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.
Of 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:
- On FR610, go to main menu, then tap History.
- Tap Options.
- In the Options menu, scroll down and tap Upload.
- Stay near your computer with ANT Stick connected.
- 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:
- From Finder menu, select Go, then Go to Folder….
- In the dialog box, type /Users/USER-NAME/Library/Application Support/Garmin/GarminConnect/DEVICE-UNIT-ID/Upload/FIT_TYPE_4/ then hit enter.
- Copy the .fit file you want to import and paste it on Desktop (or any temporary place).
- From Garmin Connect menu, go to Activities.
- Click Import, which is located at the top right of the Activities pages.
- In the modal window, click Choose file button and select the .fit file you copied.
- 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.
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