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Everything You Want to Know About Garmin Edge GPS Bike Computers!

Explore what you can do—and what the 530, 830, and 1030 Plus GPS bike computers can do for you—in this Garmin Edge FAQ! What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? What do you want to know about your training? A Garmin Edge cycling computer might be just the tool you need for that upcoming off-the-grid gravel trail or that epic climb. Find out everything you need to know about these ultimate bike computers below and how you can customize them for you cycling adventures. Is the Garmin Edge 530 enough for you? It has almost all the same features as the Edge 830 and the 1030 Plus. But will added benefits like touchscreen, display size, and battery life make all the difference in the cycling challenges you set for yourself? Get to know Garmin Edge bike computers in this FAQ we made for all you folks who will never stop cycling!

Also, feel free to bounce over to some of our other Garmin Edge articles:

Best Garmin GPS Bike Computer Comparison 2021

Lezyne vs Garmin vs Wahoo | Bike Computer Comparison


Garmin Edge 530 Bike Computer FAQs

What's in the Garmin Edge 530 box?

Edge 530 (Device Only)

  • Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer
  • Mounts (Standard & Flush Out)
  • USB cable
  • Tether
  • Documentation

Edge 530 (Sensor Bundle)

  • Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Cadence Sensor
  • Speed Sensor
  • Mounts (Standard & Flush Out)
  • USB Cable
  • Tether
  • Documentation

Edge 530 (Mountain Bike Bundle)

  • Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer
  • Mountain Bike Mount
  • Standard Mount
  • Edge Remote
  • Silicone Case
  • Speed Sensor
  • USB Cable
  • Tether
  • Documentation

The PlayBetter Edge 530 Screen Protector & Silicone Case Bundle also includes

  • **UPGRADED** PlayBetter HD Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (2-Pack)
  • PlayBetter Silicone Case (Chosen Color)

The PlayBetter Edge 530 Gift Box Bundle also includes

*Packed in our stunning PlayBetter Black Gift Box with Red Ribbon*

  • **UPGRADED** PlayBetter HD Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (2-Pack)
  • PlayBetter Silicone Case (Chosen Color)
  • PlayBetter Car/Wall USB Charging Adapters
  • PlayBetter Protective Hard Case

How big is the Edge 530 GPS bike computer display?

2.6" (66 mm) diagonal

Is the Edge 530 a touchscreen cycling GPS? 

No

What's the difference between the Edge 530 and the 830 and 1030 Plus?

The Edge 530 GPS bike computer is basically the Edge 830 without the touchscreen.

This means that you still get almost all the amazing performance, mapping, and safety features as the 1030 Plus, but without the larger screen, the suggested workouts feature, touchscreen capability, and you have up to 20 hours of battery life compared to the Edge 1030's 24.  

If you can forego all of these, you'll pay $300 less than the Edge 1030 Plus cycling GPS, and $100 less than the Edge 830.

What's the price difference?

Garmin Edge 530 — $299.99 ($249.99 on sale at time of this FAQ creation)

Garmin Edge 830 — $399.99

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus — $599.99

Does this Garmin GPS computer for cycling have a color display?

Yes.

How big is the Edge 530 bike computer (compared to the 830 and 1030 Pus)?

EDGE 530

Dimensions: 1.9" x 3.2" x 0.8" (50 x 82 x 20 mm)

Weight: 2.7 oz (75.8 g)

EDGE 830

Dimensions: 1.9" x 3.2" x 0.8" (50 x 82 x 20 mm)

Weight: 2.8 oz (79.1 g)

EDGE 1030 PLUS

Dimensions: 2.3" x 4.5" x 0.8" (58 x 114 x 19 mm)

Weight: 4.4 oz (124 g)

What is the battery life of the Garmin Edge 530?

up to 20 hours

What else about the battery?

  • Battery type: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • has battery saver mode
  • In-ride power compatible (Garmin Charge battery pack)

Is the Edge 530 GPS computer for cycling waterproof?

Yes. It's water rated to IPX7

What kind of maps and memory does the Edge 530 have?

  • ability to add maps
  • basemap
  • waypoints/favorites/locations = 200
  • routes = 100 courses
  • history = up to 200 hours

What kind of GPS and other sensors this cycling computer have?

  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • Galileo
  • Barimetric altimeter
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor

What kind of smart features does the Garmin Edge 530 have?

  • Bluetooth®, Ant+®, and Wi-Fi®
  • Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)
  • Weather
  • VIRB® remote
  • Android and iPhone smartphone compatibility

Does the Edge 530 have safety and tracking features?

Yes! It has all these safety and tracking features:

  • LiveTrack
  • Group LiveTrack
  • Rider-to-rider messaging
  • Incident Detection
  • Assistance
  • Bike alarm
  • Weather alerts
  • InReach® compatible

What is Incident Detection?

Incident Detection is a safety feature that enables, if an incident occurs, the Garmin Connect app on your paired smartphone to send an automated text message and email with your name and GPS location to up to three of your emergency contacts. Incident Detection is included on all Garmin Edge GPS bike computers.

What is LiveTrack?

LiveTrack, included on your Edge bike computer, is a Garmin safety and connectivity feature that creates a real-time view of your location during an activity, so friends and family can follow along.

What is Assistance on my Garmin Edge bike computer?

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 contacts, making it easier for help to find you. This feature comes with your Garmin Edge computers for cycling.

Are there any activity tracking features?

Yes, the Garmin Edge 530 tracks calories burned.

What kind of training, planning, and analysis features come with this Garmin Edge bike computer?

  • Auto Pause®
  • Interval training
  • Advanced workouts
  • Downloadable training plans
  • Auto Lap®
  • VO2 Max (run)
  • Training Effect
  • Recovery advisor
  • Virtual Partner
  • Race an Activity
  • Segments
  • Auto scroll
  • Physio TrueUp
  • https://discover.garmin.com/en-US/performance-data/cycling/#physiological-measurements

What cycling features does the Garmin Edge 530 bike computer have?

  • Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)
  • courses
  • Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)
  • Cycling Dynamics compatible
  • MTB Dynamics
  • Integrated TrailForks trail data
  • Power meter compatible
  • Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)
  • Compatible with Varia™ lights
  • ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner

Does the Edge 530 have any other connectivity?

Yes! It has the connectivity with the following:

  • Edge® remote
  • Varia™ remote
  • ANT+™ electronic shifting
  • Shimano Di2 Synchro Shift integration
  • Smart trainer control

How do I set up which notifications display on my Garmin device?

After you enable smart notifications on your Garmin device, controlling which notifications you receive is managed from your phone. Check your phone type below for instructions that walk you through the process.

iOS 13 or Higher:

See the image and video beneath the steps for an example of the screen settings.

  1. From the iPhone select Settings.

  2. Select Notifications.

  3. From the top of the screen make sure Show Previews is set to Always or When Unlocked. This is a setting required by Apple to display notifications on a Bluetooth paired device.

  4. A little farther down the screen under NOTIFICATION STYLE select the app you want to configure (e.g., Messages, Mail, etc.).
    • To SEE NOTIFICATIONS for a specific app on your Garmin Device:
      1. Allow Notifications should be toggled on.
      2. Under ALERTS, make sure there is a check mark under Notification Center.
      3. Under OPTIONS you must have Show Previews set to either Always or When Unlocked. This is a setting required by Apple to display notifications on a Bluetooth paired device.

    • To DISABLE NOTIFICATIONS from displaying on your Garmin device:
      1. Choose the app you want to control from the Notification Settings screen.
      2. Under ALERTS, uncheck Notification Center. This will also result in notifications no longer appearing in the phone's notification center.

iOS 12:

See the image beneath the steps for an example of the screen settings

  1. From the iPhone select Settings.

  2. Select Notifications.

  3. Under NOTIFICATION STYLE select the app you want to turn on or off.

  4. Under ALERTS choose one of the following options:

    • Notification Center checked: the Garmin device will display notifications for the selected app.
    • Notification Center unchecked: the Garmin device will not display notifications for the selected app. This will also result in notifications no longer appearing in the phone's notification center.

Android:

Controlling what notifications display on your Garmin device can be managed from the Garmin Connect app.

  1. Open the Garmin Connect app on your phone.

  2. Select menu (top left).

  3. Select Settings.

  4. Select Notifications.

  5. Select App Notifications.

From here, toggle to enable or disable all smart notifications or customize by selecting individual apps.

Do you have any tips to extend the battery life on an Edge cycling computer

The advertised maximum battery life of the Edge product is based on minimal use of some features. If you are experiencing a short battery life, there are several factors that affect the battery life on your device including:

  • GPS usage when recording outdoor activities
  • Backlight usage
  • Course navigation usage
  • A smartphone connection
  • Use of Auto Scroll, Auto Lap, and Auto Pause features

How do I pair my smartphone?

To use the connected features of the Edge® device, it must be paired directly through the Garmin Connect™ app, instead of from the Bluetooth® settings on your smartphone.

  1. From the app store on your smartphone, install and open the Garmin Connect app.
  2. Turn on the device.

    The first time you turn on the device, you will select the device language. The next screen prompts you to pair with your smartphone.

    TIP: You can select Menu > Settings > Connected Features > Phone > Pair Smartphone to manually enter pairing mode.
     
  3. Select an option to add your device to your Garmin Connect account:
    • If this is the first device you have paired with the Garmin Connect app, follow the on-screen instructions.

    • If you have already paired another device with the Garmin Connect app, from the menu, select Garmin Devices > Add Device, and follow the on-screen instructions.

    NOTE: Based on your Garmin Connect account and accessories, your device suggests activity profiles and data fields during setup. If you have sensors paired with your previous device, you can transfer them during setup.

After you pair successfully, a message appears, and your device syncs automatically with your smartphone.

How do I access "phone settings" on my Edge 530?

Select Menu > Settings > Connected Features >Phone.

Enable

Enables Bluetooth® technology.

NOTE: Other Bluetooth settings appear only when Bluetooth wireless technology is enabled.
Friendly Name

Allows you to enter a friendly name that identifies your devices with Bluetooth technology.

Pair Smartphone

Connects your device with a compatible Bluetooth enabled smartphone. This setting allows you to use Bluetooth connected features, including LiveTrack and activity uploads to Garmin Connect™.

Smart Notifications

Allows you to enable phone notifications from your compatible smartphone.

Missed Notifications

Displays missed phone notifications from your compatible smartphone.

Text Reply Signature

Enables signatures in your text message replies.

What are the Bluetooth connected features on my Garmin Edge 530?

The Edge® device has several Bluetooth® connected features for your compatible smartphone using the Garmin Connect™ and Connect IQ™ apps.

Activity uploads to Garmin Connect

Automatically sends your activity to Garmin Connect as soon as you finish recording the activity.

Assistance

Allows you to send an automated text message with your name and GPS location to your emergency contacts using the Garmin Connect app.

Audio prompts

Allows the Garmin Connect app to play status announcements on your smartphone during a ride.

Bike alarm

Allows you to enable an alarm that sounds on the device and sends an alert to your smartphone when the device detects motion.

Connect IQ downloadable features

Allows you to download Connect IQ features from the Connect IQ app.

Course, segment, and workout downloads from Garmin Connect

Allows you to search for activities on Garmin Connect using your smartphone and send them to your device.

Device to device transfers

Allows you to wirelessly transfer files to another compatible Edge device.

