dynamicWatch Premium is $9.99/year, or just $29.99 for an Endless subscription (if you prefer a one-time payment option), and includes all the features listed on this help page.

Some of the features are on this website, such as viewing the elevation profile and statistics of your route as you create it, and some are on the watch app, such as the Navigation Page. The new features are turned-on immediately when you purchase your subscription, and the dwMap watch app will automatically show the additional features of Premium when you next start it and it downloads your settings.

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The free version of the dwMap watch app offers a fixed selection of 3 pages of data fields (such Speed and Heart Rate), 4 fields to a page.
Premium allows you to choose each field on each page, and to choose how many fields are on each page. When you have fewer fields the app can use larger fonts, so you can, say, put your top 2 fields, perhaps Speed and Heart Rate, on one page for easy reading at a glance.

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Choose the fields that you want show on each page. If you want to have less than 4 fields on a data page, set one or more of the choices to None.
You can also choose up to two fields to show on the Map and Navigation pages in the app. Set them both to None to remove the fields bar from the Map page to give more room to show your route.

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When you are done, press Save. The app will download the change next time you start it, or you can press Refresh on its menu to get the change immediately without restarting it.

Available fields are:

  • Activity Type
  • Altitude
  • Battery Level
  • Cadence
  • Cadence, Average
  • Calories
  • Distance
  • GPS Signal (0-4)
  • Heading
  • Heart Rate
  • Heart Rate, Average
  • Heart Rate, Max
  • Heart Rate % Max
  • Heart Rate Zone
  • Lap Distance
  • Lap Speed/Pace
  • Lap Time
  • Location
  • Navigation
  • Power
  • Power, Average
  • Power, Max
  • Route Name
  • Speed/Pace
  • Speed/Pace, Average
  • Speed/Pace, Max
  • Time
  • Time of Day
  • Total Ascent
  • Total Descent

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The free version of the dwMap watch app offers a map page showing your current active route (at 6 zoom levels) and 3 data fields pages.
Premium adds a Navigation Page.

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Following your Route
When you start the app it will automatically try to guide you on your route. The Navigation page will show when you are on- or off-route. When you are on-route it will show your next turn.
When you are off-route it will show the direction and distance to the closest part of the route.

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Note the directional arrow assumes you are holding your watch in front of you in a normal way to read it.

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Navigating to a Waypoint
On the menu in the app, there is an option called Go To. Instead of following your current active route you can choose a destination from any waypoints that you have created on your route.

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The Map page will show the chosen waypoint with a larger blue square than the other waypoints.
The Navigation page will show the direction and distance to the waypoint.

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Note the directional arrow assumes you are holding your watch in front of you in a normal way to read it.
See below for more information on creating waypoints.

Route and Activity Start and End points
You can also choose your activity start point, or the start or end point of your current active route from the Go To menu, and the Navigation page will show the direction and distance to the point selected.

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The free version of the dwMap watch app shows your selected current active route on the Map page and lets you see at a glance where you are on it.
Premium adds notifications (vibrations and on-screen popups) to help you stay on your route. This works in conjunction with the discussed above. Usually when you feel a buzz from the watch you should look at the screen to see what the buzz means.

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If you are following a route, the watch will be on the lookout for future turns, and around 15 seconds before the turn it will buzz 2 times for a left turn and 3 times for a right turn.
Note: Not all devices can do the 2- and 3-part buzzes. For example, Forerunner watches will use the same buzz for both. Consult the screen when you get the buzz or beep.

This feature relies on getting a very good GPS signal and can get thrown off by complex twists and turns. Use it in conjunction with the Map page and common sense. Also if your route is an "out and back", make sure you draw both the "out" and the "back" parts of the route, otherwise it will keep telling you to "u-turn" if it thinks you are running in the opposite direction of the route.

If you want to turn off alerts, choose Nav Prompts Off on the app's menu (press-hold Up on watches without a menu button). This will turn the on-screen and beep/buzz notifications off, but the app will continue to show other on-screen navigation information. Your choice is saved and used when you next use the app. Pull up the menu again to turn them back on.

If you miss a turn or otherwise go off-route by more than around 130ft(40m), the watch will buzz and the Navigation page will show the direction and distance to the closest part of the route. The watch will buzz again when it sees that you are back on-route.

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If you are navigating to a waypoint the watch will notify you when you are within around 130ft(40m) of your destination.

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On many watches (see below) dwMap Premium lets you view a background map (often called a basemap) on your watch screen as well as your chosen route line.

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Important: The low data speed on the low-power Bluetooth connection between your watch and phone means that background map images will update more slowly than the other details on the dwMap map screen. This is very noticeable when you start the app, or change zoom levels, but as you move during an activity dwMap incrementally downloads new map files ahead of you for the current zoom level, and you should nearly always have a map beneath your current position arrow. The download speed is highest when Garmin Connect Mobile is running in the foreground on your phone (is the one visible on-screen), so that might be useful when getting the initial map display.

