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Garmin vivoactive 5: Price, features, and everything you need to know

Key upgrades on the lineup include an AMOLED display, better battery life, and a lower price tag.

Published onMay 3, 2024

A Garmin Vivoactive 5 on a user's wrist displays its watch face.
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Garmin’s latest addition to the vivoactive series, the Vivoactive 5, elevates a line that hadn’t seen an upgrade since 2019. Compared to vivoactive 4, the device adds an AMOLED display and many of Garmin’s top health and fitness tracking tools while launching at a lower price than its predecessor. It’s another fantastic addition to Garmin’s device stable. Find out everything you need to know about the vivoactive 5, including specs, features, price, and more.

Garmin vivoactive 5: Specs and size

Unlike its predecessor, the Vivoactive 5 is available in just one 42mm case size. The watch’s case is made from fiber-reinforced polymer with an aluminum bezel and boasts a crisp 1.2-inch AMOLED display (390 x 390 resolution) with an optional Always-on mode. To protect its display, the device features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a 5ATM water resistance rating.

Garmin Vivoactive 5
1.2 inch AMOLED, optional always-on 390 x 390 resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Dimensions and weight
42.2 x 42.2 x 11.1mm
20mm band
Build materials
Anodized aluminum bezel
Fiber-reinforced polymer case
Silicone band
Up to 11 days in smartwatch mode (5 days with always-on display enabled)
Up to 21 days in Battery Saver Smartwatch mode
Up to 7 hours in all-Systems GNSS mode + music
IP rating
Garmin Elevate heart rate sensor
Ambient light sensor
Pulse ox blood oxygen saturation monitor
Android, iOS
Garmin Pay
Smartwatch features
Connect IQ-compatible
Smartphone notifications
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android only)
Controls smartphone music
Plays and controls smartwatch music
Find my phone/find my watch
Incident Detection
Metallic Orchid, Slate with Black case, Cream Gold with Ivory case, Metallic Navy with Navy case

Garmin vivoactive 5: Features

Launched on September 20, 2023, the Vivoactive 5 offers a refined user experience on a device packed with tools. Its redesigned interface includes a useful Recents menu, expanded shortcuts, and separated app and activity menus. These changes reflect a similar experience to the Venu 3 and, in our experience, make navigation smoother than ever.

On the health tracking front, the vivoactive 5 upgrades to a Gen 4 Elevate heart rate sensor. Though not as powerful as Garmin’s newest Gen 5 sensor, we found the Gen 4 highly reliable during our vivoactive 5 review. The device utilizes the sensor to offer more advanced wellness tracking, including heart rate variability (HRV). It also features a robust sleep-tracking platform, including sleep coaching, sleep recommendation factors, and automatic nap detection. Other wellness tools include Garmin’s Morning Report, Daily Summary, and an expanded Body Battery.

The Vivoactive 5 adds key health and fitness tools, including heart rate variability tracking, Recovery Time, automatic nap detection, and more.

For fitness tracking, the vivoactive 5 adds additional sport profiles, including wheelchair-specific ones. It also offers the ability to add on-watch interval workouts and introduces guided meditation to the line. Cyclists will find eBike sensor support, while runners and cyclists will find a GPS sensor with multi-GNSS (though not multi-band). We found the unit’s GPS highly accurate throughout our review period.

Post-workout, the watch boasts useful training measurables like Recovery Time and Workout Benefit, providing a well-rounded fitness companion. The watch doesn’t offer as many smart features as the Venu 3, but it does support music storage, smartphone notifications, Garmin Pay, and an on-screen flashlight.

Garmin vivoactive 5: Price

A Garmin Vivoactive 5 user starts a run on their device.
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  • Garmin vivoactive 5: $299

The Garmin vivoactive launched at $300, which is $50 less than the previous generation. It is for sale now from as well as from third-party retailers such as Amazon.

Garmin Vivoactive 5Garmin Vivoactive 5
AA Editors Choice
Garmin Vivoactive 5
Vibrant, AMOLED display • Accurate heart rate and GPS sensors • Automatic nap detection and sleep coaching
MSRP: $299.99
A well-equipped AMOLED smartwatch
The Garmin Vivoactive 5 is the next-gen version of one of Garmin's popular smartwatch lines. Enjoy a 1.2-inch AMOLED display, 11 days of battery life, and a rich set of activity and health tracking features.

Garmin vivoactive 5: Battery life and charging

Garmin Vivoactive 5 charger
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The Vivoactive 5 claims up to 11 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 21 hours with GPS. That’s a significant improvement compared to 8 days and 18 hours on the vivoactive 4. The device also claims up to five days in always-on mode. For users looking to stretch battery life further, the vivoactive 5 offers a battery saver mode. Once drained, the device uses a proprietary charger with a USB-C cable.

Garmin vivoactive 5: Design and colors

As mentioned above, the 42mm vivoactive 5 debuts a colorful AMOLED display for the first time on the vivoactive lineup. Like the vivoactive 4, it only features two buttons (rather than the five-button configuration of other Garmin devices). It’s available in four colors: Metallic Orchid, Metallic Navy, Slate, and Cream Gold. Each comes with a silicone, quick-release strap.

Garmin vivoactive 5: Watch faces

Garmin vivoactive 5 watch face
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The Vivoactive 5 packs many of the same static and live watch faces as the Venu 3. These faces are customizable, as users can select their preferred data fields. Users can find even more options via the Garmin Connect IQ app store.


The Garmin Vivoactive 5 features a water resistance rating of 5ATM. It is safe to wear the vivoactive 5 while swimming to depths up to 50 meters.

Yes, the Garmin vivoactive 5 tracks sleep overnight and even features automatic nap detection.

The Garmin vivoactive 5 cannot answer phone calls.

Yes, the Garmin vivoactive 5 works with both Android phones and iPhones.

The Garmin vivoactive 5 has a built-in GPS for tracking outdoor workouts, but it does not offer any maps.

No, the Garmin vivoactive 5 does not support the company’s ECG app.

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