Garmin Connect Beta reveals new App Presentation – News | GadFit

August 9, 2017

About 2-3 days back, a notification popped up on my Garmin Connect mobile app screen indicating there’s a beta version of the mobile app and if I’d be interested to try it. Definitely.

For the longest time, I’ve been lamenting on the complexities of navigating Garmin’s Connect mobile app platform. I use the app a lot so if I have difficulty accessing the daily from the weekly views, I’m sure there are a lot more people out there like me.

Garmin Connect beta in story

In summary, these are the new changes:

  • HR tab shows heart rate in real time if wrist based HR measurement is turned on
  • Tracked stats presented in tabs format
  • Tabs can be expanded to show daily or weekly view
  • Progress bar on tab and a green tick will appear when daily goal is met
  • Summary view of the day
  • Summary view of previous day
  • Summary view of the previous week

I believe Garmin is still tweaking what works and what doesn’t, thus the opening up of the Beta access.

In all honesty, the new format is easier for navigation and allows simpler access to tracked stats for activity tracking. As to whether this is a step towards revamping the entire app presentation I do not know. Garmin is caught in the middle of catering to those who are starting new to exercise and the elite athletes who’d port their data over to Strava, Training Peaks and so on for more detailed analysis. The current beta will no doubt cater to the former. And I’m waiting to see if the tracked workouts presentation will be improved in the near future.

garmin connect beta trail access

To check if you’re eligible to trial the new beta version of the Garmin Connect mobile app, simply head over to the settings page and you should see “beta access”right at the top. Tap on that and activate it. Be sure to read the terms and conditions to make sure you fully understand what you’re signing up for. This is an uncompleted version of the final app and the final appearance may be drastically different.

**The trial is not available to everyone.


  • Reply david August 18, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Not everyone gets the ability to opt in to beta testing.

  • Reply Peter Lulai September 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Not everyone gets the ability to opt in to beta testing.

  • Reply Jules Malcolm September 11, 2017 at 8:58 am

    My husband got selected to be a beta tester and I like what he has on there. Is there anyway that I can get to become a beta tester?

    • Reply Michael S September 13, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Jules,

      I understand that being selected as a Beta tester is random.

      You can drop Garmin an email and try your luck. Or wait for the final version of the new app.

      I doubt it’ll take long as it’s already been showcased when Vivoactive 3 was announced.


  • Reply Kellee October 7, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I was using the new beta, and opening Garmin Connect today it was gone. Problem being I want it back and how do I make that happen.

    • Reply Michael S October 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Kellee,

      Have you tried looking under “Settings” ?

      The Beta Access is the option at the top. You can enable the access again from there.


  • Reply Jenni October 11, 2017 at 10:29 am

    My beta test interface had randomly turned itself off and I was gutted! Thank you Mike for showing me how to get it back. I am so much happier with the new option I sincerely hope Garmin keep it!

    • Reply Michael S October 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      You’re welcome. I’ve been hearing good feedback about the new interface as well. At the end of the day, it’s still a front. I like to think there’s a lot more Garmin could do to improve their mobile app.


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