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Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Smartwatch User Manual

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Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Smartwatch

Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Smartwatch

Introduction

WARNING

  • See the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the product box for product warnings and other important information.
  • Always consult your physician before you begin or modify any exercise program.

Getting Started

When using your watch for the first time, you should complete these tasks to set it up and get to know the basic features.

  1. Press CTRL to turn on the watch (Buttons, page 1).
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the initial setup. During the initial setup, you can pair your smartphone with your watch to receive notifications, sync your activities, and more (Pairing Your Phone, page 76).
  3. Charge the device (Charging the Watch, page 94).
  4. Start an activity (Starting an Activity, page 7).

Buttons

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Using the Watch

  • Hold CTRL to view the controls menu (Controls, page 59). The controls menu provides quick access to frequently used functions, such as turning on do not disturb mode, saving a location, and turning the watch off.
  • From the watch face, press UP or DOWN to scroll through the glance loop (Glances, page 46).
  • From the watch face, press GPS to start an activity or open an app (Activities and Apps, page 7).
  • Hold MENU to customize the watch face (Customizing the Watch Face, page 46), adjust settings (System Settings, page 92), pair wireless sensors (Pairing Your Wireless Sensors, page 71), and more.

Clearing User Data with the Kill Switch Feature

NOTE
This feature is only available on Instinct 2 Solar – Tactical Edition models. The Kill Switch feature quickly removes all saved user-entered data and resets all settings to the factory default values. Hold SET and CTRL.

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You can press any button to cancel the Kill Switch feature during a 10-second countdown.

After 10 seconds, the watch deletes all user-entered data.

Instinct 2 Series Models
The Instinct 2 watch has a base model with connected features, safety and tracking features, navigation, a variety of activity types, and many more features. There are several models available that include additional features.

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Clocks

Setting an Alarm
You can set multiple alarms. You can set each alarm to sound once or to repeat regularly.

  1. From any screen, hold SET.
  2. Select Alarms.
  3. Enter the alarm time.
  4. Select Repeat, and select when the alarm should repeat (optional).
  5. Select Sound and Vibe, and select a type of notification (optional).
  6. Select Backlight > On to turn on the backlight with the alarm (optional).
  7. Select Label, and select a description for the alarm (optional).

Starting the Countdown Timer

  • From any screen, hold SET.
  • Select Timers.
  • Enter the time.
  • If necessary, select an option to edit the timer:
    • To automatically restart the timer after it expires, press UP and select Auto Restart > On.
    • To select a type of notification, press UP and select Sound and Vibe.
  • Press GPS to start the timer.

Saving a Quick Timer
You can set up to ten separate quick timers.

  • From any screen, hold SET.
  • Select Timers.
  • Select an option:
    • To save your first quick timer, enter the time, press UP, and select Save.
    • To save additional quick timers, select Add Timer, and enter the time.

Deleting a Timer

  1. From any screen, hold SET.
  2. Select Timers.
  3. Select a timer.
  4. Press UP.
  5. Select Delete.

Using the Stopwatch

  1. From any screen, hold SET.
  2. Select Stopwatch.
  3. Press GPS to start the timer.
  4. Press SET to restart the lap timer 1.
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  6. Press GPS to stop both timers.
  7. Press UP, and select an option.

Syncing the Time with GPS
Each time you turn on the device and acquire satellites, the device automatically detects your time zones and the current time of day. You can also manually sync the time with GPS when you change time zones, and update for daylight saving time.

  1. From any screen, hold SET.
  2. Select Set Time with GPS.
  3. Wait while the device locates satellites.

Adding Alternate Time Zones
You can display the current time of day in additional time zones on the alternate time zones glance. You can add up to three alternate time zones.

  1. From any screen, hold SET.
  2. Select Alt. Time Zones.
  3. Select Add Zone.
  4. Select a time zone.
  5. If necessary, rename the time zone.

Setting Alerts

  • From any screen, hold SET.
  • Select Alerts.
  • Select an option:
    • To set an alert to sound a specific number of minutes or hours before the actual sunset occurs, select Til Sunset > Status > On, select Time, and enter the time.
    • To set an alert to sound a specific number of minutes or hours before the actual sunrise occurs, select Til Sunrise > Status > On, select Time, and enter the time.
    • To set an alert to sound when a storm approaches, select Storm Alert > On, select Rate, and select the rate of pressure change.
    • To set an alert to sound every hour, select Hourly > On.

