Some Garmin watches are getting a huge free update today – see if yours is included

Garmin Instinct 2
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Garmin has announced a major software update for several of its best GPS watches and cycle computers, adding a bundle of new features, improving others, and fixing a variety of bugs. 

Watches receiving the update include the Garmin Fenix 7 series, Instinct 2 series, and Epix (Gen 2). The new tools have been available to members of Garmin's public beta testing program for some time, but now the company is satisfied that it's ironed out any kinks and they're ready for everyone to use.

Once you've received the update (which will be downloaded automatically when your watch syncs with Garmin Connect) you'll notice several new features including HRV status, which can tell you how your body is responding to the stresses and strains of daily life. Your training status will also be updated to factor in HRV, recent exercise activity, and performance.

SatIQ is another new addition, and one that helps balance GPS accuracy and battery life. With SatIQ enabled, your watch will use single-band GPS when you're in an open area with good line of sight to satellites. If you move to somewhere with tall buildings, cliffs, or woodland (all of which can lead to poor GPS accuracy), your watch will switch to multi-band GNSS to better pinpoint your location.

There's also a new race widget to help you prepare for your next event (regardless of distance). This will provide you with a predicted time, countdown to race day, and weather forecast so you can prepare the right kit.

It's not all training, though; you'll get a new stock tracker as well, which will let you monitor up to 50 stocks on your wrist, with prices and trends throughout the day.

Tools for cyclists

Edge 1040 cycling computers are also getting an update, which will add music controls so you can pause, play, and skip tracks from your phone while it's tucked away safely in your jersey.

You'll also get the same training status tool as Garmin watch owners, plus the ability to see when Intensity Minutes were earned during a ride. It's now possible to connect an ANT or ANT+ compatible e-bike to your computer as well, letting you adjust assistance levels, see remaining range, and get custom stats all from your Edge 1040's touchscreen.

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.