Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link

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  • Current Version: 2.7.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Android
598 Ratings
$ 0

Garmin Smartphone Link App

Smartphone Link works with select Bluetooth®-enabled 2012 through 2017 Garmin devices, including: • DriveSmart, DriveAssist, DriveLuxe • nüvi 2417, 2467, 2497, 2498, 2517, 2559, 2567, 2577, 2589, 2597, 2598, 2599, 2689, 2699, 2789, 2797, 2798 with Backup Camera, 3597, 3598 • nüviCam • RV 660, 760 • zūmo 590, 595 • dēzl 570, 770 • dēzlCam Some of these models require a software update, available at Smartphone Link allows you to connect a compatible Garmin nüvi® and your iPhone®. Once linked, the nüvi 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 nüvi can also access Garmin Live Services** for useful, real-time driving information. Live Services for Real-Time Information With Smartphone Link, your nüvi can access Garmin Live Services for up-to-date “live” information that can be useful while driving. Some services are free when you connect to Smartphone Link. Premium content and enhanced features are available through a one-time purchase. All information can be viewed within the app itself, on your iPhone. Free Live Services include: • Address sharing - Send locations and online search results from your phone to your nüvi, 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 • Weather - View forecasts and current conditions • Dynamic Off-Street Parking - Find parking close to your destination, including the number of spots available and current cost • 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 in the U.S. and Canada, to see traffic and weather conditions • Advanced Weather** View detailed forecasts, current conditions and animated radar images, plus receive severe weather alerts * 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. *** See for terms, conditions and limitations. Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.


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Garmin Smartphone Link app reviews

  • Coordinates instead of addresses?!? 2/5

    By mwoolfolk
    I used to think this was a 4-5 star app. But, a few updates ago, it stopped displaying addresses and replaced them with coordinates when searching for locations. BRING BACK ADDRESSES!!!!! 😠
  • Connection issues 1/5

    By Kboczek
    Still cannot get app to connect (iPhone se ios 11.2.5) to dezl 760. Bluetooth paired after restore. Works fine for Android. But ios version is cursed. Also too bad subscription wasn't linked to garmin dashboard... Have to repurchase everything. Luckily just the weather.
  • No good 1/5

    By Rayvonp
    The app just doesn’t work, Garmin claims to have fixed the connection issues but my phone still has issues connecting
  • My link doesn’t connect to my gps??? 1/5

    By SirTemp
    Having issues with my link app not connecting with my gps. Phone is connected just fine but link is not . Please help
  • Please update 2/5

    By Marreropid
    Since iOS 11.2.5 came out can connect smart link with gps for more than two minutes without getting disconnected. It was working great before the update. Please update
  • Limited Utility 1/5

    By Jhdbutdxee
    The most useful function for me would be the ability to send an address or POI from my phone to the unit (2599 in my case). Unfortunately if you’re searching anything over 50 miles it won’t be found; as only “nearby places” are available; a terrible flaw. We have the technology for GS. Fix it, please.
  • Extremely hard for use in 2018. 1/5

    By Azer.HZ
    Looks like this people/garmin who offering this app to use, they from other dimension or from parallel world. They don’t have google map app or iphone map, they can’t see how easy to send addresses from browsers to any gps, almost all other applications who has any street or building address they support one click to get address in gps. But not in Garmins Smart link app. It would be smart app honestly 15 years ago. In 2018 it is stupid link app. It is completely useless. I have DriveSmart 61. it is very good gps. But this app really sad.
  • Decent. Traffic very very useful. Good when it works! 3/5

    By Iphonerocks00
    1/25/18: Back to the same old same old problems with Bluetooth dropping between the app and my DriveSmart 70LMT. So annoying. 1/19/17: Finally, live traffic issues now fixed. Need to manually launch and/or force close and re-open app if it doesn't connect automatically or you walk away from car and return while gps is on. Also sometimes helps to launch the app and click on live traffic to pull in the data. Seems to be quicker than letting it do it on its own in the background. Not perfect but now much better with bug fixes. Thanks Garmin! 1/16/17: Updated to latest version and its still garbage. Minor update but love traffic still not working on Drive Smart series. Waits for traffic data and only works sporadically. Quality control is taking a nose dive! Atrocious Garmin 1/7/17: THEY BROKE LIVE TRAFFIC WOTH LATEST UPDATE. They made live traffic a free service now but it's worse than ever. Doesn't pull on traffic or display traffic on DriveSmart series hardly at all now. No wonder it's free. Should have left it. It's even worse than it was. Don't they test these updates properly? What a mess Garmin. UPDATE 7/29/16: Working better with the DriveSmart series. Occasionally you have to disable Bluetooth in the gps and then re-enable if you have issues. UPDATE 1/22/16: This app is good when it works but usually after several times of use, it fails to automatically reconnect to the GPS and you have to turn Bluetooth services off on your nüvi and then turn them back on which is extremely frustrating. Occasionally, you even have to repair it with the phone and this is happened on multiple iPhones I've used. Also, the map quality on the app itself is atrocious. It only shows major routes and you have to zoom way into even see anything. They need to update the resolution map quality to be more in line with Google maps or Apple Maps. UPDATE 9/16/15: A mess after iOS 9! Garmin has not updated the app and now it's horrible. Blank white tabs that are unreadable. Also crashing on voice entry when searching. Please fix asap!! Garmin says a fix is in works but may be too little too late. Needs work but traffic is the most valuable feature and provides better coverage than the FM traffic receiver on the unit
  • If it could add calendar access, this would be awesome 3/5

