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.

21 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

  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?

  9. First of all, I’ve been using Amazon for several years and bought countless number of products and I’ve been always happy. This is the first time I’m writing a review, because I’d like to warn other users before making a mistake I did.

    I’ve been using Garmin Edge 500 for almost 2 years and I simply love it. It’s small, accurate and never failed me. One of the reasons I wanted to upgrade was to have a bigger screen (I was excited about 10 fields per screen 510 offers). Another and the most important reason was support for GLONASS system (500 on a few occasions wasn’t too accurate in canyons or forests) and I was hoping to have a better GPS signal. The fact that 810 doesn’t come with GLONASS was the reason I chose 510 (otherwise I’d go with 810). This still puzzles me as to why Garmin decided not to include GLONASS in 810.

    As soon as the package arrived, I eagerly unpacked it and realized that the device was larger than I thought. I connected it to my computer to transfer my old profile and the first thing I noticed was that it had less free space on the device. 500 has about 50MB while 510 has only 22MB and some of that is taken by the system files leaving around 17MB. Garmin, really?! How much would it cost to add more flash memory? 50 cents? Just to give you some idea – a typical longer ride with 1 second recording takes about 500Kb-1MB. It’s convenient to keep a few rides on the device before uploading to the computer. When I researched this issue I found out that some users were unable to update software, because the updated would take 9MB space and it wasn’t enough… Note taken, but it was still manageable.

    I had set up the device, created two bike profiles and went for a test ride, which happened to be my commute next morning. And this is when the sky fell. The screen is totally unusable in the sunlight. I was like, I must have screwed up something, this cannot be. I turned on the backlight permanently at maximum setting and yet it wasn’t light enough to get the same contrast as my old 500. Then I realized two issues. First of all, the new screen has less sharper font, because it has a color screen and practically the resolution is lower than 500 and secondly it uses a different technology which is more susceptible to daylight. I live in California where we have 300+ sunny days in a year and 510 simply sucks. That was a big disappointment. I tried various settings, changing angle, etc. Still not as good as my old 500. Same data field, in a 8-field screen setup, is less readable than on 500. If you actually look as to why, you will see that Garmin decided to use larger font for labels, which wasted a lot of space and left actual numbers smaller and less readable. This whole color screen is a BS. It doesn’t allow any customization and simple degrades readability. For instance, I’d love to set up different colors for different power/heart zones. It’d be cool to see I’m exceeding my power threshold just by looking at different text/background color. Apparently, Garmin engineers thought it was a better idea to use color primarily for the grid lines…

    Like it was not enough, after my ride back home, I carefully compared elevation profiles between 510 and 500. 510 showed twice as much elevation gain on the same route and when I zoomed in, some segments had a bumpy line where I’d normally expect a flat line (50% of my commute is at sea level). Sorry Garmin, another epic failure. It’s hard to understand why it would be worse than the old generation. Again, I found some users complaining about the very same reason and it didn’t surprise me.

    I’m sending my Garmin back to Amazon thanks to the great return policy and I advice anyone who is considering buying 510 to think twice. Don’t make the same mistake as I did.

    Garmin, please wake up.

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