Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 2.9.8
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Android
  • Links: Google Play Store
642 Ratings
$ 0

Garmin Smartphone Link App

Smartphone Link works with select Bluetooth® enabled Garmin navigation devices, including most products from the following product categories: • Garmin Drive™, Garmin DriveSmart™, Garmin DriveAssist™, Garmin DriveLuxe™ automotive navigators • Garmin RV and Camper navigators • zūmo motorcycle navigators • dēzl truck navigators • some nüvi automotive navigators (3597/3598/2x17/2x18/2x97/2x98/2x67/2x68/2577) Check for a detailed list of compatible Garmin devices. Some models require a software update, available at Smartphone Link allows you to connect a compatible Garmin navigator and your iPhone®. Once linked, the compatible Garmin navigator uses your existing mobile data plan[1] to share information with your iPhone, including contacts, search results, favorite locations, your driving destination, and even your parking spot. With Smartphone Link, your compatible Garmin navigator can also access Garmin Live Services[2] for useful, real-time driving information. What Are Garmin Live Services? Garmin Live Services provide the most up-to-date “live” information to your Garmin navigator using your existing mobile data plan. There’s no need for an additional data connection. Some services are included when you connect to Smartphone Link. Other services within the app are available through optional paid subscriptions offering premium content and enhanced features. To receive data relevant to your location, Garmin Live Services require your current GPS location be shared with Garmin and Garmin partners. Included Live Services: • Address sharing - Send locations and online search results from your phone to your compatible Garmin navigator, 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 • Live Parking[3] Save time, and take the stress out of parking. View helpful parking information, including pricing and availability trends for on-street public parking, as you approach your destination. • Weather - View forecasts and current conditions • 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[4] purchase within the app, include: • photoLive traffic cameras[2] Look up live photos from over 10,000 traffic cameras to see traffic and weather conditions • Advanced Weather[2] View detailed forecasts, current conditions, and animated radar images, plus receive severe weather alerts • Dynamic Off-Street Parking[2] Find parking close to your destination, including the number of spots available and current cost [1] Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates. [2] Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. [3] Parking data is available for most city centers. For coverage details, visit [4] 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

  • Bluetooth not reliable 1/5

    By rob2020?
    I’m very tech savvy and an electrical engineer. The Bluetooth stack in this product is absolutely not reliable. I have no others issues with any other Bluetooth products when used with my iPhone 11, other than with this garmin navigator.
  • Slow 1/5

    By Remaness2228
    When I enter address it takes forever for the address to show up on gps or the address is never sent over
  • Sean Randolph 1/5

    By sean110171
    Absolutely a waste of time !! Can never get my phone and GPS to link together. Uninstalled and reinstalled and still have the same issue where my Bluetooth is not in range ( waste of time)
  • Does not work with iPhone 12 1/5

    By Matt2471
    I upgraded my phone from an iPhone 8 to an iPhone 12 pro max. The app worked fine with my iPhone 8, it does not work with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. I did a test with each one, separately, and it continues to work for the iPhone 8 but does not work with the iPhone 12. Please check into this. Thank you.
  • Tired & Outdated 2/5

    By MusicMac
    Been a year or more since an update. Besides that - it’s tired & outdated. The UI needs an overhaul. We have THREE different Garmins and we’re stuck with this app because none of Garmin’s other apps will function with our models. Not very intuitive and it’s clunky getting around which isn’t conducive to use when a lot of states now have “hands free” use laws - EVEN with considering voice on the GPS. Glitches: It very often will not sync with either of our phones and often takes two, three, four times sometimes to send an address from our phone to the GPS. And then... when an address finally makes it to the GPS, there’s sometimes that many requests showing on the screen as address options to choose. I’m sure there’s more glitches, but we’ve gotten so fed up with the app - we rarely use it so I can’t name them now. There’s so many more things that could be added to the app that would allow the app to function better between my phone and GPS. I‘d give the app more stars if there were a better, more intuitive & functional UI, but as it stands in its current version - I can only provide 2 stars. Improve and update the, and maybe it will justify a change in review and star increase.
  • Very crappie 1/5

    By truck driver problems
    When it goes down it goes down forever! If you can’t see traffic what is the point!
  • Not working 1/5

    By alabala5
    It’s my first time to try connect my Dezi 780 and was very disappointed no connection I spend 1 hour no luck Message said no connection in range You guys should fix the bugs Thank you One star for nothing
  • Needs work 1/5

