Running On Zwift With Your Garmin Watch’s Virtual Run Profile

Running On Zwift With Your Garmin Watch’s Virtual Run Profile

Garmin recently updated the software for some of their newer watches, adding a new “Virtual Run” profile which allows the watches to connect directly with Zwift.

Supported Garmin Watches:

  • Garmin 245
  • Garmin 945
  • Coming soon: Fenix 6

While in theory you could use your watch’s accelerometer to detect running speed, this is not recommended as accuracy is poor. Rather, you should pair your footpod or treadmill to the watch, then pair your watch to Zwift.

This is especially useful if you have ANT+ only devices like older Garmin footpods or heart rate monitors. Garmin’s new Virtual Run Profile lets you connect these to your Garmin watch, which will then re-broadcast that data as Bluetooth signals. Handy if you’re using Zwift on a Bluetooth-only device like an iPhone or iPad!

Watch a full explanation from Stephen Cousins below:

And here’s a how-to video from Garmin:

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Sam
Sam
1 year ago

Can’t believe I bought the fenix 6 to get the update last! So pissed off at Garmin right now!

Bassie
Bassie
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam

I do feel more or less the same. And more interesting to me:
Will there also be a virtual biking mode!?

Will
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam

Dude…do not feel bad….its here….less than a month later. Get the 8.10 update. Then you will be right as rain.

Yvette Sienkiewicz
Yvette Sienkiewicz
1 year ago

I have the 245 music, and this works great!

Pedro
Pedro
1 year ago

Seems I cannot start any training in the Virtual Run Activity. So from my perspective is not useful and I have to use the indoor run activity like in the past ???

Nicholas
Nicholas
1 year ago

You recon its worth trying the beta mode on a 935?

Raj Ahmed
Raj Ahmed
1 year ago

Will it ever be compatible with Fenix 5 series?

Alfonso DeLuca
Alfonso DeLuca
1 year ago
Reply to  Raj Ahmed

I would like to know as well.

daniel marcus
daniel marcus
1 year ago
Reply to  Raj Ahmed

It´s an honest concern…C´mon Garmin! make it happen!!

Thomas Harden
Thomas Harden
1 year ago
Reply to  Raj Ahmed

For the cost of my Fenix 5X Plus and not to get the virtual run update…that’s the type of stuff that causes break ups! 🙂

Phillip Isham
Phillip Isham
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas Harden

Indeed

shahrooy
shahrooy
1 year ago

It didn’t support my Garmin Instinct 😢

ronster
ronster
1 year ago

Will it support workouts created in TP? and executed in Zwift; like with laps?

Julie I
Julie I
11 months ago

Ugh!!! I THOUGHT I upgraded from the 245 to the 645 music but apparently now I have to buy another watch to get the virtual run option?! Ridiculous!

nuth
nuth
4 months ago

hi,i had 1 question , for Zwift ,my watch garmin s62 can connect to zwift ?right

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