How to connect Spotify and sync music to your Garmin watch

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How to use Spotify on Garmin watches
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Garmin has teamed up with Spotify to offer the offline syncing of playlists to its sports watches – offering more people than ever the chance to untether from their smartphone and work out uninhibited.

That Spotify support now works on a whole host of Garmin watches:

Read on for how to get started listening to Spotify from your Garmin sports watch. Any questions? Let us know in the comments below.

Essential reading: Best GPS watches with music playback

What you'll need:

  • Compatible Garmin watch (see above)
  • 50% charge or more
  • Spotify Premium (and the app installed on your phone).
  • A Wi-Fi connection for the music syncing

1. Get everything updated

Before you get started you will need to make sure everything is up to date. In fact, this part can take longer than anything else.

Hook your compatible watch to the Garmin Connect mobile app or to your PC/Mac to Garmin Express (this might also needed updating). Then when that's done and you're updated, you’re good to move on.

2. Download Spotify

How to connect Spotify and sync music to your Garmin watch

Spotify is an app within the Garmin Connect IQ ecosystem, which you can find via the smartphone app.

Head to the Garmin Connect app and choose the More tab and then Connect IQ Store. In there, search for Spotify.

Press download, and then guess what? Sync that Garmin watch again.

3. Find the Garmin Spotify app

You should get a notification on your Garmin watch saying a new provider had been added after the sync has taken place. We didn’t. Regardless, press and hold the Down button (positioned at 7 o’clock) and you’ll see it present in the list.

4. Add your login credentials

How to use Spotify on your Garmin sports watch

On the watch, scroll through the Spotify app and it will tell you to sign in using your Garmin Connect smartphone app.

And handily, a notification will appear on your smartphone for you to jump straight to the sign in page. Login with your credentials, and the apps will be connected.

Now head back to the Spotify app on the watch and see all your playlists. You can now choose one.

5. Connect to Wi-Fi

If you watch isn’t connected to Wi-Fi already, which ours wasn’t and yours probably isn’t, you will now need to connect it.

The process isn’t actually that painful. Choose your network and use the on-screen keyboard to type in the password. You can now successfully choose a playlist to sync.

6. Run to the beat

How to use Spotify on your Garmin sports watch

And now you’re done. The last bit you’ll need is to connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones. That’s simple too. Just choose your ideal beats from the Spotify app on the watch and you’ll be prompted to add headphones.

Put your Bluetooth buds in pairing mode and let the watch find them – when they pair it’s time to run.

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