    By maui dave 1966
    It will not stay connected to Bluetooth on my iPhone. I have done all updates and followed all troubleshooting. Wish I would have kept my old gps.
  • Time for an update 3/5

    By dl8241
    It’s been over a year since the last update. It is time for an update especially since all the iOS updates it’s time.
  • Good idea but very bad app 2/5

    By Bernardo el bueno.
    The idea is good but this app does not work; it crashes every time I try to open live traffic map; advance weather premium services do not work; photo live cameras do not show any image. I spent hours trying to solve these issues. I reached out to Support Center and they just asked me to read FAQ. Not acceptable.
  • Worked great with android 2/5

    By Bean125
    When I had my android phone there wasn’t a problem with this app. I would get in my vehicle and my phone would automatically sync with my nuvicam. Since I’ve had my iPhone it very rarely automatically syncs. It’s to the point it isn’t worth the effort to get them to sync before I travel somewhere.
  • App Compatibility 3/5

    By AronMaputo
    This app has Apple Maps integrated to send locations to the GPS. Apple Maps is quite bad in Southern Africa. Please integrate google maps.
  • Share location not reliable. 1/5

    By aguilar29wil
    When I share a location using my phone, the gps will give me a location hundreds of miles away. That happens probably 70% of the times. It’s just not reliable.
  • Does not integrate with Garmin 770 let-a 2/5

    By pglazier
    Would not work well with route and constantly gave bad routing on Interstate 70 and others. I had to turn off app and also re-boot GPS to regain functionality
  • Why won’t it connect? 1/5

    By k1ss_me_im_irish
    So my Bluetooth says I’m connected to my Garmin but this app says it’s not??? I get notifications from Facebook and stuff but I can’t get this app connect! Help!
  • Bad updates, not updates places 1/5

    By FernandoMutis
    The results in the app are outdated, the app appear old, unusable and miss the social media updates. Please update!!! Navigator V are an awasome piece of gear for motorcycles.
  • Missing features 2/5

    By Was hopeful
    Garmin seems to always get it backwards. They promise high and deliver low. The app is really user unfriendly and there is no documentation for how to use it. The features like live track just don’t work reliably. It is not possible to do the first thing the app list of features claims you can do: share addresses and online search results. You can share contact addresses but it is absolutely a FALSE CLAIM that you can share online search results to any navigation device. I paid for the equipment and I paid for an in-app purchase for weather. Garmin is the one that promised features and didn’t deliver. I guess I should learn my lesson and NEVER TRUST GARMIN AGAIN.
  • Voice recognition in app ,iPhone version, useless 1/5

    By timdbailey
    What happened? This app used to work so well on my Samsung Galaxy S9+. I’m using a brand new iPhone 11 Pro Max- I’ve never seen such conversation of speech to text when trying to search for an address.
  • YES 5/5

    By JayBDawg
    Got a software update for my nuvi 2598. Has worked like a charm ever since. Love this app. It’s replaced all my gps apps except Apple Maps. I purchased the upgrades. All that information is awesome. Time to pump those ratings up again because this app is awesome Update, still works flawlessly! There was an outage the other day from the servers, but traffic still worked accurately as always. Love this app, helps keep the old GPS relevant.
  • I like to ride more than 5 miles from home 1/5

    By IhateUgarmin
    For the love of travel. Please get rid of the crap search engine and just let me enter an address to send to my GPS. The search function never gives me anything useful unless it’s in my immediate vicinity. Allow me to send GPXxfiles from my phone to the GPS.
  • Does not connect 1/5

    By IndySarge
    My Bpue Tooth is ON. It says it is connected to Garmin. However, the GPS says "reconnect pending" and will not link to my cell. I pay for subscriptions and they show up on the app, but I need them on the GPS face. I cannot use my app while I'm driving. The GPS is incredible, I just wish it would link so I can use the extras I pay for monthly.
  • Not getting traffic or weather 1/5

    By henry20villanueva
    I do my research before purchasing a product I have always own garmin gps but this app it’s not responding it’s not given me the traffic updates neither weather and when I connect the gps to the hot spot on my phone and check fir my maps updates it says it’s a failure on search. I didn’t spent nearly 600 dollars on a gps that it’s not giving me what I need so please fix it this app, do something before I throw this to the garbage and buy a rand McNally gps.
  • Locations 3/5

