How to copy a course from Garmin Connect App to Garmin fenix?

December 21, 2019
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You want to copy a course from the Garmin Connect App to your Garmin fenix – or any other compatible GPS device?

We show you how to do it in just a few steps!

1st Step – How to copy a course

Open "Training > Courses" in the menu bar of the Garmin Connect App. There you will find a list with all courses you have planned in the Garmin Connect Community (connect.garmin.com, function "Training > Courses > Create a Course") or imported into the Connect App.

In the Connect App you can also plan courses. To do so, you have to tap "Create Course" or "+" above the list, select a course type ( e.g. "Mountain Biking") and choose a method ("Automatic" or "custom").

"Automatic" is the easiest option: Set your desired distance (e.g. 50 km) and travel direction (e.g. North), tap on the map to define your starting point and the Connect App calculates a course; save ist with "DONE".

"Custom" needs some practice to set all points on the map, but it is better for planning individual trips.

2nd Step – How to copy a course

After selecting a course in the list, tap the three dots symbol in the top right-hand corner of the map view, select "Send to Device".

3rd Step – How to copy a course

Select the fenix (the device must be connected to your smartphone) and the course is transferred – that’s it!

The screenshots show the procedure (click to enlarge).

Short Version – How to copy a course

 

  • Open “Training > Courses” in the Garmin Connect App
  • Select the desired course
  • Tap the three dots symbol in the map view
  • Choose "Send To Device"
  • Select the device
  • Start the course on your fenix

 

(the description is based on an Android phone, on an iPhone it is similar)

Garmin Connect, Courses
Garmin Connect, All Courses
Garmin Connect, Course send to Device
Select your device
Ready for navigation

How to open the course on the fenix?

 

On fenix 6,

 

  • call up the desired activity (e.g. "Speedhike", key top right),
  • press the menu button (left in the middle) for a little longer,
  • scroll down to "Navigation",
  • then to "Courses",
  • search for the course and open it with the top right key
  • and activate the navigation with "Do Course" function.
  • You’re ready to go!

 

Check the screenshots:

Open the activity in your fenix
Scroll to Navigation
Open Courses
Choose the course from Garmin Connect
Activate the course on your fenix

How to import a track into the Garmin Connect App?

 

If you have already downloaded a file from a community containing the desired hike or cycling tour as a GPX or TCX file you can proceed as follows:

  • Open on your smartphone a file manger app or an app like "Drive" (= access to the Google cloud),
  • select the storage location (e.g. the local download folder),
  • tab on the GPX file,
  • select a function like "Open with",
  • tap on the Connect App symbol (figure),
  • the Connect app starts,
  • select a course type (e.g. "Mountain Biking"),
  • save the course
  • and proceed as already described above

 

The procedure might differ depending on the file manager and the operating system!

 

Open a GPX file with a file manager

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