Restart a stuck Garmin watch

Is your Garmin Fenix, Forerunner, Vivoactive, Venu or Instinct watch blocked? During an activity, after recharging or when wanting to use it, the screen no longer moves, as if frozen and the watch seems to be stuck? Like computers and smartphones, these smartwatches can sometimes have a bug and crash completely. Unfortunately, this can happen and the solution can be applied in less than a minute. No need to wait until the battery is completely empty to turn the device off and on again, hoping that it will repair itself.

Several crash possibilities: the displayed time does not change, cannot navigate in the watch menus, the device does not respond to buttons, the GPS does not respond, the screen is stuck on the Garmin logo (freeze ) or that a “Recording in progress” goes around in circles without ending. For all these problems, same solution.

Garmin watch crashed Logging bug

This tutorial explains How to relaunch a Garmin watch stuck on a screen, when she’s frozen and you can’t do anything. It works for models Garmin Fenix, Forerunner, Vivoactive, Instinct, Venu. This is also called a soft reset, a forced restart but without resetting the device (in which case, it would be a hard reset). A procedure to be applied on all Garmin Fenix ​​series (6, 6S, 6X / Pro, 5, 5S, 5X, 5 Plus, 3…), Garmin Forerunner (230, 235, 245, 645, 735, 920, 935, 945…), VivoActive (3, 4 HR), Venu, Instinct, Vivomove, Vivofit, Vivosport, Vivosmart, Saga, Hero, Approach, Descent, Quatix, Marq.

Repairing a crashed Garmin watch

1. With the watch in hand, keep the Power / Light button pressed for 15 seconds device, usually the button at the top left of the dial.

Garmin watch tutorial reset power button

2. The watch restarts automatically (if not, start it by pressing Power / Light) by recharging all its components (cards, FIT information, etc.). The latest unsynchronized data might be lost, such as the current sports activity, but there is no other solution.

Video tutorial

Garmin offers a video tutorial for the soft reset of its watches. The explanation is the same as above, but in pictures.

And if the watch is stuck but cannot be restarted, it may need to be changed. The site i-run offers the entire Garmin range at attractive prices (link).