Activities and Apps

Your watch can be used for indoor, outdoor, athletic, and fitness activities. When you start an activity, the watch displays and records sensor data. You can create custom activities or new activities based on default activities (Creating a Custom Activity, page 26). When you finish your activities, you can save and share them with the Garmin Connect™ community. You can also add Connect IQ™ activities and apps to your watch using the Connect IQ app (Connect IQ Features, page 79). For more information about activity tracking and fitness metric accuracy, go to garmin.com/ataccuracy.

Starting an Activity
When you start an activity, the GPS turns on automatically (if required).

  • From the watch face, press GPS.
  • If this is the first time you are starting an activity, select the checkbox next to each activity to add to your favorites, and select Done.
  • Select an option:
    • Select an activity from your favorites.
    • Select, and select an activity from the extended activity list.
  • If the activity requires GPS signals, go outside to an area with a clear view of the sky, and wait until the watch is ready. The watch is ready after it establishes your heart rate, acquires GPS signals (if required), and connects to your wireless sensors (if required).
  • Press GPS to start the activity timer. The watch records activity data only while the activity timer is running.

Tips for Recording Activities

  • Charge the watch before starting an activity (Charging the Watch, page 94).
  • Press SET to record laps, start a new set or pose, or advance to the next workout step.
  • Press UP or DOWN to view additional data screens.
  • Hold MENU, and select Power Mode to use a power mode to extend battery life (Customizing Power Modes, page 91)

Stopping an Activity

  • Press GPS.
  • Select an option:
    • To resume your activity, select Resume.
    • To save the activity and view the details, select Save, press GPS, and select an option.
      NOTE
      After you save the activity, you can enter self-evaluation data.
    • To suspend your activity and resume it at a later time, select Resume Later.
    • To mark a lap, select Lap.
    • To navigate back to the starting point of your activity along the path you traveled, select Back to Start > TracBack.
      NOTE
      This feature is available only for activities that use GPS.
    • To navigate back to the starting point of your activity by the most direct path, select Back to Start > Straight Line.
    • To measure the difference between your heart rate at the end of the activity and your heart rate two minutes later, select Recovery HR and wait while the timer counts down.
    • To discard the activity, select Discard.

NOTE
After stopping the activity, the watch saves it automatically after 30 minutes.

NOTE
This feature is available only for activities that use GPS.

Going for a Track Run
Before you go for a track run, make sure you are running on a standard-shaped, 400 m track. You can use the track run activity to record your outdoor track data, including distance in meters and lap splits.

  1. Stand on the outdoor track.
  2. From the watch face, press GPS.
  3. Select Track Run.
  4. Wait while the watch locates satellites.
  5. If you are running in lane 1, skip to step 11.
  6. Press MENU.
  7. Select the activity settings.
  8. Select Lane Number.
  9. Select a lane number.
  10. Press BACK twice to return to the activity timer.
  11. Press GPS.
  12. Run around the track. After you run 3 laps, your watch records the track dimensions and calibrates your track distance.
  13. After you complete your activity, press GPS, and select Save.

Tips for Recording a Track Run

  • Wait until the GPS status indicator turns green before starting a track run.
  • During your first run on an unfamiliar track, run for a minimum of 3 laps to calibrate your track distance. You should run slightly past your starting point to complete the lap.
  • Run each lap in the same lane.
    NOTE
    The default Auto Lap® distance is 1600 m or 4 laps around the track.
  • If you are running in a lane other than lane 1, set the lane number in the activity settings.

Going for a Virtual Run
You can pair your watch with a compatible third-party app to transmit pace, heart rate, or cadence data.

  1. From the watch face, press GPS.
  2. Select Virtual Run.
  3. On your tablet, laptop, or phone, open the Zwift™ app or another virtual training app.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to start a running activity and pair the devices.
  5. Press GPS to start the activity timer.
  6. After you complete your activity, press GPS, and select Save.

