Your Garmin watch is getting improved VO2 Max and a bundle of bug fixes

Man's wrist wearing Garmin Tactix 7 watch
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Garmin has released a new software update that adds new features and fixes a bunch of bugs for several of its watches. The alpha release is now available for Garmin Fenix 6, Enduro, Tactix, and MARQ series watches.

As Tizen Help reports, the new update adds fixes and new features for all these Garmin watches, including an updated VO2 Max graph, which now shows changes over four weeks so you can more easily track improvements in your fitness. There's now support for e-bike activities too, and a new power control menu item for Garmin Varia bike cameras.

Bug fixes include a solution for a problem where watches would incorrectly count reps during weight training sessions, an issue where VO2 Max would sometimes be calculated wrongly for cycling activities, and a problem where daily suggested workout previews wouldn't display correctly.

How to get the update

Garmin's beta program is open to owners of Fenix 6, Enduro, Tactix, and MARQ owners, but because this update is still an alpha, you'll have to download it manually even if you've signed up to join public testing.

You can find links to download the correct software for each watch on Garmin's forums. Each ZIP archive includes a text file containing full instructions for how to install the update, plus files necessary for backdating software.

If you'd like to join the beta program and be first to receive stable software updates, you can sign up to receive stable updates automatically through Garmin Connect Mobile, Wi-Fi, or Garmin Express. To register, just follow the instructions on Garmin's support page, where you'll also find links to discussion forums and bug report forms.

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.