Smartphone Link works with select Bluetooth® enabled Garmin navigation devices, including most products from the following product categories:
• Garmin Drive™, Garmin DriveSmart™, Garmin DriveAssist™, Garmin DriveLuxe™ automotive navigators
• Garmin RV and Camper navigators
• zūmo motorcycle navigators
• dēzl truck navigators
• some nüvi automotive navigators (3597/3598/2x17/2x18/2x97/2x98/2x67/2x68/2577)
Check garmin.com/spl for a detailed list of compatible Garmin devices.
Some models require a software update, available at garmin.com/express
Smartphone Link allows you to connect a compatible Garmin navigator and your iPhone®. Once linked, the compatible Garmin navigator uses your existing mobile data plan to share information with your iPhone, including contacts, search results, favorite locations, your driving destination, and even your parking spot. With Smartphone Link, your compatible Garmin navigator can also access Garmin Live Services for useful, real-time driving information.
What Are Garmin Live Services?
Garmin Live Services provide the most up-to-date “live” information to your Garmin navigator using your existing mobile data plan. There’s no need for an additional data connection. Some services are included when you connect to Smartphone Link. Other services within the app are available through optional paid subscriptions offering premium content and enhanced features. To receive data relevant to your location, Garmin Live Services require your current GPS location be shared with Garmin and Garmin partners.
Included Live Services:
• Address sharing - Send locations and online search results from your phone to your compatible Garmin navigator, and navigate there
• Garmin Live Traffic
Avoid delays and find detours with the best-in-class real-time information. Garmin Live Traffic is updated every minute and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle
• Live Parking
Save time, and take the stress out of parking. View helpful parking information, including pricing and availability trends for on-street public parking, as you approach your destination.
• Weather - View forecasts and current conditions
• Last Mile - Remembers your parking spot and shows your destination, so you can find your way on foot and back again
Premium Live Services, available for a one-time purchase within the app, include:
• photoLive traffic cameras
Look up live photos from over 10,000 traffic cameras to see traffic and weather conditions
• Advanced Weather
View detailed forecasts, current conditions, and animated radar images, plus receive severe weather alerts
• Dynamic Off-Street Parking
Find parking close to your destination, including the number of spots available and current cost
 Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates.
 Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required.
 Parking data is available for most city centers. For coverage details, visit Parkopedia.com.
 See https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=111441 for terms, conditions and limitations.
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
User interface has been adapted to iPhone X, XR, XS, XS Max, and stability improvements have been made.
Ratings and Reviews
Update since last review. Have been a long-time user of multiple Garmin GPS units including automotive and aviation, now on my second motorcycle GPS. The application clearly lacks refinement, often losing it’s link with the GPS unit, requiring a restart to enable weather and traffic data link back to the GPS.
Recent application updates have improved stability and connection with the smart phone link and the GPS.
Continue to test with my Sena Bluetooth headset, model SMH10. Stability with Bluetooth connection is not reliable. The GPS will pair however after multiple power cycles the unit falls back into a mode of attempting connection for the audio portion of the control. The audio feed from the GPS when working is distorted, the volume is over driven. The Sena can pair with the GPS in two modes as outlined in the user manual, have tested both. The problem is the GPS has the ability to control phone and audio playback, the controls forces the phone to stream audio through the GPS to the headset rather than allowing the GPS to be a remote control pad and allow the phone to stream audio directly to headset, this appears to be by design. The perfect scenario would be to have the ability to use the control applications on the GPS to manipulate phone and allow all phone audio to stream direct from the phone to the headset, and get some of the audio if desired from the GPS also to the headset.
Developer Response ,
Hello TechConsumer and many thanks for your feedback. We will consider improving those suggested areas.
So-so app, and Advanced Weather is a waste
I downloaded this app to interface with my BMW Navigator VI. I do like the ability to automatically send a destination to the NAV VI when it connects to my iPhone. I bought the Advanced Weather add-on for long road trips. The weather radar is slow, but functional as your planned route is also displayed. However, there are far better apps for weather radar. The weather alerts are a nuisance. I get a banner and an alert tone which mutes everything else from the GPS but no really useful info. For example ... "dense fog advisory", "excessive heat warning", "gale force winds", etc. pop up on the NAV VI with no indication as to WHERE. Selecting the banner or weather icon brings up the weather map on the NAV VI without any indication where the weather condition exists. I've seen a flash flood area highlighted a few times, but that's it. I'm underwhelmed. For an app that links up with a $950 GPS, I expect much better integration/performance.
Garmin finally got it together
Updated June 2018: After several years of this app being buggy and working only temporarily after needing to be unpaired and then repaired to your Garmin device, it is now working very well reliably every time with my iPhone. I have submitted many tickets and Bluetooth logs to Garmin in hopes of getting this fixed and I am so pleased that it is now working well please keep it that way and don’t mess it up. This is a must-have for any Garmin compatible device user! The coverage is much greater than FM reception areas which are limited to only urban cities. I get coverage with this well outside of the city boundaries. A+. Other features such as local parking and traffic cameras are a big plus also. Yay for Garmin getting this fixed in June 2018. I only wish it would launch automatically on the phone when you get in the car.
Developer Response ,
Hello and many thanks for your feedback. We are constantly improving our app so please stay tuned for the following versions too. For any other issue or suggestions please feel free to contact us at email@example.com and we'll gladly assist you on solving it.
- Garmin International
- 35.7 MB
Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Garmin International, Inc. 2018
- In-App Purchases
- Advanced Weather (North America) $4.99
- photoLive (United States) $4.99
- Advanced Weather $5.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.