Calibrating the Treadmill Distance
To record more accurate distances for your treadmill runs, you can calibrate the treadmill distance after you run at least 1.5 km (1 mi.) on a treadmill. If you use different treadmills, you can manually calibrate the treadmill distance on each treadmill or after each run.

  • Start a treadmill activity (Starting an Activity, page 7).
  • Run on the treadmill until your watch records at least 1.5 km (1 mi.).
  • After you finish the activity, press GPS to stop the activity timer.
  • Select an option:
    • To calibrate the treadmill distance the first time, select Save. The device prompts you to complete the treadmill calibration.
    • To manually calibrate the treadmill distance after the first calibration, select Calibrate & Save >.
  • Check the treadmill display for the distance traveled, and enter the distance on your watch.

Recording an Obstacle Racing Activity
When you participate in an obstacle course race, you can use the Obstacle Racing activity to record your time on each obstacle and your time running between obstacles.

  1. From the watch face, press GPS.
  2. Select Obstacle Racing.
  3. Press GPS to start the activity timer.
  4. Press SET to manually mark the beginning and end of each obstacle.
    NOTE
    You can configure the Obstacle Tracking setting to save obstacle locations from your first loop of the course. On repeat loops of the course, the watch uses the saved locations to switch between obstacles and running intervals.
  5. After you complete your activity, press GPS, and select Save.

Swimming

NOTICE
The device is intended for surface swimming. Scuba diving with the device may damage the product and will void the warranty.

NOTE
The watch has a wrist-based heart rate enabled for swimming activities.

Swim Terminology

  • Length: One trip down the pool.
  • Interval: One or more consecutive lengths. A new interval starts after a rest.
  • Stroke: A stroke is counted every time your arm wearing the watch completes a full cycle.
  • Swolf: Your wolf score is the sum of the time for one pool length and the number of strokes for that length.

For example, 30 seconds plus 15 strokes equals a wolf score of 45. For open water swimming, the wolf is calculated over 25 meters. Swolf is a measurement of swimming efficiency and, like golf, a lower score is better.

Stroke Types
Stroke-type identification is available only for pool swimming. Your stroke type is identified at the end of a length. Stroke types appear in your swimming history and your Garmin Connect account. You can also select stroke type as a custom data field.

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Tips for Swimming Activities

  • Press SET to record an interval during open-water swimming.
  • Before starting a pool swimming activity, follow the on-screen instructions to select your pool size or enter a custom size. The watch measures and records distance by completed pool lengths. The pool size must be correct to display accurate distance. The next time you start a pool swimming activity, the watch uses this pool size. You can hold MENU, select the activity settings, and select Pool Size to change the size.
  • For accurate results, swim the entire pool length, and use one stroke type for the entire length. Pause the activity timer when resting.
  • Press SET to record a rest during pool swimming (Auto Rest and Manual Rest, page 10). The watch automatically records swim intervals and lengths for pool swimming.
  • To help the watch count your lengths, use a strong push off the wall and glide before your first stroke.
  • When doing drills, you must either pause the activity timer or use the drill logging feature (Training with the Drill Log, page 11).

Auto Rest and Manual Rest

NOTE
Swim data is not recorded during a rest. To view other data screens, you can press UP or DOWN.

The auto rest feature is available only for pool swimming. Your watch automatically detects when you are resting, and the rest screen appears. If you rest for more than 15 seconds, the watch automatically creates a rest interval. When you resume swimming, the watch automatically starts a new swim interval. You can turn on the auto rest feature in the activity options (Activities and App Settings, page 27).

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For best results using the auto rest feature, minimize your arm motions while resting.

During a pool or open water swim activity, you can manually mark a rest interval by pressing SET.

Multisport

Triathletes, duathletes, and other multisport competitors can take advantage of the multisport activities, such as Triathlon or Swimrun. During a multisport activity, you can transition between activities and continue to view your total time. For example, you can switch from biking to running and view your total time for biking and running throughout the multisport activity. You can customize a multisport activity, or you can use the default triathlon activity set up for a standard triathlon.

