Garmin Messenger App

WARNING

The inReach® features of the Garmin Messenger™ app, including SOS, tracking, and inReach Weather, are not available without a connected inReach satellite communicator and an active satellite subscription. Always test the app before you use it outdoors.

CAUTION

The non-satellite messaging features of the Garmin Messenger app alone should not be relied on as a primary method to obtain emergency assistance.

NOTICE

The app works over both the internet (using a wireless connection or cellular data on your phone) and the Iridium® satellite network. If you are using cellular data, your paired phone must be equipped with a data plan and be in an area of network coverage where data is available. If you are in an area without network coverage, you must have an active satellite subscription for your inReach satellite communicator to use the Iridium satellite network.

You can use the app to message other Garmin Messenger app users, including friends and family without Garmin® devices. Anyone can download the app and connect their phone, allowing them to communicate with other app users over the internet (no login is required). App users can also create group messaging threads with other SMS phone numbers. New members added to the group message can download the app to see what others are saying.

Messages sent using a wireless connection or cellular data on your phone do not incur data charges or additional charges on your satellite subscription. Messages received may incur charges if message delivery is attempted over both the Iridium satellite network and the internet. Standard text messaging rates for your cellular data plan apply.

You can download the Garmin Messenger app from the app store on your phone (garmin.com/messengerapp).

Using the Messenger Feature

CAUTION

The non-satellite messaging features of the Garmin Messenger app alone should not be relied on as a primary method to obtain emergency assistance.

NOTICE

To use the Messenger feature, your Forerunner® watch must be connected to the Garmin Messenger app on your compatible phone using Bluetooth® technology.

The Messenger feature on your watch allows you to view, compose, and reply to messages from the Garmin Messenger phone app.

  1. From the watch face, press UP or DOWN to view the Messenger glance.
    TIP: The Messenger feature is available as a glance, app, or controls menu option on your watch.
  2. Press START to open the glance.
  3. If this is your first time using the Messenger feature, scan the QR code with your phone, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing and setup process.
  4. On your watch, select an option:
    • To compose a new message, select New Message, select a recipient, and either select a pre-defined message or compose your own.

    • To view a conversation, press UP or DOWN, and select a conversation.

    • To reply to a message, select a conversation, select Reply, and either select a pre-defined message or compose your own.

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March 2024