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How to sync info chrsvzw — Nov 14, 2016 09:44AM PST

Just got my garmin 7days ago and still learning the garminconnect functions/capabilities and trying to learn capabilities of myfitnesspal.
How does the information from myfitnesspal get to my garmin account? Also, do I have to sync garminconnect and my fitnesspal to computer everyday?

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Nov 14, 2016 11:53AM PST

Hey thanks for posting your question.

In the Garmin app, you will start by opening the Menu screen, by clicking on the three line icon in the upper left. If using the iOS app, then go to More>Settings>3rd Party Apps>MyFitnessPal.

If using Android, select Fitness, followed by Calories swipe through those pages to link Calories In/Out. You will then swipe right to left through the additional screens and select Get Started on the last screen.

On their site,, you will also start in the Menu, clicking the three line icon in the upper left. Next select Calories In/Out where you should see the option to connect.

Once you have connected on the Garmin side, we recommend going to our main website at, then to the Apps tab, and double check on the right hand side of the page under “Your Apps” to make sure Garmin is now listed there.

If you are using our updated Android or iOS apps that have the Steps feature, you can elect Garmin to be your main Step source. Simply go to the menu in the app, then Steps, then add Garmin as your elected option (please note you can only have one elected Steps option).

Once the connection has been established Food should only be logged on MyFitnessPal, not on the Garmin site. It will then transfer to Garmin as a meal total (not individual foods logged, as different databases are used and the exact items may not be on both databases).

Exercise should be logged with Garmin, and will then transfer to MyFitnessPal in the form of an adjustment. To see a break down of the adjustment, you can tap directly on the adjustment in the apps or click the “i” next to the adjustment online in the Cardiovascular section. For more insights into how the adjustments work, please click here

You can connect other integration partners to MyFitnessPal while using Garmin, as long as you do not connect the same partners to Garmin as well, and the partners you connect are not all day trackers like Garmin, as you can only connect one all day tracker at a time.

We hope this helps.
MyFitnessPal Staff

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kawamichelle Jan 31, 2017 03:52PM PST

After I link Garmin Connect with MFP and I go to myfitnesspal website. Connect is not listed in Myapps. What do I do now?

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Feb 01, 2017 11:57AM PST


Thanks for posting. Sorry for the trouble with your Garmin integration. When we view your account status we are currently seeing Garmin Connect in Your Apps, on the website. We also show that Garmin Connect has reported 9902 steps and 1057 calories burned as of 10:55 am. Please follow up with us if you are not seeing the adjustment line on your end or if the amount reported by Garmin in your adjustment details does not match what is showing in your Garmin dashboard for the same time.

If you are still not seeing Garmin as being connected on your end, please try force quitting both apps, and then unlinking and relinking via the Garmin Connect website.

Keep in mind that the calorie adjustment is not showing your tracked exercise calories but rather the amount by which your total calorie burn for the day has exceeded our calculation for your day to day calorie burn. This means that your adjustment line will show as 0 until you have earned the extra calories in the form of an adjustment.

When you add a individual exercise entry, the program replaces your tracked activity and calorie burn with the calorie burn from that entry, to avoid receiving double credit for the activity. In your adjustment detail it gets added to the MyFitnessPal number, reducing your Garmin calorie adjustment by the amount of your individual exercise entry. If this makes the MyFitnessPal number greater the adjustment will go back to 0 until the Garmin number once again passes it, however, if you look at your calculation at the top of the home screen, you will see that you are getting credit for the individual exercise entry there.

Kind Regards,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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