Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 2.6.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Android
499 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

  • Missing locations!! 1/5

    By Lilwinch78
    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.
  • Worthless 1/5

    By Gartoosum
    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
  • 2.6.0 Broke a decent app, when will it get fixed 1/5

    By longtimegrmnuser
    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.
  • Great app👍😊👌 5/5

    By Eightball nine ball player
  • Can't get saved places back 1/5

    By Mishatomsk
    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

    By CowExtract
    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

    By BFasterling
    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

    By Eric_Sean
    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

    By qlite
    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

    By qwerty
    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

    By TigerRAWk
    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

    By Chuckblue
    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

    By scottmi49509
    Won't open crashers Not good
  • 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

    By Edktx
    Stopped working after update
  • T Washington 1/5

    By TWashington111
    The app crashed after the update please return to the original version I also drive for a living
  • 🤐😬. Your not helping. 1/5

    By Kaygrabos
    Unfortunately the update you supplied did only one thing MADE THE APP completely unusable Please fix this problem I drive for a living
  • Stop working after update 1/5

    By Sashkaf
    App is crashing after start. Previous versions worked fine.
  • ncdronepilot 5/5

    By W Adams
    After reading all the 1 star reviews on this app i think i can help with the connection issues that people are having.I figured out once you connect your gps via bluetooth let the app run in the background on your phone.(DO NOT KILL THE APP WHILE USING IT OR ITWILL LOSE CONECTION).I figured this out today and it works perfect now.Garmin please fix this problem.
  • Virtually worthless 1/5

    By Jmichael999111
    I have the Garmin Motorrad V for my motorcycle and wanted to use this app for planning trips which - can not be done on this app. It will connect to the Nav unit but there is almost nothing you can do with it except point to point navigation - but only if you know an address and only if it's "nearby". Disappointed would be an understatement.
  • Expect better from Garmin 1/5

    By Probatikos
    Really like the idea but over the 5+ years they still have not fixed the issue of staying connected to your phone. So what good is it if it won't stay connected. Maybe it is time to Check out a GPS by someone else. I especially like weather coverage and alerts idea because I 3/4 of my job is travel. A lot of which is from Texas to East Coast and all up and down the East Coast
  • Live Traffic Gone... will not stay connected to Nüvicam 1/5

    By ppal1981
    Update (CURRENT ISSUE REMAINS) STILL not staying connected. Within 5 min of driving GPS displays iOS/IPhone disconnected. Live Traffic worked once for about 10 min and it disconnected. Very disgusted and am tempted to return and go back to TomTom and I thought they had bad CS/Quality!! I think it's time to sell my Garmin NüviCam to some poor soul. SHAME ON YOU GARMIN! 1/21/17, 5/13/17
  • Not useful app 1/5

    By pt1492
    Poor functionality, no instructions. It is difficult to access the weather map on the Garmin, this the only reason I purchased the app. I can't find a way to turn it off on the iPhone, so I deleted the app. A waste of money. I expected better from Garmin.
  • Slow 2/5

    By BLighthouseKpr
    This is like a gf that won't hold hands. Its nice but lacking. This is a tool that halos 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
  • Big disappointment 1/5

    By nnichols
    Weather doesn't ever update. Doesn't really give you any big benefits if you already have a GPS with traffic abilities. As far as I can tell no way to modify data or send it to the GPS. Will be asking for a refund for the weather.
  • No support for nüvi 3590 😩 1/5

    By Alfaifi1988
    Since I buy my my Garmin nüvi 3590 , I'am waiting for update support my model. But I think there is no chance to do it.
  • Spb1972 1/5

    By SPB 1972
    Stays not connected .
  • Used to work 1/5

    By Surgikalstrike
    Just updated DriveAssist 50 and smart link app will no longer communicate with gps 😡
  • Terrible application 2/5

    By Badbadbad news
    This application is awful don't waste your time
  • Not connecting smart link :( 1/5

    By Carlos74@
    Bad developers on this app. Poor customer service.
  • Horrible! 1/5

    By Max7usa
    The most useful app ever! They have live video for $$$ BUT don't have a normal searching system! How is that possible? Better upgrade it for normal searching then stupid features like LIVE CAM !!!
  • Popping Audio In Phone Calls 1/5

    By gdwinter
    Cannot use smartphone link app (traffic) at the same time as a phone call. Phone call gets horrible popping noise that prevents the caller from hearing you. Phone call only sounds clear after this app is closed.
  • Latest version does not automatically connect 2/5

