Activities and App Settings

These settings allow you to customize each preloaded activity app based on your needs.‍ For example, you can customize data pages and enable alerts and training features.‍ Not all settings are available for all activity types.

Hold MENU, select Activities & Apps, select an activity, and select the activity settings.

3D Distance

Calculates your distance traveled using your elevation change and your horizontal movement over ground.

3D Speed

Calculates your speed using your elevation change and your horizontal movement over ground.

Accent Color

Sets the accent color of each activity to help identify which activity is active.

Add Activity

Allows you to customize a multisport activity.


Sets the training or navigation alerts for the activity (Activity Alerts).

Auto Climb

Enables the watch to detect elevation changes automatically using the built-in altimeter (Enabling Auto Climb).

Auto Lap

Sets the options for the Auto Lap® feature to automatically mark laps. The Auto Distance option marks laps at a specific distance. The Auto Position option marks laps at a location where you previously pressed LAP. When you complete a lap, a customizable lap alert message appears. This feature is helpful for comparing your performance over different parts of an activity.

Auto Pause

Sets the options for the Auto Pause® feature to stop recording data when you stop moving or when you drop below a specified speed. This feature is helpful if your activity includes stop lights or other places where you must stop.

Auto Rest

Enables the watch to automatically create a rest interval when you stop moving (Auto Rest and Manual Rest).

Auto Run

Enables the watch to detect ski or water sport runs automatically using the built-in accelerometer (Viewing Your Ski Runs, Viewing Your Water Sport Runs).

Auto Scroll

Sets the watch to scroll through all of the activity data screens automatically while the activity timer is running.

Auto Set

Enables the watch to start and stop exercise sets automatically during a strength training activity.

Auto Sport Change

Enables the watch to automatically detect a transition to the next sport in a multisport activity such as a triathlon.

Auto Start

Sets the watch to automatically start a motocross or BMX activity when you start moving.

Big Numbers

Changes the size of the numbers on the activity data screens (Big Numbers Mode).

Broadcast Heart Rate

Enables automatic heart rate data broadcasting when you start the activity (Broadcasting Heart Rate Data).

Broadcast to GameOn

Enables automatic biometrics data broadcasting to the Garmin GameOn™ app when you start a gaming activity (Using the Garmin GameOn App).


Displays ascent planning and monitoring screens while navigating (Using ClimbPro).

Club Prompt

Displays a prompt to enter which golf club you used after each detected shot to record your club statistics (Recording Statistics).

Countdown Start

Enables a countdown timer for pool swimming intervals.

Data Screens

Enables you to customize data screens and add new data screens for the activity (Customizing the Data Screens).

Driver Distance

Sets the average distance the ball travels on your drive while playing golf.

Edit Weight

Allows you to add the weight used for an exercise set during a strength training or cardio activity.

Golf Distance

Sets the unit of measure for distance while playing golf.

Golf Wind Speed

Sets the unit of measure for wind speed while playing golf.

Grading System

Sets the grading system for rating the route difficulty for a rock climbing activity.

Jump Mode

Sets the jump rope activity target to a set time, number of reps, or open ended.

Lane Number

Sets your lane number for track running.

Lap Key

Enables or disables the LAP button for recording a lap or rest during an activity.

Lock Device

Locks the touchscreen and buttons during a multisport activity to prevent inadvertent button presses and touchscreen swipes.


Sets the display preferences for the map data screen for the activity (Activity Map Settings).


Plays tones or vibrates at a steady rhythm to help you improve your performance by training at a faster, slower, or more consistent cadence. You can set the beats per minute (bpm) of the cadence you want to maintain, beat frequency, and sound settings.

Mode Tracking

Enables or disables automatic ascent or descent mode tracking for backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

Obstacle Tracking

Enables the watch to save obstacle locations from your first loop of the course. On repeat loops of the course, the watch uses the saved locations to switch between obstacle and running intervals (Recording an Obstacle Racing Activity).


Configures the "plays like" distance feature, which shows adjusted distances to the green while playing golf ( PlaysLike Distance Icons).

Pool Size

Sets the pool length for pool swimming.

Power Averaging

Controls whether the watch includes zero values for bike power data that occur when you are not pedaling.

Power Mode

Sets the default power mode for the activity.

Power Save Timeout

Sets the power-save timeout length for how long your watch stays in training mode, for example, when you are waiting for a race to start. The Normal option sets the watch to enter low-power watch mode after 5 minutes of inactivity. The Extended option sets the watch to enter low-power watch mode after 25 minutes of inactivity. The extended mode can result in shorter battery life between charges.

Record Activity

Enables activity FIT file recording for golf activities. FIT files record fitness information that is tailored for Garmin Connect™.

Record After Sunset

Sets the watch to record track points after sunset during an expedition.

Record Temperature

Records the ambient temperature around the watch during certain activities.

Record VO2 Max.

Enables VO2 max. recording for trail run and ultra run activities.

Recording Interval

Sets the frequency for recording track points during an expedition. By default, GPS track points are recorded once an hour, and they are not recorded after sunset. Recording track points less frequently maximizes battery life.


Sets the activity name.

Rep Counting

Enables or disables rep counting during a workout. The Workouts Only option enables rep counting during guided workouts only.


Enables the Repeat option for multisport activities. For example, you can use this option for activities that include multiple transitions, such as a swimrun.

Restore Defaults

Allows you to reset the activity settings.

Route Stats

Enables route statistics tracking for indoor climbing activities.


Sets the preferences for calculating routes for the activity (Routing Settings).

Running Power

Allows you to record running power data and customize the settings (Running Power Settings).


Sets the satellite system to use for the activity (Satellite Settings).


Allows you to set your golf scoring preferences, enable statistics tracking, and enter your handicap (Scoring Settings).


Allows you to view your saved segments for the activity (Segments). The Auto Effort option automatically adjusts the target race time of a segment based on your performance during the segment.

Segment Alerts

Enables prompts that alert you to approaching segments (Segments).

Self Evaluation

Sets how often you evaluate your perceived effort for the activity (Evaluating an Activity).


Enables advanced speed metrics for windsurf activity runs.

Stroke Detect.

Enables stroke detection for pool swimming.

Swimrun Auto Sport Change

Allows you to automatically transition between the swim portion and the run portion of a swimrun multisport activity.


Enables or disables the touchscreen during an activity.

Tournament Mode

Disables features that are not allowed during sanctioned tournaments.


Enables transitions for multisport activities.


Sets the units of measure for the activity.

Vibration Alerts

Enables alerts that notify you to inhale or exhale during a breathwork activity.

Virtual Caddie

Allows you to select automatic or manual virtual caddie club recommendations. Appears after you play five rounds of golf, track your clubs, and upload your scorecards to the Garmin Golf™ app.

Workout Videos

Enables instructive workout animations for a strength, cardio, yoga, or Pilates activity. Animations are available for pre-installed workouts and workouts downloaded from your Garmin Connect account.

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March 2024