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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.





  • Hmmm, another maps/zooming issue.

    I had autozoom enabled, but when navigating today the maps often reverted to a very much zoomed out state (like a birdseye view, making the map useless for navigation). Often, but not alwyas, switching screens restored proper zoom. This also seemed to happen often when the next instruction popped up... but wasn't 100% consistent.

    This was with the cycling activity

  • yeah. I had this to. Additionaly, how many click you need to zoom when biking with power meter? FOUR Long press up -> click down -> click ok -> click zoom. C'mon. Why we cannot zoom/manage map directly from map screen. This is ridicolus. 

  • Just about any functionality beyond the most basic is screwed up in one way or another.... Just awesome

  • Not sure if this was mentioned but often I notice my watch stuck on one of the widgets with back light on, stays that way, even though I didn't press anything, for reference I have it set as after sunset and timeout of 8 seconds, I have to manually back out to main screen and turn off the backlight with the button, this may explain the fast battery drain

  • Same happened to me once; luckily I noticed it fairly quickly.  Possibly explains the random (thankfully seldom) battery drains I have experienced a few times.

  • Non Solar 955, Software 11.12 (I'm from Vietnam)

    it's connected to Stryd & Garmin HRM Pro in ANT+ Mode (connection show FP - xxxx. & HRM Connection Type: ANT+) 

    - Problem 1: HR display issue:

    My routine after a run is taking off the watch & HR & rinse them with cold water. & Every time I rinse the HRM, the watch shows HR jumping up to above 200 bpm (my Max HR is 192 bpm). Never had this problem with my 745

    - Problem 2: Pace issue

    Today, I started my easy run which is around 7:30 min/km, but the watch showed my pace at 5:30. I stopped the Activity. Discarded. Started again, same pace problem. Stopped > Discarded again > go into Sensors & Accessories > Remove Stryd > re-Add Stryd, & everything is back to normal. Never had this problem with my 745

    And of course the battery drain issue has been reported all over the place, I dont need to repeat it. But If I charge the watch just for a bit, or restart the watch, everything seems ok.

    Never had this problem with my 745.

  • I'm facing problem #1 too.

    The watch shouldn't connect to chest strap once you go to watch face mode.

    I reported mine here too.

  • Validated the zoom level issue while navigating (can be reproduced constently as well) adn added a weird buffer overflow kind of bug with the steps screen in the morning report (if added)

  • New one to me on 11.12:

    In Morning Report, if the Garmin Coach screen shows "Rest day" tapping that screen crashes the watch, losing some of the overnight data (eg. HRV graph).

  • Manually created watchface (face it) is not deleted in watch after deleting in app (connect IQ)