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Brian Brown

Non-GPS Distance is Zero


I have been getting a lot of questions pertaining to the zero distance in the main bubble and activity sticker in Connect Mobile App saved activity.

The Distance is zero (or incorrect) on the Connect Activity Sticker and on the Activity main bubble, due to Garmin Policy does not allow CIQ applications to write NON-GPS values. However, these policies only applies to CIQ applications not the native Garmin apps.

I cannot change the decisions of the Garmin Executives, however if there is enough complaints they may change there policy.

I encourage you to politely complain to “Garmin” (in the Garmin threads below) to follow and use the IQ SDK Fit Contributor class ‘nativeNum’, which overrides the data in the FIT file as the Garmin Built-in apps do.

I want this functionality as a Garmin User as much as you do.

Add the “@AlphaMonkeyC” to the post.


Garmin blocks the distance in the following applications: Elliptical, Dance, StairStepper, SwimSports, work, any step based distance or non-GPS distance.

Here is a 30 minute elliptical workout distance is zero in the main field, but the distance is shown in the IQ section.


Until the policy changes, I provide the distance in the IQ Section.


-Brian B.


Tips for better optical heart accuracy


Yes, the Garmin’s first, second and third generation optical heart sensor hardware produces results with lower values than the Chest HRM.

Why is Optical Heart Rate generally lower:

1.) Wrist movement

2.) loose watch fit

3.) poor sensor contact

4.) hair, sweat or dirt will affect the values too

5.) Garmin Software filtering

Why are the high heart rate (Peaks) and low heart rate (valleys) missing:

Garmin Software imposes additional filters (Fast Fourier Transforms, FFT) in Activity types Strength Training, Tennis, Soccer and flexibility, due to high wrist movement in these activities. These FFT filters (advanced math) reduce the recorded peaks and valleys of a heart rate and calories calculations. Calories are based on heart rate, age, weight, gender and time.

There are a few solutions to improve the optical heart rate values:

1.) Wear the watch tighter. Poor sensor contact will result in lower HR values.

2.) Reduce wrist hair under sensor.

3.) Reduce wrist movement when possible, high movement reduces sensor contact.

4.) Chest HRM Gives best results.

Garmin Video explaining the difference between Optical and Chest Heart Rate monitors.


Flying+ update

Flying+ v7.0

• Screen corrections

• Adds new Models

• Stability Update

• Sensor Handling CIQ3+

• Reduced FIT File size for faster uploads to Connect after saving

• Removes deprecated AppBase.getProperty() and setProperty() data storage from CIQ2+ devices.

•• Uses Application.Property.getValue() & .setValue(). CIQ 2.4+

• Using Connect IQ SDK 7.1.1-2024-04-11-66d0159ae


-Brian B.

SwimSports Update

SwimSports+ v4.0

• Adds additional support for Lap Swim and InPlace Swim, now adds Active Laps count to FIT File as an session value and lap value. If supported, by Garmin (or 3rd party apps) the lap count should be displayed and can calculate distance from of that value.

• Corrects ERA Issues (Stability)

• Adds new Models

• Screen updates

• Reduces FIT file size for faster uploads to Connect

• Using Connect IQ SDK 7.1.1-2024-04-11-66d0159ae