Garmin Instinct manual

The Garmin Instinct is a fitness tracker that excels at three core functions; running, biking, and swimming. The Instinct supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite systems and connects to them instantly. Rather than being a smartwatch, the Instinct is more of a GPS watch. Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community where you can join challenges, get insights, and share your progress as you reach your objectives, automatically uploads your data.

Getting the most out of your Garmin requires some understanding of how to use it. That’s where having the owner’s manual comes in handy. With proper usage, there is less risk of damage, and you’ll learn how to get the most out of it.

Download the Garmin Instinct manual

Please be sure to read and save the entire manual before setting up or using your Garmin Instinct. Misuse may damage the unit and/or cause harm or serious injury. Download the manual and save it for future reference.

Comfortable and durable designSteep learning curve
Good battery managementInaccurate sleep tracking
Precise GPS mappingNo Topo maps

The Instinct isn’t compatible with the Garmin IQ app store, so you might be better served by one of the best smartwatches if you’re looking for more versatile functionality from a wearable.


  • 45mm watch with interchangeable 22mm straps
  • 128 x 128 pixel monochrome display
  • Up to 16 hours GPS battery life
  • GPS/GLONASS/Galileo
  • Works with iOS and Android
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Multisport tracking (running, cycling, swimming, hiking, skiing, and more)
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