    By everycredit
    I would recommend this product if it could access my calendar on my phone, tap an address of an appointment, and send it to my Garmin device. Right now, I had to download the google calendar app (because copying from the Apple calendar app just copies a link), go to the google calendar app, find my appointment, tap on it, copy the address, go to the garmin app, paste it in the search bar, click on the address, then tap send to device. The workflow is bad I might as well use google maps. I prefer to save data and use my garmin device, but this is why I can’t give a high rating. Add this feature and you’ve got a five star review.
  • Meh 2/5

    By Bandbear
    Big problems connecting to DriveSmart 61 from iPhone SE. Traffic and weather info are not available because of this. Needs attention so it holds the connection. 👎
  • Does not work with IPhone 6 1/5

    By Jayman19672
    Keeps on disconnecting from my iPhone, so I thought something was wrong with my Garmin, then I downloaded the garmin smartlink app on my wife’s Samsung S3 and it works perfectly! So now w just use her Android phone for traffic alerts.
  • Disconnected most of the time 1/5

    By LI-Camper
    This used to work. Since OS11 it hardly ever works. Very frustrating. As a longtime Garmin customer I expect better.
  • With latest update, Bluetooth connection is no longer stable 2/5

    By raymoondo
    The Bluetooth connection will not re-establish (even when the app is active and open) to the Garmin Drivesmart 61 lmt-s when the unit is powered off and on again. I keep having to reset the unit and remove and repair my phone to get smartphone link app to connect again. Hope this issue is resolved in the next update.
  • Bluetooth connection issues 1/5

    By Bie lie
    I have a Garmin Driveassist 51, the first time I use it, it connected to the smartphone link app, after 2 day I lost the Bluetooth connection between the app and the phone, trying to reconnect many times but failed, only the phone connected to the GPS but not the app. Garmin please fix this issue.
  • Works for me 4/5

    By Porrsher
    I often wonder if it's only the disappointed folks that write reviews because their mad or disappointed. Downloaded this app to use with my 2598LMTHD—it works like it should. If anything, in disappointed that Live Traffic overrides HD traffic when paired to the GPS. But that's a gps issue and not a app issue. Im happy with it.
  • Does not connect to smartphone services automatically 1/5

    By Seamork
    I have an iPhone 6s and this app stopped connecting to smartphone services after upgrading to iOS 11. Well, it works maybe 1 in 10 times I get in the car. It is absolutely infuriating to have mess with the settings on the GPS as well as restarting my phone over and over to get this to connect properly - all while driving in bumper to number rush hour traffic, which is why I paid so much money for this product in the first place. As far as the app goes, it has a lot of features I could care less about and are not particularly intuitive as to what they even do. I just want it to connect to traffic and weather. That’s it. But it doesn’t.
  • Does not Work 1/5

    By ipsofacto9
    I got a Garmin Drive Smart which requires the Smart Link App for traffic. Got it to work off and on but it is impossible to connect the traffic app even though the connection to the GPS is active. Absolute crap. Buy a different brand GPS! At least the older units had a GPS receiver built into the power supply
  • Drive smart aka Drive blind 1/5

    By curseddaveed
    This is the most useless app ever made. I spend more time trying to get my garmin and phone to connect than I would if I just used and old school book of maps.
  • Bluetooth compatability 1/5

    By sfd324
    This app does not work with Dezl 760, need to fix this cause a lot of folks doesn’t have the new dezl 770. For what it’s worth, it does work on android for the 760 though.
  • Crashing 1/5

    By gperez2000
    App crashes my gps
  • Does this work? Connectivity issues 1/5

    By iMacedon
    Why am I having connectivity issues between the GPS and the App? It connected once. It no longer connects
  • Not workk 1/5

    By Brayan fernandez
    Se desconecta contastente
  • Connection issues 1/5

    By Lcholt
    BT connection totally unreliable, shows connected on my phone but not on GPS. Only works sometime.
  • 11.1.2 killed app. 1/5

    By Smoking Moose
    Worked till I upgraded iOS Systems. Now doesn’t connect
  • Cannot get it to connect to my BMW Navigator VI 1/5

    By daneav8
    I have been sitting here trying to connect this to my Navigator VI with no luck. It did work once for about a minute, but not since. Have tried all tips provided on Garmin’s website. No luck.
  • When it works, it’s great. 2/5

    By Biggee72
    Had the Garmin 60LMT-s for less than 6 months. Randomly the connection to this app just stops working. It’s not as easy as just reconnecting it either. Still working on whatever the issue is but it’s 2017 and the BT function seems to be severely flawed.
  • Horrible 1/5

    By Tate0328
    Will not stay connected
  • Missing so many basic features for a Navigation Assist app to aid a $300 2/5

    By crsouser
    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. Pros: 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. Cons: 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

    By omid455
    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

    By Elc8890
    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

    By cwhitet
    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!
  • Bad 1/5

    By Jschoef1
    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

    By Rainman737
    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...🤔
  • Bad 2/5

    By Hawaii Skydiver
    Id rather hear Siri through my Bluetooth speakers than through Garmin’s crappy little speaker.
  • Connectivity terrible 1/5

    By ArtJ's
    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

    By Fhemgxydrhcr
    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

    By Sanoshen
    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

    By msnajda1
    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. Marko
  • Needs improvement 1/5

    By RK1963
    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.

    By LosAngeles90631
    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.
  • Wow 1/5

    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

    By SiKee
    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

    By Sabadeau2005
    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

    By Phred65
    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.
  • Slow 3/5

    By BLighthouseKpr
    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

    By Chopperguy05
    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.
  • Honestly... 1/5

    By G_m0
    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.
  • Horrible 1/5

    By Spokenwithhonesty
    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.

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