Creating a Multisport Activity

  • From the watch face, press GPS.
  • Select Add > Multisport.
  • Select a multisport activity type, or enter a custom name. Duplicate activity names include a number. For example, Triathlon(2).
  • Select two or more activities.
  • Select an option:
    • Select an option to customize specific activity settings. For example, you can select whether to include transitions.
    • Select Done to save and use the multisport activity.
  • Select to add the activity to your list of favorites.

Indoor Activities
The watch can be used for training indoors, such as running on an indoor track or using a stationary bike or indoor trainer. GPS is turned off for indoor activities (Activities and App Settings, page 27). When running or walking with GPS turned off, speed and distance are calculated using the accelerometer in the watch. The accelerometer is self-calibrating. The accuracy of the speed and distance data improves after a few outdoor runs or walks using GPS.

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Holding the handrails of the treadmill reduces accuracy.

When cycling with GPS turned off, speed and distance data are not available unless you have an optional sensor that sends speed and distance data to the watch, such as a speed or cadence sensor.

Recording a Strength Training Activity
You can record sets during a strength training activity. A set is multiple repetitions (reps) of a single move.

  1. From the watch face, press GPS.
  2. Select Strength.
  3. Select a workout (Following a Workout From Garmin Connect, page 39).
  4. Select Details to view a list of workout steps (optional).
  5. Select.
  6. Press GPS, and select Start Workout to start the set timer.
  7. Start your first set. The watch counts your reps. Your rep count appears when you complete at least four reps.
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    The watch can only count reps of a single move for each set. When you want to change moves, you should finish the set and start a new one.
  8. Press SET to finish the set and move to the next exercise, if available. The watch displays the total reps for the set. After several seconds, the rest timer appears.
  9. If necessary, press UP or DOWN to edit the number of reps.
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    You can also add the weight used for the set.
  10. When you are done resting, press SET to start your next set.
  11. Repeat for each strength training set until your activity is complete.
  12. After your last set, press GPS, and select Stop Workout to stop the set timer.
  13. Select Save.

Gaming

Using the Garmin GameOn™ App
When you pair your watch with your computer, you can record a gaming activity on your watch and view real-time performance metrics on your computer.

  • On your computer, go to www.overwolf.com/app/Garmin-Garmin_GameOn and download the Garmin GameOn app.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  • Launch the Garmin GameOn app.
  • When the Garmin GameOn app prompts you to pair your watch, press GPS, and select Gaming on your watch.
    NOTE
    While your watch is connected to the Garmin GameOn app, notifications, and other Bluetooth® features are disabled on the watch.
  • Select Pair Now.
  • Select your watch from the list, and follow the on-screen instructions.
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    You can click > Settings to customize your settings, reread the tutorial, or remove a watch. The Garmin GameOn app remembers your watch and settings the next time you open the app. If necessary, you can pair your watch to another computer (Pairing Your Wireless Sensors, page 71).
  • Select an option:
    • On your computer, start a supported game to automatically start the gaming activity.
    • On your watch, start a manual gaming activity (Recording a Manual Gaming Activity, page 14).

The Garmin GameOn app shows your real-time performance metrics. When you complete your activity, the Garmin GameOn app displays your gaming activity summary and match information.

Recording a Manual Gaming Activity
You can record a gaming activity on your watch and manually enter stats for each match.

  1. From the watch face, press GPS.
  2. Select Gaming.
  3. Press DOWN, and select a game type.
  4. Press GPS to start the activity timer.
  5. Press SET at the end of the match to record your match result or placement.
  6. Press SET to start a new match.
  7. After you complete your activity, press GPS, and select Save.

Climbing Sports

Recording an Indoor Climbing Activity
You can record routes during an indoor climbing activity. A route is a climbing path along an indoor rock wall.

  • From the watch face, press GPS.
  • Select Climb Indoor.
  • Select to record route statistics.
  • Select a grading system.
    NOTE
    The next time you start an indoor climbing activity, the device uses this grading system. You can hold MENU, select the activity settings, and select Grading System to change the system.
  • Select the difficulty level for the route.
  • Press GPS.
  • Start your first route.
    NOTE
    When the route timer is running, the device automatically locks the buttons to prevent accidental button presses. You can hold any button to unlock the watch.
  • When you finish the route, descend to the ground. The rest timer starts automatically when you are on the ground.
    NOTE
    If necessary, you can press SET to finish the route.
  • Select an option:
    • To save a successful route, select Completed.
    • To save an unsuccessful route, select Attempted.
    • To delete the route, select Discard.
  • Enter the number of falls for the route.
  • When you are done resting, press SET and begin your next route.
  • Repeat this process for each route until your activity is complete.
  • Press GPS.
  • Select Save.

