Garmin vivoactive 4S Manual

For a thorough manual on using the vivoactive 4S, refer to the official Garmin guide. It provides troubleshooting, customization, and performance optimization assistance. By reading the manual, you can uncover new features and maximize your tracker’s potential. Proper usage reduces the risk of damage and enhances functionality.

Manual PDF

Manual Details
Page count68
File size3.8 MB

Please read this manual in its entirety before using the unit, as misuse may damage the unit or cause harm or serious injury.

Chapters included in the owner’s manual

  1. Introduction
  2. Smart Features
  3. Music
  4. Garmin Pay
  5. Safety and Tracking Features
  6. Heart Rate Features
  7. Activity Tracking
  8. Widgets
  9. Apps and Activities
  10. Training
  11. Navigation
  12. History
  13. Customizing Your Device
  14. Wireless Sensors
  15. Device Information
  16. Troubleshooting
  17. Appendix


The Garmin Vivoactive 4s is a smartwatch that tracks activity, heart rate, and sleep, and has GPS capabilities. The 4s is the smaller version of the Vivoactive 4, and both watches are compatible with Android and iOS devices.

The Garmin Connect app will download software updates automatically behind the scenes while your device is connected to your mobile phone.  There are no steps required for you to take to get the latest software. 

Garmin Vivoactive 4S Specifications

Ideal forEveryday use running, fitness, and training
Date displayYes
Face materialMineral crystal glass
Wrist strap materialSilicone
IPX ratingIP X8
Daily alarms1
Countdown timerYes
Replaceable batteriesNo
12/24 hour formatYes
Metric/imperial units formatYes
InterfaceUSB Wireless
Low battery warningYes
Calorie consumptionYes
Foot podSold separately
App compatibilityGarmin Connect Third-party apps
Programmable workoutsAdvanced
Heart rate monitorYes
Touch screenYes
Heart rate target zonesYes
Coded signalYes
Workout historyYes
Wireless syncYes
Interval trainingYes
Button lockYes
BatteriesRechargeable battery pack (non-removable)
Haptic feedbackYes
Virtual partnerYes
Heart rate in real-timeYes
Replaceable wrist strapYes
Calories in real-timeYes
Speed/cadence sensorSold separately
ANT+ compatibleYes
Battery life5-168 h
Chest strapSold separately

Garmin vivoactive 4S FAQ

  1. Is the Garmin vivoactive 4S worth it?

    The vivoactive 4S is a decent upgrade over the Vivoactive 3. It has a better display and longer battery life.

  2. Is the vivoactive 4S waterproof?

    This watch is water-rated to 5 ATM making it reasonable for a swim, shower, or spa day.

  3. Is the vivoactive 4S accurate?

    The vivoactive 4 is accurate enough for most recreational joggers or cyclists.

  4. Is the Garmin vivoactive 4S discontinued?

    At this time, it appears Garmin has no plans to release a new edition in 2022.

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