Find my Edge

Locates your lost Edge device that is paired with your smartphone and currently within range.

GroupTrack

Allows you to keep track of other riders in your group using LiveTrack directly on screen and in real time. You can send preset messages to other riders in your GroupTrack session who have a compatible Edge device.

Incident Detection

Allows the Garmin Connect app to send a message to your emergency contacts when the Edge device detects an incident.

LiveTrack

Allows friends and family to follow your races and training activities in real time. With LiveTrack course sharing, you can also share your active course. You can invite followers using email or social media, allowing them to view your live data on a Garmin Connect tracking page.

Messages

Allows you to reply to an incoming call or text message with a preset text message. This feature is available with compatible Android™ smartphones.

Notifications

Displays phone notifications and messages on your device.

Social media interactions

Allows you to post an update to your favorite social media website when you upload an activity to Garmin Connect.

Weather updates

Sends real-time weather conditions and alerts to your device.

How do I edit a data screen?

  1. Select Menu > Settings > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Data Screens.
  4. Select a data screen.
  5. Select Layout and Data Fields.
  6. Select up or down to change the layout.
  7. Select menu
  8. Select an option.
    • Select a data field, then select another data field to rearrange them.

    • Select a data field twice to change it.

  9. Select Done.

How do I set up my profiles on the Garmin Edge 530?

The Edge® has several ways for you to customize the device, including profiles. Profiles are a collection of settings that optimize your device based on how you are using it. For example, you can create different settings and views for training and mountain biking.

When you are using a profile and you change settings such as data fields or units of measurement, the changes are saved automatically as part of the profile.

Activity Profiles

You can create activity profiles for each type of biking. For example, you can create a separate activity profile for training, for racing, and for mountain biking. The activity profile includes customized data pages, activity totals, alerts, training zones (such as heart rate and speed), training settings (such as Auto Pause® and Auto Lap®), and navigation settings.

User Profile

You can update your gender, age, weight, and height settings. The device uses this information to calculate accurate ride data.

How do I use Auto Pause?

You can use the Auto Pause feature to pause the timer automatically when you stop moving or when your speed drops below a specified value. This feature is helpful if your ride includes stop lights or other places where you need to slow down or stop.
 
NOTE: History is not recorded while the timer is stopped or paused.
  1. Select Menu > Settings > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Auto Features > Auto Pause.
  4. Select an option:
    • Select When Stopped to pause the timer automatically when you stop moving.

    • Select Custom Speed to pause the timer automatically when your speed drops below a specified value.

  5. If necessary, customize optional time data fields (see below).

How do I install Connect IQ content using the Connect IQ app?

Below are steps to install either a Connect IQ Watch Face, Device App, Data Field, Widget or Music application using the Connect IQ Store app.

Installing a Connect IQ App

  1. Open the Garmin Connect IQ Store app

  2. Search for Connect IQ features by using one of the options below:
    • Tap Search to search by title or filter categories
    • Tap IQ to access the main menu and find popular Connect IQ content for your Garmin device

      NOTE: Contents of the main screen depend on the Garmin device you currently have selected. Not all of the Connect IQ features are supported on each Garmin device. Steps to change your device can be found below.

  3. Once you have selected the content, tap Install

  4. Tap OK if a permissions window populates

The Connect IQ content will now sync content over to your Garmin device.

How do I add emergency contacts on my Garmin Edge 530?

Emergency contact phone numbers are used for the incident detection and assistance features.

  1. From the Garmin Connect™ app, select the menu symbol.
  2. Select Safety & Tracking > Incident Detection & Assistance > Add Emergency Contact.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

How do I add a data screen to my Edge bike computer?

  1. Select Menu > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Data Screens > Add New > Data Screen.
  4. Select a category, and select one or more data fields.
  5. Select arrow back symbol.
  6. Select an option.
    • Select another category to select more data fields.

    • Select checkmark symbol.

  7. Swipe left or right to change the layout.
  8. Select right arrow symbol.
  9. Select an option.
    • Tap a data field, then tap another data field to rearrange them.

    • Double-tap a data field to change it

10. Select checkmark symbol.

How do I rearrange data screens?

  1. Select Menu > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Data Screens > Move Up/Down Symbol.
  4. Select a data screen.
  5. Select Up or Down.
  6. Select checkmark symbol for done

Questions About the Garmin Edge 830 Touchscreen Cycling Computer

What's in the Garmin Edge 830 box?

Edge 1030 Plus Device Only

  • Edge 1030 Plus GPS Bike Computer‎
  • Mounts (Standard and Flush Out-Front)
  • USB Cable
  • Tether
  • Manuals


PlayBetter Edge 1030 Plus Sensor & HRM-Dual Bundle

  • Edge 1030 Plus GPS Bike Computer‎
  • HRM-Dual
  • Cadence Sensor
  • Speed Sensor
  • Mounts (Standard and Flush Out-Front)
  • USB Cable
  • Tether
  • Manuals

Model: 010-02424-01

The PlayBetter Edge 1030 Plus Screen Protector & Silicone Case Bundle also includes

  • **UPGRADED** PlayBetter HD Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (2-Pack)
  • PlayBetter Silicone Case (Chosen Color)

The PlayBetter Edge 1030 Plus Gift Box Bundle also includes

*Packed in our stunning PlayBetter Black Gift Box with Red Ribbon*

  • **UPGRADED** PlayBetter HD Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (2-Pack)
  • PlayBetter Silicone Case (Chosen Color)
  • PlayBetter Car/Wall USB Charging Adapters
  • PlayBetter Protective Hard Case

How big is the Edge 830 GPS bike computer display?

2.6" (66 mm) diagonal

Is the Edge 830 a touchscreen cycling GPS? 

Yes.

