GARMIN INSTINCT GPS WATCH

Garmin Instinct GPS watch helps you to monitor your daily activities easily. It supports 30+ activities like running, yoga, mountain biking, etc. This device is very useful for one who wishes to monitor their heart rate, activity, stress, etc. The features of the Garmin Instinct GPS watch are given below.

Garmin Instinct Setup

GARMIN INSTINCT FEATURES

The Garmin Drive 51 device includes the following features:

  • Accurate GPS
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Multi-sport tracking
  • Compatible with Android and iOS
  • Interchangeable 22mm straps
  • Smart notification
  • Display resolution of 128x128 pixels
  • Bluetooth connectivity

HOW TO USE GARMIN INSTINCT GPS

  • If you’re using the Garmin Instinct GPS watch for the first time, then charge the device fully and turn it on.
  • Choose the desired language when prompted.
  • After setting the initial preferences, pair the watch with your smartphone via Bluetooth and initiate your first activity.
  • First, enable the GPS feature on your watch by pressing the GPS button.
  • Once it is enabled, using the arrow buttons, locate the desired activity and select it by pressing the GPS button.
  • Choose the Done option and follow the on-screen instruction.

GARMIN INSTINCT APPS

The Garmin Instinct app “Garmin Connect” allows you to use the connected features of the watch. Instead of pairing your watch with the smartphone through Bluetooth, you have to pair both the devices using this application to use the complete connected features. You can also use the Garmin Express website if you wish to receive your daily activities over cloud storage.

FOR ANDROID

  • On the Google Play Store. Search and select the Garmin Connect app.
  • Tap on the Install button followed by Accept.
  • Now, the app installation will be initiated.
  • Once the Garmin Connect app is installed, open it and initiate the pairing process.

FOR IOS

  • Initially, make sure that your watch is connected to the Mac computer using the USB cable.
  • Now, from your computer browser, go to the Garmin Express web page.
  • Select Garmin Express to open it.
  • Click on the Add Device option.
  • Set up your Garmin Instinct watch by following the remaining instructions displayed on the screen.

GARMIN INSTINCT MANUAL

  • From your computer or smartphone browser, go to the Garmin Instinct watch’s support page.
  • Make sure that your Garmin watch is selected correctly.
  • Click on the MANUALS tab.
  • Now, select the user guide that you need.
  • Once the selected manual is downloaded, open and utilize it as per your need.

GARMIN INSTINCT SETUP & INSTALLATION

Quick steps to set up & install the Garmin Instinct watch for the first time

  • Before beginning the setup process, make sure that your watch is fully charged.
  • Charging the watch:
  • Get the USB cable provided along with the watch.
  • Plug the small end of the cable into your watch and the large end to the charging end.
  • Wait for the charging process to complete.
  • Now, to turn on your watch, locate the CTRL button and hold it down until the watch starts to boot.
  • Set the desired language when prompted.
  • Once the initial settings are completed, pair your watch with the smartphone if you wish to get a regular update on your activities.
  • Paring the watch:
  • Install the Garmin Connect app on your smartphone and open it.
  • Make sure that your watch is placed within the range of the smartphone.
  • Now, hold down your watch’s MENU button to initiate the pairing process.
  • Select the Settings option followed by Pair Phone.
  • On the Garmin Connect app screen, choose the desired option to pair your watch with the smartphone and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Once the pairing is complete, you can start your first activity and record it.
  • Starting and recording an activity:
  • Enable the GPS option on your watch by pressing the GPS button.
  • Now, choose the desired activity from the list.
  • Set the activity preferences as per your desire and press GPS to initiate it.
  • Now, your activity will be initiated, and its status will be recorded on the smartphone that is paired with the watch.

HOW TO CONNECT GARMIN TO IPHONE

You can connect your Garmin Instinct watch with an iPhone easily using the Garmin Connect app.

