1. How to select Dark Mode or Light Mode
  2. Light Mode vs. Dark Mode

How to choose Dark Mode or Light Mode in Garmin Connect

We show you what each theme looks like in Garmin's mobile app
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Garmin Connect is set to Dark Mode by default, but there's a setting hidden away in the app's menus that allows you to switch this to Light Mode. 

Only landing in September 2023 after years of requests from Garmin users, the company now allows you to choose between each of these two themes at any time - or have it match your phone's settings.

Below, we'll show you how each looks in the iOS/Android version of Garmin Connect and provide instructions on how to change them.

How to select Dark Mode or Light Mode

Wareablegarmin connect how to change theme instructions

Choosing between light settings in the Garmin Connect app is very simple. Follow the steps below to change this at any time.

1. Open the Garmin Connect app.

2. Tap 'More' from the bottom row of tabs.

3. Next, tap 'Settings' and then 'Theme'.

4. Choose your preferred mode - 'Light', 'Dark', or 'System'.

5. Tap the back button in the top-left corner - changes are saved automatically.

Light Mode vs. Dark Mode

Wareablegarmin connect light mode vs dark mode

Above, we've shown the two themes for Garmin Connect.

We prefer the Dark Mode due to it being a bit easier on the eye, though we also think the colors in the widgets and cards of the latest app update stand out a bit more. 

As ever, these things are down to personal preference. We suggest trying both out to see which suits your eye. After all, if you're anything like us, you'll spend plenty of hours poring over your training data.


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Conor Allison


Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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