This release adds some more data points and ways of presenting them.
Climb (m or ft)
Option to show weather with feels like temperature in addition to current temperature
Option to show humidity with dew point (OWM only)
Second date field allowing different date format (separated by | symbol in date format field)
Alternate circle number format
The existing ‘Circle number’ option was renamed to ‘Circle number 1’ and another option called ‘Circle number 2’ was added.
‘Circle number 2’ generally allows the same choice of data as the main data fields (except date and weather location), and uses the same font and icon.
If ‘Circle number 1’ is set to ‘Off’ and ‘Circle number 2’ is set to something else, the ‘Circle number 2’ will be shown in the circle. Note that you can alternate the circle number format between different data sets.
Resting Heart Rate
On compatible devices (Connect IQ 3.2.0 or higher) it shows “The user’s seven day average resting heart rate (bpm)”. On older devices it shows “Heart rate in beats per minute (bpm)”, whatever that is (It could be entered manually or otherwise the watch has some obscure way of calculating it).
Second date field
An additional date option called ‘Date 2’ was added. The date format for ‘Date 2’ is defined after the format for ‘Date’ in the ‘Date format’ field. The two formats are separated by the “|” symbol.
So for example, in the picture shown above, the ‘Date format’ is “n D|N y”.
There are at least two ways it can be used:
1) A long date can be split in two to make it fit better on the screen 2) Alternate longer/shorter date can be used for different data sets to make it fit with the defined layout
In an earlier update, the distance unit (km or mi) was removed to reduce the space occupied by the distance field. But this turned out to be unpopular with some users, so now there are options to choose the daily/weekly distance with or without the units.
Added existing data options in new places
Battery days option added for Data right or Data left (depending on the device)
Solar intensity option added for top and bottom lines
1 = Good 2 = Fair 3 = Moderate 4 = Poor 5 = Very Poor
As with other OWM data, this may or may not work, depending on your API key validity, which depends on the evolving OWM policies.
Currently, it should work with a “Current weather and forecasts collection” key created before August 2022, or with a “One Call by Call” subscription (free up to 1000 API calls per day – Instinct Pro will not exceed 300 calls per day).
You can choose how many datasets you want to switch by gesture (from 0 to 4).
Switching datasets requires double gesture, to minimize unintended switches when you move your hand for other reasons than looking at your watch.
When you raise your wrist the first time, an indicator bar appears between Data 3 and Data 5. It shows which data set is currently active – the number of bar segments (1 to 4) reflects the currently active set.
While you see the bar, move your wrist again to cycle to the next data set. This movement must be completed within the ‘Gesture timeout’ defined in the settings, or before the bar disappears. If you find it difficult to get the dataset to switch, try making the timeout longer.
Waking up to full display by gesture in power save mode
If you set ‘Full on gesture’ to ‘On’, wrist movement while in power save mode will activate the regular full screen display for about 10 seconds.
Two configurable data line gauges
They are located above (Top line) and below (Bottom line) the time and present the same collection of data as the circle arcs or highlight.
3 new entries have been added for line gauges at the end of the ‘Color setup’. First for line background color (applicable to top/bottom), second for top line foreground, last for bottom line foreground (foreground color reflects the selected data current level/progress). Remember that each entry has two colors for black and white screen background (this applies to AMOLED devices too even though white screen background is not supported).
If you don’t want to see these new data lines, on monochrome devices just set them to ‘Off’. On color devices, the background color will still be visible, so to hide it completely, you will need to edit the ‘Color setup’ to change the line background colors to black and white (white does not apply to AMOLED devices).
This is the new default setting for the circle number. If you have ‘Live HR’ selected for more than one data field, only one of these fields will be updated live, the rest will update according to your ‘Data update’ setting.
Removed the gap between hours and minutes in 24h time format
Date field now configurable to allow showing bottom icons text instead
This allows much more information to be shown in the bottom icons. Since the Date is no longer displayed in the bottom field, it can be selected for Opt1 – Opt6 data fields. The choice of data points for the top and bottom icons is now the same.
Launching widgets by screen press
This is only possible on devices with touch screen which run ‘System 6’. According to Garmin, it will not become available on Venu, D2 Air and Venu Sq / Music.
In Rails, these elements are sensitive to touch:
Left data icon
Right data icon
Opt1 – Opt6 data icons
Bottom field (if set to date)
A long press on any of the above launches an associated app (if available).
