Garmin Varia‪™‬ 4+


    • 4.5 • 82 Ratings
    • Free

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When paired with a compatible Garmin Varia device¹, the Varia app has the tools you need to ride with confidence. Using the Varia app, you can:

- Be alerted right on your phone when approaching vehicles are within 140 meters behind your bicycle.
- View color-coded alerts based on surrounding traffic: Green means you’re all clear, yellow means a vehicle is approaching, and red means a vehicle is coming at you quickly and you should take caution.
- Receive tone and vibration alerts for approaching vehicles even when you’re not looking at your phone.

With a compatible Garmin Varia Rearview Radar Camera, you can also:

- Set the camera in the best position for capturing videos and photos.
- Record videos or take photos while riding with a simple button press on your phone.
- Automatically record videos of incidents and save the video footage with the Incident Recording feature.
- Overlay speed, time, date and GPS details on photos and videos.
- Save, delete or download videos and photos to your phone.

Easy to Use
Pairing your Garmin Varia device with the app is quick and easy. Once you set it up, the Varia app will automatically recognize your device.

Even if you already have a Varia device paired with a compatible Garmin device or head unit, the Varia app provides additional awareness and peace of mind while riding.

¹ Compatible devices are the Varia RVR315 Rearview Radar, Varia RTL515 Radar Tail Light and Varia RCT715 Rearview Radar Camera.

What’s New

Version 2.0.0

This version of the app has a refreshed user interface and new photo and video features, such as Incident Recording, to support the Varia RCT715 Rearview Radar Camera.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

exshrimper ,

Love it

I got this for Father’s Day but I downloaded the app a long time ago waiting for someone to get the hint. It works exactly as advertised. I can put it in my under seat pouch and still hear it easily and I can’t hear very well. Only a couple of things could be improved. One of them is the distance it picks up a car which is 153 yards. Sounds pretty far but when that car is coming 75 or 80 mph it’s just a few seconds before he is on top of you. Another 50 yards would be perfect. The other thing is when the alarm goes off there could be 3 or 4 cars coming with only one signal, which is fine but you better look at your monitor before you dart back in traffic lane. Anyway the fact is I love it. Wish I had one a year ago. I’m 75 years old and do all my riding on highways and my neck won’t turn enough to see behind me. I stare into my mirror constantly which makes my neck worse. Now I just check my mirror when the alert goes off.

rmart33 ,

Best accessory for my bike

This radar definitely makes me more visible and aware of traffic on my rides. Very reliable. My main wish is some app improvements. Most import the need to be able to adjust the alert volume independently of the phone volume. I ride with music and I would like to make the alerts louder without blasting the music. When the is any wind noise the alert sounds can get drowned out. It would also be great to have some basic music controls since the screen is always on anyway.

One additional recommendation is that the unit should remember the last setting for the flash pattern of the light. It’s a minor annoyance but my $20 LED light cans do this.

Stairsguy2 ,

Won't ride without it

My hearing is poor and trying to monitor oncoming traffic is hit or miss. I've found that the radar picks up vehicles before I would have seen them because you can't ride staring at your mirror. I use the Varia w the phone app and with Trekz bone conduction headphones.
With my poor hearing I might not pick up on the phone signal otherwise. The Trekz 'phones do not block my ear canal. Yes I sometimes listen to media while riding, but the audio ring overrides and there on my Wahoo head unit is a graphic showing the relative position(s) of oncoming vehicles. Seeing that there is more than one car approaching is huge.

App Privacy

The developer, Garmin, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • User Content
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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