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Which music services work with Garmin smartwatches?

Garmin smartwatches are some of the most feature-packed wearables out there, but they didn’t actually gain music support until 2018. There are only a handful of music streaming services available on Garmin devices today. Below, you’ll find a list of all the Garmin music services available and how to set each one up.

Which music services work with your Garmin smartwatch?

A total of four music streaming services are compatible with Garmin watches:

  • Spotify
  • Amazon Music
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio

On all watches that support these services, you can also upload your own local music files for listening on the go.

You’ll also need a pair of Bluetooth earbuds to connect to your Garmin watch. Be sure to check out our lists of the best workout earbuds, best true wireless workout earbuds, best earbuds for running, and best workout headphones if you’re in need of a pair.

Now that that’s settled, check out how to set up each service below.

How to sync Spotify with your Garmin device

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Spotify is most people’s go-to music streaming app nowadays, and Garmin added support for it back in October 2018. It first came to the Fenix 5 Plus lineup and Forerunner 645 Music.

To get Spotify on your Garmin smartwatch, you’ll need a Spotify Premium account (sign up here). If you’ve never tried Spotify, the streaming service offers a 30-day free trial for new users.

Once your account is ready, download the Garmin Spotify app from Garmin’s Connect IQ store to your smartwatch. You’ll be prompted to sign in to your Spotify account from your smartphone. Once you’re signed in, switch back over to your watch, navigate to the music widget, and select the playlists and podcasts you’d like to sync to your Garmin.

How to sync Amazon Music with your Garmin device

Amazon Music is another popular music streaming app, especially for those who are already Amazon Prime subscribers. Garmin added Amazon Music support to its devices in August 2019.

Again, you’ll need an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription (sign up here) to use the service on your watch. A 30-day free trial is available for new users. Or, if you’re simply an Amazon Prime member and haven’t signed up for Music Unlimited separately, it should work for you just fine.

Once you’re signed up, download the Garmin Amazon Music app from Connect IQ to your Garmin smartwatch. Navigate to the music widget on your Garmin watch, select the overflow menu (three dots), and select the Amazon Music icon. You’ll be given a six-letter code, which you’ll need to type in at amazon.com/us/code. This can be done on your phone, on your computer, or wherever else you have access to the internet. Once authorized, hit the Browse button on your watch and you’ll see the playlists available to you on Amazon Music.

Related: Everything you need to know about Garmin Pay

How to sync Deezer with your Garmin device

Deezer was one of the first music streaming services Garmin added to its watches. Of course, you’ll need a Deezer Premium subscription (sign up here) if you want to sync your Deezer playlists with your Garmin. A three-month free trial is also available if you’re a new user.

To set it up, download the Garmin Deezer app from Connect IQ to your Garmin watch. Then go back to the media widget on your watch and select Deezer as the provider. You’ll be prompted on your phone to sign in to your Deezer account via Garmin Connect. Sign in to your account, then head back to your watch to start syncing your Deezer playlists.

How to sync iHeartRadio with your Garmin device

iHeartRadio seems to be available on every fitness platform I’ve tried. Like the other services, you’ll need an iHeartRadio All Access subscription (sign up here) to create your own playlists and sync them with your watch. iHeartRadio also offers a 30-day free trial for new users.

To begin the setup process, download the Garmin iHeartRadio app to your Garmin from Connect IQ. Once downloaded, select iHeartRadio as the music source in the media widget on your Garmin watch. You’ll be presented with a five-digit code which you’ll need to enter at iheart.com/activate. Once verified, you can go back to your watch and choose the playlists you’d like to sync to your Garmin device. We would love to test out the service on Garmin’s platform, but iHeartRadio only supports a few older devices.

Also read:The best running watches you can buy

How to upload local music to your Garmin device

Not all-in on music streaming services? You can also upload local music files from your computer to your Garmin device. The process is pretty simple.

First, you’ll need to download the Garmin Express app on your computer. After Garmin Express is installed on your computer, select Get Started, then Add a Device. Plug your watch into your computer with the charging cable, select Add Device, and sign in to your Garmin account. Select the Music option on Garmin Express, click the folder icon to search for the music you’d like to transfer to your Garmin watch, select the local music files or playlists you’d like to transfer, then click Send to Device.