What's the difference between the Edge 830 and the 530 and 1030 Plus?

The main differences between the Edge 830 vs the Edge 1030 Plus are screen size, battery life, and, of course, price. Also, it does not have daily workout suggestions, which is a feature of the Edge 1030 Plus alone.

The Edge 830 has a smaller screen than the Edge 1030 Plus—2.6" compared to 3.5". It also weighs 2.8 oz, while the 1030 Plus comes in at 4.4 oz. The Garmin Edge 830 (and the 530) gets up to 20 hours of battery life, while the Edge 1030 Plus gets up to 24 hours.

The Edge 830 and the Edge 530 are basically the same bike computer, except that the 830 is a touchscreen and the 530 is not.

What's the price difference?

Garmin Edge 530 — $299.99 ($249.99 on sale at time of this FAQ creation)

Garmin Edge 830 — $399.99

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus — $599.99

Does this Garmin GPS computer for cycling have a color display?

Yes.

How big is the Edge 830 bike computer (compared to the 530 and 1030 Pus)?

EDGE 530

Dimensions: 1.9" x 3.2" x 0.8" (50 x 82 x 20 mm)

Weight: 2.7 oz (75.8 g)

EDGE 830

Dimensions: 1.9" x 3.2" x 0.8" (50 x 82 x 20 mm)

Weight: 2.8 oz (79.1 g)

EDGE 1030 PLUS

Dimensions: 2.3" x 4.5" x 0.8" (58 x 114 x 19 mm)

Weight: 4.4 oz (124 g)

What is the battery life of the Garmin Edge 830?

up to 20 hours

What else about the battery?

  • Battery type: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • has battery saver mode
  • In-ride power compatible (Garmin Charge battery pack)

Is the Edge 830 GPS computer for cycling waterproof?

Yes. It's water rated to IPX7

What kind of maps and memory does the Edge 830 have?

  • ability to add maps
  • basemap
  • waypoints/favorites/locations = 200
  • routes = 100 courses
  • history = up to 200 hours

What kind of GPS and other sensors this cycling computer have?

  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • Galileo
  • Barimetric altimeter
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor

What kind of smart features does the Garmin Edge 830 have?

  • Bluetooth®, Ant+®, and Wi-Fi®
  • Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)
  • Weather
  • VIRB® remote
  • Android and iPhone smartphone compatibility

Does the Edge 830 have safety and tracking features?

Yes! It has all these safety and tracking features:

  • LiveTrack
  • Group LiveTrack
  • Rider-to-rider messaging
  • Incident Detection
  • Assistance
  • Bike alarm
  • Weather alerts
  • InReach® compatible

What is Incident Detection?

Incident Detection is a safety feature that enables, if an incident occurs, the Garmin Connect app on your paired smartphone to send an automated text message and email with your name and GPS location to up to three of your emergency contacts. Incident Detection is included on all Garmin Edge GPS bike computers.

What is LiveTrack?

LiveTrack, included on your Edge bike computer, is a Garmin safety and connectivity feature that creates a real-time view of your location during an activity, so friends and family can follow along.

What is Assistance on my Garmin Edge bike computer?

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 contacts, making it easier for help to find you. This feature comes with your Garmin Edge computers for cycling.

Are there any activity tracking features?

Yes, the Garmin Edge 830 tracks calories burned.

What kind of training, planning, and analysis features come with this Garmin Edge bike computer?

  • Auto Pause®
  • Interval training
  • Advanced workouts
  • Downloadable training plans
  • Auto Lap®
  • VO2 Max (run)
  • Training Effect
  • Recovery advisor
  • Virtual Partner
  • Race an Activity
  • Segments
  • Auto scroll
  • Physio TrueUp
  • https://discover.garmin.com/en-US/performance-data/cycling/#physiological-measurements

What cycling features does the Garmin Edge 830 bike computer have?

  • Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)
  • courses
  • Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)
  • Cycling Dynamics compatible
  • MTB Dynamics
  • On-device course creator
  • Integrated TrailForks trail data
  • Power meter compatible
  • Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)
  • Compatible with Varia™ lights
  • ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner

Does the Edge 830 have any other connectivity?

Yes! It has the connectivity with the following:

  • Edge® remote
  • Varia™ remote
  • ANT+™ electronic shifting
  • Shimano Di2 Synchro Shift integration
  • Smart trainer control

How do I set up which notifications display on my Garmin device?

After you enable smart notifications on your Garmin device, controlling which notifications you receive is managed from your phone. Check your phone type below for instructions that walk you through the process.

iOS 13 or Higher:

See the image and video beneath the steps for an example of the screen settings.

  1. From the iPhone select Settings.

  2. Select Notifications.

  3. From the top of the screen make sure Show Previews is set to Always or When Unlocked. This is a setting required by Apple to display notifications on a Bluetooth paired device.

  4. A little farther down the screen under NOTIFICATION STYLE select the app you want to configure (e.g., Messages, Mail, etc.).
    • To SEE NOTIFICATIONS for a specific app on your Garmin Device:
      1. Allow Notifications should be toggled on.
      2. Under ALERTS, make sure there is a check mark under Notification Center.
      3. Under OPTIONS you must have Show Previews set to either Always or When Unlocked. This is a setting required by Apple to display notifications on a Bluetooth paired device.

    • To DISABLE NOTIFICATIONS from displaying on your Garmin device:
      1. Choose the app you want to control from the Notification Settings screen.
      2. Under ALERTS, uncheck Notification Center. This will also result in notifications no longer appearing in the phone's notification center.

iOS 12:

See the image beneath the steps for an example of the screen settings

  1. From the iPhone select Settings.

  2. Select Notifications.

  3. Under NOTIFICATION STYLE select the app you want to turn on or off.

  4. Under ALERTS choose one of the following options:

    • Notification Center checked: the Garmin device will display notifications for the selected app.
    • Notification Center unchecked: the Garmin device will not display notifications for the selected app. This will also result in notifications no longer appearing in the phone's notification center.