History

History includes time, distance, calories, average pace or speed, lap data, and optional sensor information.

NOTE
When the device memory is full, your oldest data is overwritten.

Using History
History contains previous activities you have saved on your watch.

  • From the watch face, hold MENU.
  • Select History > Activities.
  • Select an activity.
  • Press GPS.
  • Select an option:
    • To view additional information about the activity, select All Stats.
    • To view the impact of the activity on your aerobic and anaerobic fitness, select Training Effect (About Training Effect, page 56).
    • To view your time in each heart rate zone, select Heart Rate.
    • To select a lap and view additional information about each lap, select Laps.
    • To select a ski or snowboard run and view additional information about each run, select Runs.
    • To select an exercise set and view additional information about each set, select Sets.
    • To view the activity on a map, select Map.
    • To view an elevation plot for the activity, select Elevation Plot.
    • To delete the selected activity, select Delete.

Multisport History
Your device stores the overall multisport summary of the activity, including overall distance, time, calories, and optional accessory data. Your device also separates the activity data for each sport segment and transition so you can compare similar training activities and track how quickly you move through the transitions. Transition history includes distance, time, average speed, and calories.

Personal Records
When you complete an activity, the watch displays any new personal records you achieved during that activity. Personal records include your fastest time over several typical race distances, highest strength activity weight for major movements, and longest run, ride, or swim.

NOTE
For cycling, personal records also include the most ascent and best power (power meter required).

Viewing Your Records

  1. From the watch face, hold MENU.
  2. Select History > Records.
  3. Select a sport.
  4. Select a record.
  5. Select View Record.

Restoring a Personal Record
You can set each personal record back to the one previously recorded.

  1. From the watch face, hold MENU.
  2. Select History > Records.
  3. Select a sport.
  4. Select a record to restore.
  5. Select Previous >.

NOTE
This does not delete any saved activities.

Clearing Personal Records

  • From the watch face, hold MENU.
  • Select History > Records.
  • Select a sport.
  • Select an option:
    • To delete one record, select a record, and select Clear Record >.
    • To delete all records for the sport, select Clear All Records >.

NOTE
This does not delete any saved activities.

Viewing Data Totals
You can view the accumulated distance and time data saved to your watch.

  1. From the watch face, hold MENU.
  2. Select History > Totals.
  3. Select an activity.
  4. Select an option to view weekly or monthly totals.

Using the Odometer
The odometer automatically records the total distance traveled, elevation gained, and time in activities.

  1. From the watch face, hold MENU.
  2. Select History > Totals > Odometer.
  3. Press UP or DOWN to view odometer totals.

Deleting History

  • From the watch face, hold MENU.
  • Select History > Options.
  • Select an option:
    • Select Delete All Activities to delete all activities from the history.
    • Select Reset Totals to reset all distance and time totals.

NOTE
This does not delete any saved activities.

Appearance

You can customize the appearance of the watch face and the quick access features in the glance loop and controls menu.

Watch Face Settings
You can customize the appearance of the watch face by selecting the layout, colors, and additional data. You can also download custom watch faces from the Connect IQ store.

Customizing the Watch Face
You can customize the watch’s face information and appearance.

  • From the watch face, hold MENU.
  • Select Watch Face.
  • Press UP or DOWN to preview the watch face options.
  • Press GPS.
  • Select an option:
    • To activate the watch face, select Apply.
    • To customize the data that appears on the watch face, select Customize, press UP or DOWN to preview the options and press GPS.

Glances

Your watch comes preloaded with glances that provide quick information (Viewing the Glance Loop, page 49). Some glances require a Bluetooth connection to a compatible phone. Some glances are not visible by default. You can add them to the glance loop manually.

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Controls

The controls menu lets you quickly access watch features and options. You can add, reorder, and remove the options in the controls menu (Customizing the Controls Menu, page 61). From any screen, hold CTRL.

