How to Install Garmin Express for Windows

Introduction

There are many Garmin fitness devices on the market such as the Vivofit or Vivosmart, but the one thing they all have in common is that they have the ability to interact directly with your personal computer via the Garmin Express software. This guide will take you through the process of getting the Garmin Express software installed on your Windows system.
Tools You'll Need:
  • The USB cable that came with your fitness tracker
  • Or the wireless ANT connector that came with your fitness tracker
Garmin express on a laptop. Vector image.

1 Install Garmin Express for Windows

  1. Open your browser, type in https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express and press Enter or Return.
    Garmin express address
  2. Click Download for Windows.
    Downloading the software
  3. Click the download to run it.
    Chrome download
  4. Check that you have read the terms and conditions and click Install.
    Install window
  5. Click Yes on the User Account Control page.
    UAC for Garmin
  6. Garmin Express will begin installing.
    Beginning to install

2 Prepare Computer Connection for Your Garmin

The next step is connecting your fitness tracker to your computer so that it can communicate with the Garmin Express software. Your fitness tracker will have come packaged with a USB connection cable, or an ANT wireless adapter. Both the cable and ANT adapter connect via USB to your computer. Making this connection is fairly straightforward.

To Connect With a USB Cable

  1. Plug the USB cable supplied with your Garmin into any USB port on your computer.
    Connecting a USB cable to a computer. Illustration.

  2. Align the charger with the device and clip it securely. Your particular device may connect differently.
    Attaching the USB cable to your Garmin device. Illustration.
  3. Your Garmin is now ready to be setup with your Garmin Express software.
    Garmin device connected to the supplied USB cable.
       

To Connect Using the Wireless ANT Adapter

  1. Find the ANT adapter in your Garmin's packaging and insert it into any available USB port on your computer.
    Garmin ANT+ USB device.
  2. Press and hold the button on your Garmin until you see PAIR on the device screen, then release the button.
    Garmin Vivofit device highlighting its physical button.
  3. Your device is now ready to communicate with your computer.

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There are many Garmin fitness devices on the market such as the Vivofit or Vivosmart, but the one thing they all have in common is that they have the ability to interact directly with your personal computer via the Garmin Express software. This guide will take you through the process of getting the Garmin Express software installed on your Windows system.
Tools You'll Need:
  • The USB cable that came with your fitness tracker
  • Or the wireless ANT connector that came with your fitness tracker
Garmin express on a laptop. Vector image.
  1. Open your browser, type in https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express and press Enter or Return.
    Garmin express address
  2. Click Download for Windows.
    Downloading the software
  3. Click the download to run it.
    Chrome download
  4. Check that you have read the terms and conditions and click Install.
    Install window
  5. Click Yes on the User Account Control page.
    UAC for Garmin
  6. Garmin Express will begin installing.
    Beginning to install

The next step is connecting your fitness tracker to your computer so that it can communicate with the Garmin Express software. Your fitness tracker will have come packaged with a USB connection cable, or an ANT wireless adapter. Both the cable and ANT adapter connect via USB to your computer. Making this connection is fairly straightforward.

To Connect With a USB Cable

  1. Plug the USB cable supplied with your Garmin into any USB port on your computer.
    Connecting a USB cable to a computer. Illustration.

  2. Align the charger with the device and clip it securely. Your particular device may connect differently.
    Attaching the USB cable to your Garmin device. Illustration.
  3. Your Garmin is now ready to be setup with your Garmin Express software.
    Garmin device connected to the supplied USB cable.
       

To Connect Using the Wireless ANT Adapter

  1. Find the ANT adapter in your Garmin's packaging and insert it into any available USB port on your computer.
    Garmin ANT+ USB device.
  2. Press and hold the button on your Garmin until you see PAIR on the device screen, then release the button.
    Garmin Vivofit device highlighting its physical button.
  3. Your device is now ready to communicate with your computer.
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