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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.

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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.


One+ Update

One+ v1.6

-GPS option added to use Activity default, Force OFF or Force On. (set at watch or in app settings)

– Sensor Handling improvements

– App Exit improvements

– Corrects an ERA issues (Stability)

– Adds new models

-Using Connect IQ SDK 4.2.4-2023-04-05830cc591


Brian Brown

Bug Notice: Garmin Connect not forwarding non-Health and wellness activities

There is a new issue created by Garmin. Garmin stopped reporting non-Health and wellness activities to all third party apps. (I.e Strava)

This affects a lot of activity types: motorcycle, motocross, ATV, Driving, Auto-Racing, Flying, sky diving, Hand Gliding, wing suit, surfing, sailing, boating, boat racing, scuba diving, free diving, horseback riding, snowmobiling, RC drone and others.

Please post your concerns at the the Garmin forums. Here is the link that I created for this new issue.



-Brian B.

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SwimSports+ Update

SwimSports+ 3.9

-Improvement to Sensors handling

-Adds rest screen to all swim activities.

-ERA Corrections (Stability)

-Improvements when map page is shown. (mapping watches only)

-Adds new models

– Using Connect IQ SDK 4.2.4-2023-04-05-5830cc591


Brian Brown