Garmin How-To - Public Beta/Alpha Program - Fenix 6 and other devices


Same process for all eligible devices

The public forums will remain as is.  A place for anyone to have a conversation about their given products.

However, we will no longer post beta updates in those forums, or monitor them for bug reports.

  • BETA : what was previously called 'Release Candidate' will now be called 'beta'. Everything is automatically pushed to your device, recongnized as stable (as previous Release Candidates)
  • ALPHA : what was previously called 'beta', will now be called 'alpha', software will be distributed in the same zip format as previous betas, so they will contain backdate files to go back to a stable release

- Enroll to Beta Program

Public Beta software will only be delivered to those individuals who have signed up to receive them via their Garmin Connect Account.  This software will be delivered via our traditional paths (Garmin Connect Mobile, Wi-Fi, Garmin Express).

      1. Sign into Garmin Connect -
      2. Click   in the upper right
      3. Click Device Settings to the product you want to enroll
      4. Click Join Beta Software Program
      5. Read and Agree to the terms

  • "When you exit the beta software, it will remain on your device until the final version of the software is available"
  • "This device cannot be enrolled in the Garmin beta software program at this time"
    • "Please note that for your device to be eligible to join this program, it can only be registered to one Garmin account"
    • Maybe you have to try again later, because the program is On Ramp, and Garmin allow it slowly

The official procedure is here:

- Direct link to Fenix 6 Public/Alpha (and other devices)

- Discuss and report Beta issue, report, etc. only in the relevant device's forum

If you observe any bugs related to the Beta software, post a detailed report of the issue in the appropriate bug report thread below.  Refer to the help article here for details regarding the kind of information needed when posting a bug report.

If you see that your bug is already reported, be sure to +1 the bug report and add any relevant information to the thread that may be helpful in further troubleshooting the issue.

- Compatible Devices, as of today 2022-08-13

  • Fenix 7 & Epix 2 Series, Quatix 7, Enduro 2
  • Fenix 6 Series & Enduro, Tactix Delta, Quatix 6, Marq (excludes MARQ Aviator)
  • Instinct 2/2S Series
  • Forerunner 255 / 955 Series
  • Forerunner 945 LTE
  • Forerunner 245 / 745 / 945
  • Venu 2 Series
  • Venu & VivoActive 4 Series
  • Edge 1040

Thanks to @Matthias for the Beta/Alpha explanations (sorry too many similar alias and don't find yours in the quick list)

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