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 for a detailed list of compatible Garmin devices.

Some models require a software update, available at

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
[4] See 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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Ratings and reviews

16.2K reviews
Ken Fischer
April 8, 2022
I've been using this app for several months with rarely any problems. Originally, I was only seeing phone numbers of callers but no names. Then I saw that I could allow it to see my list of contact. App hasn't used that much data. Only problem I see is that now I get alerted too often of minor delays. Don't know how to turn that off. I do get alerted of real traffic problems quicker than before I started using the app.
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Terry T
May 1, 2022
Everytime I have this opened and connected to GPS, it literally locks up my go's for 30 seconds to 2 mins. Hasn't had an update since maybe 2 phones ago. UPDATE YOUR APP!!!!! or don't advertise it as live traffic updates because when it connects, it locks up constantly!!! And because of the lock ups, I rarely use it and can't utilize its best feature the live updates. When people have free alternatives, better make sure yiu have a good and up to date product. 2 and a half years and no update!!!!
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Bob Fisher
May 2, 2022
It works sometimes but is very difficult to connect to head unit. It does not auto connect but seems to think it does. It is not intuitive at all either. It seems like a beta app that the company forgot to finish. The worst part however is I do not trust it while driving.
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What's new

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