spotify support garmin fenix 5 plus forerunner 645 music
Update, October 31 at 7 a.m. ET: Garmin has just announced Spotify support for the Forerunner 645 Music running watch!

As previously mentioned, you must have a Spotify Premium account (sign up here) in order to create playlists for your Garmin watch. If you’re already a Premium subscriber, you can download the Spotify app from the Connect IQ store to start listening.

This news comes less than a month after Spotify rolled out to the Fenix 5 Plus lineup. We’ve asked Garmin when we should expect Spotify support for the Vivoactive 3 Music, the company said: “more models will be supported soon.” We’ll of course let you know when that happens.

Original article, October 3 at 5:28 p.m. ET: If you own a Garmin fitness watch that happens to support music, up until today your only options were to locally load up music, or add playlists through iHeartRadio or Deezer. Thankfully, that’s changing today. Garmin has just announced that Spotify support is coming to its fitness watches, starting with the Fenix 5 Plus lineup.

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To use Spotify on the Fenix 5 Plus, you’ll need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber (sign up here) and download the new Spotify app from the Connect IQ store. Once the app is installed, you can create playlists and upload them to your watch for offline listening.

Interestingly, Spotify isn’t yet supported on Garmin’s other music-capable watches, the Vivoactive 3 Music or the Forerunner 645 Music. Garmin says support for other watches is “coming soon.”

The addition of Spotify, one of the most popular music services in the world, is certainly a welcome one. Fitness watches from Garmin and Fitbit, for the most part, are lacking in third-party app support compared to full-fledged smartwatches like the Apple Watch and Wear OS devices.

We’ll be sure to let you know once Spotify makes its way to other watches.