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What kinds of data can I read or publish to Garmin Connect (Wellness)?

You can read the following data types from Garmin Connect (Wellness):

  • Activity
  • Body Composition
  • Oxygen
  • Sleep

What kinds of data can I read or publish to Garmin Connect (Sports)?

You can read the following data types from Garmin Connect (Sports):

  • Activity including Map, Heart Rate, and other Analytics

What is the difference between Garmin Connect (Wellness) and Garmin Connect (Sports)?

Garmin provides wearables, sport watches, and hybrids.

The wearable’s data comes from Garmin Connect (Wellness), such as your step summary, detected activities, sleep, etc., from devices such as Vivofit.

The sport watches’ data is available under Garmin Connect (Sports), which has the detailed data toanalyze your activities better.

The hybrid devices will have data from both services, and we recommend using both for the best data for your analysis.

What is the difference between Garmin Connect and Garmin Connect [China]?

Garmin Connect is federated and has its services both behind https://connect.garmin.com/ and https://connect.garmin.cn/. If you access your data via the https://connect.garmin.cn/ endpoint, please use the [China] denoted Garmin Connect sources; otherwise, you should use the default.

What are the changes and limitations to the Garmin Connect (Sports) features?

Garmin has made changes to their API program in the summer of 2016, which provides you with better security, and flexibility and as a consequence, some of our features are impacted.

  • Using as a Source: If you are using Garmin Connect as a Source, you need to change the Source of your item from Garmin Connect (Deprecated) to Garmin Connect and reauthenticate. When you record a new Garmin Connect activity, it will automatically be sent to us without an explicit sync.
  • Historical Sync: In the previous version of Garmin Connect’s API, we were able to get your entire history. Unfortunately, we are currently only able to acquire the last 30 days of activities at this time.
  • Backups: Due to the Historical Sync issue, we recommend that you add a destination for maps to be sent to Amazon S3, DropBox, Google Drive, or OneDrive so that you can keep your entire history.
  • Using as a Destination: The ability to use Garmin as a Destination has been removed as Garmin has deprecated this API. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The values are different in Garmin Connect (Sports) vs. your system; why?

Garmin (and other services) do post-processing of the data they send us. Consequently, sometimes the durations and various metrics will not match precisely because of this.

FitnessSyncer does not have entries for some things in Garmin Connect (Sports); why?

We use Garmin’s Push API, which means that we receive it shortly after your Garmin device syncs with Garmin. Some of your activities may originate in other services such as Zwift or SufferFest, which due to contractual obligations, they do not send such activities to us. If your data originates from another party, we recommend using an alternative source for that data.

Nothing seems to happen when I click Sync on my Garmin Connect sources; why?

For Garmin Connect, we get immediately notified whenever you sync or add a new activity on their end, and thus, the sync button usually does not find anything.

Can I get data from Garmin Junior?

Due to the privacy agreements, this information is not available by default. You can, however, export the data via https://www.garmin.com/en-US/account/datamanagement/ and then import it into a standard Garmin Connect account where we can acquire the data from it or import it directly into FitnessSyncer via CSV.

There is no data on my Garmin Connect (Wellness) or Garmin Connect (Sports); why? Why am I not receiving new data? Why are there only 30 days of history?

Garmin Connect only starts collecting data from the moment you begin using FitnessSyncer. For Garmin Connect (Wellness), Pro users can request historic syncs, but this only covers the previous 30 days of data.

Note: Because of how we integrate with Garmin Connect, we do not recommend the use of filters directly on these source connections.

If this is still happening, you may need to delete tokens from Garmin Connect. To do so:

  • Go to Garmin Connect
  • Click on your account icon on the top right and click on Account Settings
  • Select Account Information
  • Under the Applications section, locate FitnessSyncer listings and delete them.
  • Go back into your FitnessSyncer account and reauthenticate one of the Garmin Connect items then with the “Grant New Permissions and Apply to Other Sources and Destinations” option.

If you are still experiencing problems, please contact us.

Is there more data that I can get from Garmin Connect?

If you use the ANT stick and have .FIT files on your hard drive, you can use the FitnessSyncer Uploader to upload that data into your Notebook.

Otherwise, you can go to Garmin Connect and download a summary CSV:

  • Expand the navigation bar by selecting the arrow from the upper left corner of the screen if not already expanded.
  • Select Activities, then All Activities
  • Filter the activities you wish to export and then click the Export CSV button from the upper left corner
  • Once complete, you can import the CSV in FitnessSyncer Notebook.

Alternatively, you can request an export of all of your Garmin data via https://www.garmin.com/en-US/account/datamanagement/ and then upload those items into FitnessSyncer.

Sometimes my Garmin Connect sleep sent to other services is off or duplicated; why?

Garmin Connect samples the sleep and can send us a couple of updates of the sleep records before it is finalized, but they are sometimes indistinguishable between the completed and incomplete sleeps. Depending on when the sync occurs, it is possible that the sleep sent was incomplete.

The work around is usually to add a filter. In the Comment field of the Sleep item, it will contain ENHANCED_FINAL, and these are the ones you wish to send over; add a filter for Comment Contains ENHANCED_FINAL.

In some cases, this filter may not work. A slower but guaranteed-to-work filter is to use the Older Than Days filter set to 1 day on your Destination Tasks.

If you need help, please contact us.

My Garmin Connect (Sports) Strength Training (or other activities) do not contain calories, but they do on Garmin; how do I fix his?

Garmin Connect (Sports) sends us the raw .FIT file, which some activities do not have calorie information. To work around this, also include a Garmin Connect (Wellness) Activity source, which will augment.

I get an error when doing a historic sync on my Garmin Connect.

Garmin Connect (Wellness) only permits the last 30 days for historic syncs. This usually happens by default when you sign up.

For Garmin Connect (Sports), you may need to reauthenticate the connection to make it work.