Massive software update 8.18 for Garmin Fenix 7 and Epix 2 is now live
Garmin has started the public rollout of software version 8.18 for Fenix 7 and Epix 2. This is a massive update with a long list of additions and fixes. For a few weeks now, the software has only been available in beta version.
Select other Garmin watches are also receiving software updates today. This includes the Fenix 6, Instinct 2, Enduro, MARQ series, and a number of Forerunners.
Garmin Fenix 7, Epix 2 software version 8.18
Here is the full changelog of added and changed features:
- Palm screen support in Connect IQ apps.
- Improved ability to change settings in the Garmin Connect mobile app.
- Added adventure run start and end time to post activity summary UI.
- Acclimation, pace, detailed speed, bouldering metrics, strength metrics, and indoor climbing metrics have been added to the activity summary UI.
- Added the ability to perform Map Manager wifi map downloads when connected to a computer.
- Added estimated download time to Map Manager.
- Added support for pre-loaded maps to be updated through the map manager (golf and ski maps etc.)
- Added the ability to toggle smart notifications in the notifications and alerts menu.
- Added the ability to change the mid-round recording activity setting for golf.
- Added new types of watch face data fields: 1, 2, 3 raw data fields, sunrise/sunset, calories, alternate time zones, body battery, steps.
- Added the ability to return to a Connect IQ watch face during an activity.
- Added a prompt when the user attempts to start a Connect IQ app that is recording an activity when an activity is already being recorded.
- Added an options menu to the Heart Rate app.
- Added endurance fields to the Adventure Racing activity.
- Added a message that displays when heart rate dependent features are launched when the heart rate tracking setting is disabled.
- Added a prompt when accessing the PulseOx Glance when Wrist Heart Rate is disabled.
- Added physical age display to user profile settings.
- Added Streak display to the Steps widget.
- Added support for Connect IQ System 5.
- Added fishing activity, golf green outline support, and horse riding activity.
- Added support for TM2 position formatting.
- Added a side options menu to the sleep widget.
- Added compass settings to the Adventure Race options menu.
- Added support for the following extended display data fields: endurance, steps, active calories, and battery hours.
- Added the Enhanced Strength feature, which includes an improved workout overview with a map of the muscles that will be used, improved freemode and workouts UI, and improvements to the Rep and Weight editing experience.
- Added ability to access action menus via touchscreen touch.
- Changed backlight key setting to Keys and Touch – disabling the backlight response to button presses will now also prevent the backlight from responding to touchscreen input.
- Changed the wording of “Stand” time to “Idle” time.
There are also a bunch of fixes and improvements. The list goes on and on. You can read the complete change-log on this link.
There are several ways to update your watch. To check the software version you are using, go to Settings>On on your Garmin. It will be written there.
The easiest way to install the update is to use the Garmin Connect iOS or Android app. Just open the smartphone app and you’ll be prompted to install the update. Don’t panic if you don’t see it. Keep in mind that this is a gradual rollout that may take some time to reach you. The Garmin Express software can also install any available updates for you.
You can check out our detailed guide on how to install updates at this link.
Other Garmin watches are also getting software updates
Fenix 7 and Epix 2 aren’t the only Garmin watches to be loved today. Fenix 6, MARQ series and Enduro are also getting an update in the form of software version 21.00.
Once again there is a significant list of fixes and improvements in addition to the following new features.
- Added support for Connect IQ 5 system.
- Added a new tip to notify the user each time a new emergency contact is added from Garmin Connect.
- Added a new tip that will recommend the user to restart the device if the GPS is unresponsive while waiting for a fix before an activity.
- Added a new tip to inform the user that the wrist heart rate sensor is disabled. This tip will show up whenever you access a heart rate peek while the wrist heart rate sensor is disabled on the device.
- Added Horse Riding activity.
- Added new Easyhunt feature to DogTrack app.
- Added Resting Heartrate True-Up feature. RHR data is now verified so that all devices linked to the same account have the same RHR value.
- Added improved strength functionality, which includes an improved workout overview with a map of the muscles that will be used, improved user interface in free mode and workouts, and improvements to the editing experience of reps and weight.
- Added an animation to the progress arc when viewing the Intensity Minutes widget.
The full change can be found here.
Other Garmin watches getting an update today include the Instinct 2 series (change-log), as well as the Forerunner 55 (change-log), 245 (change-log), 745 (change-log) and 945 (change-log). So be sure to check if the device on your wrist is running the latest software version.
The company recently introduced a new public beta program. Rather than manually downloading beta versions of the software, you must register through the Garmin Connect web-based dashboard. After that, these types of updates will automatically arrive on your watch.
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