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Forerunner 955 - Bugs and issues

I thought it might be nice, or usefull, to have a single topic with confirmed bugs and issues with the forerunner 955 watches. Having the solar myself and noticing at least 2 serious bugs, this is good to know for users and Garmin themselves. Perhaps it can be stickied?

People can comment or mention bugs in the comments, or message me directly, and if confirmed by others (or me) I will update the main post. Preferably with as much info as possible.


Maps and navigation

  • Navigate -> Use map: Impossible to select target location (FW 10.10)

    Trying to use the map to navigate to a target point doesn't work. Most of the times the crossharis needed to select a location aren't visible and long-pressing start (usually needed to select the location) doesn't do anything. There are also no other ways to select a location on the map. Sometimes they DO appear and selecting the location is possible, however actually starting the navigation reboots the watch.

    This seems to happen when the location you select results in multiple options (in my case for example ', , ') if I somehow am able to select a location with no alternative options it does not seem to crash. Crosshairs still appear only the first (few?) times after a reboot.

  • Starting a course directly from the "Navigation" app redirects you to the 'Navigation selection screen' (which  is then a bit hard to get out of)

    When going to the Navigation activity and select a course to follow it seems to load the course but then redirects you to the same selection screen where you get the option to again select a course, point of interest, etc. Pressing back once stays in the navigation screen, you need to press back a few times quickly to exit. When then starting another activity the course selected above IS loaded. Other ways such as selecting a saved location DO work and selecting a course for navigation directly from another activity also works.

  • Some custom maps might crash watch?

    Hard to verify

  • Incorrect/garbled rendering of custom maps

    3rd party OSM based maps seem to render incorrectly, while working on the fenix 7 and FR945 watches.

  • Autozoom - Map toggles between extremely zoomed out view and normal zoom level (when showing turns/changing view?) during navigation

    While using navigation and with map autozoom set to enabled, the map screen switches between a way zoomed out state making it impossible to see context regarding streets, etc and normal view when you switch screens or when an instruction is shown. Again switching screens toggles it back, this actually could be reproduced constently (both during cycling as walking activities). When autozoom is disabled and setting a specific zoom level manually this doesn't happen.

  • Map Zoom level reverts back to default (FW 10.10)

    When zooming in or out of the map the zoom level is not retained, it however reverts back to the default zoom level when going back to the map/different screen. Scrolling/pannign around IS saved/stored.

    Apparently this is by design, and can be fixed by turning of auto-zoom for maps:


  • Swipe from left to right on the map (in order to pan) triggers the menu to open

    When making the swip motion from left to right on the map to pan it will open the menu (and exiting can reset zoom on map if autozoom is set). A workaround is to either swipe slowly, or don't remove your finger from the screen right away but let it rest for just a bit longer before releasing the touch screen (might take some getting used to). Not limited to maps, also in other screens.

    Fixed in 11.12

  • Touch with a map screen in an activity only works when "General Touch" is enabled

    When touch is enabled for an activity but not for general use, touch can not be used on the map-datafield for that specific activity. The map touch funcitonality ONLY works when general touch use is enabled, no matter the specific activity settings

  • Widgets are not touch interactive

    Unlike with other touch devices, trying to use touch to scroll through graphs on widgets does not work.





  • I have 'off track' set to 'on' in navigation alerts, but when I went off track I didn't get any alert at all.

    I have also had the battery level on the watch face freeze and only update after a reboot.

  • On my opinion, this is the most buggy Garmin watch ever released

  • Yep. I looks they were in hurry. 

    Bug: custom .img map ( ) hangs FR955 when entereing maps config screen (to choose it). Works flawlessly from years on epix gen1/etrex/FR945)

    After deleting it, FR955 gets constant crashes. Had to wipe all data from the watch and start configuring from scratch

  • Btw, I decided to 'reject' this as an asnwer because while it indeed fixes an issue it\'s not really a general answer to the bugs topic :)

  • When I manually lock during an activity (I have that se to long press on Start/Stop) the 955 changes to watch-mode instead keep showing the data page(s). So I cannot see information about the activity while locked. After unlocking I have to press on Start/Stop again to return to the activity. The 945 did not change to watch-mode.

  • My new FR955 crashes and reboots when trying the following:
    Start -> Walk -> Navigation -> Round-Trip Courses -> 5km -> Any Direction.

    Not a good start for the first thing I tried after walking out the door Disappointed

    *EDIT: I take this back. I thought it had updated to 10.10 but it hadn't. After 10.10 actually installed this crash does not happen anymore.

  • Mine crashes when trying to display course planning widget (not sure about the exact name, I do use a French version). In other places, I see reference to courses I previously planned in calendar then already deleted. Likely it has not properly cleaned up on FR955. Anyway, the result is that I cannot use any of the course widgets, else it does crash the watches each time I try to display it.

  • Just saved an activity and now watch crashes every time I press a button or touching screen. So I can use it as paperweight or I reset it for the 5th time. I think I'll return it, it's just unusable. 

  • I'm also disappointed in the influencer/review community.  Either they were given 955s that were pre debugged or their reviews purposefully distorted the gravity of the issues with the 955 software at launch.  I really trusted these reviews in the past... 

  • Yep, for now have to use autolock during workout (from system setup), to get it locked automatically and stay on data page(s).