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SmartLink Watch App


The SmartLink custom app for select Garmin watches enables runners to track outside runs as well as indoor sessions on the Zero Runner. Runners can get all of their running data from their indoor runs on the Zero Runner. Runners can also bridge the gap between outside and indoor workouts without losing useful data – thereby enabling them to log miles outside and then on the Zero Runner to minimize excessive repetitive impact. With this technology, runners benefit from specificity of cardiovascular endurance and muscular training while protecting the joints and the body from potential overuse and injuries. Zero-impact miles serve as a 401K account for your body -- where you log more miles now with zero impact so that you can benefit in the future with a longer running career. </p>

What’s New

Added support for all new watches except legacy special editions.

Additional Information


This app requires access to:

  • Send/receive data via ANT radio to/from third-party sensors
  • FIT files (activity recordings)
  • GPS location
  • Sensor data (i.e., ANT+, heart rate, compass)
  • Your Garmin Connect™ fitness profile
  • D2™ Bravo D2™ Bravo
  • D2™ Bravo Titanium D2™ Bravo Titanium
  • D2™ Charlie D2™ Charlie
  • D2™ Delta D2™ Delta
  • D2™ Delta PX D2™ Delta PX
  • D2™ Delta S D2™ Delta S
  • Descent™ Mk1 Descent™ Mk1
  • Descent™ MK2 Descent™ MK2, Descent™MK2i
  • Descent™ Mk2S Descent™ Mk2S
  • ForeAthlete® 230J ForeAthlete® 230J
  • ForeAthlete® 235J ForeAthlete® 235J
  • ForeAthlete® 630J ForeAthlete® 630J
  • ForeAthlete® 735XTJ ForeAthlete® 735XTJ
  • ForeAthlete® 920XTJ ForeAthlete® 920XTJ
  • Forerunner® 230 Forerunner® 230
  • Forerunner® 235 Forerunner® 235
  • Forerunner® 245 Forerunner® 245
  • Forerunner® 245 Music Forerunner® 245 Music
  • Forerunner® 630 Forerunner® 630
  • Forerunner® 645 Forerunner® 645
  • Forerunner® 645 Music Forerunner® 645 Music
  • Forerunner® 735XT Forerunner® 735XT
  • Forerunner® 745 Forerunner® 745
  • Forerunner® 920XT Forerunner® 920XT
  • Forerunner® 935 Forerunner® 935
  • Forerunner® 945 Forerunner® 945
  • Forerunner® 945 LTE Forerunner® 945 LTE
  • fēnix® 3 fēnix® 3, quatix® 3, tactix® Bravo
  • fēnix® 3 HR fēnix® 3 HR
  • fēnix® 5 fēnix® 5, quatix® 5
  • fēnix® 5 Plus fēnix® 5 Plus
  • fēnix® 5S fēnix® 5S
  • fēnix® 5S Plus fēnix® 5S Plus
  • fēnix® 5X fēnix® 5X, tactix® Charlie
  • fēnix® 5X Plus fēnix® 5X Plus
  • fēnix® 6 fēnix® 6
  • fēnix® 6 Pro fēnix® 6 Pro, fēnix® 6 Sapphire
  • fēnix® 6 Pro Dual Power fēnix® 6 Pro Dual Power
  • fēnix® 6 Pro Solar fēnix® 6 Pro Solar
  • fēnix® 6 Solar fēnix® 6 Solar
  • fēnix® 6S fēnix® 6S
  • fēnix® 6S Dual Power fēnix® 6S Dual Power
  • fēnix® 6S Pro fēnix® 6S Pro, fēnix® 6S Sapphire
  • fēnix® 6S Pro Dual Power fēnix® 6S Pro Dual Power
  • fēnix® 6S Pro Solar fēnix® 6S Pro Solar
  • fēnix® 6S Solar fēnix® 6S Solar
  • fēnix® 6X Pro fēnix® 6X Pro, fēnix® 6X Sapphire, fēnix® 6X Pro Solar, tactix® Delta Sapphire, quatix® 6X Solar, tactix® Delta Solar, tactix® Delta Solar Ballistics
  • fēnix® Chronos fēnix® Chronos
  • quatix® 6 quatix® 6
  • quatix® 6X quatix® 6X, quatix® 6X Solar, quatix® 6X Dual Power
  • vívoactive® vívoactive®
  • vívoactive® 3 vívoactive® 3
  • vívoactive® 3 Mercedes-Benz® Collection vívoactive® 3 Mercedes-Benz® Collection
  • vívoactive® 3 Music vívoactive® 3 Music
  • vívoactive® 4 vívoactive® 4, GarminActive
  • vívoactive® 4S vívoactive® 4S, GarminActive S
  • vívoactive® HR vívoactive® HR
Average Rating: (24 Ratings)

October 25, 2021 | Version 1.9.0

Doesn’t connectvtried dongles and everything

June 9, 2021 | Version 1.9.0

After 40 mins. running, only covered .98 miles? C’mon. Why didn’t I just do a manual workout entry?

December 4, 2019 | Version v1.8.0-upd1

I originally had the same issues others are talking about, where the distance registered on my watch was about half what the console would show. This started working after updating my ZR7's console firmware. You'll need to connect the machine to a tablet to do that since the SmartLink app is probably never going to be available on phones. It works on both my original vivoactive and vivoactive 3. It's still not great though. The distance is off a bit compared to the console, a few hundredths per mile. It's minor but I don't understand how that can happen when it's the same data. Saving and quitting when you are done is clunky. And the field descriptions are very small and unreadable while working out. But, I am at least now getting my workouts, earning Octane an "OK" rating.

