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

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  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.

  2. Thanks for the tip. I have it up in Android File Transfer but can’t access it in Basecamp, is this possible? Thanks!

  3. I have followed these steps, though continue to receive a message that “No Android Device Found” from Android file transfer when trying to load files from my Forerunner 645. Any other suggestions?

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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