Don't get lost on your ride, run or hike!

The dynamic.watch web site and dwMap watch app are the fastest and easiest way to create and download routes to your Garmin GPS watch, right from your phone or computer.

Designed for cyclists, runners and hikers, just install the dwMap app on your watch, and use this web page, dynamic.watch, to create routes using our mobile-friendly route Planner (or import routes from popular sites like Strava, Ride with GPS and MapMyRun) and send them to the watch.

Use the bigger screen of your phone, tablet or computer to create and select a route, and your watch will automatically download it next time you start the app. Your watch only needs an internet connection (through your phone) if you want to download a new route. Otherwise it is self-contained and designed for use outside of cellular service.

This website is fully mobile-enabled to use on your phone, and a laptop is not required (though of course the website works great there too).

When you're ready for more, dwMap Premium adds customizable data fields, route navigation prompts, off-course warnings, elevation profile and stats in Planner, editing of imported routes in Planner, OpenCycleMaps (OCM) map type, waypoints and geocaching, multiple separate legs in routes, GPX exports and no advertising.

The dwMap watch app will show you a simple map of your route and where you are on it, whether you're riding a century bike-ride, hiking in the remote mountains, or running the streets of a new city. It also shows your speed, distance, heart rate and other stats from your watch, and uses the built in recorder function to record your activity and sync it with your Garmin Connect account.

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dwMap runs on the following Garmin GPS watches:

The Vivoactive is a very popular choice. Unlike other smartwatches, these Garmin models have true GPS capability built-in (leave your phone at home while you work out if you want), are very rugged, and get days (not hours) of use between charges. All are available from Amazon.com and your local outdoors stores.

If you have a Garmin Edge cycling computer, or Oregon or Rino 700-series GPS, our routeCourse app offers the easy route (course) planning and simple, mobile-friendly, route downloads of this site with the built-in map/activity features of your GPS.

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dwMap offers a free version and a Premium version. The free version is fully functional and offers all the features that you need to create routes and follow them on your Garmin watch. When you install dwMap and setup your account here you are automatically in free mode and can use the app forever for free. If you want to upgrade to Premium you can click on a Premium link on the site and get immediate access to the extra features.

Premium offer advanced features including customizable data fields, route navigation prompts, off-course warnings, elevation profile and stats in Planner, editing of imported routes in Planner, OpenCycleMaps (OCM) map type, waypoints and geocaching, multiple separate legs in routes, GPX exports and no advertising.

The Help information on this page applies to both the free and premium versions of dwMap. Information on using the additional features in Premium is available in dwMap Premium Features Help.

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To get started, you just need to:
Our dwMap watch app installs to your watch from the Garmin Connect IQ Store.
Make sure that your watch is connected by Bluetooth to Garmin Connect Mobile running on your phone (iPhone or Android, and users report that Windows Phone also now works), and that your phone and watch can get online.
The first time you open it on your watch it will show you a simple link code to securely link your watch to your account here.

The Garmin software may tell you that you need to update your firmware, even when you think you have the latest version. In this case, undock your device and see if it installs new firmware that it has downloaded. Then redock the device and try installing dMap again. Powering-off your device and back on again may also be necessary to get the new firmware installed and running. You can check what your device is actually running by going to Settings - System - About.

dwMap Watch App User Guide
We have implemented a simple but secure mechanism to link your watch to your account here.
  • When you open the app on your watch the first time it will show you an 8 character code.
  • Enter that code on our website here and the watch will know which account it is associated with. Conversely, our website will know that you have authorized access by this watch.
  • After you have entered the code on our website, tap the screen or press the Up button of your watch to complete the linking process.
If you get error code 1 or 2 on your watch during this step, make sure that your watch is connected by Bluetooth to Garmin Connect Mobile running on your phone (iPhone or Android, and users report that Windows Phone also now works), and that your phone and watch can get online.
As an extra security measure, the code is only valid for 5 minutes after you open the app. If you do not enter the code here in time, don't worry, just exit and open the app again, and a new code will be generated.
You only have to do this once for each watch you link (and you can link any number of watches), and afterwards the app will only need an internet connection when you want change the downloaded route.
We do not get access to any other apps on your watch or phone.
Use our simple yet powerful Route Planner to create and edit routes, with automatic routing along trails and roads.
  • Use the Location box and button to enter a place name, or just click to find your current location.
  • Click on your starting point, then click on further points to add to your route. A route will be built from point to point.
  • Click or to choose whether cycling or pedestrian routes should be calculated.
  • Click if you want straight lines between points, with no automatic routing.
  • Press to remove the last point to delete or redo it.
  • Drag a point marker to edit the route.
  • Click on route line to insert a new point marker into the route.
  • Double-click on a point marker to remove it.
  • Click on to make this your current watch route when you save it.
  • Press to save and (at the top-right) to exit when you are done.
  • Click on in your routes list to edit it again.
You can also import routes or connect to route planning tools available at sites like Strava, Ride with GPS and MapMyRun.
If you have upgraded to dwMap Premium you can also create and edit waypoints, edit routes that you have imported or uploaded, and see the elevation profile and statistics (such vertical gain) as you create your routes.

