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The app for your Garmin wearable is getting a huge overhaul

Garmin Forerunner 265 next to an iPhone running the Garmin Connect app.
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Garmin is going into 2024 and CES with a “new year, new me” approach, and that is made evident by a huge redesign for its Garmin Connect app. The new interface will deliver a simplified experience, and device wearers will be encouraged to pick out the specific elements they want on their Connect homepage.

Garmin Connect is the bridge between your Garmin smartwatch or fitness tracker and your smartphone. While your wearable can keep you up to date with your latest stats and activities, you want the larger screen of your smartphone to really dive deeper into analysis.

At the moment, the Garmin Connect app isn’t difficult to explore, but it does tend to drown you in stats and analysis the very instant you open the app, with counters for your stress levels, body battery, heart rate, and more, before then diving into your most recent activities and weekly rundowns. It’s all vital information, but perhaps it doesn’t need to be front and center the very moment you open the app.

The new Garmin Connect app design.
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That might be why Garmin has made simplifying the app’s homepage its most pressing priority Instead of a scrollable list of stats, Garmin Connect’s homepage is now made up of a series of tiles that you can add, remove, and rearrange as needed. You can see a photo of the current app design at the very top of the article, with the new one right above this paragraph.

Personal choice is key here, and there’s a strong emphasis on you taking what you need and getting rid of what you don’t. Don’t really need the Today’s Activity tile with its log of the day’s activities, events, and upcoming workouts? You can give it the heave-ho and replace it with the At A Glance tile’s broad view of your heart rate, intensity minutes, steps, calories, and more. Or the Training Plan tile, or the Challenges tile, which shows how you’re performing in your personal expeditions and competitions.

It’s clear from the images Garmin has provided that this design refresh is a breath of fresh air. The new-and-improved Garmin Connect will be available as a beta for certain devices starting today, January 8, and will be released for everyone else later in 2024.

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