New Safety and Tracking Features Now Available on Select Garmin Watches

Safety and tracking features1, including assistance and incident detection, are now available on the vívoactive 3 Music, fēnix 5 Plus Series and Forerunner 645 Music wearables.  

If anything should happen when you’re on the go, activating the assistance feature will discreetly send a message with your real-time location to your preloaded chosen contacts2, making it easier for help to find you. With incident detection, your device will automatically send a message with your real-time location to your chosen contacts when an incident is detected during an outdoor walk, run, hike or bike activity. Wi-Fi is not required, but your smartphone will have to be with you and Garmin Connect will have to be running for these smartwatch safety features to work.

Learn how to set up these features below:

Loading Emergency Contacts on Garmin Connect:

Turning on Incident Detection:

Forerunner 645 Music and Fenix 5 Plus Series:

vívoactive 3 Music Series:

Activating Assistance:

Forerunner 645 Music and fēnix 5 Plus Series:

vívoactive 3 Music Series:

If you initiate the feature or incident detection goes off, and your phone loses connectivity, the LiveTrack link will have your last location, and it will update as soon as your phone is connected again.

Safety and tracking feature is also available on new Forerunner 45 Series, Forerunner 245 Series and Forerunner 945.

1When paired with a compatible smartphone; see  For safety and tracking features requirements and limitations, see 2You must give Garmin Connect permission to access your contacts. Garmin Connect will only store your chosen contacts on the Garmin Connect server.

Compatible devices coming soon: Forerunner 645 running watch