The latest Beta firmware update for Garmin Fenix 6 slaps on support for Swim 2 features including Auto Rest, Swim Time data field, Pacing Alerts and more.
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Earlier this month a firmware update for Forerunner 245 and 945 was released into the wild with this functionality. It is still in Beta but anyone can download it and install it on their watch.
The Fenix 6 was released in September. This is a beast of a watch and is for those interested in tracking everything, from snorkeling to skiing. The latest firmware update now makes this watch even better.
The software version has been bumped up from 5.00 to 5.72. You can download it on this link.
The main change is the addition of Swim 2 functionality namely Auto Rest, Swim Time data field, Swim workout improvements, Pacing Alerts, Swim Dead Reckoning for OWS and Critical Swim Speed. The watch already has the ability to track heart rate under water, auto-recognize strokes and more.
The other firmware updates add support for Action Menu with the Expedition App as an easier way to access more functions and improved compass performance. As always, there’s also a long list of bugs that were squashed.
To install, you’ll need to connect your Fenix 6 to a computer using a USB cable. Download the Beta firmware update via the links in this article, unzip the file and copy gupdate.gcd in the System_v*** folder (in the \GARMIN folder of the device), the file gup3295.gcd in the Sensor Hub_v*** folder, gup3107.gcd or 006B310700.GCD in the GPS_v*** folder and gup3293.gcd in the ANT_BLE_BT_v*** folder. Unplug the watch from the computer and proceed through the update when prompted.
Then again, you could simply wait for the public release. This is probably only a few weeks away.
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