Monday, March 18, 2019

How to connect a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus to a Mac

How to connect my Garmin watch to a Mac

Have you recently upgraded to the Garmin Fenix 5 or the Forerunner 645 Music and found it won’t connect to a Mac, then you are in luck with a solution to help you connect your Garmin Fenix 5 Plus to a Mac.

Why Can’t I connect my Garmin Fenix Plus to a Mac?

Before we get started, let’s take a few moments on why you can’t connect your Garmin to a Mac.

It would appear that Garmin in their infinite wisdom has changed the USB mode on the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, Forerunner 645 and the Vivoactive 3 Music models, however, this is not an issue if you use Microsoft Windows, but you are going to find sending maps and other files a challenge if you use a Mac. The reason is simply that the Mac doesn’t natively support the new USB mode that Garmin has decided to use on the Plus series; this being MTP.

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Which Garmin watches can I connect to a Mac using this method

As mentioned Garmin has changed the USB mode for a number of Garmin devices and the method show allow you to connect your Garmin devices to a Mac

  • Garmin Fenix 5 Plus
  • Garmin Fenix 5s Plus
  • Garmin Fenix 5x Plus
  • Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
  • Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music

Method to Connect a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus to a Mac USB storage

After some digging around and reading various forums it would appear using an app called Andriod File transfer, you can easily connect a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus to a mac or other devices that don’t support the MTP USB mode.

  • First download “Android File Transfer
  • Quit Garmin Express if you have it open (this is important)
  • Now install Android File transfer on your Mac.
  • Once the installation process has completed, connect your Garmin watch to your Mac via the USB cable
  • You will be able to access your Garmin watch storage via Mac using USB

How to connect your Garmin Fenix 5 Plus to a Mac


  1. I moved songs to the Fenix’s Music folder but it’s not showing on the watch and the My Music is not available as a music source. Anything else needs to be done? Thanks.


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Jon Ratcliffe
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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