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The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Has Not Had A Firmware Update In Nearly 5-Months!

by Anura Guruge


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Everytime I power up ‘Garmin Express‘ while I am charging my Fenix 5 Plus I expect to get a firmware update. But, it is always ‘You are uptodate‘.

I kind of knew there were some betas so I went to the Garmin Forums to check what is going on.

I was right. Last update was at the end of November 2018 — Version 6. I have that. Nothing since.

That is NOT right. It isn’t as if there are no bugs that need to be fixed or features added.

Garmin used to be pretty good at doing updates. But, now … this.

Sure, they want some of us to UPGRADE to the MARQ series. We will see.


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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — A New Set Of Maps, Including TopoActive For U.S. & Canada, Now Available.

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When I connected to Garmin Express today, i.e., April 10, 2019, it told me that there was a new version of the maps.

I asked for the download. I was USB connected, so it didn’t take long. Not long at all. Under 5 minutes, I am sure.

Maps installed within seconds of I unplugging the watch from the USB cable. Tried the local maps. Seems fine.

This is just a heads up.


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There Has Been NO Software Update To The ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Since December 1, 2018; 6.51 Beta Only Fixes Biking Anomaly!

by Anura Guruge


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I hadn’t used my ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus‘ for 20-days. I was instead wearing an ‘Amazfit Verge‘ with a very pleasing AMOLED display.

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.


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Garmin Express (For Windows) Now At Version 6.11.1.0 (As Of January 16, 2019).

by Anura Guruge


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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 6.11.1.0 about an hour ago. Can’t say I noticed anything different. With Garmin, that is NOT a bad thing.


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My ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Is Now At Software Version 6.0.

by Anura Guruge


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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.


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IF Your ‘Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus)’ Stops (i.e., Hangs) During USB-Charging.

by Anura Guruge


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This, i.e., my ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus‘ going dead while I was charging, happened last Friday. Never had that happen with any of my other Garmins and I have owned 4 others.

The first clue I had was that ‘Garmin Express‘ claimed repeatedly that it could not sync with my USB-connected Fenix 5. That was strange. I checked the watch, The charging did seemed to have stopped — with a green charging screen similar to above. I waited, I waited. Nothing. The ‘amount charged %’ was not moving.

Unplugged it. Watch was FROZEN. Back button would not work. Could not get the green charging screen to disappear.

Knew that I had to try a ‘soft reset’. So, held down the power button. NOTHING.

Eventually realized that on the Garmin 5 Plus it takes MORE THAN 25 SECONDS for the ‘soft reset‘ to kick in!

That was the secret — just holding down the top left power button until the restart kicked in. As soon as it started the restart I knew I was going to be OK. And I was.

I have charged it a few times since with no incidents — and I am charging it right now as I write.

Just wanted to share this in case you too, alas, experience this frustrating problem.


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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — A New Version Of ‘US & Canada’ Maps Now Available.

by Anura Guruge


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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.


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