Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin Smartphone Link

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2013-03-18
  • Current Version: 2.7.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 47.36 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
Score: 1.5
From 585 Ratings


Smartphone Link works with select Bluetooth®-enabled 2012 through 2017 Garmin devices, including: • DriveSmart, DriveAssist, DriveLuxe • nüvi 2417, 2467, 2497, 2498, 2517, 2559, 2567, 2577, 2589, 2597, 2598, 2599, 2689, 2699, 2789, 2797, 2798 with Backup Camera, 3597, 3598 • nüviCam • RV 660, 760 • zūmo 590, 595 • dēzl 570, 770 • dēzlCam Some of these models require a software update, available at Smartphone Link allows you to connect a compatible Garmin nüvi® and your iPhone®. Once linked, the nüvi uses your existing mobile data plan* to share information with your iPhone, including contacts, search results, favorite locations, your driving destination, and even your parking spot. With Smartphone Link, your nüvi can also access Garmin Live Services** for useful, real-time driving information. Live Services for Real-Time Information With Smartphone Link, your nüvi can access Garmin Live Services for up-to-date “live” information that can be useful while driving. Some services are free when you connect to Smartphone Link. Premium content and enhanced features are available through a one-time purchase. All information can be viewed within the app itself, on your iPhone. Free Live Services include: • Address sharing - Send locations and online search results from your phone to your nüvi, 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 • Weather - View forecasts and current conditions • Dynamic Off-Street Parking - Find parking close to your destination, including the number of spots available and current cost • 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*** purchase within the app, include: • photoLive traffic cameras** Look up live photos from over 10,000 traffic cameras in the U.S. and Canada, to see traffic and weather conditions • Advanced Weather** View detailed forecasts, current conditions and animated radar images, plus receive severe weather alerts * Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates. ** Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. *** See for terms, conditions and limitations. Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.



  • If it could add calendar access, this would be awesome

    By everycredit
    I would recommend this product if it could access my calendar on my phone, tap an address of an appointment, and send it to my Garmin device. Right now, I had to download the google calendar app (because copying from the Apple calendar app just copies a link), go to the google calendar app, find my appointment, tap on it, copy the address, go to the garmin app, paste it in the search bar, click on the address, then tap send to device. The workflow is bad I might as well use google maps. I prefer to save data and use my garmin device, but this is why I can’t give a high rating. Add this feature and you’ve got a five star review.
  • Meh

    By Bandbear
    Big problems connecting to DriveSmart 61 from iPhone SE. Traffic and weather info are not available because of this. Needs attention so it holds the connection. 👎
  • Does not work with IPhone 6

    By Jayman19672
    Keeps on disconnecting from my iPhone, so I thought something was wrong with my Garmin, then I downloaded the garmin smartlink app on my wife’s Samsung S3 and it works perfectly! So now w just use her Android phone for traffic alerts.
  • Disconnected most of the time

    By LI-Camper
    This used to work. Since OS11 it hardly ever works. Very frustrating. As a longtime Garmin customer I expect better.
  • With latest update, Bluetooth connection is no longer stable

    By raymoondo
    The Bluetooth connection will not re-establish (even when the app is active and open) to the Garmin Drivesmart 61 lmt-s when the unit is powered off and on again. I keep having to reset the unit and remove and repair my phone to get smartphone link app to connect again. Hope this issue is resolved in the next update.
  • Bluetooth connection issues

    By Bie lie
    I have a Garmin Driveassist 51, the first time I use it, it connected to the smartphone link app, after 2 day I lost the Bluetooth connection between the app and the phone, trying to reconnect many times but failed, only the phone connected to the GPS but not the app. Garmin please fix this issue.
  • Works for me

    By Porrsher
    I often wonder if it's only the disappointed folks that write reviews because their mad or disappointed. Downloaded this app to use with my 2598LMTHD—it works like it should. If anything, in disappointed that Live Traffic overrides HD traffic when paired to the GPS. But that's a gps issue and not a app issue. Im happy with it.
  • Does not connect to smartphone services automatically

    By Seamork
    I have an iPhone 6s and this app stopped connecting to smartphone services after upgrading to iOS 11. Well, it works maybe 1 in 10 times I get in the car. It is absolutely infuriating to have mess with the settings on the GPS as well as restarting my phone over and over to get this to connect properly - all while driving in bumper to number rush hour traffic, which is why I paid so much money for this product in the first place. As far as the app goes, it has a lot of features I could care less about and are not particularly intuitive as to what they even do. I just want it to connect to traffic and weather. That’s it. But it doesn’t.
  • Does not Work

    By ipsofacto9
    I got a Garmin Drive Smart which requires the Smart Link App for traffic. Got it to work off and on but it is impossible to connect the traffic app even though the connection to the GPS is active. Absolute crap. Buy a different brand GPS! At least the older units had a GPS receiver built into the power supply
  • Drive smart aka Drive blind

    By curseddaveed
    This is the most useless app ever made. I spend more time trying to get my garmin and phone to connect than I would if I just used and old school book of maps.