An important software update is coming for your Garmin Fenix 6

Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar
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Garmin has begun rolling out a major software update for Fenix 6 watches, fixing a variety of bugs that have bothered wearers since the watch launched in August 2019. 

Last week, Garmin released updates for the Fenix 7 and Epix that not only corrected several bugs, but also added new features like the ability to delete strength workouts from your wrist rather than doing so using the Garmin Connect app on your phone. Now, as TizenHelp reports, the older Fenix 6 is getting a similar treatment, with a firmware update on the way over the coming days.

This will make various tweaks to your watch's behavior, including an issue that occurred when tracking a running workout in which time spent idle, walking, and running didn't always match the total workout time. Once you've received the update, those numbers should now match.

The update also solves a frustrating problem involved the watch's charge level not appearing correctly in the Garmin Connect app, which would sometimes display 'battery in days' as zero even if the watch was fully charged. 

If your watch sometimes showed an incorrect VO2 Max measurement when cycling, or golf courses failed to load correctly, these should now be rectified as well. Garmin has published a full list of all the fixes on its discussion forums.

If you haven't received the update yet, don't worry; Garmin says that it's currently been pushed out to 80% of owners, and will be rolled out to the rest over the coming days. To make sure you get it as soon as possible, hold your watch's menu button, scroll down and select 'Settings', then select 'System'. Scroll down again to 'Software update' and check that automatic updates are enabled.

Golden oldies

Garmin has a strong track record of supporting its best GPS watches for many years after launch, meaning older devices are a solid choice if you want to upgrade but don't want to pay full price for the latest model.

Now that the Fenix 6 has been superseded by the Fenix 7, it's likely that retailers might be looking for an opportunity to clear some of their old stock, and we wouldn't be surprised if watches in the Fenix 6 line get some hefty discounts for Amazon Prime Day.

We'll rounding up all of this year's best Amazon Prime Day Garmin deals as soon as they land on July 12, along with any offers from other stores hoping to get a slice of the action. We've already collected together a good range of early deals on Garmin watches, GPS units, and cycle computers, so can grab a bargain now if you can't wait for the event itself.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.