New data options
• Next calendar event time data option
This is only available on System 6 devices, and will not work unless your watch firmware is updated to System 6.
• Battery days icon option
Only available on compatible devices (notably, not on Forerunners).
New power save mode showing big hollow time
Option to activate full screen on gesture when in power save mode
Allows to display full screen information for about 10 seconds on gesture.
It is only available on compatible devices (generally those running CIQ 3.3.0 or higher).
Shows the distance recorded in run, cycle and swim activities since the beginning of the week.
The beginning of the week (Saturday, Sunday or Monday) is defined in Garmin Connect User Settings.
Compass showing heading, bearing and speed
It displays meaningful data only when there is an activity running in the background.
While recoding an activity you can switch to the watch face by a hotkey or a screen swipe.
The compass field contains 4 numbers:
1) Heading – This is the direction the watch is facing 2) Bearing – This is the direction in which the watch is moving. If stationary, it will show the same value as heading 3) Speed in m/s 4) GPS signal quality (0 = GPS is not available, 1 = last known GPS fix, 2 = poor, 3 = usable, 4 = good)
Escape character in date format
Entering ‘=’ in the date format will cause the next character to be taken literally (not substituted with a date component).
Bug fix for the seconds sometimes displayed incorrectly
4 configurable datasets for quick changes of displayed data
How this works:
A new ‘Dataset’ setting option was added for quick changing of the displayed data configuration. It allows to choose sets Opt1 to Opt4. Each set keeps the configuration for the main data fields, left and/or right data fields (depending on the device), and the circle.
You will start with Dataset Opt1 which keeps your existing data setup. When you choose a dataset that was not used before, it will begin with the default settings. Then you can can select the data that you want in this set and save the settings.
The next time you switch to this set from another, your configuration will be restored.
Switching between datasets can be done quickly on the watch, without the need to reach for the phone
NOTE: This is only possible on watches running CIQ 2.3.0 or higher.
How this works:
When you go to the watch face selection menu on your device, besides the ‘Apply’ option, you will see ‘Customize’ if your device supports it. When you select it, you will be able to cycle between the 4 data sets by pressing the select key or tapping on the ‘Dataset’ option. Once done, press the exit key.
Switching color themes on the watch
How this works:
Press the select key or tap the ‘Theme’ option. Then press the exit key.
Escape character in date format
How this works:
If you enter ‘=’ (equals sign) in the ‘Date format’ field, the following character will be taken literally, i.e. not substituted by its assigned data.
So for example ‘=n’ will show an n instead of the day name.
If you input ‘Garmin’ in the ‘Date format’, you will get something like Gar1iFri or Gpr1iFri (depending on the time of the day), but if you input ‘G=ar=mi=n’, you will always get Garmin.
Military Date Time Group (DTG) option for some data fields
Removed units in distances to save screen space
Changed wind speed ‘kn’ (ISO recommendation) to ‘kt’ (used in aviation)
Graph options have been added for Data 5, Data 7 – 10 (or 7 – 12 on Instinct Crossover)
Possible data / graph duration:
HR – 1 hour Body Battery – 3 hours Stress – 3 hours SpO2 – 2.5 days Elevation – 2 hours Barometric pressure – 2 hours Temperature – 2 hours
The actual choice depends on the device capabilities.
The graph duration may be dependent on the device. If you find that it is different on your watch please send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three presentation options for the graphs (line, area or colors).
Colors is only available on devices with color display.
Color mapping depends on the type of the graph:
HR: according to the sport for which the current activity retrieves heart rate zone thresholds, or ‘generic’ if there is no activity (zone 1 – gray, zone 2 – blue, zone 3 – green, zone 4 – yellow, zone 5 – red)
Body battery: <= 25 – red, <= 50 – yellow, <= 75 – green, <= 100 – blue
Shows body weight according to Garmin User Profile.
When selected for one of the rails it shows daylight, golden and blue hours (and a mark for sunrise/sunset) in a 2 hour window.
If the ‘Sun bar + times’ option is selected, it will override the data fields above or below the rail with golden/blue/twilight hours.
To conserve space, now it shows only the part that is significant in comparison with the remaining countdown time. So it will show only the number of remaining days if it is larger than zero, otherwise it will show hours:minutes.