How do I update the device software on my ANT enabled device?

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09/02/2014

The majority of ANT enabled fitness devices utilize Garmin Express to transfer data between the device, computer and Garmin Connect. This includes transferring software updates to the device.

To pair with Garmin Express:

  1. Install Garmin Express on the computer
  2. Connect the ANT Stick to a USB port
  3. Enable Pairing1 on the device
  4. Click Get Started or Add Device in the Device drop down menu
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the Pairing process
  6. Click I need to create a new account OR sync to an existing account

Express will display any software updates in the Updates section. Clicking Install will prompt Garmin Express to sync with the device and transfer the software update via the ANT Stick.

Currently the Forerunner 405/405cx/410 and 50 will not accept software updates from Garmin Express. The last software versions released were 2.80 for the 405/405cx in 2011 and 2.30 for the 410 in 2012. Any device with a prior software version will use the ANT Agent to update.

To update the software on the Forerunner 50/405/405CX/410 with ANT Agent:

  1. Uninstall Garmin Express (if installed)
  2. If device battery is low, see Owner's Manual for charging or battery replacement
  3. Verify the Communicator Plugin is installed and up-to-date
  4. Install the ANT Agent software
  5. Pair1 the device with ANT Agent
  6. Go to the Software Update page
  7. Click I agree to the above terms
  8. Click the device in the drop down menu
  9. Click Update Software
  10. Wait for files to be sent to the ANT Agent
  11. Wait for the ANT Agent to send files to the device

The device will display Transferring Data then Updating Software while the update is applied. The process can take 10-30 minutes depending on the number of updates. Once the device returns to the Time Date screen the update is complete.

1See the device's Owner's Manual for instructions on Enabling Pairing.

Referenced Links:

Install Garmin Express on the computer:
https://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={f9ca1dc0-4020-11e2-e8a7-000000000000}

Uninstall Garmin Express:
https://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={df6c6c40-425e-11e2-e8a7-000000000000}

Owner's Manual:
https://support.garmin.com/support/manuals/searchManuals.faces?refresh=true

Garmin Communicator:
http://software.garmin.com/en-US/gcp.html

ANT Agent:
http://www8.garmin.com/fitness/ant_product_page.jsp

Software Updates:
http://connect.garmin.com/firmware

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