Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2013-03-18
  • Current Version: 2.9.6
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 33.65 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires Android / iOS 11.4 or later.
Score: 2
From 787 Ratings


Smartphone Link works with select Bluetooth® enabled Garmin navigation devices, including most products from the following product categories: • Garmin Drive™, Garmin DriveSmart™, Garmin DriveAssist™, Garmin DriveLuxe™ automotive navigators • Garmin RV and Camper navigators • zūmo motorcycle navigators • dēzl truck navigators • some nüvi automotive navigators (3597/3598/2x17/2x18/2x97/2x98/2x67/2x68/2577) Check for a detailed list of compatible Garmin devices. Some models require a software update, available at Smartphone Link allows you to connect a compatible Garmin navigator and your iPhone®. Once linked, the compatible Garmin navigator uses your existing mobile data plan[1] to share information with your iPhone, including contacts, search results, favorite locations, your driving destination, and even your parking spot. With Smartphone Link, your compatible Garmin navigator can also access Garmin Live Services[2] for useful, real-time driving information. What Are Garmin Live Services? Garmin Live Services provide the most up-to-date “live” information to your Garmin navigator using your existing mobile data plan. There’s no need for an additional data connection. Some services are included when you connect to Smartphone Link. Other services within the app are available through optional paid subscriptions offering premium content and enhanced features. To receive data relevant to your location, Garmin Live Services require your current GPS location be shared with Garmin and Garmin partners. Included Live Services: • Address sharing - Send locations and online search results from your phone to your compatible Garmin navigator, and navigate there • Garmin Live Traffic Avoid delays and find detours with the best-in-class real-time information. Garmin Live Traffic is updated every minute and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle • Live Parking[3] Save time, and take the stress out of parking. View helpful parking information, including pricing and availability trends for on-street public parking, as you approach your destination. • Weather - View forecasts and current conditions • Last Mile - Remembers your parking spot and shows your destination, so you can find your way on foot and back again Premium Live Services, available for a one-time[4] purchase within the app, include: • photoLive traffic cameras[2] Look up live photos from over 10,000 traffic cameras to see traffic and weather conditions • Advanced Weather[2] View detailed forecasts, current conditions, and animated radar images, plus receive severe weather alerts • Dynamic Off-Street Parking[2] Find parking close to your destination, including the number of spots available and current cost [1] Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates. [2] Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. [3] Parking data is available for most city centers. For coverage details, visit [4] See for terms, conditions and limitations. Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.




  • Keeps Crashing

    Update to 12.1.2 is a nightmare. The system is u stable and crashes repeatedly. Please fix to get a 5 star rating again!
  • Link Drops

    By BellsCreek
    Like the concept but link constantly drops from my iPhone and requires restart. Very aggravating.
  • Wrong cameras

    By troydthompson
    Just paid for the photo live part of this app. The I-80 cameras that this app has are not of I-80 they are of Highway 28. There are no cameras of I-80 for Wyoming on it. Very disappointed because I travel I-80 almost every day.
  • Fix the Smartphone Link

    By CFegs
    I just received the Drivesmart 51 LMT for Xmas and after pairing it to my iPhone 6S it loses the smartphone link almost every 3 minutes while driving. This is extremely annoying. I use the live traffic feature and need this Bluetooth linking fixed. I am running iOS 12.1.2. I see many others have the same issue. Garmin, this needs to be resolved now. I have owned many Garmin GPSs over the years and have never had an issue like this before. I have also tried unpairing and re-paired to my phone but that did not work to fix the issue.
  • Nightmare

    By sunnyasia
    The app is a nightmare and there is no option for refund for advanced weather and photolive. Be very careful.
  • Smartphone services is disconnected

    By Jerogfunk
    Smartphone services is disconnected. That’s all I seem to get. I’ve tried all of the troubleshooting steps. It seems to happen a lot when the iPhone screen turns off. When the screen stays on, it seems to have a more stable connection. I’ve switched from using a TomTom to this. I’m beginning to think it was a mistake.
  • Loses Connection to GPS Unit

    By MS010154
    The app works great for live traffic when it can stay connected via Bluetooth to my DriveSmart 61 LMT. Unfortunately, it loses connection once a week and it doesn’t always allow me to reconnect no matter what I try. As of this review, I can’t get Smart Link working again and I turned off, rebooted, etc everything.
  • Useless

    By david-kik
    This service should be for free because we paid higher price for the device, I rather use the weather channel app to check the weather for free instead of paying another $4.99 for this useless app
  • Weather Alerts on the App don’t work

    By Jerry Cowboy Jones
    Is there any way to get the weather alerts feature on the app to run. It only shows a map and legend. My GPS works sometimes but the app never has. If you pay $10 for this, it should work???
  • Completely useless

    By Pllpwr
    The integration of Foursquare is utterly useless, I can only basically do research of addresses in few miles range, if you plan to go somewhere farther than 2miles range... good luck!!! I am seriously tempted to buy a different brand of navigator just to have a better integration with my mobile phone.