Rails version 3.1.0

What’s new

More OWM weather data:
  • Air quality (1 = best, 5 = worst)
  • Humidity with dew point

These options require own OWM API key.


Daily meters or feet climbed.

Text data fields font size

The text data fields (Date, Weather location, Free text) font size can be set from 0 to 4 (these are the text sizes available in Garmin’s Connect IQ system).

Some devices do not have all 5 font sizes onboard. If you have one of these, font size increment/decrement might not always produce visible effect.

Instinct Pro version 2.6.0

What’s new

This release adds some more data points and ways of presenting them.

New data

  • Resting HR
  • 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

Distance units

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

Instinct Analog

Analog watch face, Instinct style.


  • 7 data fields with up to 40+ options each
  • 2 sliders showing level/progress of up to 18 data choices
  • 2 arc gauges in the circle
  • 4 configurable status icons (phone, notifications, alarms, do not disturb)
  • 4 configurable datasets switchable by gesture
  • Battery saving options
  • 3 background choices
  • Customizable color accent on devices with color
  • Choice of Garmin* or OWM weather
  • Always on second hand option
  • Live HR and solar charging options for circle number and arc 2

(*) On compatible devices

This watch face is free to download and use. The ‘premium features’ are always accessible, but when the free unlock promotion ends, a floating padlock icon will appear on the screen several seconds after gesture if no valid unlock key is entered.

To download, visit Garmin app store here.

You can support my work by obtaining an unlock key here.

The user manual is available here.

Instinct Pro version 2.5.0

What’s new

Open Weather Map (OWM) Air Quality Index

The scale ranges from 1 to 5:

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).

Gradient version 3.0.0

What’s new

  • Openweather (OWM) support

    Openweather can now be selected as the weather source. This brings weather to the devices that don’t support Garmin’s weather.

    You will need to provide your own OWM API key to get the Openweather data.

    PLEASE NOTE that not every OWM API key will work with Gradient.

    OWM API key created with the free “Current weather and forecasts collection” subscription after mid-2022 will not work due to OWM policy changes. If you have a key created earlier, it should work.

    Alternatively, you can subscribe to “One Call by Call” plan for One Call API 3.0. This subscription comes with 1,000 API calls per day for free, and Gradient will not exceed 200 calls per day.

  • UV index

    This is only available if you use Openweather, since Garmin weather data does not include UV.

  • Body battery graph (24h)

    Available on compatible devices only.

  • Barometric pressure graph (6h)

    Available only on devices with barometric sensor.

  • Next calendar event

    Available on the newer devices that support Garmin’s System 6.

  • Launching widgets by screen press

    Available on the touchscreen devices that support Garmin’s System 6.

    This feature is disabled by default. It can be activated to react to a single or double screen press.

Instinct Pro version 2.4.0

What’s new

Dataset switching by gesture

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).

For example, with yellow accent:

Before: 61,56,63,0,60,56,56,52,63,56,62,0,60,0,63,0,61,0,61,52,56,56,61,0,61, 0

After: 61,56,63,0,60,56,56,52,63,56,62,0,60,0,63,0,61,0,61,52,0,63,61,0,61,0

Live HR in the circle

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

Rails version 3.0.0

What’s new

New time font option

Select ‘Opt4’ from the ‘Time font’ list.

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:

  • Top icons
  • Bottom icons
  • 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.

RW Sensor

A widget to show the watch sensor data

The options depend on what sensors are available on your device.

At most you will get:

-HR (up to 6 hours)
-SpO2 (up to 8 days)
-Body battery (up to 24 hours)
-Stress (up to 4 hours)
-Watch temperature (up to 6 hours)
-Barometric pressure (up to 6 hours)
-Elevation (up to 6 hours)

The graphs can be zoomed in/out and scrolled left/right.

Several graph styles are possible, depending on the device.

Some options can be adjusted directly on the watch by pressing the menu button.

Besides the graph, the timestamp of the first and last sample of the current span is shown, as well as the duration in seconds between samples.


Operation is very simple:

1) Use the Select button or a screen tap to switch between Select/Zoom/Scroll modes (depending on the device input capabilities)

2) Use the Up/Down buttons or swipe up/swipe down to move in the currently selected mode

On top of that, the basic settings (Graph style, Glance/Preview span, marker lines) are accessible by the Menu button while in the main display (so it won’t work when you are in glance or preview).

Graph styles

  • Line
  • Area
  • Colors

    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


    <= 25 – blue,
    <= 50 – green,
    <= 75 – yellow,
    <= 100 – red


    <= 92.5 – red,
    <= 95.0 – yellow,
    <= 97.5 – green,
    <= 100.0 blue

    Elevation, Pressure, Temperature:

    lowest 25% – blue,
    lower medium 25% – green,
    upper medium 25% – yellow,
    highest 25% – red

  • Color line, Smooth, Sticks

    The colors change gradually from blue (lowest) to red (highest).

    The appearance of these modes depends on how many colors your device can show.


This app has two additional copies on the store. If you install them, you can display multiple glances showing different data configurations simultaneously.

Download 2

Download 3

Night & Day version 2.11.0

What’s new

  • Weekly activity distance (run, cycle, swim)

    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

Instinct Pro version 2.2.0

What’s new

  • 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)