Garmin Smartphone Link

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About this app

Smartphone Link works with select Bluetooth® enabled Garmin navigation devices, including most products from the following product categories:

• Garmin Drive™, Garmin DriveSmart™, Garmin DriveAssist™, Garmin DriveLuxe™ automotive navigators
• Garmin RV and Camper navigators
• zūmo motorcycle navigators
• dēzl truck navigators
• some nüvi automotive navigators (3597/3598/2x17/2x18/2x97/2x98/2x67/2x68/2577)

Check garmin.com/spl for a detailed list of compatible Garmin devices.

Some models require a software update, available at garmin.com/express

Smartphone Link allows you to connect a compatible Garmin navigator and your Android smartphone. Once linked, the compatible Garmin navigator uses your existing mobile data plan[1] to share information with your Android smartphone, including contacts, search results, favorite locations, your driving destination, and even your parking spot. With Smartphone Link, your compatible Garmin navigator can also access Garmin Live Services[2] for useful, real-time driving information.

What Are Garmin Live Services?

Garmin Live Services provide the most up-to-date “live” information to your Garmin navigator using your existing mobile data plan. There’s no need for an additional data connection. Some services are included when you connect to Smartphone Link. Other services within the app are available through optional paid subscriptions offering premium content and enhanced features. To receive data relevant to your location, Garmin Live Services require your current GPS location be shared with Garmin and Garmin partners.

Included Live Services:

• Address sharing - Send locations and online search results from your phone to your compatible Garmin navigator, and navigate there

• Garmin Live Traffic
Avoid delays and find detours with the best-in-class real-time information. Garmin Live Traffic is updated every minute and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle

• Live Parking[3]
Save time, and take the stress out of parking. View helpful parking information, including pricing and availability trends for on-street public parking, as you approach your destination.

• Weather - View forecasts and current conditions

• Last Mile - Remembers your parking spot and shows your destination, so you can find your way on foot and back again

Premium Live Services, available for a one-time[4] purchase within the app, include:

• photoLive traffic cameras[2]
Look up live photos from over 10,000 traffic cameras to see traffic and weather conditions

• Advanced Weather[2]
View detailed forecasts, current conditions, and animated radar images, plus receive severe weather alerts

• Dynamic Off-Street Parking[2]
Find parking close to your destination, including the number of spots available and current cost


[1] Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates.
[2] Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required.
[3] Parking data is available for most city centers. For coverage details, visit Parkopedia.com.
[4] See https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=111441 for terms, conditions and limitations.

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Smartphone Link offers a variety of live services for your Garmin navigator. To ensure that you can access these services across all your Garmin devices, we use your Google Play Store e-mail address to uniquely identify you. We will not use this e-mail address for any other purpose.
Updated on
Oct 31, 2019

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2.9
16.5K reviews
A Google user
March 4, 2019
Dreadful features. Inputting an address is basically useless. Used to be able to enter an address and have it sent to the GPS, but that was long ago and there hasn't been any improvement in at least compensating for the loss of the Google API. Even entering an entire city name brings back a "No matches found" error message. But at least i can find out what Foursquare thinks about a rest area bathroom!
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A Google user
July 29, 2019
Seems to work to connect my 2597 to my phone, it has no trouble dialing numbers and making some requests. But, I have two major issues. 1: I use my phone in landscape mode while driving, to display auto gauges and a digital dash. Trying to use this app at 90 degrees is a royal pain. 2: I've gotten warnings and bad weather alerts for areas that aren't within 100 miles of where I am or where I'm headed. The weather info is pretty useless.
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A Google user
June 19, 2019
mediocre at best. it makes finding an address outside 50 miles a real pain. the lack of finding an address really takes away the usefulness of this app. but, when you have the address nearby, it works great. i.d like to see the "search nearby" in the UI and functionality changed to "Search address(es)". this way it makes "SmartLink" more functional. my rating will change when this feature is changed.
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What's new

We have further improved the stability of the app. Enjoy your drive!