This brilliant Garmin watch free upgrade now covers even more models

New features and modes are coming to models across the Garmin range

Garmin Fenix 7X
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When it comes to smartwatches that can go anywhere and do anything, Garmin watches are at the top of the pile. From premium products that could pass for a luxury timepiece, to the budget conscious Vivomove line, ruggedness, reliability and longevity are three words which underpin the Garmin product range.

Don't be fooled into thinking that their focus on dependability comes at the expense of functionality, though. The Garmin watch range is equipped with any mod-con you can imagine – and that list is growing all the time.

Last month, I wrote about a software update for a handful of Garmin watches. The update, which was in its beta phase, brought a host of new features to the watches, along with more minor bug fixes and improvements to general function.

Now, that update has been released publicly – and it spans a much wider range of models to boot. Previously, the update was only available on the Garmin Enduro 2, the Garmin Marq 2, the Garmin Epix 2 and the Garmin Fenix 7. But now, users of a Garmin Instinct 2, a Garmin Instinct Crossover, the Vivomove series and more, can all get in on the action as well. It's worth noting that not all models will get all features, so it's worth double checking what your specific watch upgrade will include.

It's a great upgrade for users. Arguably the highlight is the rollout of the Jet Lag Adviser function. To use it, users must log a journey in advance in the connected Garmin app. The watch will then calculate the effects of jet lag, and make suggestions to help you stave them off. That includes giving suggestions of when to sleep and when to avoid, or seek out, light.

Elsewhere, a host of new sports have been added to the fitness section of the watch. That includes a host of wakesports activities, such as wakeboarding and waterskiing. In addition, enhancements have been made to the backcountry ski and snowboarding activities, for improved data capture and usability.

In order to get the update, users need to enable automatic updates on their device and link it to their Garmin Connect app, or use Garmin Express. 

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.