Fenix 6 Series - 16.30 Public Release Candidate

Hello Fenix 6 customers,

Our next beta version for the Fenix 6 series is now available! 

We had to bring in a couple changes, so this software version is our next Public Release Candidate. This means that this software will become a public update, as long as we do not identify any critical bugs in this version. We would appreciate any feedback on v16.30. (Whether you install 16.30 now or wait for the official release in a few days, all versions of 16.30 will be identical.)

Please ensure that you are downloading the correct beta software for your specific device.

Instructions for installation are available below the change log on each of the above pages.

16.30 Change Log (all changes since 15.20)

  • Added step counting to backcountry ski ascents.
  • Improved functionality of navigation features with Garmin Explore.
  • Improved altimeter auto calibration during activities for MARQ and fenix 6 Pro devices.
  • Improved power meter calibration and settings.
  • Improved device name shown when mounted to a Windows computer to be more descriptive. (Only applies to Enduro and fenix 6)
  • Fixed issue where podcasts may not display correctly on device.
  • Fixed incorrect translation within “Suggested Workouts” when language set to Czech.
  • Fixed potential crash when sending a Quick Text from inReach Remote
  • Fixed issue with wrong activity types shown when syncing with Garmin Explore.
  • Fixed distance and time values for tracks/routes synced from Garmin Explore.
  • Fixed issue with watch face labels missing when using certain languages.
  • Fixed potential crash when starting a golf round on a nine-hole course.
  • Fixed issue with device name within Garmin Connect Mobile for Enduro.
  • Fixed issue with “Coriolis Effect” naming. (Only applies to tactix Delta – Solar Edition with Ballistics)
  • Fixed battery drain issue after disconnecting from a paired inReach device.
  • Fixed backlight behavior during sleep periods.
  • Fixed issue with backlight not respecting device settings when entering power controls page.

Current beta peripheral software version numbers below. New versions are indicated in red.

GPS: 5.00
Sensor Hub: 8.00
ANT/BLE/BT (Pro models): 6.11
ANT/BLE (non-Pro models): 2.11
Wi-Fi (Pro models only): 2.60

Please note, the beta updates released on these forums are not suitable for APAC region devices.

Please send all bug reports to [email protected], and indicate which model of the Fenix 6 Series you have in the subject line.

  • Yes, the latest public release firmware is 15.20. This is the forum for a future public firmware which might become public if Garmin developers are happy that there is not bad bugs. 

  • Same bug as previous RC 16.10 (fenix 6x Pro) : watch in french but lap alert in English with Bluetooth earphones.

  • Success!

    Was just notified today that this feature (Backlight not turning off when DND Mode is on) will be re-implemented in a future software release.

    "After review, we are going to change this feature back to the way it worked before the last update.  The Do Not Disturb setting will not allow the backlight to come on when it is enabled.  This will come with a software update that should be released later this month.  I will reach out to you when that update has been released but please continue to use the Garmin Connect Application to keep your device up to date.  Thank you for your feedback and your patience while we looked in to this for you."

  • Does this update approach an issue with Trail running VO2 max? Mine dropped 6 points since the 15.20 ud. I´ve been reading many people experience the same issue. 

  • Same bug as previous RC 16.10 (fenix 6x Pro) : watch in french but lap alert in English with Bluetooth earphones.

    Are the earphones connected to the f6X or the phone? If connected to phone, the language setting on the watch has no effect. It is the language set in Garmin Connect Mobile for the f6X that controls the spoken language. (For an Android 10 phone anyway.)

  • Hello, I and many others have bug-when the call was miss I can't reply via SMS, when I select to reply by SMS watch turning back to watch face. I tested this behavior on F6x and F6s pro on two different android phones, always the same result 

  • Seems so - I have the same issue (see other thread)

  • Sometimes the notification of missed calls stays on the watches until the restart - no way to dismiss (I dismiss it on phone, try to dismiss on watches but nothing helps..only restart of watches)

    • My fenix 6x sapphire crashed today for the first time...after I finished my suggested workout I came back home to save it but it stated to vibrate longer as usual and turned black and restarted again immediately but my run was lost on my watch. I only could find it back on the computer if I connected garmin with the computer and check for the (fit.) File. In the garmin activity folder. But when I started to sync my device it express I got a error message several times..I decided to remove the .fit file from the activity folder and sync my watch again and then it was OK...but the activity went lost. Don't know if this is a well known issue on the lastes beta version?
  • I have same issue on firmware 15.20. Helped me only reload broken fit file by fitfiletools.com - repair section and import activity file to garmin connect web page