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How to connect your Garmin watch to Strava

Sync up all your data and join the community.

Published onMarch 17, 2023

If you’re wearing a Garmin device, you most likely identify as an athlete. Why not link your watch to one of the most popular tracking websites and social networks for runners and cyclists? Follow the steps below to connect your Garmin watch to Strava.


To connect your Garmin watch with Strava, create a Strava account. Then Find Strava, listed under Connected Apps, in the Settings menu of your Garmin Connect app, and follow the onscreen prompts.


How to connect your Garmin watch to Strava in 5 steps

Pairing your Strava and Garmin Connect accounts is simple. Just make sure you have both apps downloaded to your smartphone.

  • On your paired smartphone, open the Garmin Connect app.
  • Tap Settings or More (the three-dot icon or three horizontal lines depending on your platform), and tap Settings.
  • Tap Connected Apps, then tap Strava.
  • Read through the terms and conditions information and tap Agree.
  • You may be asked to log in to your Strava account. Once you enter your Strava account credentials, tap Authorize.

Manually sync your Strava account

A Garmin wearables user forces a sync in the Strava app on her iPhone 11.
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If you don’t see your activity in Strava, you may need to force a fresh sync.

  • Open the Strava app on your paired phone and tap You, in the bottom right corner.
  • Tap the Activities tab and pull down to force a sync.


Yes. Once you link your Garmin and Strava accounts, activities saved in Garmin Connect will automatically sync to Strava.

If your Garmin device is not sending your workouts to Strava, you may not have the Activities permission enabled. Revisit Strava under Connected apps in your Settings menu and toggle Activities on. If this does not fix the problem, disconnect Garmin Connect and Strava and reconnect.

Make sure you have the latest version of Garmin Connect installed on your smartphone and that Bluetooth is enabled on both devices. Visit our guide to the most common Garmin problems and how to fix them for further troubleshooting.

Yes! Strava is a free app. A Strava membership, however, offers even more features and tools.

Garmin Connect lets you edit your activities after completing them. While the activity will sync with Strava, our experience is that the edits you make (distance adjustments, for example) will not sync – only the originally recorded data will.

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