There Has Been NO Software Update To The ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Since December 1, 2018; 6.51 Beta Only Fixes Biking Anomaly!
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Yesterday, when I went back to the Fenix 5 Plus, the first thing I did was USB charge it on my PC. While I was at it I fired up Garmin Express to check for updates. There were NONE! I was surprised. I expected there to be one. Nada.
So, today I went looking. OK, there is a 6.51 beta, released on December 17, 2018, but per the Change Log it only has one bike-related fix.
Hhhmmm … I am surprised and disappointed. I had expected that Garmin would have rolled out a slew of fixes and some new features. Maybe it was the holidays. Stay tuned … What else can we do. Try to contact Garmin? That was a JOKE.
I had been expecting an update to Garmin Express for a couple of weeks. We had been at 6.10 for quite some time.
So, being told that there was a new version did not surprise me. So, I updated to 126.96.36.199 about an hour ago. Can’t say I noticed anything different. With Garmin, that is NOT a bad thing.
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Downloaded automatically, without I even noticing it, when I plugged my Fenix 5 Plus into my computer on Friday night, November 30, 2018. Couldn’t have been a large download. By the time I fired up ‘Garmin Express‘ it must have been already downloaded because I did NOT see it updating on ‘Express’.
Only realized that there was new software once I unplugged the USB-cable and a message came up about the new software that has been downloaded.
Have not noticed ANY changes, whatsoever, as yet.
I went looking for what changes had been made. Refer to 3rd image above. I am NOT blown away. Nothing that applies to I. Hhhmmmm. I am sure they fixed various ‘small’ issues that they are not telling us about.
When I connected to Garmin Express today, i.e., October 26, 2018, it told me that there was a new version of the ‘US & Canada’ map.
Also claimed that it would take 1.5 hours to download and install. That must be over WiFi.
I was USB connected. Still took 32 minutes.
I would assume you would want the latest maps.
So, a heads up.
I got this update a few minutes into June 7, 2018, i.e., like at 12:15am. It is the first update I have had on Express since getting my Garmin Fenix 5 a month ago. I kind was expecting one, so I was relieved to get it.
As I had previously told you, Garmin Express (at least on Windows) does NOT auto-update or provide you with any notification that an update is available. You have to check manually. Which I always do.
NOTE. Something I discovered today, prior to updating to 6.0. IF you are getting a ‘Garmin Server Error‘ when using Express it means YOU need to update Garmin Express. Happened to me when I still had 5.9. That prompted me to CHECK for Express updates. As soon as I had 6.0 … all was GOOD.
Garmin has told some users that they will be releasing a new Firmware update, March 19, 2018, that fixes at least some of these bugs.
So, this is a heads up.
March 19, is Monday. If you have a Forerunner 645(M) you should connect it to Garmin Express sometime Monday evening and see if you can get the new Firmware downloaded.