Alternatively, if you have the Android File Transfer tool available on your computer, you can use that to transfer music to your Garmin, too. If you use this method, you can simply drag and drop the music files you’d like to transfer instead of searching for them through Garmin Express. However, Android File Transfer and Garmin Express can’t be used at the same time. If you have Garmin Express open, it may prevent Android File Transfer from opening when your Garmin is plugged in. If this happens, simply close Garmin Express and plug your Garmin back in.

Note: Garmin devices support the following music files: .mp3, .m4a, .aac, .adts, .wav, .m3u, .m3u8, .wpl, .zpl, and .pls.

Garmin has been pretty aggressive in adding new music services to its lineup, but there are still a handful of big names that aren’t there yet. The following streaming services aren’t yet available on Garmin: YouTube Music, Apple Music, Pandora, Tidal, and SoundCloud.

Garmin smartwatches with music capabilities

Of course, you’ll need a Garmin smartwatch to use the music services listed above. Below you’ll find a list of all the Garmin smartwatches with music capabilities available today.

Garmin didn’t start adding music capabilities to its GPS watches until 2018’s Vivoactive 3 Music, so all devices before that don’t have music support. It’s crazy to think that high-end devices like the Fenix 5 and Forerunner 935 don’t support music storage.

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Whether you're looking for a Garmin watch with music, or a fitness smartwatch, the Wareable team has tested every running wearable on the market.

Most of the Garmin sports watch range, and newer smartwatches such as the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, offer the ability to play music straight from the wrist.

The best running watches with music offer offline sync Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music playlists, but there are plenty of cheaper routes to getting music features from the likes of Amazfit too. However, that generally means uploading good old MP3s.

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Our picks of our favorite running watches with music, based in our in-depth testing.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

Price when reviewed: £299.99

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

  • 500 songs
  • Spotify support and offline syncing (Premium required)
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio
  • 6 hours GPS with music
  • Offline playback supported

Probably the best all-out running watch with music – when you balance connectivity and price – the Forerunner 245 offers top-end features without a crazy price tag.

The Forerunner 245 Music enables you to store up to 500 songs, either via drag-and-drop from your library of MP3s, or offline synced Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music or iHeartRadio content. You simply pair your Bluetooth headphones and you’re away.

Pressing the Down button on the side of the watch (the button at the 7 o'clock position) gives you quick access to those music controls, and lets you do the basics like skip through tracks and change playlists.

If you're a Spotify Premium subscriber, you'll be able to transfer playlists to the device for that all-important offline support.

What's more, away from music we're big fans of the Forerunner 245 as a running watch. It offers loads of extra data leveraged from the heart rate sensor, which focuses on Training Effect, Training Load and recovery time – all garnered from HRV and VO2 Max.

It’s also been handed down the PacePro feature from the Fenix, which will help you stay on track for your PBs during races too.

In short, the Forerunner 245 blends great running features, offline music playback at a price that's not absurdly expensive.

Read more: Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

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Apple Watch Series 6/Watch SE/Series 3

Price when reviewed: From £379 (Series 6), £269 (SE), £199 (Series 3)

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  • 500 songs
  • Apple Music and Spotify offline syncing and LTE streaming on compatible models
  • Streaming and syncing with Podcasts app
  • Roughly three hours of GPS and music playback

The Apple Watch is very much a running watch in its own right – so don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all style and no substance.

The Workout app on the Apple Watch is pretty powerful, with customisable data screens that can even show live cadence when running, if you wish.

You won't get pages of data like a Garmin, but it’s no slouch when it comes to tracking your activities. Also, there are third-party apps for pretty much every running service – the Strava and Workoutdoors apps being notably good.

So, what about music? Well, you can make playlists in Apple Music and sync them to your Apple Watch quickly and easily – and it’s one of the most user friendly experiences in our list.

Apple Music subscribers rocking a cellular edition of the Apple Watch can stream music and podcasts directly from their watch.

For the Spotify app, you do now have the ability to stream your music over a cellular or a Wi-Fi connection and finally, you can store Spotify music and playlists for offline playback like you get on Garmin and Samsung watches.

