Garmin Connect Mobile, Garmin Connect Express, Windows 10, and Windows Phone Part 1




Garmin Connect Mobile vs. Garmin Connect Express

Windows users may get confused when they start setting up their Garmin activity trackers with their Windows tablets or PCs. For one thing, the description of the Garmin Connect Mobile on the Microsoft Store explicitly states it's "Built for Windows 10", but then indicates that "Garmin Connect Mobile on Windows Phone is designed to . . . "

 

Garmin Connect in the Microsoft Store

To put it simply, Garmin Express, which you can download from the Garmin website, is available for Mac OSX and Windows machines, while Garmin Connect Mobile is available for iOS, Android, and Windows 10/Windows 10 Mobile. If you have a desktop or laptop running Windows 7/8/8.1/Mac OSX and plan to sync over USB, then you install Garmin Express. However, if you have a Windows tablet running Windows 10, say a Surface Pro 3, then you can install either Garmen Express (syncing over USB) or Garmin Connect Mobile (syncing over Bluetooth).

 


Garmin Connect Mobile on Windows 10


My HP Stream 8, for example, runs Windows 10 after upgrading from Windows 8.1. I opted for Garmin Connect Mobile since the Stream 8 supports Bluetooth 4.x and because it's a nuisance to connect the USB On-the-Go adapter just to sync data from my Vivosmart HR.

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