If you happen to’ve been round this website lengthy sufficient, you already know that one in all my life-goals is to scale back the amount of sure sorts of messages that find yourself in my inbox. Not merely the notices that I’m apparently inheritor to Nigerian Royalty, but additionally these messages from readers such as you implying you’re in some kind of state of confusion and frustration. Neither situation is nice.
And at present, the most typical more-than-daily messages I’m receiving each right here on the location and YouTube is “Why is my Fenix 7 lacking all of the options you talked about?”. Notably the power to configure knowledge fields out of your cellphone, stamina, and different extra superior capabilities. These options are outright lacking for those that have simply turned on their look ahead to the primary time.
And the reason being easy: Your new watch is definitely kinda outdated. And with it, it’s acquired outdated firmware on it. Actually outdated firmware. Like…firmware from final yr on it (significantly).
Take for instance this Fenix 7 base unit I purchased per week or so in the past. The firmware that arrived on it was model 6.55. Roughly talking, that places it within the November timeframe. Which, is paradoxically the identical timeframe that Garmin was already producing Fenix 7 items on the meeting line.
Some individuals are additionally getting items with an excellent older firmware of 5.35. So what’s the issue right here?
The precise present manufacturing firmware for the Fenix 7/Epix collection is 7.24 (as of immediately).
When the Fenix 7/Epix launched/introduced again on January 18th, the manufacturing model was 7.20. The distinction between 6.55 and seven.24 can’t be overstated. There’s a huge ocean of adjustments there. Like watching one in all these photo-a-day for 20 years on YouTube movies. And that even units apart the principle watch firmware doesn’t embody up to date variations of the wi-fi (e.g. ANT/BLE) and optical HR sensor firmware variations, nor any GPS chipset bits both.
Now, usually what occurs is that after you pair it as much as your cellphone through Bluetooth, Garmin will obtain the most recent firmware model behind the scenes utilizing Bluetooth. However the issue is this may slowly trickle over. As soon as it’s copied to your watch, it’ll discover a time once you’re not doing a lot (sitting round quietly at a desk or such), after which provide to put in the firmware. It’ll now not attempt to set up at 2AM – extra on why right here. Level being, this whole ready round interval can take upwards of a day for most individuals.
The Faster Manner:
Now, whereas your watch will slowly obtain that replace behind the scenes, absolutely the quickest strategy to get it completed is to make use of WiFi to drive a sync, after which manually select to put in it. Besides, that doesn’t work. Not but anyhow. See, even in case you arrange your cellphone and configure WiFi, it received’t seemingly sync to Garmin’s servers through WiFi till you’re on a later model of software program. I attempted, it simply provides a connection error (see that within the video).
As a substitute, in order for you instant-gratification, you’re gonna have to put in Garmin Categorical on your desktop laptop (Home windows or Mac), which is the quickest strategy to replace issues. However hey, on the intense facet it’s additionally the quickest strategy to replace the maps (for the reason that watch’s personal WiFi is way slower). As soon as put in, simply join your watch to the pc and it’ll present up.
Then, go forward and add it to your Garmin Join account (since by now, you’ve in all probability already created that with the cellphone). As soon as that’s completed, it’ll ask to arrange any WiFi networks, after which lastly, it’ll go off and get all of the updates:
From there, unplug it, and also you’ll be instantly supplied the power to put in the most recent replace:
Roughly 5 minutes later, and also you’re completed!
Regular WiFi Replace:
Now, outdoors of the primary replace to 7.24, you’ll be able to usually force-update your watch utilizing WiFi and this two-step-tango course of. Right here’s how:
1) Maintain the center left button to get to Settings > Connectivity
2) Select Wi-Fi
3) Then choose Wi-Fi Sync
4) If you happen to haven’t already added a Wi-Fi community, it’ll immediate you to take action
5) Let it sync
Now, the WiFi sync course of could take a couple of minutes to complete. You possibly can exit out of it in case you’d like, or simply wait. As soon as completed, it’ll say it’s full. Then, return to the Software program Replace menu:
1) Maintain the center left button to get to Settings > System
2) Choose ‘Software program Replace’
3) Select “Set up Now”, and also you’ll see the software program replace prepared to put in
If not, there’s no newer model. You possibly can normally discover the present model out there listed on the high of the Garmin Boards. As of this writing (March seventh), it’s 7.24.
So the following query is why does this firmware model hole occur? Nicely, within the age of product bulletins being timed to immediate retail availability, that requires corporations stockpile merchandise forward of time. Which in flip means corporations manufacture stated items forward of time. Normally for giant corporations like Garmin, we’re speaking months forward of time for marquee launches. Others like Apple and GoPro are the identical – beginning manufacturing simply 1-3 months earlier than the product is introduced.
In fact, software program growth continues to march ahead on the watch firmware. Bugs are squished, and options are refined, generally even options taken out (as was the case for one more watch lately). Nevertheless, additionally notable is that in an app-connected world, the app itself marches ahead as properly. So on this case, the brand new cellphone configuration function on your knowledge fields/pages did work lengthy earlier than product launch, nevertheless it was depending on having a selected Garmin Join Cell model from that very same time interval – like having two matching puzzle items. Thus, the most recent Garmin Join Cell isn’t suitable with the November watch firmware for that particular function (however is suitable for numerous different options).
The issue right here is that in contrast to GoPro and Apple, which drive you to replace the firmware upon setting it up, Garmin doesn’t. And whereas it’s good that they don’t drive you, additionally they don’t even trace or recommend you replace the firmware. Which is what will get everybody all confused. No one is conscious that they’re lacking 4+ months of software program updates and options. That is the place Garmin may do higher with the app-side first (once you’re pairing up your watch to your cellphone generally). Right here they might word to the person the firmware must be up to date (as GoPro, Apple, Samsung, and others do).
After which secondarily, Garmin ought to make it *straightforward* to replace the watch firmware model on the watch itself, on-demand. Proper now, the replace happens on Garmin-time. Which is like island time, however with out the coconuts and fruity-umbrella drinks. Positive, on a Fenix/Epix watch you are able to do the WiFi test in a single menu, after which go to a unique settings menu to put in it, however most individuals wouldn’t know to do this two-step tango.
Ideally, there can be another choice throughout the current Software program Updates menu: Examine for Updates. As a result of as outlined above, doing a WiFi sync successfully does the identical factor, however then nonetheless requires a guide set up after the very fact. Oh, and since we’re asking for issues, if I’ll, this may be on each Garmin gadget going ahead. A fast and easy instant-gratification test from the menu that all the things is updated. Simple-peasy.
With that – thanks for studying!
Oh, and in case you’ve simply picked up a Fenix 7 or Epix items, then first get your items up to date, and as soon as that’s completed, you’ll be able to take a look at both of my two newbie guides. These are each long-form guides that stroll you thru utilizing the watches step-by-step, together with particulars of how the brand new options work.