For those who want to save money, the Apple Watch Series 3 is now available for £199. There's also the Apple Watch Series SE £269.99, which features Apple's newest heart rate monitor, which we found is one of the most reliable for exercise.

Tested and rated: Apple Watch Series 6 review | Apple Watch Series SE review | Apple Watch Series 3 review

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Price when reviewed: From £289.99

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

  • 500 songs
  • Spotify offline syncing and MP3
  • 40mm and 44mm sizes
  • Offline playback supported

Like the rest of the Samsung smartwatch bunch, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 offers a dedicated Spotify app. This means you can stream music (over Wi-Fi or LTE) and download offline playlists from the streaming service onto the watch.

It's also a decent fitness device, it's a decent experience for casual runners looking to make that step up, although the Samsung Health experience isn't as polished or complete as rivals. There is a Strava app however, which makes gripes about the app a moot point.

You can transfer music through Samsung's own music player as well, and thankfully it's really easy to do from the Gear Companion app.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in 40mm and 44mm sizes, with both offering 4GB of storage to pile on your music and Spotify playlists.

Bringing back a software version of the much-loved rotating bezel makes it easier to navigate through your tunes and playlists, too. This is a smartwatch well worth considering to liberate the music from your smartphone.

It's also worth noting that the Galaxy Watch 3 is available too, which also supports Spotify. It's larger, but doesn't come with a silicone strap so you'll need to swap the strap to get sweaty on runs.

How it stacks up: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review

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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro series

Price when reviewed: From £599.99

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro

  • 1000 songs
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Music
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio
  • 10 hours of GPS with music
  • Offline playback supported

The Fenix 6 range has the full gamut of music features, including storage for 1,000 songs and full support for Spotify, Deezer and iHeartradio. However, you need to make sure you opt for Pro or Sapphire options when buying (these cost more money, naturally).

One of the biggest features of the Fenix 6 – and why it costs so much – is the battery life. You get 10 hours of GPS tracking with music (and 36 hours without music), so serious runners should be covered.

When it comes to sports tracking, the Fenix 6 is pretty much the best you can buy with a vast array of modes, metrics and settings to cater for all of your sports tracking needs.

It tracks everything from trail running all the way to skydiving. But it's the level of data you get from running that really impresses, with VO2 Max recovery stats, training data and even insights into your running form. Now all models are available in solar editions too, to give you an extra battery boost when you head outside.

In-depth: Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review

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Garmin Forerunner 645

Price when reviewed: £399.99

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

  • 500 songs
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Music
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio
  • 5 hours of music with GPS
  • Offline playback supported

While Garmin doesn't officially list it on its site anymore, it's still one you can pick up at a good price to get some music in your life. It’s got room for 500 songs and supports offline playlists for Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio just like the rest.

The Forerunner 645 Music does come with a slightly larger price tag for all this extra dressing, and you get five hours of GPS tracking while listening to music from the wrist.

So, why opt for the Forerunner 645 for more money? It blends the power of a Forerunner with VO2 Max data, recovery, Training Status and advanced analytics with a sleeker, nicer look. It’s got a silver bezel.

There are also some other features: the Forerunner 645 Music has a barometric altimeter, can measure running power (if paired with a Running Pod or chest strap) and has Garmin Pay.

The cheaper Forerunner 245 Music has none of those things, but does feature the Body Battery, which can predict how well you’re set to train and a Pulse Oximeter sensor, and the new PacePro feature.

Fully tested: Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

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Garmin Vivoactive 4

Price when reviewed: £279.99

Garmin Vivoactive 4

  • 500 songs
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Music
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio
  • 5 hours of music with GPS
  • Offline playback supported

Garmin has added the same music features to the watch that was considered Garmin's answer to the Apple Watch. Though the Venu (mentioned below) has changed that.

The Vivoactive 4 is the company’s smartwatch, and it mixes music, notifications and Garmin Pay with wide-ranging sports tracking with lots of dedicated modes – but entry-level feedback.

It will track running (indoor, outdoor, treadmill), cycling (indoor and outdoor), swimming (pool only), golf, strength, cardio, elliptical, indoor rowing, yoga and more.

