How To Install Garmin Express on Mac – The Ultimate Guide

By Richard Goodwin •  Updated: 06/29/21 •  5 min read

Garmin Express is an essential tool for maintaining your Garmin watch. It syncs with Garmin Connect, checks for updates, syncs data, and much more besides. Here’s how you download it on Mac

If you’re using a Garmin watch and you aren’t running Garmin Express on your Mac, you’re missing out.

Garmin Express lets you manage your watch’s data, update its software, sync maps, and much more besides.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install Garmin Express on Mac. It’s really simple.

And once you have the software installed, you’ll be able to unlock loads of functionality and access your data on a bigger screen.

How To Download Garmin Express on Mac

And that’s it, Garmin Express is now installed on your Mac. Please note, the above method for installing Garmin Express works on MacBooks and iMacs, including Apple’s new M1 iMacs and MacBooks.

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You can now manage multiple or singular Garmin devices from your Mac. If you haven’t added a Garmin product to Garmin Express, doing so is easy – just follow the steps listed below.

How To Add Devices In Garmin Express

Please note that the Forerunner 310XT/405/405CX/410/610/910XT, Garmin Swim, vivofit, vivofit 2/3/4, and vivomove require an ANT stick to connect to Garmin Express.

What is An ANT Stick?

The ANT stick is a USB drive that allows you to take data from your Garmin watch and import it to your Mac and/or PC.

The ANT stick remains in one of your Mac’s USB slots at all times. As soon as your watch is in range, it will sync and pull data from your Watch or other Garmin product into Garmin Express.

Why do I need an ANT Stick? A lot of computers, Macs included, do not support the ANT protocol natively, hence the need for the USB dongle which acts as an external receiver.

Similarly, some Garmin watches do not support Bluetooth, so getting data off of them requires the ANT protocol. I listed the Garmin watches that require an ANT Stick above.

Once you open Garmin Express, the ANT Stick will start downloading the data onto your computer, so you can access and view it inside Garmin Express.

What Does Garmin Express Include?

Garmin Express is like your central management point for all your Garmin products. You use Garmin Express to manage, update, and sync data from your Garmin watch to your Mac.

Here’s a breakdown of Garmin Express’ features:

Wrapping Up…

And that’s just about everything you need to know about Garmin Express, including what it does, how you install it, and which Garmin watches require ANT sticks to connect to it.

As I noted in the intro, Garmin Express is an essential tool for maintaining your Garmin watch. With it installed on your Mac, you can manage updates, get map updates, and quickly synch your workout data with Garmin Connect.

Me? I love viewing my workout data on the big screen; I just find it way more engaging and useful. I can see more stuff on one screen and this makes assessing my workouts easier.

Interested in picking up a Garmin watch? Check out our guide to the best Garmin watches for battery life.

Or, if you want a properly cool Garmin watch, check out our piece of Garmin’s solar-powered smartwatches – they’re so cool.

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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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