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Customizing the Controls Menu
You can add, remove, and change the order of the shortcut menu options in the controls menu (Controls, page 59).

  • Hold MENU.
  • Select Appearance > Controls.
  • Select a shortcut to customize.
  • Select an option:
    • Select Reorder to change the location of the shortcut in the controls menu.
    • Select Remove to remove the shortcut from the controls menu.
  • If necessary, select Add New to add a shortcut to the control menu

User Profile

You can update your user profile on your watch or the Garmin Connect app.

Setting Up Your User Profile
You can update your sex, date of birth, height, weight, wrist, heart rate zone, and power zone. The watch uses this information to calculate accurate training data.

  1. Hold MENU.
  2. Select User Profile.
  3. Select an option.

Gender Settings
When you first set up the watch, you must choose a sex. Most fitness and training algorithms are binary. For the most accurate results, Garmin recommends selecting your sex assigned at birth. After the initial setup, you can customize the profile settings in your Garmin Connect account. Profile & Privacy: This enables you to customize the data on your public profile. User Settings: Sets your sex. If you select Not Specified, the algorithms that require a binary input will use the sex you specified when you first set up the watch.

Viewing Your Fitness Age
Your fitness age gives you an idea of how your fitness compares with a person of the same sex. Your watch uses information, such as your age, body mass index (BMI), resting heart rate data, and vigorous activity history to provide a fitness age. If you have a Garmin Index™ scale, your watch uses the body fat percentage metric instead of BMI to determine your fitness age. Exercise and lifestyle changes can impact your fitness age.

NOTE
For the most accurate fitness age, complete the user profile setup (Setting Up Your User Profile, page 80).

  1. Hold MENU.
  2. Select User Profile > Fitness Age.

About Heart Rate Zones
Many athletes use heart rate zones to measure and increase their cardiovascular strength and improve their level of fitness. A heart rate zone is a set range of heartbeats per minute. The five commonly accepted heart rate zones are numbered from 1 to 5 according to increasing intensity. Generally, heart rate zones are calculated based on percentages of your maximum heart rate.

Fitness Goals
Knowing your heart rate zones can help you measure and improve your fitness by understanding and applying these principles.

  • Your heart rate is a good measure of exercise intensity.
  • Training in certain heart rate zones can help you improve cardiovascular capacity and strength.

If you know your maximum heart rate, you can use the table (Heart Rate Zone Calculations, page 82) to determine the best heart rate zone for your fitness objectives. If you do not know your maximum heart rate, use one of the calculators available on the Internet. Some gyms and health centers can provide a test that measures maximum heart rate. The default maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age.

Setting Your Heart Rate Zones
The watch uses your user profile information from the initial setup to determine your default heart rate zones.
You can set separate heart rate zones for sports profiles, such as running, cycling, and swimming. For the most
accurate calorie data during your activity, set your maximum heart rate. You can also set each heart rate zone
and enter your resting heart rate manually. You can manually adjust your zones on the watch or use your
Garmin Connect account.

  • Hold MENU.
  • Select User Profile > Heart Rate & Power Zones > Heart Rate.
  • Select Max. HR, and enter your maximum heart rate. You can use the Auto Detection feature to automatically record your maximum heart rate during an activity (Detecting Performance Measurements Automatically, page 82).
  • Select LTHR, and enter your lactate threshold heart rate. You can perform a guided test to estimate your lactate threshold (Lactate Threshold, page 53). You can use the Auto Detection feature to automatically record your lactate threshold during an activity (Detecting Performance Measurements Automatically, page 82).
  • Select Resting HR > Set Custom, and enter your resting heart rate. You can use the average resting heart rate measured by your watch, or you can set a custom resting heart rate.
  • Select Zones > Based On.
  • Select an option:
    • Select BPM to view and edit the zones in beats per minute.
    • Select %Max. HR to view and edit the zones as a percentage of your maximum heart rate.
    • Select %HRR to view and edit the zones as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (maximum heart rate minus resting heart rate).
    • Select %LTHR to view and edit the zones as a percentage of your lactate threshold heart rate.
  • Select a zone, and enter a value for each zone.
  • Select Sport Heart Rate, and select a sport profile to add separate heart rate zones (optional).
  • Repeat the steps to add sports heart rate zones (optional).

