Setting Up Garmin Connect LiveTrack

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It’s important that you stay safe during your rides, and that starts with the usual advice of making sure that you stay hydrated, keeping alert, and following the rules of the road.

But there is another important aspect of staying safe during extreme weather (or any time really), and that’s making sure that someone knows where you are. If you get dehydrated or suffer an injury, having a friend or family member who knows where you are or the route you are taking can be invaluable to getting you help when you need it most.

One of the easiest ways to do this now is with Garmin LiveTrack. Garmin LiveTrack is a free service that can be used with a Bluetooth-compatible Garmin Edge unit, such as the Garmin Edge 510, 810, and 1000. Garmin Connect Live Track works by connecting your Garmin Edge to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and then sending your ride data to friends or family with a secure, unique website. This lets your friends and family instantly know where you are, what route you are taking, and more.

To activate Garmin Live Track: follow these steps:

1. If you have a Garmin Edge 510, 810, or 1000, ensure Bluetooth is enabled

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2. Download the Garmin Connect app to your phone

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The Garmin Connect app can be downloaded for Android, iPhone, and Windows phone

3. Ensure your phone’s Bluetooth is turned on, and pair it with your Garmin Edge

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Turn on Bluetooth in your phone’s settings and go through the pairing proceedure

4. In the upper left corner of the Garmin Connect app, look for the icon is 3 horizontal lines

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Next open up the Garmin Connect app, and open the menu

5. Select “LiveTrack” from the menu

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Now go through the process of setting up Live Track

6. Tap “Invite Recipients”

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Make sure the person you share your ride with will be able to help you in an emergency

7. Put in the email address of the person you wish to share your ride with, and select “Done”

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You can either pull from your phone’s contacts or just enter an email address

8. The person you have selected to share your ride with will receive an email with a link to view your ride on a web page (there are also options to share your ride to Facebook or Twitter)

9. Select “Start LiveTrack” at the bottom of the screen

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Now your friends and family can follow along on your rides

10. When you press the “Start” button on your Garmin Edge, LiveTrack will begin

If sharing your ride to Facebook or Twitter, make sure that you wait until you’re a few blocks away from your home to press start, to prevent people you may not know learning where you live.

20 thoughts on “Setting Up Garmin Connect LiveTrack

  1. I wish they’d take the Livetrack potentional further. What I’d really love is a device that hooks up to the wifi accesspoint on my phone for live data, both of segments, real time location tracking (especially for solo wild adventure rides where people at home want to know my whereabouts) and the ability to see where on the road my friends/approved fellow riders are, should we become separated.

    I’m sure that more integration between Garmin and Strava is possible. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if Garmin didn’t do a corporate takeover of Strava shortly, they can certainly afford them and when you look at Strava’s About Us section on their website you realise just what a small outfit they actually are.

    Best wishes to everyone at Performance Bike and keep up the good work!

  2. Just as an FYI, the Garmin Connect app is not available for Windows Phone. It’s been requested by Windows Phone users for years, but Garmin has stated that they have no interest in developing for / porting to that platform.

  3. I did all the above steps and my performance does not show on Facebook. Last year it worked seamlessly however this year for an unknown reason does not work : performace would not show on facebook. Any ideas what is wrong ?

  4. i have recently downloaded garmin connect on my windows and android phone… but livetrack feature is missing… is it only for IOS?

  5. Hello.
    Does the Garmin Edge 25 has this function?
    Does any other Garmin device has this function? I think that Etrex Touch 35 has it. But there are others who have this function?

    1. Hi Carols,

      Yes, your phone would have to be within Bluetooth range of your phone for Live Track to work.

      Thanks,
      The Performance Bicycle Team

      1. So technically…I can just use the Find Friends feature on the phone if I am required to carry phone anyway.

  6. I want to try Live Track but after a year out devoted to motherhood, my Edge 500 needed resetting. For the life of me, I cannot get my iPhone 5c to pair. Help?

    1. Hi Julie,
      Unfortunately the Garmin 500 is not able to connect to phones, since it does not have Bluetooth for data transfer. According to Garmin’s website, that functionality only exists with the Edge 510, 520, 810, and 1000. You can still connect it to your computer via USB and the Garmin Express app for the latest firmware and software updates

      Thanks,
      The Performance Bicycle team

      1. Oops, I meant 510. I tried one more time and Miraculously it paired. The difference might have been making my phone forget the connection and starting over.

  7. First attempt testing out the ‘live track’ worked fine on my Vioactive HR watch & computer. Second day it only showed a portion of my ride. I stopped for lunch and stopped my watch and reconnected when I started to ride again. Should I have just left it alone – but then it would know whether I stopped or started correct?

    Geo

  8. I have tried using Livetrack now twice using my Forerunner 920XT. Everything starts out ok but then mid ride the Livetrack stops updating and no longer shows data to the people watching. I checked numerous times during my last ride and it shows the watch connected to my phone and I never touched or stopped the livetrack function during my ride. Are there any tricks or workarounds to keep the data streaming?

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