You can drag and drop audio files onto the watch when you hook it up to a computer, and it'll offer offline playlist support for select music streaming services, such as Deezer and Spotify.

On top of that, you get the same sports tracking features packed in the Vivoactive 3 Music, including Garmin Pay, GPS and a heart rate monitor.

In detail: Garmin Vivoactive 4 review

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Garmin Venu 2

Price when reviewed: From £349.99

Garmin Venu 2

  • 2,000 songs
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Music
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio
  • 8 hours of music with GPS
  • Offline playback supported

The Venu was Garmin's first ever watch with a full AMOLED screen and the Venu 2 improves that screen quality for those who don't want a Garmin with one of those dull-looking transflective displays on their wrist.

In terms of music, you're now getting room for up to 2,000 songs, which is up from the 500 song storage offered on the first Venu. That includes offline syncing support for Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio.

You're getting a comprehensive list of tracked sports and improved modes for tracking HIIT and indoor workout sessions. The Venu 2 also comes in a smaller Venu 2S version, with both offering nice, bright AMOLED displays. Garmin has also tweaked the user interface to make it easier to find the features you use most regularly and makes customizable data screens easy to view when running.

And the battery doesn’t take as much of a battering as you might expect. GPS tracking with music playback is eight hours, which is more than enough for the average runner.

It’s not a running powerhouse, but the Venu 2 does excel in terms of all-day wear. There's also a Venu Sq, a square version that comes in at significantly less than round Venu 2 and still offers a music edition to pile on your music.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Venu 2 review

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Garmin Forerunner 945

Price when reviewed: £519.99

Garmin Forerunner 945

  • 1,000 songs storage
  • MP3, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio
  • GPS with music: 10 hours
  • Offline playback supported

By now you get the picture about Garmin's efforts, and the top Forerunner has space for 1,000 songs, as well as Spotify, Deezer and iHeartRadio offline playlists.

As a running watch, you're getting the most in-depth analytics of any Forerunner – and essentially a Fenix watch with the extra sports stripped out. The Forerunner 945 is a triathlon watch, so it's big on swimming, cycling and running. It comes with big battery life, though streaming music will inevitably eat into that time you have to track, so that's something to keep in mind.

It hooks up to the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod for access to advanced running metrics. It's a gold standard running watch – with a price tag to match.

There is now a Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE, though unlike other LTE-packing watches, that extra connectivity is reserved for communication and safety features over letting you stream music sans smartphone.

In-depth: Garmin Forerunner 945 review

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Garmin Forerunner 745

Price when reviewed: £449.99

garmin forerunner 745

  • 500 songs
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Music
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio
  • 6 hours of music with GPS
  • Offline playback supported

If you want a triathlon-friendly Garmin and really can't stretch to spending on a 945, the 745 comes in cheaper and will give you the same music features. Though you have half the storage to play with.

It's the successor to the Forerunner 735XT putting many of the same features into a smaller case. That includes a built-in music player where you can pile on your own music via drag and drop on your computer. Or you can sync playlists from Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio on the watch.

You get all of those core sports tracking modes including new Suggested Workouts and a smarter recovery advisor to up its training skills.

Battery life with music and GPS in use is up to six hours, which compared to the 16 hours you get without music shows how much streaming will dent its staying power.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Forerunner 745 review

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Fitbit Versa 3

Price when reviewed: £299

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  • 300 songs
  • MP3 drag-and-drop also Pandora (US) and Deezer (Europe)
  • 12 hours GPS no music (expect approx 4 hours with music)

Fitbit's first smartwatch is no longer available directly from Fitbit's own website, which means in time it's unlikely to get the same software update treatment as its new Sense health watch and the new Versa 3 lead the smartwatch assault for the now Google-owned company.

The good news is that the Versa 3 (and the Sense) both now come with built-in GPS making it a better running companion when you head outdoors.

Like the Ionic and previous iterations of the Versa, you are still getting a built-in music player and music controls here too. Unfortunately, unlike Samsung and Garmin, you don't get the kind of Spotify support we crave. Despite adding the app, this really acts as just a controller for your phone – similar to Apple's version.

However, those in the US will have access to Pandora in order access offline listening. If you're in Europe, that door is closed to you, but it does have Deezer support.

