How do I perform a reset on my Forerunner 305, 205, 301, 201 or 101?

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There are a few instances in which a reset (or prompted reset) can be performed on the Forerunner 305, 205, 301, 201 or 101 such as:

  • Not functioning properly
  • Needing to be restored to factory default settings
  • Not receiving a satellite signal*
  • To bring up language selection prompt if incorrect language text is showing
  • Unable to pair up accessories, such as the heart rate monitor or foot pod

All settings, workouts, courses will be erased when resetting the device. Activities can be backed up with Garmin Connect.

To perform the master reset:

  1. Start with device powered off
  2. Press and hold Mode and Power
  3. Release buttons once Do You Really Want To Erase All User Data? message appears
  4. Select Yes

The Forerunner will now be reset. Leave the device outside with a clear view of the sky for a minimum of 15 minutes to acquire satellite data.

**If the device is not receiving a satellite signal, perform an AutoLocate before performing a master reset.

If the device will not power off, try a soft reset.

Referenced Link(s)

Garmin Connect:


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