    By Seamork
    Since this app was updated, every time I get in my car, I have to un-pair and re-pair my iPhone 6s with my Garmin DriveAssist 51 LMT-S gps to get traffic data to work. Every time. The hands-free bluetooth works fine, so it is connected. It's just this app doesn't want to link up with the gps.
  • Don't waste your time 1/5

    By Joe in wilmington
    This app does not work - paid for cameras - can receive cameras thru the net on my IPhone but not thru the Garmin - last parking point marked on map is WAY OFF - don't bother - needs work
  • Poor design and functionality 1/5

    By Laborspy
    Lacks the ability to disable features. You buy the weather to find out it gives alerts 3hrs away at the coast instead of anywhere local. Ok, stinks but what is horrible is that you can't disable it. So now if I want traffic I need to accept crappy weather alerts for coastal flooding when I live 3hrs from the ocean. Now I just ignore them and it's a joke in the family now. Is it really a thunderstorm or is it just a passing cloud and the bad part is 3hrs away. No clue, clicking on the alert gives you an error that it can't connect. And their support can't help on any of this. Awesome job!
  • Only works VERY local 1/5

    By frisbelly
    This app is nearly worthless. You can't enter info for a neighboring city. For some reason garmin half-assed this effort at a phenomenal opportunity. Another ANNOYING feature occurs while you are powering on your car (therefore powering on your garmin) and unlock your phone at the same time, garmin seems to think you really really want them to open up their useless app automatically. So in the middle of whatever you're doing, it intrusively butts it's ugly app on top. Two thumbs down
  • Location 2/5

    By matthew 1
    I'm not happy!!!!!the location is always on can't have the option to put in while in use
  • Pathetic 1/5

    By Mjheed
    Seriously Garmin? This is your smartphone companion app??? We can't even search for and address and plan our route then send it to the gps! It's ONLY good for finding businesses local to where you are right now. I can't even search for the city I'm driving to tonight! This app is USELESS!!
  • Cannot reload the Weather in App (except paying for it again) 2/5

    By AlfinHou
    I have to reload the App but cannot find how to reload the Weather in-app I already paid for. Neither is a link to email the App developer to consult
  • Worst app 1/5

    By Madison_parent
    Useless app. Don't ever look at it.
  • Total and utter CRAP! 1/5

    By Jerole Dius
    No stars. The Garmin device says I'm connected. My iPhone says I'm connected. The app says I'm NOT connected. For such an expensive device why the need for a separate phone app that the device should just handle on its own. I brought this thing going yesterday and it's going right back to BestBuy. Stick with the WAZE app on your phone. WAZE is second to none.
  • STINKS!!! 1/5

    By Birch65
    This app just pops up while I'm working in another for absolutely NO reason. God only knows what else it does. Fix your crap before you go offering it to people 😡😡😡 uninstalling. The people who designed this must have done the garmins too!
  • Ambiguous discivery 3/5

    By LightShards
    The app itself is kind of useless except for helping to connect to your Nuvi and allow it access to the Internet via your data connection. Clunky design for using the app itself. What is Foursquare? And if the added date and time to recents, plus sort, USEFULL!! HOWEVER I've only had my Nuvi for a few years.. I've owned NAVIGON for over five, with All options. I just found out that if the United is Not attached And you have NAVIGON If you try to navigate to a previous destination, it will open NAVIGON, plot the course, and go. There are hidden gems in this unrealized pile of Silicon directives, yet to be realized This could be flawless
  • Horrible, lazy, useless 1/5

    By -r0b-
    This app is completely useless. Talk about lazy programming, it's not even a half-hearted effort. It hasn't been updated in ages. Garmin already has the lousiest interface on the planet in their GPS devices, and this app continues that philosophy. I'd be ashamed to post it in the App Store. I only paid $1000 for their lousy GPS, so maybe I shouldn't expect so much out of Garmin...
  • Avoid this app. Avoid garmin. 1/5

    By Sha to the Mon
    Second brand new $799 gps. Neither worked with this app. You're better off just using your iPhone. I'm embarrassed I spend so much money (and downloaded this app) to get a device that's supposed to do what iPhone already does seamlessly. This app and garmin current offerings don't do anything properly.
  • Restricted Address Search to Current Location 1/5

    By Funky Bird 2140
    Why is the search db/results restricted to a close geographic proximity? It is easy to find addresses to resolve. Went on a road trip and the app would not find addresses that were fully entered (,,). Only once I was geographically closer would the app resolve the location I was going to. The radius seems to be about 60 miles. Yes - certain parts of the country it is normal to drive a couple hours on a weekend. Pisses me off and makes the app worthless. Looking at other GPS options now.

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