    By sickboyracing
    Every time I search a location it says it can’t be found even roads and I’ll be on that road so I don’t know what’s wrong with it. But it needs to be fixed
  • Needs work 2/5

    By Sp da boss
    When it works, it works good. Every few days it has connectivity issues. Real time traffic half way work. You have to constantly troubleshoot. What a headache.
  • horrible 1/5

    By dianna2496
    I have a $400 Trucker GPS you would think you would spend a little more money on developing an application that works. Beyond frustrated with this application
  • Useless 1/5

    By Lamberttom
    With only the ability to search nearby places this app is useless.
  • Disappointed 1/5

    By DustyJim
    Got this app and paired with my Drivesmart 61 for the traffic info. Worked when I first paired it at home, to see how it looked and worked, but won’t work in the car! Displays on my phone instead of the GPS screen. I could already have traffic on my phone if I wanted to fiddle with 2 things while I’m driving! The only thing it seems to do well is burn down the battery in my iPhone. Uninstalled the app and went back to the GPS traffic cable for the limited information it gives me that says “You’re stuck in traffic”, instead of warning me in advance.
  • Rubbish - absolutely rubbish 1/5

    By atcpilotsc
    This is quite possible the worst nav app every produced. I never write reviews- but I just gotta write one for this app > think Netscape 1999. Uses some weird app 4 something - whatever... rubbish
  • Interface from the 1980s! 2/5

    By JamesC_NYC
    This app works—for what it does, which is not much. But the interface is awful, ugly, and clunky. It looks like it’s from Windows circa 1989. Meanwhile the much better Drive app isn’t available for most of the navigator line—even current models!!! Garmin seems to think “if it mostly works, it’s good enough”. Hey Garmin, how about making Drive available for all the BT models?
  • Pretty much useless 1/5

    By JaredM8
    iPhone XR will not connect to Dēzl 780 even after updates.
  • Stays connected, but otherwise useless 2/5

    By jtk88
    I can’t believe that in 2019 I can’t plug an address of a place that I already have on hand in my phone and push it to the GPS. The search function being only local and not nationwide is unreal. Garmin is for sure behind the times. Embarrassed for BMW to be partnered with them for my Nav VI.
  • Edit ; working fine now, 4.5 stars! 5/5

    By Panzer081
    Edit; All issues fixed, 4.5 stars on it now! Garmin devices such as dēzl truck gps and automotive units require this app to display real time traffic that’s advertised as free for life along with map updates. Well this app will not communicate with an iPhone XS Max. I’ve been over all the steps repeatedly, uninstalled and reinstalled and made sure everything was set as it should be , also fully updated the Garmin device. Still no live traffic displayed on the device. The app and the device keep saying check to make sure device and phone are in Bluetooth range, what a joke! They are both right here in the truck, close enough? Look at these reviews developers! Fix this crappy app before I sling the Garmin device out of the window of this truck. What good is lifetime traffic I can’t ever use? Seems like false advertising really. Edit: After looking over the other reviews with issues going back as far as 2 years, it’s very obvious Garmin doesn’t care that this app doesn’t function . Very disappointing and I won’t be buying anymore Garmin devices in the future. Gps units, dash cams , I’ve never used anything but Garmin , but if they can let this go on for this long then they obviously care less , so it’s time to move on.....sad really!
  • Garmin Garbage! 1/5

    By zekey2k89
    I also bought the (very expensive Garmin Demi) for the traffic feature. It worked great for about two months then Bbbbrrrrpp. Won’t connect to IPhone. When I called support I was told it was apples fault, that there update (Mojave’s) would not work with the smart phone link app. Well there has been 5 updates since and still no dice. Maybe a class action suit against garmin might wake them up cause I’m not seeing them in a big hurry to make this right. I paid over $400 for this unit. You can send me a refund check anytime Garmin! If I could delete the one star above I would! 🤬🤬🤬
  • Needs improvement 3/5

    By Russ vyas
    Bought Zumo 595LM and for most part it's ok. The voice from gps to my sena is horrible at best. Also weather location is stuck at one location . Tried uninstalling and repairing. Same issue.
  • Smart link won’t connect 1/5

    By Dwbrown87
    As the title says. The Bluetooth smart link won’t connect. I am paired with the device. It says we are connected. However. When you click on the smart link icon on both devices to verify it is connected and talking to each other. They both say that they are not connected. So the money I spent on the advanced weather updates is a waste. The traffic updates are going to be all but useless because they will not be working. All in all it is a gps and that part will work. But if you’re going to advertise these features they need to work flawlessly. As of right now they do not work at all.
  • This app is trash 1/5

