Instinct Pro Classic user manual



  • 12 configurable numeric data fields
  • 3 graphical indicators
  • 40+ data options
  • Status icons (phone, notifications, alarms, do not disturb)
  • Battery saving options
  • 3 time font options
  • 4 background modes
  • 3 circle highlight levels
  • Choice of Garmin or OWM weather


Premium features

All the functions of this app can be accessed without payment.

However, some features are designated as ‘Premium’ and identified by a ‘key icon’ next to them in the settings.

If any of these is selected without a valid unlock key, a padlock will be shown instead of the main time.

Note that in such case you can still show the time via ‘Alt time’ with ‘Alt time offset’ set to your local time zone, or via the DTG option.

If you don’t want to see the padlock, there are 2 options:

1) Make sure that no option with ‘key icon’ is selected, or

2) Purchase an unlock key here:




Available data

Below is a complete list. The availability of a particular option depends on device capabilities. Also, some options are only available in certain data fields.

  • battery icon only
  • battery level in %
  • battery days remaining
  • battery % + days
  • solar charging
  • move bar
  • activity bar
  • steps
  • steps goal
  • floors climbed
  • daily distance
  • weekly distance
  • calories
  • active calories
  • daily active minutes
  • weekly active minutes
  • active bar (grows when active)
  • move bar (grows when inactive)
  • heart rate
  • live / real time heart rate
  • altitude
  • barometric trend (icon only)
  • barometer
  • internal sensor temperature (1 or 0.1 degree accuracy)
  • body battery
  • stress
  • oxygen saturation (SpO2)
  • respiration
  • time to recovery
  • VO2 Max (running)
  • VO2 Max (running + cycling)
  • next sun event (sunrise/sunset)
  • 2nd next sun event
  • moon (icon only)
  • moon age (days since last new moon)
  • UTC 24h time
  • alternate time (adjustable for any zone, including 30 min offsets)
  • date (fully configurable)
  • military Date Time Group (DTG)
  • weather (Garmin or Open Weather)
  • temperature range
  • wind speed (m/s, kph, mph, knots, BFT) and direction
  • humidity
  • chance of precipitation
  • precipitation volume (OWM only)
  • weather location
  • last weather update time
  • status icons
  • notifications counter
  • day of month
  • HR graph
  • body battery graph
  • stress graph
  • altitude graph
  • barometer graph
  • thermometer graph
  • SpO2 graph


Data fields

The data fields 1 – 10 allow to select most data supported by this app. But this makes it possible for the neighboring fields to overlap when there is not enough space to accommodate them. This is a deliberate design choice to allow maximum flexibility in data placement, but then it is up to the user to find the optimal layout that does not overlap. The same data can have a very different length in different situations, for example the weather location, the altitude or the date, so what works for one user might not work for another.

There is also a “Data right” field that becomes visible when the seconds are inactive (i.e. set to off, or not activated by gesture).



  • Graph options can be selected 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 – 60 hours
    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


Circle area

There is one numerical data field in it, which can show the types of data that can fit in it (generally not expected to exceed 199), two arc indicators that can be configured to represent different parameters ranging from 0 to 100%, and the background highlight.

The highlight works in a way similar to the arcs, but it is more coarse with 10 separate states. The other difference is that if the data assigned to the highlight goes negative, you will see it – the inner lines will disappear (the arcs will stay at 0 in such case). This is currently mostly applicable to the solar charging level which becomes -1 when the device is not charging. Also, the HR indication can go negative temporarily if your current HR is lower than the historical minimum.


Status icons

Status icons area shows up to 4 icons:

phone connected (shows when there is an active Bluetooth connection, disappears when there is no connection)

notifications (shows when there are pending notifications, disappears when the notifications are cleared). The counter of pending notifications can be selected as an option for the circle or right data fields.

alarms (shows when there is at least one active alarm set on the watch)

do not disturb (shows when the watch is in the Do Not Disturb mode)


Data sets

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.


Changing settings on the watch

Switching between datasets can be done conveniently on the watch, without the need to reach for the phone.

How this works:

When you go to the watch face selection menu on your device, besides the ‘Apply’ option, you will see ‘Customize’. When you select it, you will be able to cycle between the 4 data sets by pressing the select key. Once done, press the exit key.



By default, seconds are shown on gesture for about 10 seconds, which is way to conserve the battery. It is also possible to extend the gesture activation duration to 20 seconds, to have the seconds on permanently, or to switch them off completely.

Note that when the seconds are hidden, “Data right” field can be used to display additional information.


Active bar vs Move bar

These two are the opposites of one another. Move bar grows when you remain inactive and goes down to zero when you start moving. Active bar is 100 when you keep moving, but when you stop it will gradually go down to zero.



Date shown is fully configurable, using the ‘Date format’ field in the settings.

To configure the date, you need to enter any of the following letters in the ‘Date format’ setting:

d = day number without leading zero
D = day number with leading zero
m = month number without leading zero
M = month number with leading zero
y = 2-digit year
Y = 4-digit year
n = day name (according to system language)
N = month name (according to system language)
w = ISO week number
a = AM/PM indicator
= = escape character

Any other character (e.g. – / : . []) will be displayed if it is available on the watch.

The equals sign (escape character) has a special purpose to allow displaying the characters that normally are substituted by the date components they represent. You can use it to put arbitrary text in the date field. For instance you can use it to display ‘am’ or ‘pm’ instead of ‘a’ or ‘p’.

Below are some examples:

“n N d” → Fri Aug 24
“n D.M” → Fri 24.08
“d/m [w]” → 24/8 [34]
“d/m =ww” → 24/8 w34
“YMD” → 2018824
“m-d-y” → 8-24-18
“n D (w)” → Fri 28 (34)
“n D a=m” → Fri 13 am



Weather source can be selected between Garmin (default) and Open Weather (OWM).

For the OWM weather you need to supply your own API key.

OpenWeather key validity

Please note that OpenWeather changed their free key policy sometime around mid-2022. Since that time, new API keys created with “Current weather and forecasts collection” will not work with Instinct Pro.

If you have a free “Current weather and forecasts collection” created earlier, it should continue working.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to “One Call by Call” subscription plan for One Call API 3.0. This subscription comes with 1,000 API calls per day for free, and Instinct Pro will not exceed 200 calls per day (2 calls every 15 minutes).

This information is believed to be accurate as of December 2022, it may become invalidated by OpenWeather changing their policies again.

How to get OpenWeather API key

Go to and subscribe to One Call API 3.0 (1,000 API calls per day for free).

Update frequency

Garmin weather updates as often as Garmin decides to refresh it – it seems that it can be anything between 10 minutes to 1 hour.

OWM weather updates every 15 minutes. Note that this is the frequency at which Instinct Pro queries new weather data, but it does not guarantee that OWM will update the data at their end within that period.

Temperature range

When Garmin weather is selected, this shows the forecasted high and low temperatures for the day.

When OWM weather is selected, this shows the forecasted high and low temperatures for the next 3 hours. At the moment it does not seem possible to have the full day temperature range forecast using a free API key.


GPS location

GPS location is necessary for the app to display correct data for all l0cation-dependent data such as weather, sun events or moon phase.

Instinct Pro tries to retrieve the location automatically, but this may not always be possible. If you see ‘GPS?’ displayed instead of the data you selected in one of the fields, this means that you may need to update the location manually.

To do this, switch to the start screen of any activity that uses location, for instance ‘Run’ or ‘Bike’. You should be able to see a GPS acquisition progress indicator there. Wait until it completes or until something like ‘GPS ready’ is shown. Then go back to the watch face and the ‘GPS?’ should be gone.


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