How to download an activity from Garmin Forerunner 610

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I love my Garmin Forerunner 610! Its satellite signal acquisition is decent, and it’s been working without major failure for almost four years for me. Given the temperate weather in Northern California, it is not exposed to extreme conditions. But the fact that I run quite often and I do sweat, I must say the watch is doing pretty well. In addition to the GPS watch itself, the trio of Gamin Connect, Garmin Connect Mobile and Garmin Express lets me log my runs and train for my goals. I just need not to forget to wear the watch, start the watch before my run and save my run when it’s finished. The watch and the software will do the rest. So, I really don’t have much to complain about my Forerunner 610. I know Forerunner 620 has more advanced features, but so far I am happy with my 610.

Garmin express sync failedOf course, I do get frustrated when things don’t go the way it is supposed to, especially when troubles happen so rarely and when I don’t remember how I solved problems that happened long time ago. For example, after yesterday’s run, I got an error message from Garmin Express, saying the sync failed, potentially due to corrupted data. I remember this has happened before and I solved it by looking up a solution online. So, I looked for the same solution, but for some reason I could not find it this time. I ended up spending close to an hour looking for the solution to download an activity from the device. After I found the solution, it only took a minute to see the data in Garmin Connect. I am going to blog about the solution here, so when the same error happens next time, I won’t waste my time looking for a solution.

2 situations where Garmin Connect does not show an activity.

Garmin Express failed to download an activity from a device and Garmin Express says there is no activity to synch.

Below assumes that the activity data is not corrupted and available in the device for download:

  1. On FR610, go to main menu, then tap History.
  2. Tap Options.
  3. In the Options menu, scroll down and tap Upload.
  4. Stay near your computer with ANT Stick connected.
  5. Locate the activity you want to download to your Garmin Connect and tap it.

This should trigger Garmin Express, and the activity data should be imported into Garmin Connect.

Garmin Express downloaded an activity but Garmin Connect does not show the activity.

Below is how you can locate .fit file in your Mac, then manually import it into Garmin Connect:

  1. From Finder menu, select Go, then Go to Folder….
  2. In the dialog box, type /Users/USER-NAME/Library/Application Support/Garmin/GarminConnect/DEVICE-UNIT-ID/Upload/FIT_TYPE_4/ then hit enter.
  3. Copy the .fit file you want to import and paste it on Desktop (or any temporary place).
  4. From Garmin Connect menu, go to Activities.
  5. Click Import, which is located at the top right of the Activities pages.
  6. In the modal window, click Choose file button and select the .fit file you copied.
  7. Click Upload activities from file button.

This should import the activity into Garmin Connect. If you are a Windows user, try C:\ProgramData1\Garmin\CoreService\GarminConnect\Device-UnitID\FIT_TYPE_4 and see if .fit files are located there.

My iMac used to lose WiFi connectivity during sleep or after awake, and this might have caused the sync error. The solution to keep the WiFi connectivity during sleep/awake seems work for me, for I have not had sync error since I applied this solution.

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  • Timothy Banks
    May 15, 2015

    Thanks, that helped me sort out an upload problem with my 610! Had lost band in the last few seconds of upload, and then things timed out. With my old 110 all I had to do was look for the files on the watch and upload, but the Mac doesn’t connect nicely to the 610. Glad to find your write up!

    • Koji Kawano
      May 16, 2015

      Glad it was helpful, Tim!

  • KE
    June 18, 2015

    Thank you. It was disappointing when I lost a few running files because of intermittent failures to sync (and why did it always seem to happen with the new/interesting runs?!). It made me happy to find your easy solution!!

    • Koji Kawano
      July 15, 2015

      Thank you for the comment. It is frustrating when your hard work is not recorded properly!

  • Andy A
    July 15, 2015

    I had problems uploading one activity. The unhelpful “There was an error syncing with Garmin Connect” when trying to manually upload from the 610.

    I followed your instructions and found one fit file that gave an error message “One of your files was not accepted by the system. Please contact Support for assistance”.

    I expect the file was corrupted and found this page “Garmin online fit repair tool”.

    It repaired the .fit file and I was finally able to upload it. Thanks very much for this page!

    • Koji Kawano
      July 15, 2015

      Glad you found it helpful!

  • Jennifer Fox
    July 22, 2015

    Just wanted to say “thanks!” for this! Used it today – very helpful and got my activity reloaded into Garmin Connect. Thanks again!! 🙂

    • Koji Kawano
      July 22, 2015

      Great it was helpful! I love Garmin Connect when it works! 😉

  • tomas
    July 26, 2015

    Thank so much for your comment, now I have all my activities synched !!!

    • Koji Kawano
      July 29, 2015

      Fantastic, Tomas! Glad it was helpful.

  • Mattias Berg
    December 17, 2015

    Thanks a million for this. Was getting so frustrated until i found your guide. Cheers!

    • Koji Kawano
      December 29, 2015

      Glad it helped. Happy tracking!

  • Jeff
    December 27, 2016

    I cannot even get my new 610 to sync to my laptop. Says Garmin Express does not support the 610 and to use Garmin MapUdater. Have downloaded this 4 times now but still not syncing. Any suggestions ?

    • Declan Kenny
      January 26, 2017

      Apologies for thread hijack. Arrived here with similar Garmin issues. Great watches; not so good software. For Jeff: a lot depends on your laptop and the OS. There are many versions of Garmin Express and that seems to be where most of the bugs are. The watch is fine, the ANT stick is usually bullet-proof, and the computer is probably grand. I gave up trying with my Mac (due its age) and managed eventually to get it working on my daughter’s PC laptop. Not ideal, but one sync a week should be fine. Found syncing to be intermittent, but sometimes plugging the watch into the cradle on the laptop helped, despite there being no data transfer function. Best of luck with it; nothing worse than tech not working (when it really should), not least after a good run. I miss the old Forerunner 10 which I could grab files from on the desktop and manually upload to Connect. The 610 just doesn’t work that way. Pity.

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