Letting the Watch Set Your Heart Rate Zones
The default settings allow the watch to detect your maximum heart rate and set your heart rate zones as a percentage of your maximum heart rate.

  • Verify that your user profile settings are accurate (Setting Up Your User Profile, page 80).
  • Run often with the wrist or chest heart rate monitor.
  • Try a few heart rate training plans, available from your Garmin Connect account.
  • View your heart rate trends and time in zones using your Garmin Connect account.

Heart Rate Zone Calculations

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Setting Your Power Zones
The power zones use default values based on gender, weight, and average ability, and may not match your abilities. If you know your functional threshold power (FTP) value, you can enter it and allow the software to calculate your power zones automatically. You can manually adjust your zones on the watch or using your Garmin Connect account.

  • Hold MENU.
  • Select User Profile > Heart Rate & Power Zones > Power.
  • Select an activity.
  • Select Based On.
  • Select an option:
    • Select Watts to view and edit the zones in watts.
    • Select % FTP to view and edit the zones as a percentage of your functional threshold power.
  • Select FTP, and enter your value. You can use the Auto Detection feature to automatically record your threshold power during an activity (Detecting Performance Measurements Automatically, page 82).
  • Select a zone, and enter a value for each zone.
  • If necessary, select Minimum, and enter a minimum power value.

Detecting Performance Measurements Automatically
The Auto Detection feature is turned on by default. The watch can automatically detect your maximum heart rate and lactate threshold during an activity. When paired with a compatible power meter, the watch can automatically detect your functional threshold power (FTP) during an activity.

  1. Hold MENU.
  2. Select User Profile > Heart Rate & Power Zones > Auto Detection.
  3. Select an option.

Health and Wellness Settings

Hold MENU, and select Health & Wellness.

Heart Rate
Allows you to customize the wrist heart rate monitor settings.

Pulse Ox Mode
Allows you to select a pulse oximeter mode (Setting the Pulse Oximeter Mode, page 66).

Move Alert
Enables or disables the Move Alert feature (Using the Move Alert, page 85).

Goal Alerts
Allows you to turn on and off goal alerts, or turn them off only during activities. Goal alerts appear for your daily steps goal, daily floors climbed goal, and weekly intensity minutes goal.

Move IQ
Allows you to turn on and off Garmin Move IQ™ events. When your movements match familiar exercise patterns, the Garmin Move IQ feature automatically detects the event and displays it in your timeline. The Garmin Move IQ events show activity type and duration, but they do not appear in your activities list or newsfeed. For more detail and accuracy, you can record a timed activity on your device.

Device Information

Charging the Watch

WARNING
This device contains a lithium-ion battery. See the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the product box for product warnings and other important information.

NOTICE
To prevent corrosion, thoroughly clean and dry the contacts and the surrounding area before charging or connecting to a computer. Refer to the cleaning instructions (Device Care, page 95).

  1. Plug the cable ( end) into the charging port on your watch.
  2. Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Smartwatch 20Plug the other end of the cable into a USB charging port. The watch displays the current battery charge level.

Solar Charging

NOTE
This feature is not available on all models.

The solar charging capability of the watch allows you to charge your watch while you use it.

Tips for Solar Charging
To maximize the battery life of your watch, follow these tips.

  • When you are wearing the watch, avoid covering the face with your sleeve.
  • Regular outdoor use in sunny conditions can extend your battery life.

NOTE
The watch protects itself from overheating and stops charging automatically if the internal temperature exceeds the solar charging temperature threshold (Specifications, page 95).

NOTE
The watch does not solar charge when connected to an external power source or when the battery is full.

Specifications

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Battery Life Information

The actual battery life depends on the features enabled on your watch, such as activity tracking, wrist-based heart rate, phone notifications, GPS, internal sensors, and connected sensors.

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Device Care

NOTICE

  • Do not use a sharp object to clean the device.
  • Avoid chemical cleaners, solvents, and insect repellents that can damage plastic components and finishes.
  • Thoroughly rinse the device with fresh water after exposure to chlorine, salt water, sunscreen, cosmetics, alcohol, or other harsh chemicals. Prolonged exposure to these substances can damage the case.
  • Avoid pressing the buttons under water.
  • Avoid extreme shock and harsh treatment, because it can degrade the life of the product.
  • Do not store the device where prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures can occur, because it can cause permanent damage.

