1. Adding an activity profile to a Garmin watch
  2. Adding a personalized activity profile
  3. Compatible Garmin watches

How to add an activity profile to your Garmin watch

For when the seemingly unending list of sports profiles just isn't enough
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Garmin watches are relatively unrivaled when it comes to the sheer amount of sports profiles on offer - but that's not to say they're all immediately available from the favorites list.

Luckily, plenty of the top outdoor watches in Garmin's arsenal do allow you to grow the list of activity profiles to sit alongside running, cycling and swimming, with many also allowing you to manually add your own activity type.

Doing so is extremely straightforward if you do have a compatible Garmin watch, and below we'll run through the steps to do exactly that.

Adding an activity profile to a Garmin watch

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If there's a niche activity that doesn't appear in your favorites list that you want quicker access to, follow the steps below:

1. Press the 'Start/Stop' button.

2. Scroll down to 'Add'. 

3. Navigate through the activity types such as 'Outdoor' and 'Running' to narrow down your choice.

4. Once selected, use the 'Up/Down' buttons to choose its place in your favorites list. 

Adding a personalized activity profile

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If there's an activity profile that's not available to plug into your favorites list, you can still add it and tinker with the data screens as you would with any other profile. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Press the 'Start/Stop' button.

2. Scroll down to 'Add'. 

3. Navigate down to 'Other' and then select 'Other' again.

4. Once selected, a keyboard should appear for you to enter the name of your activity profile.

5. After you confirm the name, simply place the activity profile in your list of favorites. 

Compatible Garmin watches

  • D2 Mach 1
  • Descent G1 / Descent Mk2
  • Enduro / Enduro 2
  • Epix (Gen 2) watches
  • Epix Pro (Gen 2) watches
  • Fenix 5 series
  • Fenix 6 and 6 Pro series
  • Fenix 7 and 7 Pro series
  • Instinct / Instinct 2 / Instinct Crossover
  • MARQ and MARQ (Gen 2)
  • Quatix 6 / Quatix 7
  • Tactix 7 / Tactix Delta

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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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