How to link your Strava Account to Garmin Connect

If you're eager to get the most out of your workouts, syncing your Strava account with Garmin Connect is like pairing peanut butter with jelly—perfectly complementary. Whether you're a cyclist, a runner, or just someone trying to stay on top of their fitness game, this guide will walk you through the steps to make sure your Garmin device and Strava are talking to each other flawlessly.

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Why Connect Strava with Garmin Connect?

Strava isn't just an app; it's a community. By connecting Strava with your Garmin device, you join millions of athletes worldwide who share your passion. This connection allows you to automatically upload your activities to Strava, where you can track progress, join challenges, and engage with a community that cheers you on. Plus, Strava’s detailed analysis helps you see what you’re nailing and what needs a bit more hustle.

Garmin Connect, on the other hand, is all about giving you a deep dive into your fitness data. It provides extensive metrics, custom workout creation, and more. By syncing with Strava, you get the best of both worlds: Garmin’s detailed data analysis and Strava’s social motivation and broad-reaching athletic network.

How to Link Your Strava to Garmin Connect

Connecting your accounts is straightforward and only takes a few minutes. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Create Accounts: Make sure you have both a Garmin Connect and a Strava account. If you don’t, simply visit their websites and sign up.

  2. Download the Garmin Connect Mobile App: If you haven’t already, download the Garmin Connect app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. This app is key to making the sync process smooth.

  3. Connect Garmin to Strava:

    • Open the Garmin Connect app and navigate to ‘More’ on iOS or tap the three lines on Android.
    • Select ‘Settings’ and then ‘Connected Apps’.
    • Choose ‘Strava’ and then ‘Connect’.
    • You’ll be prompted to authorize Garmin to connect with your Strava account. Enter your Strava login details and agree to the permissions requested.
  4. Authorize and Sync:

    • Once authorized, any new activities uploaded to Garmin Connect will automatically sync to Strava.
    • For older activities, you can manually upload them to Strava by exporting them from Garmin Connect and then uploading them to Strava via their website.
  5. Check Connection: After your first sync, check both platforms to ensure that your activities are posting correctly.

Benefits of Linking Garmin and Strava

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  • Automated Syncing: Forget about manually uploading your workouts. Everything is synced automatically, saving you time and hassle.
  • Community Engagement: Leverage Strava’s kudos and comment features to stay motivated and connected with other athletes.
  • Comprehensive Data Analysis: Combining Garmin’s detailed analytics with Strava’s insights gives you an unparalleled overview of your performance and health.

Leveraging Your Connected Accounts

To make the most of your connected experience, engage with the community aspects of Strava and utilize Garmin’s detailed reports to adjust your training plans. Join challenges on Strava to push your limits, and use Garmin’s segment features for personalized pacing strategies.


Syncing your Strava account with Garmin Connect isn’t just about convenience; it’s about maximizing your training results and joining a global community of like-minded athletes. Follow these steps to get connected and start enhancing your fitness journey today!

For more detailed instructions or troubleshooting, check out Garmin’s support page here.

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Q: Can I sync past activities from Garmin Connect to Strava? A: Yes, you can manually upload past activities by exporting them from Garmin Connect and uploading them to Strava.

Q: What if my activities aren’t syncing? A: Ensure both apps are updated, and double-check your account permissions.