Important: Even though we have optimized the color and designs of the background maps to make them as "compressible" as possible, the image files for the background maps are still relatively large, and we can only offer this feature on watches with 128MB or more of memory allocated to each app. These watches are:

Using the Background Maps

  • Please read this list if the maps are not appearing for you. In particular, you need to be in north-up mode, and the maps need to be turned on in the apps's menu.
  • Your watch needs to be connected to your phone and your phone connected to the Internet, for this feature to work. (All other dwMap features continue to work offline, as that remains an important app feature.)
  • You can choose Google Maps, OpenCycleMap (OCM), satellite imagery or our specially designed Watch Optimized option. The Watch Optimized map is exclusive to dynamicWatch and designed to ideally match the color palette available on the watches. It uses the same OpenStreetMap worldwide map data as OpenCycleMap and is continuously updated.
  • Turn maps on and off in the dwMap menu (press-hold Up on watches without a menu button), which will have the option Show Maps or Hide Maps. Your last choice is remembered when you start the dwMap app again.
  • Background maps are available in North-up mode only, not in Track-up.
  • Plus signs are displayed while the tiles (quadrants) that make up the map are being downloaded. If a plus sign disappears but no map is shown there, the app will try to download that quadrant again later.
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dwMap Premium lets you setup "high" and "low" workout alerts, to warn you, for example, if your speed falls below a target. These alerts are similar to those available when using the built in Run and Bike apps on your watch, letting you use dwMap and stay on course even when you need critical workout or race information.

Alerts are available for the following:

  • Heart Rate
  • Heart Rate Zone
  • Speed/Pace
  • Cadence
  • Power

dwMap Premium also will show popup Auto-lap alerts if you have Auto-lap enabled.

As with most dwMap settings, you set these up on the website, in Settings - Workout Alerts, rather than having to do it on the small screen of the watch.

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dwMap is designed to work with our website to simplify managing your routes and settings. However we've had a lot of requests to be able to use a phone app instead of the website, especially to change the current dwMap route when an Internet connection isn't available, so we've put together a small, but really useful, "companion" phone app as an option for Premium dwMap users.

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The dwMap Premium Companion Apps let you:

  • Download your routes so they are available when your phone and watch are offline.
  • Preview a route on a street, satellite or OpenCycleMap map.
  • Send it directly to the dwMap Premium app on your watch.
  • Change your activity type and other frequently used settings.
  • Create a "Quick Route" from your current location to a destination, and send it to dwMap Premium.
  • Share GPX files from other apps or downloaded GPX files to the companion app to send to dwMap Premium.

See the Premium Companion Phone App help guide for full information.

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Routes imported from Ride with GPS usually include a list of "course points", often known as a "cue sheet", which give turn-by-turn directions along the route. These are often superior to the turn instructions that your Garmin device can generate, especially if your Garmin does not have good built-in maps.

dynamicWatch Premium knows how to extract these cuesheets from Ride with GPS routes and include them in the routes (courses) that routeCourse downloads to your Garmin Edge or GPS watch.

If you do not want the cue sheets in your downloads, you can disable them, in Settings - routeCourse Settings.

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dynamicWatch Premium lets you organize your routes into named collections. You might create a collection, for example, of gravel rides, or of routes in an area where you are planning on going on vacation.

You can also optionally share a collection with your friends or the general public by generating a special share URL for it. Anyone with the share URL can view your collection and the routes in it, but they cannot edit them. You can also upload a photo to use as a banner to create a beautiful shared collection.

You need a Premium account to create and edit a collection, but anyone you send the shared URL to does not have to be Premium, or to even have a dynamicWatch account yet.

If you use Chrome as the web browser on your computer, this archive works particularly well with our Chrome Toolbar Button. This adds a button to your toolbar to save routes directly from popular sites like Strava, Garmin Connect, Ride with GPS and MapMyRun.

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dynamicWatch Premium now lets you keep an archive of your routes. You can keep your main list of favorites small and manageable, while acquiring a rich and deep set of interesting routes as you find or create them.

  • To move a route to your archive, click on the icon on your main list of favorite routes on your home page.
  • To move an archived route back onto your list of favorites, click on the icon on your list of routes on your Route Archive page.
  • You can search your Route Archive by the name of the route, city, state/region or country.

If you are using our dwMap app on your Garmin watch, the route archive lets you keep as many routes as you want in our system, ready for future use, without cluttering up your main list of favorites.

If you are using our routeCourse app on your Garmin Edge, Oregon or Rino 700-series GPS, only your favorite routes are downloaded to the GPS by the app. Again, this lets you focus on the routes of current interest while keeping a larger number of past and future routes available in your archive.

If you use Chrome as the web browser on your computer, this archive works particularly well with our Chrome Toolbar Button. This adds a button to your toolbar to save routes directly from popular sites like Strava, Garmin Connect, Ride with GPS and MapMyRun.