Android:

Controlling what notifications display on your Garmin device can be managed from the Garmin Connect app.

  1. Open the Garmin Connect app on your phone.

  2. Select menu (top left).

  3. Select Settings.

  4. Select Notifications.

  5. Select App Notifications.

From here, toggle to enable or disable all smart notifications or customize by selecting individual apps.

Do you have any tips to extend the battery life on an Edge cycling computer

The advertised maximum battery life of the Edge product is based on minimal use of some features. If you are experiencing a short battery life, there are several factors that affect the battery life on your device including:

  • GPS usage when recording outdoor activities
  • Backlight usage
  • Course navigation usage
  • A smartphone connection
  • Use of Auto Scroll, Auto Lap, and Auto Pause features

How do I pair my smartphone?

To use the connected features of the Edge® device, it must be paired directly through the Garmin Connect™ app, instead of from the Bluetooth® settings on your smartphone.

  1. From the app store on your smartphone, install and open the Garmin Connect app.
  2. Turn on the device.

    The first time you turn on the device, you will select the device language. The next screen prompts you to pair with your smartphone.

    TIP: You can select Menu > Settings > Connected Features > Phone > Pair Smartphone to manually enter pairing mode.
     
  3. Select an option to add your device to your Garmin Connect account:
    • If this is the first device you have paired with the Garmin Connect app, follow the on-screen instructions.

    • If you have already paired another device with the Garmin Connect app, from the menu, select Garmin Devices > Add Device, and follow the on-screen instructions.

    NOTE: Based on your Garmin Connect account and accessories, your device suggests activity profiles and data fields during setup. If you have sensors paired with your previous device, you can transfer them during setup.

After you pair successfully, a message appears, and your device syncs automatically with your smartphone.

How do I access "phone settings" on my Edge 830?

Select Menu > Settings > Connected Features > Phone.

Enable

Enables Bluetooth® technology.

NOTE: Other Bluetooth settings appear only when Bluetooth wireless technology is enabled.
Friendly Name

Allows you to enter a friendly name that identifies your devices with Bluetooth technology.

Pair Smartphone

Connects your device with a compatible Bluetooth enabled smartphone. This setting allows you to use Bluetooth connected features, including LiveTrack and activity uploads to Garmin Connect™.

Smart Notifications

Allows you to enable phone notifications from your compatible smartphone.

Missed Notifications

Displays missed phone notifications from your compatible smartphone.

Text Reply Signature

Enables signatures in your text message replies.

What are the Bluetooth connected features on my Garmin Edge 830?

The Edge® device has several Bluetooth® connected features for your compatible smartphone using the Garmin Connect™ and Connect IQ™ apps.

Activity uploads to Garmin Connect

Automatically sends your activity to Garmin Connect as soon as you finish recording the activity.

Assistance

Allows you to send an automated text message with your name and GPS location to your emergency contacts using the Garmin Connect app.

Audio prompts

Allows the Garmin Connect app to play status announcements on your smartphone during a ride.

Bike alarm

Allows you to enable an alarm that sounds on the device and sends an alert to your smartphone when the device detects motion.

Connect IQ downloadable features

Allows you to download Connect IQ features from the Connect IQ app.

Course, segment, and workout downloads from Garmin Connect

Allows you to search for activities on Garmin Connect using your smartphone and send them to your device.

Device to device transfers

Allows you to wirelessly transfer files to another compatible Edge device.

Find my Edge

Locates your lost Edge device that is paired with your smartphone and currently within range.

GroupTrack

Allows you to keep track of other riders in your group using LiveTrack directly on screen and in real time. You can send preset messages to other riders in your GroupTrack session who have a compatible Edge device.

Incident Detection

Allows the Garmin Connect app to send a message to your emergency contacts when the Edge device detects an incident.

LiveTrack

Allows friends and family to follow your races and training activities in real time. With LiveTrack course sharing, you can also share your active course. You can invite followers using email or social media, allowing them to view your live data on a Garmin Connect tracking page.

Messages

Allows you to reply to an incoming call or text message with a preset text message. This feature is available with compatible Android™ smartphones.

Notifications

Displays phone notifications and messages on your device.

Social media interactions

Allows you to post an update to your favorite social media website when you upload an activity to Garmin Connect.

Weather updates

Sends real-time weather conditions and alerts to your device.

How do I edit a data screen?

  1. Select Menu > Settings > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Data Screens.
  4. Select a data screen.
  5. Select Layout and Data Fields.
  6. Swipe left or right to change the layout.
  7. Select right arrow.
  8. Select an option.
    • Tap a data field, then tap another data field to rearrange them.

    • Double-tap a data field to change it.

  9. Select checkmark symbol.

How do I set up my profiles on the Garmin Edge 830?

The Edge® has several ways for you to customize the device, including profiles. Profiles are a collection of settings that optimize your device based on how you are using it. For example, you can create different settings and views for training and mountain biking.

When you are using a profile and you change settings such as data fields or units of measurement, the changes are saved automatically as part of the profile.

Activity Profiles

You can create activity profiles for each type of biking. For example, you can create a separate activity profile for training, for racing, and for mountain biking. The activity profile includes customized data pages, activity totals, alerts, training zones (such as heart rate and speed), training settings (such as Auto Pause® and Auto Lap®), and navigation settings.

User Profile

You can update your gender, age, weight, and height settings. The device uses this information to calculate accurate ride data.

How do I use Auto Pause?

You can use the Auto Pause feature to pause the timer automatically when you stop moving or when your speed drops below a specified value. This feature is helpful if your ride includes stop lights or other places where you need to slow down or stop.
 
