Tech & Wearables

Garmin-Strava route integration even easier

Garmin says any of its devices which rely on .fit files can take advantage of the Strava Routes enhancement. This includes the venerable Garmin Edge 500.

If you’re a Garmin owner who uses Strava’s routes tool, you’ll now have an easier time getting your routes and favorite segments onto your Garmin bike computer to be used as courses with turn-by-turn navigation.

And even if you don’t own the newest, latest, and greatest gadget, you can still take advantage of this feature.

Garmin says that any of its devices that rely on .fit files can take advantage of this enhancement. This includes devices as old as the Garmin Edge 500.

To take advantage of this new enhancement and use Strava routes as courses in Garmin you need to have the most recent versions of Strava and Garmin Connect on your phone. Once your apps are up to date, you’ll need to perform a few simple steps that allow data to be moved between accounts.

Existing Garmin-Strava users can accomplish this by launching the Garmin Connect app and following these steps:

  1. In the Garmin Connect app, iOS users tap the more icon ( ••• ) at the bottom right of the screen; Android users tap the hamburger menu at the top left of the screen.
  2. Select Settings > Partner apps > Strava and set courses to ‘on’.
  3. In the Strava app, set a course as a favorite. If you already have routes saved as favorites in Strava — designated with star icons — you’ll need to un-star them and then re-star them for this sync to work.
Garmin-Strava data connection
Allowing Garmin Connect to exchange data with Strava.
Garmin-Strava data connection
Garmin Connect authorized to exchange data with Strava.
Strava Routes
Strava starred routes.

Once you completed these steps, go back to the Garmin Connect app, and select More > Training > Courses, and the Strava route(s) you’ve imported will be in this list of Garmin courses.

Tap a route, then tap Send to Device and you’ll be set with turn-by-turn navigation.

Garmin Connect mobile app courses
Once you’ve allowed Garmin to import Strava data, you can push courses to your Gamin devices using the Garmin Connect app.