Specific guides for using the app on each watch model are available in the individual User Guides:

Here's a brief overview:

  • Install the dwMap app to your watch from the Garmin Connect IQ Store
  • Make sure that your watch is connected by Bluetooth to Garmin Connect Mobile running on your phone (iPhone or Android, and users report that Windows Phone also now works), and that your phone and watch can get online.
  • The Garmin software may tell you that you need to update your firmware, even when you think you have the latest version. In this case, undock your device and see if it installs new firmware that it has downloaded. Then redock the device and try installing dMap again. Powering-off your device and back on again may also be necessary to get the new firmware installed and running. You can check what your device is actually running by going to Settings - System - About.
  • When you start the watch app the first time you will be shown a link code to enter here as explained above.
  • From then on, when you start the app it will show its Map view. This shows your current route, at four zoom levels.
  • Swipe left/right (up/down on some watches) or use the Up/Down buttons on your watch to zoom in/out.
  • If the app can get online via your phone, it will download your current route. Otherwise it will continue to use the most recent route that it has. You can press the Menu button and choose Refresh at any time that your phone is online. This will download your current route and your other Watch Settings.
  • Your current position and direction of travel is shown as an arrow, allowing you see whether you are on-course, and when to turn next. No more getting lost or stopping to check a map!
  • If you are currently off the edge of the map, the arrow will still show your direction of travel, but will be drawn at the edge closest to where you are, with a circle around it.
  • If you have chosen Track-up in Watch Settings then the map will rotate so that "up" on the screen is your forward direction. A rotating "N" on the left of the screen will point north. Otherwise, you will be in North-up mode where north is always "up".
  • Where you were most recently will be shown with a trail of "breadcrumb" dots.
  • If you do not want to use a route for the current activity, press the Menu button and choose Delete Route to remove the current route from the watch. If you still have a current route chosen on your route list you can download it again to the watch with Refresh.
  • Press the Start/Stop button on your watch to start your activity. This uses the built-in GPS recording system of your watch, and will appear in your history and sync with Garmin Connect just like any other activity. Press Start/Stop again to pause/resume.
  • The app also has a Dashboard view to view your current activity stats.
    On touchscreen watches, tap the screen to switch between Dashboard and Map views.
    On the Fenix 3, D2 Bravo or Forerunner 230/235/735XT, use Up/Down to move through the map zoom levels then through the Dashboard pages.
    On the Forerunner 920XT, press the button to switch between views.
  • At the end of your activity, press Start/Stop to pause, and press the Return or Exit button, and choose the Save option to leave the app.

If you have upgraded to dwMap Premium you will have additional navigation features, including notifications for upcoming turns and if you go off-route. See dwMap Premium Features Help.