Thankfully, putting music on the watch itself is actually fairly straightforward, since this can be done through Fitbit's own music app. To do so, you need to go through the desktop Fitbit Connect app and select the files you want to sync.

Once on there, it's a case of pairing your Bluetooth headphones with the watch and you're away. For a deeper take on how the device fares in music streaming and beyond, take a look at our Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense reviews.

Fully trialled: Fitbit Versa 3 review | Fitbit Sense review

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Huawei Watch GT 2e

Price when reviewed: £119.99

huawei watch gt2e

  • 4GB storage
  • Works with own music synced in Health app
  • 14 day battery life (GPS + Music unknown)

The Huawei Watch GT 2e has emerged as a bit of a surprise fave as an affordable running watch that also has the bonus of a built-in music player.

That functionality however only works if it's paired with an Android phone, letting you sync over your own music in MP3 and AAC format via the Huawei Health app. It doesn't work with music streaming services to store playlists offline like other watches on this list.

Away from its useful music features, it's a really solid performer when it comes to run tracking. Built-in GPS is reliable and you have a crisp 1.39-inch screen AMOLED display to view your real-time stats. There are also some useful running guides that offer a good starting point for anyone that wants to add more structure to running training.

Then there's the battery life, which is an impressive 14 days in smartwatch mode. You'll likely get less with music and GPS in use, but it's still a really good showing for a fitness-focused watch that doesn't cost a whole lot.

The Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro are now on the scene, which run on Huawei's new HarmonyOS and offers the same music support as the Watch GT 2e. We're still finishing up our testing, but the experience of running and piling on music onto it isn't all that different from this more affordable Huawei option.

In-depth verdict: Huawei Watch GT 2e review

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Amazfit Stratos 3

Price when reviewed: £129

Amazfit Stratos

  • 4GB memory (500 MP3s)
  • No streaming services
  • 5 day battery life (GPS + Music unknown)

Amazfit may not be a familiar name to most, but Zepp Health, who also makes Xiaomi's wearables along with the Amazfit line of watches, is one to keep an eye on.

The Stratos is a budget watch that can suitably handle your music needs. The Stratos 3 offers solid overall sports tracking features including a built-in music player.

The original Stratos doesn't just compare favorably to the top pick in this field with regard to price, either, with the Stratos matching Garmin with 4GB of storage data for your music. In our testing, we found the music controls to be limited, but generally the playback lives up to basic expectations.

Like other sports watches, the meat here is in its built-in tracking modes, which are also backed up by GPS/GLONASS support and a heart rate monitor. Thanks to a partnership with Firstbeat, more advanced metrics, such as VO2 Max and Training Load, are also on board.

For the full details on its music tracking capabilities and tracking chops, jump over to our Amazfit Stratos review. If you wanted to spend less, and want more of a sleeker look with the same sports tracking, the new Amazfit GTS 2 and GTR 2 offer built-in music players too.

Put through its paces: Amazfit Stratos review

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Garmin watches are the most popular smart wares around the globe. Their instance durability and robust design snatch the heart of all adventurers and athletes. 

Most people also want music in these Garmin watches. If your Garmin watch supports music then you are lucky, and it’s just like killing two birds with one stone.

It’s an amazing experience to enjoy songs while running, hiking or any workout. But only a few Garmin watches have built-in storage for music. 

We have done a lot of research and collected some best Garmin watches with music support, you can play music on them. Also, you can install a Spotify app on these watches and build your favorite music library. 

Read More: Best Garmin Watch For Cycling

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Best Garmin Watches With Music

Garmin Forerunner 245

garmin watch with music

Forerunner series is the top Garmin series for athletes, and most of the forerunner members come with built-in music support. Along with other big reasons, music is also a big theme behind the manufacturing of Forerunner 245

Unlike other smartwatches, you don’t need to only control music on a smartphone, but you can download and play tracks without a phone.

This sports watch has 3.5GB of capacity that can store up to 500+ tracks and podcasts. You can also transfer music from your computer to Forerunner 245 via USB cable. 

The watch also supports other music apps like Spotify, Pandora etc, and builds your music list.

