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, dynamicWatch Premium adds customizable watch data fields, watch route navigation prompts and off-course warnings, background maps (on many watches), route Archive and Collections, OpenCycleMaps (OCM) maps, waypoints/geocaching, 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.
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.
On the Garmin Fenix 5, 5S and 5X, Forerunner 645, 645M (645 Music) and 935, and Descent Mk1 watches you can use either dwMap or routeCourse. We recommend you use routeCourse because then you get all the advantages of dynamicWatch for route planning and downloading, with the built-in map feature on these watches.
The following tips apply to both our dwMap and routeCourse apps.
Specific guides for using the app on each watch model are available in the individual User Guides:
Here's a brief overview:
For other route web sites, you can copy the URL of the route you are interested in and enter the URL on our
We can import route URLs from: connect.garmin.com ridewithgps.com strava.com mapmyride.com mapmyrun.com gpsies.com outdooractive.com bikemap.net openrunner.com mtbproject.com hikingproject.com trailrunproject.com trailforks.com gpstracks.nl Details...
For GPX files, Click on Drop a GPX file here or click to upload here and upload your file.
You can, of course, draw a route right here, using our Route Planner.
If you have upgraded to
you can link your Garmin Connect account
and automatically see and use the routes of your recent activities.
You can also import waypoints and use them as destinations to navigate to, and to use for geocaching.
You can use the dwMap app on your watch without a active device 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 active route map, you can either choose Delete Route from the app's menu on the watch (press-hold Up on watches without a menu button), or you can click on the for the active device route on your route list to toggle it off , and restart the watch app (or choose Refresh on the app's menu).
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 active route to download to their watch.
Please check the above guides for the fastest access to the information you need.
For support for your Garmin device or for Garmin Connect Mobile, contact Garmin Support.