Garmin users still unable to Connect

Garmin is expected to be down until Sunday, but runners can upload to Strava manually

The website was back up and running Friday after being knocked offline Thursday, but the Garmin Connect app that thousands of runners rely on to track their workouts was still undergoing maintenance as a result of the global outage. The website is currently displaying the following message: “We are currently experiencing an outage that affects and Garmin Connect. This outage also affects our call centres, and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and apologize for this inconvenience.” The company tweeted a similar message Thursday.

It’s not known whether any customer data was compromised during the outage, which flummoxed athletes all over the world Thursday as they attempted to upload their activity.

The cause of the outage is not yet public knowledge, though some news sources speculate that it was caused by a ransomware attack.

Fortunately, it’s possible to upload your activity to Strava manually, bypassing Garmin Connect. Here’s how:

Plug your Garmin into your computer using the USB you use to charge it. Navigate to Devices on Finder and click on your Garmin (Mac) or on the Garmin device under your File Explorer (PC). Click on the Activity folder and find the .fit file for today’s activity.

Go to, click the + button at the top right corner, click Upload Activity, then File on the left.

posted Saturday July 25th
by Running Magazine