If you are already using Strava, Ride with GPS or UnderArmour (MapMyRide/MapMyRun) then you can connect and automatically use those routes here. These sites offer excellent planning tools for creating routes. For other routes:
  • Garmin Connect Course: On Garmin Connect-Courses, copy of the URL of the course you want to import and enter the URL here. If you want to import an activity (a recording of something you did) rather than a course (a plannned route), you can convert the activity to a course by opening the menu at the top-right of the activity at Garmin Connect, and choosing Save as Course.
  • GPX File: Click on Drop a GPX file here or click to upload here and upload your file.
  • Draw a route using our Route Planner
If you have upgraded to dwMap Premium you can also import waypoints and use them as destinations to navigate to, and to use for geocaching.
If you are already using Strava, Ride with GPS or UnderArmour (MapMyRide/MapMyRun) then you can connect and automatically use those routes here. These sites offer excellent planning tools for creating routes.
In Linked Accounts click on the service you wish to connect and follow the prompts to authorize your access.
  • Strava: You will be prompted to authorize access on the Strava website. This will let you use your Strava routes. To use such a route, 'star' it on their site, and it will then appear on your routes list here.
  • Ride with GPS: Enter your username/password for that service and we will use those to verify that we can access your account ok. All of your routes there will appear in your routes list here. If you see someone else's route there that you would like to use, use the COPY TO MY ROUTES link on the route on Ride with GPS to add it to your set.
  • UnderArmour: You will be prompted to authorize access on the UnderArmour website. This will let you use your MapMyRide and MapMyRun routes. To use such a route, Bookmark it on their site, and it will then appear on your routes list here.
You can revoke your access at any time at Linked Accounts.
You can also draw a route using our Route Planner or import routes from GPX files and other services.
Click on the next to a route in your route list to set it as your current route, which will be then marked with a .
When you open the dwMap app on your watch it will automatically download this route. Your watch needs access to the Internet through your phone in order to download the new route, but once it has it it does not need to be online. If you are not online when you open the app it will continue to use the route that it has.
You can change the current route here and refresh it in the app at any time by choosing Refresh on the app's menu.
North-up means the map display on the watch matches the display of online maps, with North always being "up" on the watch screen. The position/heading arrow points in the current direction of your travel on the map.
Track-up rotates the map on the watch as your heading changes so that "up" on the screen matches your forward direction of travel. This matches the way that many vehicle GPS units work, showing something of a "first person" view of what is ahead.
You can set this choice in Watch Settings, and the dwMap app on your watch will download it when you next start it. You can also change it and then refresh it during an activity by choosing Refresh on the app's menu.
These two options are chosen in your Watch Settings.
When Auto-pause is turned on, your activity in the dwMap watch app will be automatically paused when you stop, and resumed when you start moving again.
When Auto-lap is turned on, a lap/split will be created in your activity each time a certain distance is completed. You can chose from a number of common distances. The lap/splits can be viewed in your watch's History app, or on the Garmin Connect website.
If you have upgraded to dwMap Premium you will also get a popup notification on the watch screen at the end of the lap showing your lap summary stats.

You can use the dwMap app on your watch without a current route. Although you can always use the app with a route that is nowhere near where you currently are, if this is the case you might want to remove the route. This will let the map view be scaled better to fit your activity, and we use the precious watch memory that is freed up to show more detailed breadcrumbs of your activity. This may help guide you better back to your start point and orient you as to where you in relation to where you have been.

To remove the current map, you can either choose Delete Route from the app's menu on the watch, or you can click on the for the current route on your route list to toggle it off , and restart the watch app (or choose Refresh on the app's menu).

If you have upgraded to dwMap Premium you will still be able to choose your activity start point using the Go To feature and be guided back to it.

You can share your dynamicWatch routes with any of your friends! Just click on the icon next to a route and we'll generate a special sharing URL, with buttons to share it instantly via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn, or just copy the URL and send it in any other way.

The recipient won't be able to change your route, but they will be able to add a copy of it to their routes so that they can set it as their current route to download to their watch.

If you have upgraded to dwMap Premium you can also export your routes to the popular GPX file format.

We do not currently have iPhone or Android apps to directly send routes and settings to your phone. However this website, including the Route Planner have been designed to work great on your phone's browser (Safari or Chrome).

For fast access, you may want to create a home page shortcut to the webpage. This will make it almost as easy as having an app!

  • iPhone/iPad Safari: Press Share, then Add to Home Screen
  • Android Chrome: Press menu and tap the star to add the page to your bookmarks. Then press menu, open your bookmarks, press and hold your new bookmark and select Add to home screen

Please check the above guides for the fastest access to the information you need.

We also have a Blog at Medium and a YouTube Channel:

Otherwise we can be reached via Twitter, Facebook or email, or follow the dynamicWatch Blog.

For support for your Garmin device or for Garmin Connect Mobile, contact Garmin Support.

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