Fitness & Health Tracking

Along with music this watch also offers a variety of premium fitness and health tracking features and built-in sports apps. Some of the major fitness tracking features include;

  • Wrist-based heart rate
  • Running Dynamics
  • VO2 Max
  • Pulse Ox Sensor
  • Training Status
  • Training effect & load
  • Intensity minutes
  • Body battery energy monitoring
  • Women’s health tracking

Apart from this, the GPS tracking on Forerunner 245 is insane, you will also get live tracking and few safety tracking features. The watch will track your routes more precisely and show quick results. 

You can set your goals via Garmin Connect, and a virtual Garmin coach helps you to effectively achieve your goals.

Bottom Line

Overall Garmin Forerunner is the winning watch that has amazing music capabilities. And secondly, I love its stylish and sexy design, most of the durable watches don’t have a beautiful shape but this one has. Secondly, on this watch, you will see animated workouts that help you to correct your workout angles.

Pros
  • A highly accurate fitness watch
  • Excellent battery life
  • Elegant and stylish design
  • Physical buttons

Garmin Vivoactive 3

garmin music watch

Garmin Vivoactive is the best mid-range smartwatch for music lovers. Just like Forerunner 245, it offers 3.5 GB of storage to store your favorite songs. On this smartwatch, you can easily download up to 500 songs and connect with Bluetooth for phone-free listening. 

Garmin Vivoactive 3 has a Garmin Express that allows you to easily and quickly transfer music from your computer. 

You can also download any music app like Spotify from your Garmin Connect IQstore, and then sync your favorite playlist to your watch for offline listing. You will never get bored with your old workout playlist because you can change it up anytime by using Spotify or any other music app.

Other Features

No doubt, Garmin Vivoactive 3 is full of exciting fitness tracking and other features. The most premium health tracking features in this sports watch include; 

  • VO2 Max
  • 15 Preload sports apps
  • Heart rate variability (HRV)
  • Stress tracking
  • Women’s health tracking
  • Incident detection
  • Wrist-based heart rate
  • Sleep tracking
  • Intensity Minutes
  • Auto activity tracking
  • Training Record and much more

That watch can automatically track your few sports modes, but you can also turn off auto activity tracking as this feature sometimes consumes more battery. 

Apart from all these features the watch has 5 ATM water resistance and has high durability. You’ll have over a thousand amazing watch faces and a few of them are customizable too. You can also download more apps and watch faces from the Garmin Connect app.

Bottom Line

This is another best watch to store music and music apps.Thanks to Garmin for adding a long-lasting battery to this device that allows us to track activities for 8 days in smartwatch mode.

You can also extend the battery life by turning on battery saver mode. The watch tracks your every activity more accurately and effectively. 

Pros
  • Fully customizable watch
  • Durable design
  • Accurate GPS
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Heart rate isn’t available in swimming mode
  • Little bulky

Garmin Venu Sq

garmin music watch

Here comes the best budget Garmin watch that supports music. Garmin Venu Sq comes with two different variants one has a round shape dial the other one has a square. So you can choose any design that you love.

Just like the other two Garmin watches, in Venu Sq you don’t need to use your smartphone to listen to tracks. This watch has 3.4 GB of music storage which is enough to store over 500+ songs. You can download or transfer more songs via Garmin Express or from your computer. 

The good news is, this smartwatch comes with a built-in speaker and microphone that allows you to make calls and reply to texts. 

Other Features

Although Venu Sq is a mid-range Garmin watch here you will find some of the most high-end features, these features include;

  • Body battery energy monitoring
  • Pulse OX Sensor
  • Stress tracking
  • Women’s health tracking 
  • Hydration Tracking
  • Respiration Tracking
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Mindful breath
  • Safety tracking
  • Create workouts and more

Similarly for athletes and fitness lovers there are 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps that help you to track your various useful exercises like walking, running, cycling, swimming, golf, and more.

The watch is pretty durable and has Gorilla Glass 3 and an aluminium bezel. Because of its 5 ATM water resistance, you can track your underwater activities. 

Bottom Line

Overall Garmin Venu Sq is a beautiful watch with a sleek design suited for every outfit. This watch has a bright color display and option AOD (Always-on display.

