Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 2.8.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Android
638 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

  • Disappointing 1/5

    By Jeffy2112
    I really wanted to like this app. Everything work at first, but after about a day the only smart notification that worked was the weather. Very unreliable and very frustrating!
  • App needs some some love 2/5

    By Hawkeyeted
    Looks like it was created by some Jr. High students for computer science class. Ugly interface and Constant BT disconnects make it nearly useless.
  • What a waste 1/5

    By fuckyou98456
    This app is absolutely junk! It never pairs up or stays paired fo more than a couple of seconds. Lately it’s not giving traffic updates and the weather function is useless. I’m a truck driver so I must use the commercial truck version of gps. But quite frankly google maps is a better gps and I use both.
  • Iphone x 1/5

    By Thakur158
    Is there any hope for this app to be compatible for iPhone x ?
  • BLE not Bluetooth connecting to iPhone X 1/5

    By Mizzoumafia81
    I can connect the voice services to my DriveSmart 60 no problem. SmartLink will NOT connect, however. Had ZERO issues with my iPhone 8+.
  • Needs help and fast 1/5

    By BAstarbuck
    Good app in theory but will not stay connected to my iPhone 7 Plus.
  • Works fine for me 5/5

    I do not know why this app does not work for some people but it seems to work fine for me I do not have the disconnect issues and traffic always works. The app is stable for me with my iPhone 6plus mated to a DriveSmart 61
  • Bluetooth issue remains 1/5

    By Rusty shackleford02
    Zero improvement with Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Can I give -5 stars 1/5

    By Waiting................
    The app is fricken harrrriiibble. Search is junk. I typed in the name of my kids school and 50 schools returned. Google maps nailed it the first try. Fire the interns that wrote this steaming pile of garbage and hire some actual talent. Look up intuitive in the dictionary. How bout you mimic the screen on iphone to match the GPS. When you hit go on the mirrored phone interface it automatically syncs w gps and calculates route ect. The user interface is seamless. Use WiFi hotspot on iPhone for high speed interface w gps. Think of it as a real-time remote control for gps that also acts as the 4G router for the gps. If you are not considering a major change in the app you should remove it from the store to avoid further embarrassment and risk of false advertising that you have an app for the device that actually works Sincerely, Hatecher Freckenapp
  • Doesn't work with iPhone 6 iOS 11.3 1/5

    By Jothikrrishna
    Seems it doesn't work with iOS 11.3 anymore? I used this app an year ago and now trying to use again but seems not working.
  • Room for improvements 3/5

    By 1c48
    I'm my opinion there are at least 2 major areas for improvements. When you link a phone to the gps unit the link does not always reconnect easily. I have to delete the link and redo the set up process. This take time and is a real pain. The other improvement in my opinion is you should be able to report traffic that the device or app is not showing or delete it if there is no traffic.
  • Connection issues 1/5

    By Kboczek
    Still cannot get app to connect (iPhone se ios 11.3) 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.
  • BT Connection broken by update-please fix 1/5

    By Why did I watch this.
    App doesn’t pair Smartphone Link after update
  • Bluetooth issues 2/5

    By Escolate
    When it works is great , but when it doesn’t takes several times to be able to reconnect and uninstalling and installing over and over again... not worth it, to bad I purchased all premium subscriptions . Don’t waste ur money.
  • Completely useless 1/5

    By s hutchins
    This app is completely useless never stays connected to your garmin gps I will never buy a garmin product because of this
  • Find Nearby Places 1/5

    By Hadji Atam
    There should be an options to put a complete address and send to the Garmin GPS. You could only input nearby address, restaurants and other establishments. You couldn’t input an address that is 4 hrs of driving. If you live in that City, you don’t need a GPS since you know every road of the City. You need a GPS when you drive farther to save time, money and you won’t get lost. Add an icon for complete address or to search an address all over the US.
  • Not good for much 1/5

    By kbnovak
    For a navigation manufacturer this app is just about useless. One would expect to be able to search for locations on your phone, then when you’re about to drive, upload those destinations to the Nav unit. Nope. You can only find locations within your immediate vicinity.
  • Update now 3/5

    By mike10238
    Come on Garmin the graphics are like a 70s cartoon. You should be doing much better than this. Would give more stars if it didn’t look so cheap. It does work though. Very handy for sending destinations to my nuvi.
  • It used to work... 1/5

    By oregonmommy3
    When I first purchased my Garmin and downloaded this app it worked great.. No it doesn’t communicate at all.. please please fix this!!!!!😔
  • 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!!!!! 😠
  • 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!!!

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