    By Cdkruse1978
    I previously had a Garmin 580 Dezl and upgraded to the 785 Dezl cam and it was nice and everything worked and then the new IOS came out for Apple and the app went completely useless. It would be nice to be able to use the Smartphone link and actually have the app connect to my phone correctly. Seems like Garmin is making their money so they haven’t updated this app in a while which is sad cause if this is the way they are going to operate I will choose another GPS unit to use.
  • Dezl 770 works fine 2020 4/5

    By Mustafa7ya
    This app works just fine but has problem I believe from gps won’t connect until I turn off Bluetooth off and on just like that or restart gps plus ? Make sure up to date most people don’t know that
  • Application needs updating..?? 3/5

    By Cast Mate
    The garmin smart link has a lot of very useful features. The problem I am experiencing is frequent lost satellite signal. The lag time between the gps and application needs to be fixed. I know you can’t completely eliminate lag time, however anything will help.
  • It works but is finicky 4/5

    By Masterferrari
    Just wanted to say for all those people leaving bad reviews it does work, just the initial sync up is a pain. You have to have the Bluetooth connected first then open app and try pairing and even then it may take couple try’s of forgetting gps in Bluetooth settings for both iPhone and on the gps itself and possibly having app open before you even connect the two. But once it does show up as connected in app all the apps show up on gps and it all works,weather, cameras, four square. The traffic takes about 3 minutes or so to show up on gps and once it says smartlink under traffic settings if you get disconnected from your phone it does not seem to revert back to normal traffic.
  • Does not connect 1/5

    By Sergeant Pap
    This app will not interface between iPhone 8 and dezl 780ltm-s. Every form of troubleshooting, including updates and reinstallation failed. This is very typical of most Garmin software.
  • Rahi 1/5

    By Big Daddy Kash
    Works better on old Dezl cam. No pop up severe weather alerts
  • Sharing a location is not very friendly. 1/5

    By grstueve
    When I was on Android I was able to highlight a address and share it with my garmin, however that isn’t the case when your using a iPhone. You have to take multiple steps and use the smart link app just to share the address from your phone to the garmin unit. Example, highlight address and copy it, open up the smart link app, paste the address in the “find nearby places” and send it to your garmin that way. Not understanding why garmin doesn’t have a share shortcut on the iPhone.
  • Doesn’t work 1/5

    By three3man
    I have an iPhone 8 with current updates. Trying to pair to Garmin 51 LMTS and an message says device not compatible.
  • What happened? 2/5

    By Shelby360
    I no longer receive weather and traffic updates thru the smartphone link. Was working till 2 months ago, then no weather, no traffic updates. Deleted and downloaded app, rechecked Bluetooth settings on my iPhone 11 and Garmin GPS...still not working.
  • iPhone issues 3/5

    By Buttj1
    I have an iPhone and I can’t share my address I type in on google maps to share with my device like I can with my android and I I need to type the address you guys should start with the state town address and then the house number makes things way easier
  • Works ok (Dezl 780 truck gps) 3/5

    By Zeusman4u
    Suddenly started working. Must’ve been an update on the Garmin unit itself that fixed my broken connection. Works ok but wish traffic data was as good as Googles. Using a iPhone XS Max.
  • Integration with iPhone iPad two thumbs up. 3/5

    By JMG_TX
    Your integration with iPhone and iPad is commendable. The search function are lacking in the app and on the Nuvi device. I still like using dedicated devices like Nuvi because I don’t have to rely on cell coverage to navigate. So, please continue to improve functionality and continue innovating. A request to improve exchange of data with other apps and programs will increase the use of devices and allow users to add Geo data to social media, GIS, and business reports.
  • No connection 2/5

    By Nabneal
    I have had this version of Garmin for two weeks and have yet to be able to link up to my phone for real-time info. Calls work just fine though.
  • Not impressed 1/5

    By moshman
    I drive a truck. Dropped $395 on the dezl and it honestly was a waste of money. The list of things wrong with Garmins maps is a long one. Missing scales, wrong speeds, bad directions.... it goes on and on. Not impressed. This app is another example. Loses connection, won’t pair, have to pair 2 and 3 times a day. And they think they make self driving vehicles? 😂 They can’t make an app and a hard unit work right. Thanks for the waste of $400 bucks 👍🏼