Cleaning the Watch

CAUTION
Some users may experience skin irritation after prolonged use of the watch, especially if the user has sensitive skin or allergies. If you notice any skin irritation, remove the watch and give your skin time to heal. To help prevent skin irritation, ensure the watch is clean and dry, and do not overtighten the watch on your wrist.

NOTICE
Even small amounts of sweat or moisture can cause corrosion of the electrical contacts when connected to a charger. Corrosion can prevent charging and data transfer.

TIP
For more information, go to garmin.com/fitandcare.

  1. Rinse with water, or use a damp lint-free cloth.
  2. Allow the watch to dry completely.

Troubleshooting

Product Updates
Your device automatically checks for updates when connected to Bluetooth. You can manually check for updates from the system settings (System Settings, page 92). On your computer, install Garmin Express (www.garmin.com/express). On your phone, install the Garmin Connect app. This provides easy access to these services for Garmin devices:

  • Software updates
  • Course updates
  • Data uploads to Garmin Connect
  • Product Registration

Getting More Information
You can find more information about this product on the Garmin website.

  • Go to support.garmin.com for additional manuals, articles, and software updates.
  • Go to buy.garmin.com, or contact your Garmin dealer for information about optional accessories and replacement parts.
  • Go to www.garmin.com/ataccuracy for information about feature accuracy. This is not a medical device.

My device is in the wrong language
You can change the device language selection if you have accidentally selected the wrong language on the device.

  1. Hold MENU.
  2. Scroll down to the last item in the list, and press GPS.
  3. Press GPS.
  4. Select your language.
  5. Press GPS.

Is my phone compatible with my watch?
The Instinct 2 watch is compatible with phones using Bluetooth technology. Go to garmin.com/ble for Bluetooth compatibility information.

My phone will not connect to the watch
If your phone will not connect to the watch, you can try these tips.

  • Turn off your phone and your watch, and turn them back on again.
  • Enable Bluetooth technology on your phone.
  • Update the Garmin Connect app to the latest version.
  • Remove your watch from the Garmin Connect app and the Bluetooth settings on your phone to retry the pairing process.
  • If you bought a new phone, remove your watch from the Garmin Connect app on the phone you intend to stop using.
  • Bring your phone within 10 m (33 ft.) of the watch.
  • On your phone, open the Garmin Connect app, select or, and select Garmin Devices > Add Device to enter pairing mode.
  • From the watch face, hold MENU, and select Phone > Pair Phone

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FAQS About Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Smartwatch

What is the Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Smartwatch?

The Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Smartwatch is a rugged outdoor GPS smartwatch designed for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring solar charging capabilities.

What are the key features of the Instinct 2X Solar?

It includes GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, built-in sports apps, health tracking, smartphone notifications, and a rugged, durable design.

How does solar charging work on the Instinct 2X?

The Instinct 2X Solar features a Power Glass™ solar charging lens that converts sunlight into battery power, extending the watch’s battery life.

What activities can the Instinct 2X track?

It can track various outdoor activities such as hiking, running, cycling, swimming, and more, with specific metrics tailored to each activity.

Is the Instinct 2X waterproof?

Yes, it is designed to be waterproof and suitable for swimming and water sports.

Does it have navigation features?

Yes, it offers navigation tools including GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite positioning, as well as compass and barometric altimeter sensors.

Can I receive notifications on the Instinct 2X?

Yes, it can display notifications for calls, texts, emails, and other alerts from your smartphone when connected via Bluetooth.

What health monitoring features does it have?

It includes heart rate monitoring, stress tracking, sleep tracking, and Body Battery™ energy monitoring to help optimize performance and recovery.

How durable is the Instinct 2X?

It is built to military standards for thermal, shock, and water resistance, making it highly durable for outdoor activities.

What is the battery life like on the Instinct 2X?

With solar charging, the battery life can be extended, providing up to 38 days in smartwatch mode and up to 70 hours in GPS mode.

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