in your device and download it.
  • From your Garmin Express, select on Install All.
  • The downloaded apps will be installed in your Garmin device.

Garmin Connect IQ Supported Devices

Here are some Garmin devices which support Garmin Connect IQ:

  • Vivoactive,
  • Vivoactive 3
  • Vivoactive HR
  • Forerunner FR230
  • Forerunner FR630
  • Forerunner FR235,
  • Forerunner FR935,
  • Forerunner FR735XT,
  • Forerunner FR645
  • Forerunner FR920XT
  • Forerunner FR935
  • Approach S60
  • Fenix 5
  • Fenix 3
  • Fenix 5S
  • Fenix Chronos
  • Fenix 3HR
  • Edge 520
  • Edge 820
  • Edge 1000
  • Edge 1030
  • Edge Explore 820
  • Edge Explore 1000
  • D2 Bravo
  • D2 Charlie
  • D2 Bravo Titanium
  • Quatix 5
  • Decent Mk1
  • Epix and Oregon

Best Garmin Connect IQ Apps And Watch faces

Below are the top trending apps which can be connected with Garmin Connect IQ:

  • Spotify – Trending as the no. 1 music app, Spotify is your perfect partner for an outing. Just download the app and make your watch a live music streaming device.
  • Deezer – Enjoy a countless number of music genres. Relish the preset categories such as rock, metal, hip-hop or create your own playlist.
  • Uber – No need to keep a track on your Uber driver on your phone. Download the app and get instant ETA on your Uber driver’s location right on your watch.
  • UltraSlim – As its name suggest, it shows the time in a large font. The informative display is easily readable without any clutter.
  • Crystal – This is one of the most famous watch faces as of now. It is beautiful and elegant, and you can see a wide range of elements right on your screen.
  • AccuWeather MinuteCast – One of the most accurate weather forecast app. If you are going on a trip, this is a must-have app which can inform you about the upcoming weather so you do not have to face any discomfort.
  • Dozen Swim – The developer of this watch was awarded the ‘2019 CIQ Developer of the Year’ award. The design is based on 12 data display which shows 12 different items right on your watch screen.
  • Titanium – This is a beautiful watch face if you love to go for car rides. This watch face looks like a car instrument penal and you can see your elevation and step counts.
  • Maps – Find out maps of every region with this Map app. If you do not have maps downloaded on your device, you can take help from this app which can provide a basic map of all the locations.
  • NoFrills – A unique concept as a watch face. You can see athe water level in your time which keeps on increasing as soon as you increase on your daily step goals.
  • ActiFace – This watch face is for someone who loves everything. The watch face includes almost all the things which you might want to see in your device. Just look at your watch without using your smartphone.

Garmin Connect IQ Issues

These are some common issues which you might face if you are a regular Connect IQ user:

  • IQ store freezing continuously
  • Direct server problem
  • Unable to apply a watch face
  • Getting ‘Network Connection Error’
  • Garmin Connect app crashing
  • Not able to uninstall the existing watch face
  • Log in/Sign in issue
  • Digital seconds or dynamic hands are not working
  • Unable to use Garmin IQ calendar
  • Not able to download Time files
  • IQ data missing from your device
  • Problems in switching from 24-hour time mode to 12-hour time mode
  • Unable to sync Connect IQ with your device
  • Weather not getting updated on your device
  • Connect IQ not connecting with Vivoactive 3
  • Installation issues

Garmin Connect IQ FAQs

Why am I not able to uninstall a watch face?

You might not be able to uninstall a watch face if it is currently active. Change your watch face from the device setting. If still unable to uninstall, try deleting it from Garmin Express.

The Seconds key prompt hides after a minute

Some devices are set on automatic mode to hide the seconds notification after a fixed time. You can set your device on a ‘High Power Mode’ to view the seconds key but it will drain your device’s battery faster.

The watch face is changing constantly on my Vivoactive 3

The previous version of Vivoactive 3 would come with a stalling firmware which erased or stalled many Connect IQ features. The company has provided a new firmware 5.90 which makes sure that you do not have to face this issue.

How to change the time zone to 24HR in watch face?

Go to the Settings and open the System page. You will find ‘Time’ in the setting. Select the 24HR zone and your device will shift to 24HR time zone. If still you do not get time, sync your device with Garmin Express.

I am not able to locate Spotify in Garmin Connect IQ store

Make sure you are using the latest firmware in your device and your device is compatible with Connect IQ. Unfortunately, Spotify is not available in various countries yet. So, keep on checking with the music streaming device to get an update on this.

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