Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2013-03-18
  • Current Version: 2.7.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 47.36 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    1.5/5 ( 545 App Reviews)
  • Price:
Garmin Smartphone Link App Ratings: 1.5
Based on 545 App Reviews

Garmin Smartphone Link App Details

Smartphone Link works with select Bluetooth®-enabled 2012 through 2017 Garmin devices, including: • DriveSmart, DriveAssist, DriveLuxe • nüvi 2417, 2467, 2497, 2498, 2517, 2559, 2567, 2577, 2589, 2597, 2598, 2599, 2689, 2699, 2789, 2797, 2798 with Backup Camera, 3597, 3598 • nüviCam • RV 660, 760 • zūmo 590, 595 • dēzl 570, 770 • dēzlCam Some of these models require a software update, available at Smartphone Link allows you to connect a compatible Garmin nüvi® and your iPhone®. Once linked, the nüvi uses your existing mobile data plan* to share information with your iPhone, including contacts, search results, favorite locations, your driving destination, and even your parking spot. With Smartphone Link, your nüvi can also access Garmin Live Services** for useful, real-time driving information. Live Services for Real-Time Information With Smartphone Link, your nüvi can access Garmin Live Services for up-to-date “live” information that can be useful while driving. Some services are free when you connect to Smartphone Link. Premium content and enhanced features are available through a one-time purchase. All information can be viewed within the app itself, on your iPhone. Free Live Services include: • Address sharing - Send locations and online search results from your phone to your nüvi, 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 • Weather - View forecasts and current conditions • Dynamic Off-Street Parking - Find parking close to your destination, including the number of spots available and current cost • 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*** purchase within the app, include: • photoLive traffic cameras** Look up live photos from over 10,000 traffic cameras in the U.S. and Canada, to see traffic and weather conditions • Advanced Weather** View detailed forecasts, current conditions and animated radar images, plus receive severe weather alerts * Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates. ** Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. *** See for terms, conditions and limitations. Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.


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App Reviews

  • Horrible

    By Tate0328
    Will not stay connected
  • Missing so many basic features for a Navigation Assist app to aid a $300

    By crsouser
    I bought a $300 Garmin GPS that is largely dependent on phone pairing to use all of the features, so I expected much more from the app and its almost useless. Garmin struggles to maintain the usefulness of a stand alone GPS, and this app is a key part of their struggle. All of the Garmin experience is lost due to putting no investment into this application where if their hardware was paired appropriately it would be an easy decision to continue purchasing automotive gpses, unfortunately Garmin continues to fail. Pros: 1) It can auto sync your saved points in your GPS. 2) It has some subscription options including traffic and traffic cam, if you feel one needs it. though a lot of these are dependent on cell phone data plans and stuff that other apps give for lesser cost. 3) It acts as a link between 4 Square and TripAdvisor and so you can get info on the waypoints on the gps on the screen if you think those features are worth while. 4) It can act as the link for crash notification/ emergency notification in the event the gps believes there was a crash to designated contact 5) It can sync with your contact addresses but they dont make it clear where these go (such as the Garmin cloud) so until I figure that out I wont use it. Cons: 1) You cannot sync or plan trips in the phone. This alone should be the #1 feature of this app but it doesn't exist. Instead I have have manually plot a two week road trip using the hoaky location lookup features of the GPS. This really negates from the value of a stand alone GPS if I can do in less than 5 min in RouteTo app that takes me over a half hour in the GPS because this app lacks even basic routing beyond A-B destinations. 2) Find location, even on your phone, only works locally so if you are looking for a location outside your local area you are out of luck. 3) Save location and syncing location with the GPS is not user friendly and overly time consuming for such a simple function. This makes 1 & 2 even worse. 4) If you do not change in both the app and gps your ‘anonymous’ location last routes will be synced and shared with Garmin. 5) Pick a location while unlike find location doesnt constrain you to the local area picking a location COMPLETELY lacks detail and scrolling is slow.. and there is no search... So think pick a city on a map of the US on a wire grid of the US and hope you arent more than 50 miles off. 6) It feels like it has no integration with your phones maps to assist in your lookup in pick your location or finding locations for trip planning. 7) You cannot build a route in another app (including Garmins own) and upload a route to your gps.
  • It just doesn’t work

    By omid455
    I am trying to use this app with my BMW Navigator vi but it does not connect properly. I can’t get the weather updates or traffic updates in my navigator. Even after the recent update it was promised to fix this issue but nothing has changed. Very frustrating.
  • Worst Bluetooth Ever

    By Elc8890
    It disconnects all the time, not my phone issue, my headset and radio stay connected constantly. Usually have to power it down and restart it. Then some times connects and disconnects within seconds. Not to mention have to go in and manually connect to GPS thru the settings on my phone, none of my other electronics do this, they connect on their own. Navigation is also a joke, faster setting will take routes that are longer in time than shortest. Update: Still doesn’t work after “fix”!
  • Still Not Connecting

    By cwhitet
    I have attempted multiple times to get my iPhone synced with the app and my GPS. It has yet to work even after the recent update. What do I need to do? Thanks!
  • No connectivity

    By BadmanRick
    Up graded to IPhone 8 Plus running iOS 11.1.1 now I cannot connect with smart phone link. They were supposed to fix connectivity for iPhone X which should also work for iPhone 8 and 8 plus. Why all the problems with the new iPhones. Get this fixed ASAP. PLEASE.
  • Bad

    By Jschoef1
    Same problem even with latest update: Connects to my gps for less then a day then won’t connect anymore unless I reboot my phone. iPhone 7. C’mon Garmin!!!
  • Don’t waste your Money

    By Rainman737
    Traffic doesn’t update. Icon disappears on app. Interface with gps is too fundamental. I find the only thing I use this for is to transfer destinations when the gps unit is out of reach. Google Maps are way more advanced. Save your money, buy more data and use your cell phone for google maps or ways. This app is really bad for a company like Garmin. Hope their aviation gps isn’t like this...🤔
  • Bad

    By Hawaii Skydiver
    Id rather hear Siri through my Bluetooth speakers than through Garmin’s crappy little speaker.
  • Connectivity terrible

    By ArtJ's
    My iPhone 7 will connect to my Nuvi for data over Bluetooth, but between 1 and 2 minutes later it drops the connection. Connection of the Nuvi to iPhone voice channel via Bluetooth has no issues and I can use the Nuvi as a hands free device with no issues. It is the data cnx that has issues.