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dynamicWatch Premium lets you see your recent Garmin Connect activity history right here. This is the same list of recent activities that you can view on your Garmin Connect page, and matches the "History" stored on your Garmin watch or GPS. If you loved the route of a recent run or ride you can save it to your dynamicWatch account with just a single click!

This works great with the feature, since you can save and archive the route for the future even if you're not planning on repeating it soon.

When you have new activities the count will be automatically shown on your dynamicWatch home page.

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You can see at a glance whether you have already added an activity, and use the icons along the left hand side of the page to add or edit them:

Click to add the route of the activity to dynamicWatch.

Route is already in your list of current Favorites. Click to make it your active device route.

Route is your current active device route.

Route is already in your . Click to add it back to your main list of Favorite routes.

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dynamicWatch Premium lets you edit the details of any of your imported or created routes, including:

  • Name
  • Notes or description
  • City
  • State or Region
  • Country

This works great with the feature, since you can more clearly label imported routes to recall the differences between them.

To edit a route's details, click on the    icon on your home page list of Favorites or in your , and choose Edit name and other details from the popup-menu.

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The free version of the dwMap app shows the line of your selected current active route.
Premium allows you to also put up to 10 waypoints (also known as locations or "pins") on the map. These waypoints might be a cafe you want to stop at, where you plan to park your car or they may be geocaches that you are trying to find.

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Just select the button in Planner and then click to add a waypoint.
Click on the waypoint to edit or delete it, or you can drag it to a new location. Waypoint names are limited to 10 characters.
Waypoints are also included in GPX files that you may import. This is a convenient way of getting locations from the popular Geocaching.com website.
Note that a dwMap "route" does not actually need to have a route line: it can consist solely of waypoints if you want.

Waypoints are shown in dwMap as blue squares. See above for more information on navigating using waypoints in the watch app.

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The dynamicWatch Route Planner brings our dwMap Premium users two additional options for automatically creating routes. We are using the Graphhopper-14 service to offer additional options for hiking and mountain biking. GraphHopper uses the comprehensive worldwide OpenStreetMap database of paved roads, unpaved roads and paths to create the best routes specifically for those activities. Just click on two points on the map in our Planner and the best route between them is instantly calculated.

The free version of the dynamicWatch Route Planner offers cycling and hiking routes using Google Maps only.

All this can be done from your phone or tablet just as easily as on your computer, and our dwMap and routeCourse app on your Garmin watch or Edge cycling GPS will download the new route automatically and wirelessly.

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The free version of the dwMap app lets you create a route as a single line or leg.
Premium still only allows one route at once to be loaded on the watch (due to the very limited memory available) but you can have more than one separate leg in the route, and with gaps between the legs.

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When working in Planner, start a new leg by pressing your chosen routing type button (, or ) again. Then when you click on the map it will add a new green start marker for the new leg and further map clicks add to the new leg.
To go back to working on the first leg, just click on it. You'll see the "current" leg is drawn with a thicker route line and larger markers than the other leg(s).
To delete a leg, click on it to select it, then press the button to remove all the points on the leg.

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The free version of this dynamic.watch website lets you create, import and view routes on top of a map.
Premium also lets you see the elevation profile of the route when viewing or editing it. It also shows the estimated total vertical feet or meters of gain and loss, and the minimum and maximum elevations.

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To see the elevation profile when viewing a route, press the button at the bottom-right of the map.
To see the elevation profile when creating or editing a route in Planner, press the button in the map tool bar at the bottom-center of the map.

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The free version of this dynamic.watch website lets you import routes from a variety of different sources, including GPX files and from MapMyRide and MapMyRun, and use them as the current active route in the dwMap watch app. However you cannot edit the route after it has been imported.
Premium lets you edit any of your imported routes.

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To edit a route, click to view it, then in the information box at the bottom-left of the map viewer, click on Edit this route in Planner.
When you save it, it will replace the imported map in your list of routes.
Note that editing imported routes generally works better when the route was based on the same Google road/trail map data that we use in Planner.

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The free version of this dynamic.watch website lets you import routes in the very popular GPX file format.
Premium also lets you export routes to GPX.

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To export a route to GPS, click to view it, then in the information box at the bottom-left of the map viewer, click on Export GPX file.

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The free version of the dwMap app shows your selected current active route on the Map page and lets you see at a glance where you are on it. This is great for running, cycling, hiking, etc, but is not ideal for when you want to get to one particular location.
Premium allows you to create and navigate to waypoints, as explained in and above.

Geocaching is a very popular worldwide treasure hunt game where you find caches that have been hidden by fellow geocaching enthusiasts and shared on the Geocaching.com website. Now with dwMap Premium you can create waypoints on your route map (which does not actually need a route, you can create or import one that only contains waypoints) and use your Garmin GPS watch to conveniently zero-in on your target cache!

See Geocaching.com for full information on geocaching.

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