Garmin Smartphone Link

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.

Garmin Smartphone Link App Description & Overview

The applications Garmin Smartphone Link was published in the category Navigation on 2013-03-18 and was developed by Garmin. The file size is 42.60 MB. The current version is 2.4.1 and works well on 9.3 and high ios versions.

We have further improved the stability of the app. Enjoy your drive!

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Garmin Smartphone Link Reviews


STINKS!!!  Birch65  1 star

This app just pops up while I'm working in another for absolutely NO reason. God only knows what else it does. Fix your crap before you go offering it to people 😡😡😡 uninstalling. The people who designed this must have done the garmins too!


Live Traffic Gone... will not stay connected to Nüvicam  ppal1981  1 star

1/21/17 Update 5/13/17 STILL not staying connected. Within 5 min of driving GPS displays iOS/IPhone disconnected. Live Traffic worked once for about 10 min and it disconnected. Very disgusted and am tempted to return and go back to TomTom and I thought they had bad CS/Quality!! I think it's time to sell my Garmin NüviCam to some poor soul. SHAME ON YOU GARMIN!


Ambiguous discivery  LightShards  3 star

The app itself is kind of useless except for helping to connect to your Nuvi and allow it access to the Internet via your data connection. Clunky design for using the app itself. What is Foursquare? And if the added date and time to recents, plus sort, USEFULL!! HOWEVER I've only had my Nuvi for a few years.. I've owned NAVIGON for over five, with All options. I just found out that if the United is Not attached And you have NAVIGON If you try to navigate to a previous destination, it will open NAVIGON, plot the course, and go. There are hidden gems in this unrealized pile of Silicon directives, yet to be realized This could be flawless


Horrible, lazy, useless  -r0b-  1 star

This app is completely useless. Talk about lazy programming, it's not even a half-hearted effort. It hasn't been updated in ages. Garmin already has the lousiest interface on the planet in their GPS devices, and this app continues that philosophy. I'd be ashamed to post it in the App Store. I only paid $1000 for their lousy GPS, so maybe I shouldn't expect so much out of Garmin...

Sha to the Mon

Avoid this app. Avoid garmin.  Sha to the Mon  1 star

Second brand new $799 gps. Neither worked with this app. You're better off just using your iPhone. I'm embarrassed I spend so much money (and downloaded this app) to get a device that's supposed to do what iPhone already does seamlessly. This app and garmin current offerings don't do anything properly.

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Restricted Address Search to Current Location  Funky Bird 2140  1 star

Why is the search db/results restricted to a close geographic proximity? It is easy to find addresses to resolve. Went on a road trip and the app would not find addresses that were fully entered (,,). Only once I was geographically closer would the app resolve the location I was going to. The radius seems to be about 60 miles. Yes - certain parts of the country it is normal to drive a couple hours on a weekend. Pisses me off and makes the app worthless. Looking at other GPS options now.


Not compatible with iPhone 7!  kbandmm  1 star

So aggravating that it will not connect with my phone. That was one of the main features I liked to get traffic information and the reason I chose this Garmin.


Can't search by address!  serenachao  1 star

Useless app. I just want to transfer address from phone to GPS, but the app only supports search by business.


iPhone 7  Bbones7  1 star

Come on really. Brand new Garmin navigation device April release, fairly new phone, advertised on App Store, and ZERO compatibility. So much for traffic updates and ability to connect to EXTRA services. Might as well take this off the App Store.


Навигатор bmw VI  Lohmatyy  4 star

Очень долго пересылает маршрут с телефона на навигатор.


HERONHURST heronhurst 3 star

I liked a @YouTube video Garmin 61 Smartphone link & Data charge

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Poor performance  Discounted Garmin lover  1 star

I have been unable to get a clean solid connection between 6+ and nuvi2589 When you select data only and do not want the 2589 answering the phone it disconnects or becomes too unstable to maintain connection. I wrote this up to support but no solution offered. But if you BT connect without the app the connection is solid. Hey Garmin I don't want my GPS to answer the phone.


Jan4 2017 App - no Bluetooth support  John4tx  1 star

The Garmin smartphone app struggled with the Live features after my update to iOS 10.2 with erratic functionality. Live traffic being the most important feature. I have the nuvi 3597, purchased to use the BT live features, especially HD Traffic. The Jan 4 app update claims the 3597 is supported. The message I get when attempting to connect via BT on my iPhone 7+ is that the nuvi 3597 device is NOT supported by iOS. Garmin needs to fix its app. Right now, iOS 10.2 says the nuvi 3597 is incompatible with a Bluetooth connection.


Decent App but could be better.  Veniamo  2 star

Connects well, I'm only using weather add-on. One thing which would be a nice improvement (are you listening Garmin?) would be the ability to TURN OFF small craft warnings. Unless you are using the BMW Nav V on a boat, there is no need to get constant "small craft advisory" warnings when I'm 50 miles from the ocean! So slow to update data to the GPS and unreliable coverages.

Crime Fart

Mr. Me  Crime Fart  2 star

This app needs alot of improvements. Especially when finding a location. Will not take addresses. It needs a better map on it. There is more. Just no time to keep going.


LiveTraffic No Longer Working  raymoondo  2 star

This app used to work pretty well. Some minor mishaps, but overall, very functional. Before the update, I had purchased LiveTraffic (which is now free with the latest app release) and it was working ok. Now my Garmin will only use the FM traffic and not the LiveTraffic, even though all other live services are connected. I'm going to assume it's a bug with this new app because LiveTraffic was functioning fine before. Hope Garmin resolves this soon.


This is what I wanted for a long time but......  Lefty1268  1 star

This is an ok app It does what I've wanted for a long time to send location to the Nubia. Unfortunately it won't connect with at all


Poorly designed  stp2112  1 star

Haven't had much luck with this app really hard to input addresses or locations interface an UI is really bad


It's a No Go  Beachbum12345  1 star

Got the app and bought the weather subscription thinking I would have weather on my Kenwood DNX571TR. Not happening, despite a good bluetooth connection between devices. Worse is there is apparently no way to get a refund!!! There ought to be a law.

Washer wizard

iPhone 6 Plus  Washer wizard  2 star

Will not connect to smart link???? Blue tooth connected with phone but not the app


Terrible  Maverik259  1 star

No matter what I do the app won't recognize the compatible Garmin. Done all the troubleshooting steps as few there are. It will connect to BT but the app still fails to recognize the navigator.

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