Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2013-03-18
  • Current Version: 2.9.3
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 47.28 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.3 or later.
Score: 2
From 701 Ratings


Smartphone Link works with select Bluetooth®-enabled 2012 through 2017 Garmin devices, including: • DriveSmart, DriveAssist, DriveLuxe • nüvi 2417, 2467, 2497, 2498, 2517, 2559, 2567, 2577, 2589, 2597, 2598, 2599, 2689, 2699, 2789, 2797, 2798 with Backup Camera, 3597, 3598 • nüviCam • RV 660, 760 • zūmo 590, 595 • dēzl 570, 770 • dēzlCam Some of these models require a software update, available at Smartphone Link allows you to connect a compatible Garmin nüvi® and your iPhone®. Once linked, the nüvi uses your existing mobile data plan* to share information with your iPhone, including contacts, search results, favorite locations, your driving destination, and even your parking spot. With Smartphone Link, your nüvi can also access Garmin Live Services** for useful, real-time driving information. What Are Garmin Live Services? Garmin Live Services provide the most up-to-date “live” information to your Garmin navigator using your existing mobile data plan. There’s no need for an additional data connection. Some services are included when you connect to Smartphone Link. Other services within the app are available through optional paid subscriptions offering premium content and enhanced features. To receive data relevant to your location, Garmin Live Services require your current GPS location be shared with Garmin and Garmin partners. Included Live Services: • Address sharing - Send locations and online search results from your phone to your nüvi, and navigate there • Garmin Live Traffic Avoid delays and find detours with the best-in-class real-time information. Garmin Live Traffic is updated every minute and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle • Weather - View forecasts and current conditions • Dynamic Off-Street Parking - Find parking close to your destination, including the number of spots available and current cost • Last Mile - Remembers your parking spot and shows your destination, so you can find your way on foot and back again Premium Live Services, available for a one-time*** purchase within the app, include: • photoLive traffic cameras** Look up live photos from over 10,000 traffic cameras in the U.S. and Canada, to see traffic and weather conditions • Advanced Weather** View detailed forecasts, current conditions, and animated radar images, plus receive severe weather alerts * Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates. ** Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. *** See for terms, conditions and limitations. Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.



  • Garbage

    By Reviewer3859
    A while lot of useless features packed into an app that barely does the one thing that would make it most useful- search map and send to GPS over BT.
  • Doesn’t connect

    By thedough33
    My iPhone connects to the garmin fine but the live traffic doesn’t work as the app doesn’t recognize the connection.
  • Garmin 785

    By jason124566
    It’s a good app for what it does could be 5 star if I can enter the address in the app an send it to the gps not just for nearby places for all places
  • Outdated but functional

    By dmgabe
    Won’t win any awards for design or usability, but it does seem to function as advertised. Would like to see them put at least a little bit of work into the app to keep it up to date with the current devices and design language.
  • Please

    By Wessam M. Hassan
    I ask garmin people please please check the map in iphone or google how it’s look like, I think you are coming from 1970 or before If any of you have a iphone check how they write the street name on the map , About this app Believe me it’s too bad
  • It worked well in the past, today it is useless

    By Frisco Texas Traveler
    I installed the Smart Link app several years ago for the sole purpose of pushing my iPhone contacts into it. It was the ONLY one that worked this way. I haven’t used this function for awhile so I was surprised to find that it no longer works! Today, July 2018 with Apple IOS 11.4, it will not send contacts to Garmin unit. Very sorry to see this happen. Garmin, will you please, please fix???
  • Nuvi and I phone 6

    By B0bby1984
    Connected the first time. Then refused to connect no matter what I tried. The short time it worked the traffic function didn’t seem to do anything as I had Google Maps running on another device next to it. It drained the battery on my phone in an hour. Apple Maps and Google Maps don’t do that. Uninstalled.
  • It’s working

    By AB755
    After the last update (2.9.2) the app now stays connected to my Garmin GPS RV 770. With the stable connection I could then see if the app provides value while driving. The answer, so far, is yes. The GPS checked traffic ahead on the route and suggested a time saving detour. As a comparison, we had Google Maps and Waze also open and they suggested the same detour. The integration into the GPS is helpful, especially if I was driving alone.
  • You say you have an update to fix the connectivity issues. Where is the dang update?

    By crampfan
    I paid for live weather and I can’t use it.
  • Headphones???

    By CamChain
    Could not even try the app on my Garmin Zumo 390. Paired the app with my phone and my Garmin disconnects because there is no headphones. I must not understand the purpose of the app.