Dawn L
October 24, 2019 | Version v1.8.0-upd1

Enjoyed using this app with my 645 and then my 935. Now I have the 945 and my runs on my zero runner can't be linked. Please add the 945!

August 11, 2019 | Version v1.8.0-upd1

Forerunner 945 missing

Molly Smith
May 23, 2019 | Version v1.8.0-upd1

This would not stay paired with the zr8000. The cadence would drop intermittently and distance was way off. Huge Bummer.

Patrick Fahey
April 11, 2019 | Version v1.8.0-upd1

Does not work with Zero Runner ZR8000. Developer indicated that support would be provided last fall but has been unresponsive as to providing status updates since then.

William R Odom
January 12, 2019 | Version v1.8.0-upd1

Please hire a good engineer to fix this app. It's clunky to use (almost like it was developed for a different platform and then ported to Garmin). Even worse, the data is not close to accurate. You need to re-write it from scratch. Repeatedly I've run 3 miles on the Zero Runner and the app has me around 0.4 miles. There also doesn't appear to be a step count, or if so, it's wildly off. Clearly the Zero knows exactly how many steps I've taken as it will draw each one in near real time. Surely you can use this data to get an accurate step count onto the Garmin. I have a Fenix 5S

April 24, 2018 | Version v1.8.0

With my ZR7 and the current Forerunner 935 it works reasonably well. Unfortunately, my Forerunner created an incorrect FIT file (R-R data) from the data transmitted by the ZR7, so that the evaluation with the program Firstbeat Individual Sports could not analyze the FIT file.

T.J. Schmidt
July 25, 2017 | Version v1.5.0

I am happy to have something more accurate that works with my Zero Runner. It's still a bit off though. I did 16 miles on the Zero Runner this past weekend and the watch says I did 16.29 while the Zero Runner says 16. If you can do something to fix that so it's right on, I'll give it 5 starts. This is however way more accurate then marking it as a treadmill run and letting it count your steps.

June 18, 2017 | Version v1.5.0

Enttäuschend, dass Garmin Forerunner 935 nicht kompatibel ist. Somit fehlen mir alle wesentlichen Daten in Garmin Connect.

November 28, 2016 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

Waited a long time for an app to use on my Zero Runner. Waiting for Octane to produce an Android tablet App is hopeless as they have been promising it for a couple years now. This app is as good as it gets for now. The distance is off by a factor of half for some reason. If they can fix this, I'd rate it higher and be satisfied with the app. As it is, I need to edit my Garmin Connect data to correct distance accordingly.

June 6, 2016 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

So glad when I seen this but when downloaded does not work with my octane fitness runner bummer

Greg Beroldi
March 5, 2016 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

My vivoactive hung on Power on Zero Runner first time I tried using it too. Read the instructions on the iPAD Zero Runner app where you first go into Settings/Sensors and select add a new device. Get on the Zero Runner and start running...It then scans and finds an ANT+ "FP-16" footpod. After that it did communicate with the Zero runner correctly. However the pace seems slower on this app then the actual Zero Runner. The App could use some updates.

February 13, 2016 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

My Vivoactive connects to the Zero Runner but the accuracy is terrible. The watch app suggests that I am completing a much further run, much faster than I am actually completing the run. Also, the calorie counter, even combined with a heart rate monitor is drastically different. Please address these discrepancies and this will be a great app!

February 5, 2016 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

I soooooo wanted this to work, I have the ZR7. But it never talked to the ZR7 when I was using it with the vivoactive. I just barely got the FR235 and this app is apparently not even compatible with that watch. Huge disappointment from Octane on this one.

John Nordberg
January 9, 2016 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

I am also experiencing the same data discrepancy. My vivoactive data and the data the zero runner shows are completely different. It appears to be communicating with my zero runner, but shows an average pace of half of what the zero runner shows. I'll keep the app with the hope it gets corrected, but at this juncture, very disappointing.

January 2, 2016 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

Is not communicating at all with the ZR7 I own, nor the ZR8 I demo'd last week. Pretty much not usable.

October 26, 2015 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

this is a dream come true, BUT too bad it doesnt change to zero inside. pls fix very interesting indeed

October 12, 2015 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

Pace and distance less than half of actual shown on Zero Runner. Obviously not communicating right. Worthless. Using on Vivoactive.

August 11, 2015 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

Mine also hangs on Power to Zero Runner. Am I doing something wrong?

Gerard Geurts
July 23, 2015 | Version Version 1.0.7-upd

App hangs on 'power on zero runner' screen. Never finds the zero runner. Brand new VA with latest firmware.

June 25, 2015 | Version Version 1.0.7

Quite happy with the layout of display on the NEW VA only used it on outside runs as yet Great visibility at night with the back light. My only bug is with the use of pace rather than average pace As a gauge to performance this is useless on outside runs as it varies moment by moment can this be changed in next update average pace what you need over a longer distance to monitor your race or training goal.

June 21, 2015 | Version Version 1.0.7

At the moment my 920XT not receiving the distance of ZR7. And it takes a long time until the 920XT is connected to the ZR7 and all data fields in the 920XT are visible. If it then but right now works properly, it should be a very good supplement for the 920XT and ZR7. It would be helpful also a step by step guide for the complete implementation of this program, because of wrong operation can not be ruled by me.