Missing so many basic features for a Navigation Assist app to aid a $300 2/5
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.
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.
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 1/5
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 1/5
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 2/5
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 1/5
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.
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 2/5
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...🤔
By Hawaii Skydiver
Id rather hear Siri through my Bluetooth speakers than through Garmin’s crappy little speaker.
Connectivity terrible 1/5
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.
Not App, but a crap 1/5
It doesn’t connect to GPS automatically, every time need to sync as new device. Don’t buy any in app purchase. The photo live never sync.
Valuable if it works 1/5
Not a very engaging interface. Boring actually. Functionality wise, traffic feature is great if it would work. I am using a supported Garmin Device and the iOS service keeps disconnecting. Very irritating! Thought I found a workaround but nothing works to keep the connection.
Problem conecting BMW navigatorVI 1/5
This app was working good before updated. Now i can’t get weather and trafic services any more. Before IOS 11 was launched I could get all this services. Same with music streaming it’s annoyingly slow.
Needs improvement 1/5
I purchased a 3597 to replace my 1960 because of the iPhone link. Bluetooth hookup was easy. I purchased the camera and advanced weather support. Do not bother with the camera, crappy resolution, better resolution using web browser. The advanced weather integrates just fine and has a couple of display options to choose from. There is no voice integration with the smartphone apps. To use the google search, you have to use your phone and push the result up to your GPS. The GPS will not search through the phone, but the weather and camera will. This is where I am disappointed. My 1690 will do google searches from the GPS unit. If Garmin will make the GPS search google through the phone, I would give more stars. Also I have not Seen a way to get gas prices or movie information. Maybe they will add later. 31 October 2017 update application just locks up now on iPhone 6+ and is non functional. Changing to one star.
BELOW PAR TRAIN WRECK 1/5
CONSISTENTLY drops already established BlueTooth connection and establishing a BlueTooth initially is also very problematic and “iffy”.
The advertised advantage of buying the additional 19.99 In-App purchase WITH the unit's already Live Traffic Receiver is advertised:
"... To receive traffic updates when out out of FM range". However, understand that 99% of the time when you are out of FM range, you are also out of cell phone range too, so it makes the 'double traffic reception' concept useless.
Bottom line - DON'T purchase the 19.99 Traffic In-App-Purchase. It's worthless and ridiculously redundant.
If I were Garmin, I would be extremely embarrassed by this train wreck. Not yet ready for prime time.
By GS Bud
Let me just get straight to the point. This app is the biggest forkin piece of crap—EVER!
Next to useless 1/5
Used to provide a temperature readout on my Garmin Nuvi. Pretty much useless now it won’t connect. I’ve tried reinstalling and nothing works. Bluetooth connection to iPhone works fine.
Garmin, as ever, lacks on software. Poor show.
Won’t connect after the iOS 11 came out 2/5
Can’t get any traffic to the Harmon after the iOS 11 came out. The app is now worthless.
No longer works useless 1/5
By Not a happy camper 3322
The iPhone 6s with OS ver 11.0.3 provided by my work will no longer stay connected, for apps like traffic, to my Zumo 590. Pandora still works. Anything that uses this app is a fail.
Four square limitations 3/5
Four square needs to be able to set a location any where in addition to only nearby places. Makes it very limited unless you only use gps for local destinations.
This is like a gf that won't hold hands. Its nice but lacking. This is a tool that helps but its the only option. I have never seen an app that freezes so often. There absolutely should be a way to share to here from maps. SeRching option through saves would be great. A very basic app for a great GPS. Bad pairing
Total joke app 1/5
By Radio engineer alpha beta
As a network engineer and app development team member I can clearly say these apps are worthless. "Fails to connect" 1 in every two times you try to use it. Super slow traffic. I get much better results from just using HD traffic. Weather is little use since it rarely functions. HD weather works better. Radar is slow but that would be tolerable if it worked better than half the time. I wish I could Smartphone Link my $5 back. Garmin should be ashamed.
Won’t connect or constantly disconnects 1/5
With the update of IOS 11 the app now longer works, as the title says it either won’t connect or constantly disconnects from my garmin Nuvicam.
I have to be honest here. This app is worthless. Which makes my standalone Garmin worthless as well. I thought by having this app+unit I could free my phone from being used as a navigation device. The app won’t find most addresses, and when it does, it develops absurd routes that are up to half an hour longer than usual. I wouldn’t even give it 1 Star. Done with it.
The interface is horrible. Map density icons all look identical with the exception of the red boardered ones. There's no way of knowing the average speeds without selecting it. The legend is a joke. Traffic does not automatically refresh. There is no pull down to refresh and no background refresh functionality. In order for things to update, you must go BACK and then have the traffic refresh. In otherwords, there is no update and sync coordination between the GPS, smartphone, and smartlink. You must manually update.
The Garmin GPS always looks for the link after disconnected even though it's connected to traffic receiver. App has potential but like Garmin support it fails on so many levels.
One would think with standalone GPS use declining Garmin would try to ensure they're outstanding at every level. But no, even Garmin customer service is becoming very poor with incomplete or inaccurate information.
I feel Garmin's days are numbered...they will likely abandon consumer GPS and focus on marine and other commercial markets.
Does not work anymore 1/5
Why after the Apple update does it not work anymore I paid for this FIX IT!!!
Not compatible witn ios 11 1/5
After updating to ios 11 the bluetooth connection drops constantly , with my iphone 6 and 8.
