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 iPhone®. Once linked, the compatible Garmin navigator 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 compatible Garmin navigator can also access Garmin Live Services 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 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 purchase within the app, include: • photoLive traffic cameras Look up live photos from over 10,000 traffic cameras to see traffic and weather conditions • Advanced Weather View detailed forecasts, current conditions, and animated radar images, plus receive severe weather alerts • Dynamic Off-Street Parking Find parking close to your destination, including the number of spots available and current cost  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.  Parking data is available for most city centers. For coverage details, visit Parkopedia.com.  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.
This app pair with garmin GPS has potential BUT it needs improvements.. 1) app disconnects frequently from garmin GPS and when trying to connect back sometimes is a headache 2) user interface looks old app needs to be updated for UI 3) the search address bar sometimes won’t find addresses.
Wasted my money don’t wast yours too! Doesn’t connect to the data on my phone and so I can’t see any cameras and my gps can’t see the weather! So screwed I’m hopping mad 😡
I want a refund. It doesn’t connect to the Garmin GPS. It doesn’t work at all. Refund please.
Another example of how irredeemably bad Garmin is at software development. I mostly use my Garmin Navigator VI as an ugly, poorly configurable instrument panel. The GPS functionality is barely serviceable compared to a device 10 years older and this app doesn’t help that much. In fact the system designed to download traffic to my phone and upload it to the device hardly works at all. Not sure how Garmin employees overcome their embarrassment to publish junk like this.
Live traffic doesn’t work
I once had everything working great then apple pushed some updates to their iOS. Traffic and weather quit working. Need to update app to work with the iOS. Was great but now no so.
Let’s start by saying if I can give no stars I would. This app never stays synced to either phone we have and we have tried 2 iPhones and an Android. I am constantly spending 30-40 min to get it to link up and all work together. We drive a truck so it is important to us to be able to do things hands free. Like the weather and traffic. When the app is working it is great but that is few and far between. Needs something done because it is very frustrating trying to constantly link the phone and the Garmin.
The app is somewhat functional but feels like the programmers created a rough draft and released it. It lacks what would seem to be the most basic functions. You can’t simply search for a location and send it to the gps. The search function only searches the local area. Here’s a workaround but really defeats the purpose. First google your destination to get an address. Then create a contact in your phone for the destination. You can then open your contacts from within the app and choose the address to send to your gps. This usually requires several attempts since the Bluetooth connectivity is hit and miss. I’m hoping that garmin gps will catch up with more modern navigation apps because I prefer a dedicated unit as opposed to using my phone. Purchased a new $300 gps hoping for updated technology but it actually seems worse than my 2001 model. Maybe dedicated gps units are on their way out.
The iPhone X has been out for over two years and still this app is not optimized for the phone’s aspect ratio. I love the app and I’d love to give it a 5 star review, but this affect the user interface and practicality of the app, not to mention that the black boarders waste space. Please do something Garmin, every time I update this app I expect an aspect ratio adaptation and I’m always disappointed.
Update to 12.1.2 is a nightmare. The system is u stable and crashes repeatedly. Please fix to get a 5 star rating again!