NOTE: History is not recorded while the timer is stopped or paused.
  1. Select Menu > Settings > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Auto Features > Auto Pause.
  4. Select an option:
    • Select When Stopped to pause the timer automatically when you stop moving.

    • Select Custom Speed to pause the timer automatically when your speed drops below a specified value.

  5. If necessary, customize optional time data fields (see below).

How do I install Connect IQ content using the Connect IQ app?

Below are steps to install either a Connect IQ Watch Face, Device App, Data Field, Widget or Music application using the Connect IQ Store app.

Installing a Connect IQ App

  1. Open the Garmin Connect IQ Store app

  2. Search for Connect IQ features by using one of the options below:
    • Tap Search to search by title or filter categories
    • Tap IQ to access the main menu and find popular Connect IQ content for your Garmin device

      NOTE: Contents of the main screen depend on the Garmin device you currently have selected. Not all of the Connect IQ features are supported on each Garmin device. Steps to change your device can be found below.

  3. Once you have selected the content, tap Install

  4. Tap OK if a permissions window populates

The Connect IQ content will now sync content over to your Garmin device.

How do I add emergency contacts on my Garmin Edge 830?

Emergency contact phone numbers are used for the incident detection and assistance features.

  1. From the Garmin Connect™ app, select the menu symbol.
  2. Select Safety & Tracking > Incident Detection & Assistance > Add Emergency Contact.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

How do I add a data screen to my Edge bike computer?

  1. Select Menu > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Data Screens > Add New > Data Screen.
  4. Select a category, and select one or more data fields.
  5. Select arrow back symbol.
  6. Select an option.
    • Select another category to select more data fields.

    • Select checkmark symbol.

  7. Swipe left or right to change the layout.
  8. Select right arrow symbol.
  9. Select an option.
    • Tap a data field, then tap another data field to rearrange them.

    • Double-tap a data field to change it

10. Select checkmark symbol.

How do I rearrange data screens?

  1. Select Menu > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Data Screens > Move Up/Down Symbol.
  4. Select a data screen.
  5. Select Up or Down.
  6. Select checkmark symbol for done.

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus GPS Bike Computer FAQ

What's in the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus box?

Edge 1030 Plus Device Only

  • Edge 1030 Plus GPS Bike Computer‎
  • Mounts (Standard and Flush Out-Front)
  • USB Cable
  • Tether
  • Manuals


PlayBetter Edge 1030 Plus Sensor & HRM-Dual Bundle

  • Edge 1030 Plus GPS Bike Computer‎
  • HRM-Dual
  • Cadence Sensor
  • Speed Sensor
  • Mounts (Standard and Flush Out-Front)
  • USB Cable
  • Tether
  • Manuals

Model: 010-02424-01

The PlayBetter Edge 1030 Plus Screen Protector & Silicone Case Bundle also includes

  • **UPGRADED** PlayBetter HD Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (2-Pack)
  • PlayBetter Silicone Case (Chosen Color)

The PlayBetter Edge 1030 Plus Gift Box Bundle also includes

*Packed in our stunning PlayBetter Black Gift Box with Red Ribbon*

  • **UPGRADED** PlayBetter HD Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (2-Pack)
  • PlayBetter Silicone Case (Chosen Color)
  • PlayBetter Car/Wall USB Charging Adapters
  • PlayBetter Protective Hard Case

How big is the Edge 1030 Plus GPS bike computer display?

3.5" (88.9 mm) diagonal

Is the Edge 1030 Plus a touchscreen cycling GPS? 

Yes.

What's the difference between the Edge 1030 Plus and the 530 and 830?

The main differences between the Edge 1030 Plus vs the Edge 830 are screen size, battery life, and, of course, price. Also, it does not have daily workout suggestions, which is a feature of the Edge 1030 Plus alone.

The Edge 1030 Plus has a larger screen than the Edge 830—3.5" compared to 2.6". It also weighs 4.4 oz, while the 830 comes in at 2.8 oz. The Garmin Edge 830 (and the 530) gets up to 20 hours of battery life, while the Edge 1030 Plus gets up to 24 hours.

The Edge 830 and the Edge 530 are basically the same bike computer, except that the 830 is a touchscreen and the 530 is not.

What's the price difference?

Garmin Edge 530 — $299.99 ($249.99 on sale at time of this FAQ creation)

Garmin Edge 830 — $399.99

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus — $599.99

Does this Garmin GPS computer for cycling have a color display?

Yes.

How big is the Edge 1030 Plus bike computer (compared to the 830 and 530)?

EDGE 530

Dimensions: 1.9" x 3.2" x 0.8" (50 x 82 x 20 mm)

Weight: 2.7 oz (75.8 g)

EDGE 830

Dimensions: 1.9" x 3.2" x 0.8" (50 x 82 x 20 mm)

Weight: 2.8 oz (79.1 g)

EDGE 1030 PLUS

Dimensions: 2.3" x 4.5" x 0.8" (58 x 114 x 19 mm)

Weight: 4.4 oz (124 g)

What is the battery life of the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus?

up to 24 hours

What else about the battery?

  • Battery type: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • has battery saver mode
  • In-ride power compatible (Garmin Charge battery pack)

Is the Edge 1030 Plus GPS computer for cycling waterproof?

Yes. It's water rated to IPX7

What kind of maps and memory does the Edge 1030 Plus have?

  • ability to add maps
  • basemap
  • waypoints/favorites/locations = 200
  • routes = 100 courses
  • history = up to 200 hours

What kind of GPS and other sensors this cycling computer have?

  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • Galileo
  • Barimetric altimeter
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor

What kind of smart features does the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus have?

