To get started, you just need to do the following steps, explained in more detailed below:
- Install our dwMap app on your Garmin watch
- Link your watch to your account here
- Create a route
- Choose the active route for your watch
There is an excellent user-created video illustrating this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKrjomiTgeQ
Install dwMap app on your Garmin Watch
Our dwMap watch app installs to your watch from the Garmin Connect IQ Store.
Make sure that your watch is connected by Bluetooth to Garmin Connect Mobile running on your phone (iPhone or Android [Windows Phone will likely not work]), and that your phone and watch can get online.
The Garmin software may tell you that you need to update your firmware, even when you think you have the latest version. In this case, undock your device and see if it installs new firmware that it has downloaded. Then redock the device and try installing our app again. Powering-off your device and back on again may also be necessary to get the new firmware installed and running. You can check what your device is actually running by going to Settings - System - About.
dwMap User Guides by watch model
The first time you open it on your watch it will show you a simple link code to securely link your watch to your account here.
Enter Link Code from your device
We have implemented a simple but secure mechanism to link your watch to your account here.
- When you open the app on your watch the first time it will show you an 8 character code.
- Enter that code on our website here and the watch will know which account it is associated with. Conversely, our website will know that you have authorized access by this watch.
- After you have entered the code on our website, tap the screen or press the Up button of your watch to complete the linking process.
If you get No Bluetooth to Garmin Connect or Error Code 1 or 2 on your watch during this step, make sure that your watch is connected by Bluetooth to Garmin Connect Mobile running on your phone (iPhone or Android [Windows Phone will likely not work]), and that your phone and watch can get online.
As an extra security measure, the code is only valid for 5 minutes after you open the app. If you do not enter the code here in time, don't worry, just exit and open the app again, and a new code will be generated.
You only have to do this once for each watch you link (and you can link any number of watches), and afterwards the app will only need an internet connection when you want change the downloaded route.
We do not get access to any other apps on your watch or phone.
Create a Route
To create your first route you can:
- Draw a route using our Route Planner, or
- upload a GPX/TCX file, or
- import directly from a route planning service such as Ride with GPS.
Choose the active route for your watch
Click on the next to a route in your route list to set it as your current active route, which will be then marked with a .
When you open the dwMap app on your watch it will automatically download this route. Your watch needs access to the Internet through your phone in order to download the new route, but once it has it it does not need to be online. If you are not online when you open the app it will continue to use the route that it has.
You can change the current active route here and refresh it in the app at any time by choosing Refresh on the app's menu (press-hold Up on watches without a menu button).