Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2013-03-18
  • Current Version: 2.9.7
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 34.09 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.4 or later.
Score: 2
From 802 Ratings


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.



  • Love this App

    By NormanRi
    Love this App! Linking my phone with the GPS makes adding places so much faster, I really like it!
  • Zero star app

    By ww64oyh
    If I could give this app zero stars, I would. The functionality is absolutely worthless and there are many bugs. The developer gives a bland answer to any statements on sais bugs. Whole app needs an overhaul.
  • Very bad app

    By BTQuestMedia
    The one thing it needs to do , it can’t. I need to be able to enter the “name” or “ address “ of a place. And you can’t do that. This an absolutely worthless app. Zero stars is more appropriate.
  • Total garbage

    By klebel123
    Garmin should be embarrassed by this app. It’s almost completely useless. Their idea of social media support is Foursquare? Foursquare hasn’t been relevant since about 2014. The media support is horrible. Crashes constantly, doesn’t allow media control from the Garmin Nav and doesn’t support album cover images or other data if you use Spotify, amazon music or pandora. Only for local media. Again, what year is it? 2014? There is a reason Garmin is losing major market share. Just use your smartphone and locally downloaded google maps and you get everything Garmin has and 100x more.
  • Absolutely necessary but needs to be better

    By TheShkosh
    So, by default Garmin uses Foursquare to search for things. Couple that with terrible voice recognition on the unit itself, and Garmin has A LOT to gain from tighter smartphone integration. This app wants to be that tight integration. The most important thing this app does is give you the ability to copy an address from an actual search engine and paste it into the search field of the app. You can then send that address to your GPS and not have to use the terrible UI. This app would benefit from the ability to use Siri shortcuts. Then at least you could find your address and say “Hey Siri, send this to Garmin” and never have to open the app or touch the GPS. Additionally, this app misses an opportunity to customize the smart notifications on the GPS. I like the idea of the smart notifications, but the execution is not good. That screen is the perfect size for the map, but then a notification comes up and doesn’t leave until you close it. This should be a setting in the app. There is no reason for a notification to remain on the screen for longer than 3 seconds. Move all of the GPS settings to the app, add a few, and let us change them all from the app. Also, allow the GPS to use the phone to conduct its update. I have enough stuff to carry in and out of my truck every day. My phone has lots of horsepower, storage and a data plan. I feel like it should be able to update the GPS wirelessly as I commute. How about some third party integration? I would love Google to be able to tell it that there is traffic ahead, or for Waze to be able to report a hazard or speed trap.
  • Sometimes works

    By pd210flyer
    Two things, 1 never know if it’s on or not until you run into a traffic jam. 2 to turn in on in the first place you have to hit the tiny icon next to the search bar; guess what happens with this situation. Yes you hit the button 6 times before it is the right one. Maybe make the icon bigger and move it.
  • Need Bluetooth Improvements

    By JVchi-town
    This app pair with garmin GPS has potential BUT it needs improvements.. 1) app disconnects frequently from garmin GPS and when trying to connect back sometimes is a headache 2) user interface looks old app needs to be updated for UI 3) the search address bar sometimes won’t find addresses.
  • Does NOT work!

    By Side ways
    Wasted my money don’t wast yours too! Doesn’t connect to the data on my phone and so I can’t see any cameras and my gps can’t see the weather! So screwed I’m hopping mad 😡
  • Refund please

    By AbeH2
    I want a refund. It doesn’t connect to the Garmin GPS. It doesn’t work at all. Refund please.
  • Driven to disorientation

    By mad overlord
    Another example of how irredeemably bad Garmin is at software development. I mostly use my Garmin Navigator VI as an ugly, poorly configurable instrument panel. The GPS functionality is barely serviceable compared to a device 10 years older and this app doesn’t help that much. In fact the system designed to download traffic to my phone and upload it to the device hardly works at all. Not sure how Garmin employees overcome their embarrassment to publish junk like this.