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How to factory reset my Garmin Fenix or Garmin Forerunner

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If you are having issues with your Garmin watch that a normal reset can’t handle or looking to sell your Garmin watch then you will need to perform a factory reset or also known as a Hard reset. Follow this article on how to perform a factory reset of your Garmin Fenix5, Fenix 3 or Forerunner watch.

So before I take you through performing a factory reset of your Garmin watch, let’s explain why you would perform a hard reset and the result you will get on your Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 3 and Forerunner watch.

Performing a factory / hard reset on your Garmin Fenix 3, Fenix 5 or Forerunner watch – Why you would do this?How to hard reset a Fenix 5

Perform a hard or factory reset of a Garmin watch to fix issues that can’t be fixed that are not corrected with a soft reset. I would also advise to do a full factory reset when you are selling your Garmin watch to a friend or on eBay for example as leaving data on the device is not wise, given it could have GPS location data for instance that could locate you.

The factory / master / hard reset method will clear any settings or data from the Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 3 or Forerunner, such as;

  • VO2max and LTHR
  • Distance, elevation totals or any achievements.
  • Saved Bluetooth or ANT+ sensors such as HR, power meters or foot-pods and the associated calibration
  • Apps, widgets, watch faces or anything downloaded from Garmin IQ store.
  • Sports profiles or customisation you have done to the data screens or layout.
  • Any maps you have saved on the device.
  • Any of your saved workout data

Doing this factory reset returns your Garmin watch to the same state as when it was new from the factory.

Watch this video if you prefer instead of the instructions below.

Factory reset Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 3, Forerunner watchGarmin fenix 5, Fenix 3, forerunner factory reset options

The following Garmin watches are covered for this how to reboot / factory reset Garmin watch guide.

  • Garmin Fenix 3 factory reset or reboot
  • Garmin Fenix 3 HR factory reset or reboot
  • Garmin Fenix 5 factory reset or reboot
  • Garmin Fenix 5s factory reset or reboot
  • Garmin Fenix 5x factory reset or reboot
  • Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series
  • Garmin Forerunner 645, 735, 935 factory reset or reboot

These reset/factory restore methods may work on other Garmin watches, but I have only tested it on the above devices that I have access to.

How to factory reset your Garmin watch – Fenix 5, Fenix 3 or Forerunner watch

Hard-reset or Factory-reset Garmin watch – Option 1

  • Use the menus: SETTINGS>SYSTEM>RESTORE DEFAULTS
  • Garmin watch is factory reset and ready to pair to Garmin Connect again.

Hard-reset or Factory-reset Garmin watch – Option 2

  • Hold the power/Light key until the menu appears.
  • Choose power off.
  • Press and Hold lap/Back button.
  • Press the power/Light key
  • You will get the menu “Clean user data: Yes/No?” release LAP button.
  • Then choose yes to factory reset the Garmin watch
  • Garmin watch is hard reset and ready to pair to Garmin Connect again.

Hard-reset or Factory-reset Garmin watch – Option 3

How to factory reset a Garmin Fenix 5, 3 or a Forerunner

  • Hold the power/Light key until the menu appears.
  • Choose power off.
  • Press and release power button and the watch should enter the boot sequence
  • Press and hold the buttons the Start Button and the Back Button. once the Garmin logo appears
  • Beep 1: release START button
  • Beep 2: release BACK button
  • Garmin watch is hard reset and ready to pair to Garmin Connect again.

Must read: Connect IQ store tips

So that’s the end of the how to factory reset your Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 3 or Forerunner watch. I hope this is useful and if so, please share using the social media buttons. If you have a comment or question, then please leave it below

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Jon,

    as I’m stuck in a boot loop with my Fenix 5X+…

    there is a mistake in the Hard-reset or Factory-reset Garmin watch – Option 3

    It is the sentence “Press and hold the buttons labelled up and down once the Garmin logo appears”

    Up and Down are not the buttons to push but the Start Button and the Back Button.

    Cheers
    Nemo

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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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