Venu Sq gives 6 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, and 14 hours in GPS mode, which is enough to track your activities for a long time.

Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • Light and compact footprint
  • Best mid-range watch
  • More premium feature
  • Nice design
Cons
  • Limited 3rd party app support
  • No ABC Sensors

Garmin Forerunner 645

foreruuner 645

Forerunner 645 is a multi-sport watch that is best for every athlete and outdoor sports. It can store 500 songs, for phone-free listening you can use Bluetooth headphones.

Similarly, you can transfer music from your computer and make your favourite playlist. From the Garmin Connect IQ app, you can install Spotify to get access to millions of tracks and podcasts. 

Garmin Forerunner 645 comes with a more advanced design, having a five-buttons interface that enables you to track any activity by simply pressing them. You will get a Garmin Chroma display with transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) that allows you to easily read the dial even under direct sunlight.

Other Features

Forerunner 645 is a high-end Garmin watch that is packed with a huge number of fitness tracking features and other features, these include; 

  • VO2 Max
  • Training Load and training status
  • Anaerobic training effect
  • High-quality performance monitoring
  • Running dynamics
  • HRM 
  • Women’s health tracking
  • Safety tracking
  • Built-in sports apps and more

I strongly recommend this smartwatch to runners, because it can track your running from every aspect. It measures your ground contact time, stride length, vertical ratio, vertical oscillation, balance, pace, speed, and other such things.

The watch is pretty easy to use and have a lot of customization options available. 

Bottom Line

Under the hood, you have a lot of exciting features to explore in Forerunner 645. Along with music support, this watch supports the NFC feature to make contactless payments. Because of its lightweight and small dial this smart wear is also best for ladies. 

Pros
  • Advance running features
  • Accurete fitness and sports tracking
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast and accurate GPS
Cons
  • Advanced running metrics require extra hardware
  • Expensive

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro

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Fenix 6 Pro is the last Garmin’s device on our list, and it’s not wrong if I called it the best. This is a premium and high-end Garmin watch that is packed with every single feature that you have expected. 

The streaming service in this watch is amazing. It supports Amazon Music, Deezer, IHeartRadio, Spotify, and other music apps.

Fenix 6 series comes with 32 GB of solid built-in memory allowing you to store 3000+ songs and a lot of other apps too. 

There is a 1.4″ display which is 36% larger than its predecessor. The watch is made with strong and durable polymers, tested to U.S military standards for thermal, shock and water resistance. The watch bezel is made with stainless steel or DLC coated and has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and premium material.

Other Features

Although the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is a pricey smartwatch, but you will pay for quality. The advanced built-in feature makes this watch more worthy and pricey too. The most premium features include; 

  • Backcountry SKI
  • XC SkI dynamics
  • MTB dynamics
  • Animated workout
  • Surf-red features
  • Power Manager 
  • Wrist-Based heart rate
  • Body Battery energy monitor
  • Advanced sleep monitoring
  • Hydration tracking
  • Performance metrics
  • PacePro
  • Recovery time
  • Daily workout suggestion
  • Golf tracking features
  • ClimbPro 
  • ABC sensors
  • Pulse OX sensors
  • Respiration tracking
  • Acclimation
  • TOPO maps
  • Safety tracking and much more.

Because of the huge number of features, the Garmin Fenix 6 pro is pricey and if you have the budget I will strongly recommend you to go with this one. For every single athlete, Skiing expert, adventurer, hiker, or runner this is a perfect smartwatch. 

Bottom Line

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is not only the best smartwatch with solid music capabilities but also offers a huge variety of fitness and sports tracking features. Similarly, it has 21 days of insane battery life and you can use this watch for 80 days in battery saver mode. 

Pros
  • Rugged as hell
  • Fully customizable
  • More premium features
  • Best for athletes and outdoor adventure
  • Offline maps
  • A constant stream of updates

Final Words

You can enjoy music during your workouts and exercises with the above Garmin watches. We have done a lot of research before making this list so that you can buy anyone the above watch without any doubt.

Please note that none of the above Garmin watches can play music on a physical speaker. You must connect your watch with Bluetooth headphones to experience phone-free listening.

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