  • Open the Garmin Connect app on your iPhone. (Note: If you haven’t installed the app on your iPhone, then install it from the App Store).
  • Now, turn on your Garmin Instinct watch.
  • Select the Pair Phone option on your watch.
  • Open the Menu screen by holding down the MENU button on your watch.
  • Select the Settings option followed by Pair Phone.
  • On the Garmin Connect app, you can find a list of suggestions to pair your watch to your iPhone. Select the desired option.
  • Pair the watch with your iPhone by following the on-screen instructions.

HOW TO SET TEMPERATURE ON GARMIN INSTINCT

  • On your Garmin watch, press the MENU button to access its Settings screen.
  • From the Settings screen, select the System option followed by Units.
  • Choose the Temperature unit from the list of units displayed on the screen.
  • Configure the temperature setting as per your desire and save it.

HOW TO CHANGE DATE & TIME ON GARMIN INSTINCT WATCH

Basically, the date/time settings are configured automatically on the Garmin Instinct GPS watch based on your current GPS position. However, if required, you can change them. To do so, follow the below instructions.

  • Open the Menu screen on your watch.
  • Select the Settings option followed by System.
  • From the list of system settings, choose the Time setting.
  • Configure the time/date settings as per your desire and save them.
Garmin Instinct Setup

HOW TO UPDATE GARMIN INSTINCT SOFTWARE

You can update your Garmin Instinct software using the Garmin Connect app and Garmin Express webpage.

Using the Garmin Connect app

  • Open the Garmin Connect app on your Android or iPhone.
  • Be sure that your Instinct watch is connected to the smartphone.
  • Now, on the app’s menu section, select the Software updates option.
  • The software update will be initiated automatically if available.

Using the Garmin Express web page

  • Go to the Garmin Express page.
  • Select your Instinct watch and click the Software updates option.
  • Once the software update is completed, your watch is ready to use.

GARMIN INSTINCT BATTERY REPLACEMENT

The Lithium-ion battery is used on the Garmin Instinct GPS watch. You can recharge the battery if it is low, but you can’t replace it.

GARMIN INSTINCT TROUBLESHOOTING

Simple and easy steps to resolve the common Garmin Instinct GPS watch issues are provided here.

GARMIN INSTINCT INSTALLATION FAILED

If you encounter the Installation failed error while trying to install the Garmin Instinct watch update from your Windows or Mac computer, then perform the simple step-by-step instructions given below.

Step 1: Backing up the TEXT folder

  • Initially, make sure that your Garmin watch is connected to the computer.
  • Now, open the This PC or Computer window on your computer.
  • Select the Garmin device and open its folder.
  • Locate the TEXT folder inside the device’s folder and right-click or CTRL + click on it.
  • Choose the Copy option.
  • Now, the folder will be copied.
  • Paste the copied folder in the location where you can access it easily.
  • Now, select the TEXT folder in the Finder or Garmin folder window and right-click on it.
  • This time, click on the Delete button. Otherwise, click and drag the TEXT folder directly to the trash folder.
  • Empty the Trash or Recycle bin folder of your computer.

Step 2: Installing the update

  • Go to the Garmin Express web page.
  • Select your device from the list.
  • Click on the Software Update option.
  • Install the update by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Once the update is completed, restore the backup folder by following the below instructions.

Step 3: Restoring the backed up folder

  • Copy the TEXT folder.
  • Go to the Garmin folder on your computer.
  • Paste the copied folder.

GARMIN INSTINCT FACTORY RESET

To restore your Garmin Instinct device settings to default, perform the simple instructions given below.

  • Open the Menu screen on your Garmin device.
  • Select the Settings menu followed by the System sub-menu.
  • Select Reset Default Settings and press GPS.
  • Now, your Garmin Instinct GPS watch settings will be restored to the default settings.

HOW DO I FIX MY GARMIN INSTINCT ALTIMETER?

If the Altimeter mode is not working on your Garmin device, then try the simple solutions given below.