Stopped working entirely 1/5
With iOS 11 all the core functionality has stopped working. When I start smartlink, it shows as attached to my BMW Nav but the media player app only works in Bluetooth mode now not iPhone mode where you got meta data and album art. And the traffic overlay doesn’t work at all. Might as well not even fire up the app!
Works again 4/5
It didn’t sync with my GPS unit for a while but it’s working again.
By Camel City Road Warror
App only allows local searching. If you are in Florida and you want to go to a Georgia hotel, you are out of luck unless you know the address.
2.6.0 Broke a decent app, when will it get fixed 1/5
I've been using this app for years and on both platforms. Until this recent update it was usable and very handy, especially while traveling, as I now doing. When will Garmin fix this? After iOS updates to 11? Garmin, please help, this app is useless now. ..........
Updated to iOS 11 application is still broken!!!!!! So frustrating!
Updated to 2.7.0. Still broken.
Traffic and other options 3/5
I find this is nice when it works but only works intermittently and you never know when find myself stuck in traffic when it says there is none and find myself not in traffic when I thinks their is. Inns up pretty much useless
Great app👍😊👌 5/5
By Eightball nine ball player
THIS APP WOORKS GREAT WITH THE GPS IT GAVE ME ALL I NEED AND MOOR THANKS FOR A GOOD APP W.J.FLORIDA.👍👌PS:I SEE SOME LIKE THIS AND SOME DONT WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT IT IS WOORKING RIGHT FOR ME SO FOR I PAYED FOR THE WEATHER AND THE CAMERA AND ALL IS WOORKING RIGHT HOP THIS HELPS SOMEONE OUT THERE THANKS W.J.FLORIDA😀👍👌✌️
Missing locations!! 1/5
So many of the places that I have searched for are closed up and ones that aren't closed don't show up! App needs a real update of business's and locations!! Get it together Garmin. You're suppose to be the top shelf in this market.
Been reading reviews that are 3years old and they haven't addressed any issues. Go it to show park once and forever stays there. Re installed now it doesn't do anything . Another worthless euro product
Can't get saved places back 1/5
The app is crashing after a recent update every time I try to start it. I do not want to loose all of my saved places by reinstalling the app. Developers, are you planning on fixing this, or you just want to wait until everyone gets fed up and reinstalls the app loosing all of their data? I wanted to back up my favorites even before it started crashing, but you give us no way to do so. Come on guys, this is just so inconsiderate.
How to fix crash problem 2/5
If you delete the app, and then re download it, that will fix the problem. However, if you have any addresses saved in the app, they will be deleted as well. Also, after deleting/reinstalling, don't forget to hit the "restore purchases" button. 2 stars b/c I shouldn't have had to resort to deleting all my saved data, but it is working now...
Fixed recent failure by reinstalling app after the 8/15/2017 update 5/5
By Mickey Maynard
Back to normal function so far
Too Bad 1/5
By Wessam M. Hassan
The app not working any more after updating ,
I think this is the right time to switch the garmin with another brand
So-so app, and Advanced Weather is a waste 2/5
I downloaded this app to interface with my BMW Navigator VI. I do like the ability to automatically send a destination to the NAV VI when it connects to my iPhone. I bought the Advanced Weather add-on for long road trips. The weather radar is slow, but functional as your planned route is also displayed. However, there are far better apps for weather radar. The weather alerts are a nuisance. I get a banner and an alert tone which mutes everything else from the GPS but no really useful info. For example ... "dense fog advisory", "excessive heat warning", "gale force winds", etc. pop up on the NAV VI with no indication as to WHERE. Selecting the banner or weather icon brings up the weather map on the NAV VI without any indication where the weather condition exists. I've seen a flash flood area highlighted a few times, but that's it. I'm underwhelmed. For an app that links up with a $950 GPS, I expect much better integration/performance.
Crashes Fixed 4/5
Fixed the crash & it's working now.
Effective core App as a standalone to use with device but I still recommend staying away from purchasing the add-ons.
Latest update is broken 1/5
The current version, released on 7/17 continually crashes on iPhone6, current iOS. Prior to this update it had become much better at maintaining Bluetooth. Now the app won't even open completely.
Returning GPS and never buying a Garmin ever again.... 1/5
Expensive GPS and I can't even get a simple traffic and smart phone link feature. This app doesn't work no matter what I do. If they can't fix this in the next week I am officially done with Garmin. Disappointed to say the least...
Latest Update Crashes The App 1/5
Ironically, the latest update makes the claim that "We have further improved the stability of the app" but now the app crashes every time I open it. I never had that issue before. Please fix this issue. Thanks
Update stopped app from working 2/5
Stopped working after yesterday's update.
THE WORST 1/5
By Dumb Jones
Impossible to search for a destination outside of your immediate area using the app.
I end up having to manually imputing the address directly into the GPS.
It's slow, and doesn't always connect.
God help you if you don't have the correct spelling!
It will list the most obscure destination in another town even if the place you're looking for is only a block away.
Avoid this app.
Really surprised at Garmin for not improving this.
Stopped working 1/5
By Gun Dudes Fan
Stopped working with iOS 9.3.5 where previous versions worked.
Not working 1/5
Won't open crashers
Won't connect to GPS 1/5
By Blue twin
I have a nuvi 3590LMT. Nuvi is Bluetooth connected to my iPhone 6 as I can receive phone calls. But the app will not link with the Nuvi no matter what I do. Followed all the instructions and all the FAQs but still nothing (other than the message that says I'm not connected). Extremely frustrating
Doesn't work!!! 1/5
Stopped working after update
T Washington 1/5
The app crashed after the update
please return to the original version
I also drive for a living