  • Bluetooth®, Ant+®, and Wi-Fi®
  • Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)
  • Weather
  • VIRB® remote
  • Android and iPhone smartphone compatibility

Does the Edge 1030 Plus have safety and tracking features?

Yes! It has all these safety and tracking features:

  • LiveTrack
  • Group LiveTrack
  • Rider-to-rider messaging
  • Incident Detection
  • Assistance
  • Bike alarm
  • Weather alerts
  • InReach® compatible

What is Incident Detection?

Incident Detection is a safety feature that enables, if an incident occurs, the Garmin Connect app on your paired smartphone to send an automated text message and email with your name and GPS location to up to three of your emergency contacts. Incident Detection is included on all Garmin Edge GPS bike computers.

What is LiveTrack?

LiveTrack, included on your Edge bike computer, is a Garmin safety and connectivity feature that creates a real-time view of your location during an activity, so friends and family can follow along.

What is Assistance on my Garmin Edge bike computer?

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 contacts, making it easier for help to find you. This feature comes with your Garmin Edge computers for cycling.

Are there any activity tracking features?

Yes, the Garmin Edge 530 tracks calories burned.

What kind of training, planning, and analysis features come with this Garmin Edge bike computer?

  • Auto Pause®
  • Interval training
  • Advanced workouts
  • Daily suggested workouts
  • Downloadable training plans
  • Auto Lap®
  • VO2 Max (run)
  • Training Effect
  • Recovery advisor
  • Virtual Partner
  • Race an Activity
  • Segments
  • Auto scroll
  • Physio TrueUp
  • https://discover.garmin.com/en-US/performance-data/cycling/#physiological-measurements

What cycling features does the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus bike computer have?

  • Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)
  • courses
  • Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)
  • Cycling Dynamics compatible
  • MTB Dynamics
  • Integrated TrailForks trail data
  • Power meter compatible
  • Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)
  • Compatible with Varia™ lights
  • ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner

Does the Edge 1030 have any other connectivity?

Yes! It has the connectivity with the following:

  • Edge® remote
  • Varia™ remote
  • ANT+™ electronic shifting
  • Shimano Di2 Synchro Shift integration
  • Smart trainer control

How do I set up which notifications display on my Garmin device?

After you enable smart notifications on your Garmin device, controlling which notifications you receive is managed from your phone. Check your phone type below for instructions that walk you through the process.

iOS 13 or Higher:

See the image and video beneath the steps for an example of the screen settings.

  1. From the iPhone select Settings.

  2. Select Notifications.

  3. From the top of the screen make sure Show Previews is set to Always or When Unlocked. This is a setting required by Apple to display notifications on a Bluetooth paired device.

  4. A little farther down the screen under NOTIFICATION STYLE select the app you want to configure (e.g., Messages, Mail, etc.).
    • To SEE NOTIFICATIONS for a specific app on your Garmin Device:
      1. Allow Notifications should be toggled on.
      2. Under ALERTS, make sure there is a check mark under Notification Center.
      3. Under OPTIONS you must have Show Previews set to either Always or When Unlocked. This is a setting required by Apple to display notifications on a Bluetooth paired device.

    • To DISABLE NOTIFICATIONS from displaying on your Garmin device:
      1. Choose the app you want to control from the Notification Settings screen.
      2. Under ALERTS, uncheck Notification Center. This will also result in notifications no longer appearing in the phone's notification center.

iOS 12:

See the image beneath the steps for an example of the screen settings

  1. From the iPhone select Settings.

  2. Select Notifications.

  3. Under NOTIFICATION STYLE select the app you want to turn on or off.

  4. Under ALERTS choose one of the following options:

    • Notification Center checked: the Garmin device will display notifications for the selected app.
    • Notification Center unchecked: the Garmin device will not display notifications for the selected app. This will also result in notifications no longer appearing in the phone's notification center.

Android:

Controlling what notifications display on your Garmin device can be managed from the Garmin Connect app.

  1. Open the Garmin Connect app on your phone.

  2. Select menu (top left).

  3. Select Settings.

  4. Select Notifications.

  5. Select App Notifications.

From here, toggle to enable or disable all smart notifications or customize by selecting individual apps.

Do you have any tips to extend the battery life on an Edge cycling computer

The advertised maximum battery life of the Edge product is based on minimal use of some features. If you are experiencing a short battery life, there are several factors that affect the battery life on your device including:

  • GPS usage when recording outdoor activities
  • Backlight usage
  • Course navigation usage
  • A smartphone connection
  • Use of Auto Scroll, Auto Lap, and Auto Pause features

How do I pair my smartphone?

To use the connected features of the Edge® device, it must be paired directly through the Garmin Connect™ app, instead of from the Bluetooth® settings on your smartphone.

  1. From the app store on your smartphone, install and open the Garmin Connect app.
  2. Turn on the device.

    The first time you turn on the device, you will select the device language. The next screen prompts you to pair with your smartphone.

    TIP: You can select Menu > Settings > Connected Features > Phone > Pair Smartphone to manually enter pairing mode.
     
  3. Select an option to add your device to your Garmin Connect account:
    • If this is the first device you have paired with the Garmin Connect app, follow the on-screen instructions.

    • If you have already paired another device with the Garmin Connect app, from the menu, select Garmin Devices > Add Device, and follow the on-screen instructions.

    NOTE: Based on your Garmin Connect account and accessories, your device suggests activity profiles and data fields during setup. If you have sensors paired with your previous device, you can transfer them during setup.

After you pair successfully, a message appears, and your device syncs automatically with your smartphone.

How do I access "phone settings" on my Edge 1030 Plus?

Select Menu > Settings > Connected Features > Phone.

Enable

Enables Bluetooth® technology.

NOTE: Other Bluetooth settings appear only when Bluetooth wireless technology is enabled.
Friendly Name

Allows you to enter a friendly name that identifies your devices with Bluetooth technology.