Manually set the Altimeter settings

  • From the Menu screen, select the Settings sub-menu.
  • Select the Sensors & Accessories option followed by Altimeter.
  • Set the Altimeter settings as per your desire. Choose the Calibrate option if you wish to enable the manual calibrate option on your device.

Cleaning the sensor port

    Sometimes the dust particles present in the sensor port of your watch may also lead to this issue. To resolve this, clean the sensor port of your watch.

  • Get some low-pressure, warm water.
  • Now, gently pour the water over your watch’s sensor part.
  • Just shake the watch and avoid using an object or item to remove the dirt particles.
  • Wait for the sensor port to dry.
  • Once it is dried, calibrate the altimeter settings on your watch.

GARMIN INSTINCT GPS NOT WORKING

Try the simple, quick troubleshooting instructions given below if the Garmin Instinct watch is not working.

  • Initially, make sure that your watch is paired to a smartphone over Bluetooth or using the Garmin Connect app.
  • Check if your watch is able to receive the GPS signal.
  • If not, first try to acquire the GPS signal on your watch by moving to a field or where you can have an unobstructed view of the entire sky.
  • Check whether your watch software is up-to-date.
  • To check it, using the Garmin Connect app or the Garmin Express page, try to sync your watch.
  • Update the software if it is outdated.

GARMIN INSTINCT BUTTON NOT WORKING

This issue is encountered by the users while using the watch after a swim or exposing it to chlorine or saltwater. To avoid this issue in the future, note down the following precautions.

  • Rinse the watch using fresh water after a swim.
  • While rinsing the watch, avoid using sharp objects and chemical cleaners.
  • After cleaning the watch, check whether the buttons are working.
  • If yes, the issue is resolved. Otherwise, try the additional cleaning method mentioned below.
  • Get some lukewarm fresh water in a small bowl.
  • Now, put the watch in the bowl.
  • Wait for the watch to soak.
  • After soaking the watch, take it out of the bowl and wait for it to dry.
  • Once the watch is dry, check if the buttons are working.
  • If not, contact us.

GARMIN INSTINCT TEMPERATURE NOT WORKING

  • Remove the Garmin watch from your wrist.
  • Wait for a maximum of 30 minutes, and then wear the watch.
  • Now, check if you’re using accurate temperature on your watch. If not, contact us.

GARMIN INSTINCT WON'T TURN ON

  • Initially, make sure that your Garmin Instinct watch has enough power to turn on.
  • Hold the CTRL button to turn on your device.
  • If the watch fails to turn on, then perform a soft reset.
  • To do so, press and hold down the CTRL button for few seconds.
  • After doing it, turn on the watch by holding the CTRL button.
  • If the watch remains turned off even after performing the above instructions, then it may be due to any hardware issue. Service the watch to resolve the hardware issue.

Frequently Asked Questions

The battery life of the Garmin Instinct watch varies based on the features enabled on it.

  • If you have enabled the Smartwatch mode, 24/7 wrist-based heart rate monitoring, and activity tracking features, then the battery charge lasts up to 14 days.
  • The battery life of the Instinct watch lasts up to 16 hours if you have enabled the GPS mode and the Wrist-based heart rate feature.
  • Similarly, while in the UltraTrac GPS mode, the battery life lasts up to 40 hours.

You can extend or maximize the battery life of your Garmin Instinct watch by modifying some settings of it.

  • Modifying the blacklight settings
  • Enable the UltraTrac GPS mode
  • Disable the Bluetooth wireless technology when it is not required
  • Use the Resume later option while pausing an activity
  • Disable the Wrist-based heart rate monitoring

Yes, you can use your Garmin Instinct GPS watch without a smartphone. During the first time set up, it is not necessary to pair the watch with your smartphone because it is optional. If necessary, you can sync the watch with your smartphone later, using the Garmin Connect app.

To turn off your Garmin Instinct GPS watch, hold the CTRL button until it starts to power off.