Strava Live Segments on your Garmin

Garmin and Strava have partnered to bring Strava segments to your Garmin device.

 

Requirements

Compatible Garmin devices: 

  • Garmin Fenix 5
  • Garmin Forerunner 735XT
  • Garmin Edge 510
  • Garmin Edge 520
  • Garmin Edge 810
  • Garmin Edge 820
  • Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin Connect account
Strava Premium

 

 

Linking your accounts

  • Go to http://www.strava.com/athlete/segments/starred

  • Click “Connect”

  • Log in to your Garmin Connect account if necessary and follow prompts

  • Segments should show up on your Garmin automatically the next time you sync your device ("sync" refers to an actual upload to Strava, not just connecting the accounts)

 

 

Selecting segments

  • Your starred segments will show up automatically. If you star another one, it will load on your device the next time you sync. You can star segments almost anywhere you can view them - from an activity, in Segment Explorer, in the mobile app, etc.

  • If you set a goal on a segment, it will load onto your device as well, along with an effort representing your goal time

  • A selection of 20-30 popular segments from your area will load on your device as well. Popular segments can be disabled on the Starred Segments page

 

 

On your Garmin device

  • You will be alerted when approaching the start of a segment that’s on your device, and when the segment starts

  • During the segment, you can choose which effort to be compared against. You will always be able to select the KOM/QOM, and you could also have your PR, your goal, or the time from a friend who’s a little faster than you. The default priority is as follows:

    1. Goal (If you have one set for the segment)
    2. Rival (Next person above you that you're following on the leaderboard)
    3. PR
    4. KOM/QOM
  • You will be notified when you complete the segment, and whether you beat the time you were competing against - but Strava.com is the final word

  • Segment notifications appear automatically, but you can cancel out of the live segment experience as it is happening

  • On your device, you can also temporarily disable individual segments or the entire live segments experience, or permanently delete some or all segments from your device. This will not affect your starred segments or anything else in your Strava account

 

 

FAQs 

Why is my segment time different after I upload than it was on my Garmin?

Garmin devices use a different algorithm for determining when a user starts and finishes a segment than Strava uses, which can affect the elapsed time reported for the segment. To ensure consistency between users, the times shown on the Garmin during an activity are preliminary, and the times shown on Strava after uploading are final.

 

Why didn’t one of my starred segments show up while I was riding it?

During a ride, if GPS signal is poor, it can be hard to determine whether a user is on a particular segment or not. After the activity is uploaded, Strava can examine the entire activity and more accurately determine which segments were ridden - including the ones that didn’t show up in real time.

 

Can I use Live Segments on my Garmin while following a course?

At this time the segment feature will not overlay on top of the Course screen.

 

What if I cannot get my segments to load to my Garmin?

Your Garmin may still be set to use Garmin Segments, instead of Strava Segments. To check this, open Garmin Connect and add Segments to your Dashboard. From here you can change the settings to use Strava Segments. After the change is made, sync your device with Garmin Express and your segment settings will be updated.

 

What if some of my segments are not synced to my Garmin?

At this time we only sync 100 segments (this include the 20-30 Popular segments if you have them enabled).

 

60 day Premium trial with 520 purchase

If you are currently not Premium, and you purchase a Garmin 520, you are eligible to receive a 60 trial of Premium. First you must register the device in Garmin Connect. Then you will see an orange Strava tile on the Dashboard that will link you to the trial page. If you do not see the Strava Premium trial offer, click on the gray arrow on the lower right of the Strava tile. The banner should now appear in front of the tile.

 

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21 comments
  • I can't see a connect button on the starred segments page either?
    My Strava and Garmin accounts are linked.

  • Nathan,

    You’re most likely already “connected” - there’s no second authentication on the segments page. If the "Connect" button is missing, you should be good to go!

  • A couple of weeks ago, I set some new PR/KOM records. When I went for my ride this morning, the new times were not in my Edge 520 for live Segment purposes, it sill had my old times. Is this service down?

  • I have followed your instructions but cannot get live segments on my Garmin. I do not go to the connect page only the stared segments. Can you please give a more easy to follow guide or what is the point!!!!

  • Are you able to change the live segment screen for example to show heart rate and or cadence?

  • How do you cancel a live segment once it starts? How do I stop the endless "Off Segment" beeping when the GPS signal is poor (in the forest)?

  • It's ridiculous that you can't see a course and get segments, when will that happen??

  • @Craig, to cancel a live segment on the Garmin, press the back button and it will exit the segment and return to the main recording screen.

    @Teri, I'm sorry that Garmin does not currently support both following a course and live segments at this time!

  • @Elle I agree with Teri, this is why I bought a Garmin Edge 520. Is there any workaround or just simply impossible to combine courses with segments? Would like to know if and when this will be implemented?

  • I am trying to activate live segments in Strava. When turning "On" it says "saved".
    When a quit the page and come back it is still in "Off" mode. I have activated Strava Live Segments in Garmin Connect. PS I had to reset my 510 a few days ago, as it did not turn on due to some error regarding an imprort of gpx.

  • Einar, looks like your support ticket is now resolved.

    I'm working on getting more information to this thread regarding using a Garmin to navigate a course at the same time as using Strava live segments. As discussed above, currently course navigation voids the live segments notification.

  • Hi folks -
    I've received an update about the conflict between navigating with a course while using live segments: Garmin is aware of the situation and assessing solutions.

    We don't have any more information at this time. This solution will need to be spearheaded by Garmin and their software engineers, but we'll keep you informed as much as we can. Thanks!

  • @Elle thanks for the update! Much appreciated!

  • If I go on a new route and happen to go through some new (strava) segments whilst using my garmin to track the ride and then upload it to strava via the sync with garmin connect will strava recognise that I've been through some new segments and show my performance on them as it normally would if I was just tracking the ride with strava?

  • @Elle Anderson - I see that the Edge 1000 supports Live Segments, but how about the newer Edge "Explore" 1000?

  • @edd, yes.
    @La Montana Bici - I'm pretty sure yes, but not positive.

  • ainda não me aparece os segmentos no edge 510 :(

  • Is there a future for the Garmin Vivoactive HR watch to prompt for Live Segments during the ride? Very awesome watch, and works very well between Strava and Garmin Connect, but would like to have the ability to have Live Segments while riding. Thanks Elle!

  • For last few days, no matter what I do (including starring segments, enable all within the device, disconnecting starva and gamin-reconnecting back) on my Garmin Edge 1000, live segments have stopped popping up during rides (GPS is all good, as earlier in the same route I used to get a lot of segment notifications)... Any setting/troubleshooting method I should try to bring back my device to pop up Live segments???

  • Vignesh. I had the same problem with my 510. I deleted 2 files named "segments.xxx" from my Edge 510, and ran a new sync from Express. Voila - back on track!

  • Is there a way to change the segment screen to show power/speed/etc ? Instead of just time ahead and distance to go ?

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