How to customize the data screens on your Garmin watch - or add new ones

Change what insights you see when you're performing workouts
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Knowing how to customize the contents of your Garmin watch's data screens is essential if you want to mix up the information and insights you're seeing during workouts.

And no matter which Garmin sports watch you own, you should have a supreme amount of data screen options at your disposal. In our experience, it can take some time to figure out which you want to see and re-order them to your taste, but the process of actually editing data screens is very straightforward. 

Follow our steps below to edit your Garmin watch data fields - and remember you can also replicate these steps in Garmin Connect if you don't want to customize from the wrist. 

1. Bring up the menu on your Garmin watch

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This may vary slightly depending on your model, but start by bringing up the settings menu on your Garmin device. You'll typically have to press and hold for a second or two - otherwise, you'll jump to the bottom of your glances. 

2. Find the activity you want to edit

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Next, use the touchscreen or 'Up' and 'Down' buttons to navigate yourself to 'Activities & Apps'.

From here, you'll be given a list of your workout types (in the order they appear when you go to start a workout). 

You can jump into any activity here - even ones not on the shortlist by scrolling all the way to 'Add'. 

3. Locate the 'Data Screens' option

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Once you've got your chosen activity selected, tap on '[Activity Type] Settings' or something similar and then 'Data Screens' located on the next page. 

You should now be met with all the data screens and fields you're used to from your activity.

4. Scroll to the data screen you want to edit or 'Add New'

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From here, you'll have to use the buttons to scroll up and down your current list of data screens. If you want to tinker with one that's already there, tap the 'Start/Stop' button to begin editing.

If you want a completely new data screen, navigate to the bottom and find 'Add New'.

5. Begin customizing your data screen

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This is where the fun begins. Once you've selected a screen to edit, you should then have the option to reorder it, change the layout, or change the data fields.

If you opt to edit the data fields, you'll then be greeted with the pop-up overlay that allows you to replace the existing metrics with new ones. 

If you're adding an all-new screen, you'll start by selecting the data field layout you want and then proceed to fill the slots with different metrics in order. 

6. Finish your edits and confirm

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If you're editing an existing data screen, make sure to press the 'Start/Stop' button to confirm your changes. At this point, you'll be transferred back to the list of editing options. Once you're happy with your work, press the 'Back' button and everything should then be set. 

If you're finished with an all-new screen, press the 'Start/Stop' button once you're happy and then use the 'Up' and 'Down' buttons to place it within the order.


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Conor Allison


Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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