Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link for Pc

  • Category: Navigation
  • Last Updated: 2018-09-18
  • Current version: 2.9.5
  • File size: 47.79 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Downloading and installing Garmin Smartphone Link on your Windows PC

Download Garmin Smartphone Link for Windows: Garmin Smartphone Link is an Navigation App, developed by Garmin. The Navigation App was officially released 2013-03-18. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Garmin, with the latest current version being 2.9.5 which was officially released on 2018-09-18. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 752 Reviews on the App Store alone, with an average user rating of 2 out of a possible 5.

Using Garmin Smartphone Link on your Windows computer is actually very easy but if you are new to this process, you will definitely need to pay attention to the steps listed below. This is because you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We will help you download and install Garmin Smartphone Link on your computer in 4 simple steps below:

1: Download an Andriod Software emulator for Windows

The importance of the emulator is that it emulates or immitates an android environment on your computer, making it super easy to install and run android apps from the comfort of your PC without buying a phone that runs android. Who says you cannot enjoy both worlds? To begin, you can download such an emulator app made by too top dogs in the space.
A. Nox App . OR
B. Bluestacks App .
Personally, I recommend the "B" option as Bluestacks is very popular so if you run into any trobles using it, you can find good solutions on Google or Bing (lol). 

2: Now Install the Software Emulator on your Windows PC

If you successfully downloaded the Bluestacks.exe or Nox.exe, go to your Downloads folder on your computer or anywhere you ususally store downloaded files.
Once you have find it, click it to install the application. It should start the installation process on your PC.
Click Next to accept the EULA License agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application.
If you do the above correctly, the Software will be successfully installed.

3: How to Use Garmin Smartphone Link for Windows PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10

Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and locate the search bar. Now type Garmin Smartphone Link in the search bar and hit Search. You will easily see the app. Click on Garmin Smartphone Link application icon. A window of Garmin Smartphone Link will open and it will display the app in your Emulator Software. Hit the Install button and your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
Next, you will see the "All Apps" icon.
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the Garmin Smartphone Link icon. Click on it and start using the application.

Hope it was not too difficult? If you have any further inquiries, contact me through the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page so I could help You. Have a nice day!

About Garmin Smartphone Link

Developer Description

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.

App Reviews

  • Garmin finally got it together

    By Iphonerocks00
    Updated June 2018: After several years of this app being buggy and working only temporarily after needing to be unpaired and then repaired to your Garmin device, it is now working very well reliably every time with my iPhone. I have submitted many tickets and Bluetooth logs to Garmin in hopes of getting this fixed and I am so pleased that it is now working well please keep it that way and don’t mess it up. This is a must-have for any Garmin compatible device user! The coverage is much greater than FM reception areas which are limited to only urban cities. I get coverage with this well outside of the city boundaries. A+. Other features such as local parking and traffic cameras are a big plus also. Yay for Garmin getting this fixed in June 2018. I only wish it would launch automatically on the phone when you get in the car.
  • So-so app, and Advanced Weather is a waste

    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.
  • Needs improvement

    By RK1963
    I purchased a 3597 to replace my 1960 because of the iPhone link. Bluetooth hookup was easy. I purchased the camera and advanced weather support. Do not bother with the camera, crappy resolution, better resolution using web browser. The advanced weather integrates just fine and has a couple of display options to choose from. There is no voice integration with the smartphone apps. To use the google search, you have to use your phone and push the result up to your GPS. The GPS will not search through the phone, but the weather and camera will. This is where I am disappointed. My 1690 will do google searches from the GPS unit. If Garmin will make the GPS search google through the phone, I would give more stars. Also I have not Seen a way to get gas prices or movie information. Maybe they will add later. 31 October 2017 update application just locks up now on iPhone 6+ and is non functional. Changing to one star.
  • Finally

    By Mr Optimist.7
    Yes. Please keep it updated as newer versions of iOS are released. Otherwise garmin gps seems useless in simple tasks as transferring address from phone to Gps unit. Thank you so much for fixing the bugs and taking me into confidence that my future investments with Garmin are secured. App works great with the phone. My $350 were worth to buy the product. It could even be better in looking up addresses or once the address is copy paste from google maps, it should be able to find in the phone app. Request: Please issue an update for Garmin nuvi 2589LMT series to be able to stream audio music from phone to Gps unit as it does in phone calls. It really feels dated that it doesn’t do so.
  • Does not connect to smartphone services automatically

    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.
  • Horrible

    By Notapaidreviewer
    The interface is awful. Map density icons all look identical with the exception of the red boardered ones. There's no way of knowing the average speeds without selecting it. The legend is a joke. Traffic does not automatically refresh. There is no pull down to refresh and no background refresh functionality. In order for things to update, you must go BACK and then have the traffic refresh. In otherwords, there is no update and sync coordination between the GPS, smartphone, and smartlink. You must manually update. The Garmin GPS always looks for the link after disconnected even though it's connected to traffic receiver. App has potential but like Garmin support it fails on so many levels. One would think with standalone GPS use declining Garmin would try to ensure they're outstanding at every level. But no, even Garmin customer service is becoming very poor with incomplete or inaccurate information. I feel Garmin's days are numbered...they will likely abandon consumer GPS and focus on marine and other commercial markets.
  • Connection problems gone

    By Bixler409
    Before ver. 2.9.2, my iPhone 6s would only connect with my Garmin DriveSmart 61-lmt the first time I paired or re-paired the devices. Version 2.9.2 seems to have fixed the connection issues, at least with my phone. After downloading the new version, restarting my phone, unpairing and re-pairing my phone and Garmin, the devices now reliably connect time after time.
  • Horrible!

    By Thormn64
    I had a TomTom portable GPS for years but got to the point I needed to update to the latest technology, I did some research and from what I could see Garmin was the way to go. A big reason I use a GPS is for the live traffic updates and in order to receive them I have to sync my iPhone/Garmin Smart Link app to the GPS device, the problem is it constantly unpairs itself and now the two will not “find” each other. It has basically rendered the devise unusable. Garmin’s answer was to sell me a $70 power cord with a built in traffic receiver. Not exactly what I signed on for, VERY disappointed!!!
  • Room for improvements

    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.
  • Decent

    By Devenob
    I only use well used this app to input addresses quicker. As a police officer I use my GPS all the time. It’s easier to type the address on my phone than the unit itself. Plus the app searches local streets. IE Main Street . If I’m in any town NY and i use the app it will show Main Street any town NY were as if I use the GPS unit it will show results for Main Street for 8 different cities and towns. But recently the app won’t connect or if I close the app and re open it it loses connection and won’t reconnect. Hope it’s just a software fix...