Pair Smartphone

Connects your device with a compatible Bluetooth enabled smartphone. This setting allows you to use Bluetooth connected features, including LiveTrack and activity uploads to Garmin Connect™.

Smart Notifications

Allows you to enable phone notifications from your compatible smartphone.

Missed Notifications

Displays missed phone notifications from your compatible smartphone.

Text Reply Signature

Enables signatures in your text message replies.

What are the Bluetooth connected features on my Garmin Edge 1030 Plus?

The Edge® device has several Bluetooth® connected features for your compatible smartphone using the Garmin Connect™ and Connect IQ™ apps.

Activity uploads to Garmin Connect

Automatically sends your activity to Garmin Connect as soon as you finish recording the activity.

Assistance

Allows you to send an automated text message with your name and GPS location to your emergency contacts using the Garmin Connect app.

Audio prompts

Allows the Garmin Connect app to play status announcements on your smartphone during a ride.

Bike alarm

Allows you to enable an alarm that sounds on the device and sends an alert to your smartphone when the device detects motion.

Connect IQ downloadable features

Allows you to download Connect IQ features from the Connect IQ app.

Course, segment, and workout downloads from Garmin Connect

Allows you to search for activities on Garmin Connect using your smartphone and send them to your device.

Device to device transfers

Allows you to wirelessly transfer files to another compatible Edge device.

Find my Edge

Locates your lost Edge device that is paired with your smartphone and currently within range.

GroupTrack

Allows you to keep track of other riders in your group using LiveTrack directly on screen and in real time. You can send preset messages to other riders in your GroupTrack session who have a compatible Edge device.

Incident Detection

Allows the Garmin Connect app to send a message to your emergency contacts when the Edge device detects an incident.

LiveTrack

Allows friends and family to follow your races and training activities in real time. With LiveTrack course sharing, you can also share your active course. You can invite followers using email or social media, allowing them to view your live data on a Garmin Connect tracking page.

Messages

Allows you to reply to an incoming call or text message with a preset text message. This feature is available with compatible Android™ smartphones.

Notifications

Displays phone notifications and messages on your device.

Social media interactions

Allows you to post an update to your favorite social media website when you upload an activity to Garmin Connect.

Weather updates

Sends real-time weather conditions and alerts to your device.

How do I edit a data screen?

  1. Select Menu > Settings > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Data Screens.
  4. Select a data screen.
  5. Select Layout and Data Fields.
  6. Select up or down to change the layout.
  7. Select menu
  8. Select an option.
    • Select a data field, then select another data field to rearrange them.

    • Select a data field twice to change it.

  9. Select Done.

How do I set up my profiles on the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus?

The Edge® has several ways for you to customize the device, including profiles. Profiles are a collection of settings that optimize your device based on how you are using it. For example, you can create different settings and views for training and mountain biking.

When you are using a profile and you change settings such as data fields or units of measurement, the changes are saved automatically as part of the profile.

Activity Profiles

You can create activity profiles for each type of biking. For example, you can create a separate activity profile for training, for racing, and for mountain biking. The activity profile includes customized data pages, activity totals, alerts, training zones (such as heart rate and speed), training settings (such as Auto Pause® and Auto Lap®), and navigation settings.

User Profile

You can update your gender, age, weight, and height settings. The device uses this information to calculate accurate ride data.

How do I use Auto Pause?

You can use the Auto Pause feature to pause the timer automatically when you stop moving or when your speed drops below a specified value. This feature is helpful if your ride includes stop lights or other places where you need to slow down or stop.
 
NOTE: History is not recorded while the timer is stopped or paused.
  1. Select Menu > Settings > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Auto Features > Auto Pause.
  4. Select an option:
    • Select When Stopped to pause the timer automatically when you stop moving.

    • Select Custom Speed to pause the timer automatically when your speed drops below a specified value.

  5. If necessary, customize optional time data fields (see below).

How do I install Connect IQ content using the Connect IQ app?

Below are steps to install either a Connect IQ Watch Face, Device App, Data Field, Widget or Music application using the Connect IQ Store app.

Installing a Connect IQ App

  1. Open the Garmin Connect IQ Store app

  2. Search for Connect IQ features by using one of the options below:
    • Tap Search to search by title or filter categories
    • Tap IQ to access the main menu and find popular Connect IQ content for your Garmin device

      NOTE: Contents of the main screen depend on the Garmin device you currently have selected. Not all of the Connect IQ features are supported on each Garmin device. Steps to change your device can be found below.

  3. Once you have selected the content, tap Install

  4. Tap OK if a permissions window populates

The Connect IQ content will now sync content over to your Garmin device.

How do I add emergency contacts on my Garmin Edge 1030 Plus?

Emergency contact phone numbers are used for the incident detection and assistance features.

  1. From the Garmin Connect™ app, select the menu symbol.
  2. Select Safety & Tracking > Incident Detection & Assistance > Add Emergency Contact.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

How do I add a data screen to my Edge bike computer?

  1. Select Menu > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Data Screens > Add New > Data Screen.
  4. Select a category, and select one or more data fields.
  5. Select arrow back symbol.
  6. Select an option.
    • Select another category to select more data fields.

    • Select checkmark symbol.

  7. Swipe left or right to change the layout.
  8. Select right arrow symbol.
  9. Select an option.
    • Tap a data field, then tap another data field to rearrange them.

    • Double-tap a data field to change it

10. Select checkmark symbol.

How do I rearrange data screens?

  1. Select Menu > Activity Profiles.
  2. Select a profile.
  3. Select Data Screens > Move Up/Down Symbol.
  4. Select a data screen.
  5. Select Up or Down.
  6. Select checkmark symbol for done.

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