Sync Routes from Strava to Garmin device

I love the mapping and routing capabilities on Strava. I love being able to find a route that friends have done and then go do that same route. It's obviously very easy to view that route while riding on a smart phone with the Strava app running. However I recently purchased a Garmin Edge 1000 for my cycling GPS and it's certainly lacking in some mapping features. In order to bring a route from Strava to the Garmin, it's a multi-step process. Download the GPX file to your computer, hook up the Garmin to the computer via USB, then manually transfer the file from your computer to the Garmin. It takes longer than it really should. Imagine if you could search for a new route on Strava desktop or mobile app, then seamlessly send that route to your device or to Garmin Connect?! This would be a game changer. Would love to see this feature in a future update...


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  • Officiële opmerking

    This feature is finally out. You can read our documentation here

  • This would be great, I think the hold up is with Garmin though. The new wahoo elemnt can sync routes wirelessly from strava, and pretty much any other way you can think of, ridewithgps, dropbox etc. 

    The technology and hardware is there and should be very easy, Garmin are really missing a trick here and I'm tempted to ditch them and get a wahoo.

  • It is posibble now. It just requires a little extra work :/

    1.Export your route to GPX
    2.Go to some converter. (e.g http://www.gpsies.com/convert.do) and convert this file to "GPX Track"
    3.Go to https://connect.garmin.com/modern/import-data an uplod this converted file as new acitivity
    4.Go to this new imported activity and "Save as route" (settings button at the top right corner activity)
    5.Now you can send this route to your Garmin device, Enjoy it!

    Important note!:
    Do not forgget delete the imported activity in Garmin account. Because if you do not do it you get the next time you import next route a mistake. "This activity already exists." without more details.


  • Sorry for the slight miss-communication everyone - the launch is coming soon and is just delayed a few days. Thanks for your patience. 

  • +1 for this

  • I believe Garmin may be considering this functionality - thanks for the request Rama! 

  • I am also very much looking forward to this! I hope that the Forerunner 735xt also gets some love as it supports CIQ 2.0 and the persistent downloads necessary.

    I hope it works the same way as the Segments sync functionality.  Meaning "star" a Route on Strava and auto-magically have it appear as a "Course" on the 735xt ...

  • Elle Anderson, any official update on this?  Rough timeline?

  • There is an issue with this app that if you sign into Strava using the "Log in using google" button you get a 403 Error "disallowed_useragent".  Basically google deny the sing in request as the user-agent is not permitted to make an OAuth authorization request to Google as it is classified as an embedded user-agent (web-view)...per google's policy only browsers are permitted to make authorization requests to Google.  They do have libraries available to get around this approach!

    Hopefully someone will fix this as it looks like a great way to sync Strava routes to Garmin devices.

  • I would love this, and i've been considering moving to the Wahoo Elemnt for this, but even they do not have turn by turn with Strava routes synced over the web. 

    Anyway, it looks like Garmin are opening up the ability for developers to do this on their connect IQ enabled devices. Strava would have to build an app for the Edge to enable the sync. I took this quote from the latest Edge 1000 beta software change log...

    • New feature: Downloadable Content. Connect IQ developers now have the ability to download Workouts, Courses, and Waypoints from the web and add them to the device from their app.


  • This is in the works, be sure to follow this post for updates on syncing Strava Routes to your Garmin. 

  • Any updates with this?

  • It is verging on criminal that this functionality hasnt been available for months even years already. It is so basic. My Garmin cost 400 gbp and i cant even transfer a route from strava to garmin connect on my phone to my garmin device without a pc.

    Seriously are we living in the stoneage? It's truly pathetic..

    Reasons i need this:
    My mac never connects to my garmin for some reason. My work pc doesn't allow external usb connections for security reasons. I dont always have a pc with me...

  • If you have a newer Edge with support for IQ apps, you can install the routeCourse app. This allows you to download routes wireless via your mobile. Works like a charm. Also check out the dynamic watch routeplanner that allows you to create routes on your mobile and then transfer them wireless to your Edge. Very handy when on the road and you change your plans.

  • Looking forward to this - hope it will be implemented as a full sync with Garmin Connect, rather than a ConnectIQ app that can pull routes from Strava as that would rule out all but the most recent Edge units. AFAIK, none of the current Forerunners or the Fenix 3's will support downloaded persistent content from ConnectIQ.

  • If your Garmin supports IQ apps, you can use dw maps to sync strava routes via your phone's bluetooth connection.


  • Thanks Benedikt.  I personally don't like CIQ Apps in general (no offence for your excellent work) so I am simply waiting for Garmin to provide native support for Strava Routes the same way they support Strava Segments.

  • 3 months have passed without any update. It would be nice to provide status for this task and maybe for other planed features for premium members as well.

  • +1 for the feature

    And to follow...

  • Hope this feature is available soon :) 

  • +1

  • Without this, my Garmin 820 doesn't come close to delivering what I need from it. 

    Which product manager/owner do we have to annoy/bribe/stalk to the get this in the next sprint? I'm sure we can even write the use case and user stories - just give us the format :D


  • I love my Garmin devices and I love Strava wanted to get a update on this as well. I route lead Tuesdays and Thursdays at night when mapping is especially important. We have riders in 3 distinct groups that I want riding the same route and we all have Gamins and use Strava. I would love to have a route sync much like my activities sync. Both services have good and bad so they would both benefit from the collaboration.

  • Really want to see this functionality. Garmin, don't make me get an Elemnt Bolt!

  • @ElleAnderson @Strava in October 2016 you mentioned that this functionality is in the making. Could you please update us on the status? We love to see this happening!

  • I do wan't to stay focused here so it doesn't hurt our cause I love my Garmin however we all know the battle now is over user data. There are things Garmin does well and there are things Strava does well and it would benefit both if they would share courses. For example strava has elevation but if you import a ride and try to change a existing ride its terrible Garmin doesn't do elevation well but does make it easy to import a ride a change it for a new route. Remember this isn't a Garmin forum so complaining about that here will actually hurt our cause as Strava would want to distance themselves from that. Another company could make a better service site or a device but it would be difficult for a company to do both thats why I hope strava reads this and sees the benefits of working with garmin to share routes so we can write 1 route in either Garmin or Strava and both companies benefit.

  • i can't believe it's not automatically available yet.. though it seems quite straightforward to just copy over the tdx file to the garmin 'new folder' sub directory... will see if it actually works though (not sure why the method above is more complex!)


    Come on Garmin, I can't afford to buy a competitor, and don't want to get lost on the jungles of Thailand - there are tigers out here!!@!

  • We need this, Strava!

  • I wanted to download a few routes created on Strava to my Edge 1000 and did not have access to a PC. I tried the routeCourse IQ app, based on the tip from Benedikt Fuß on page 1 of this answer thread. This worked like a charm, I could download Strava routes to my Garmin via my cell phone. I had to enter the Strava route URL for each of the routes I wanted to import (copy-paste), so it is still a few steps, but this works and solved my problem. Still would love the requested feature, though.

  • I would also like to see this feature - I think Wahoo are slowly edging past Garmin in the cycle computer/GPS market. 

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