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    Garmin Smartphone Link App

    I finally got a smartphone the other day.

    I found a Garmin page that suggests the Garmin Smartphone Link app would work with the Nav VI.

    Anyone know if it will work with Nav V?

    I am interested in being able to display weather radar on the Nav V.

    Any information or advice appreciated.

    Harry
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    I finally got a smartphone the other day.

    I found a Garmin page that suggests the Garmin Smartphone Link app would work with the Nav VI.

    Anyone know if it will work with Nav V?

    I am interested in being able to display weather radar on the Nav V.

    Any information or advice appreciated.

    Harry
    Yes, it works fine with the Nav V.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patm View Post
    Yes, it works fine with the Nav V.
    Nice.

    Thank you.
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    I use it with my Nav V and really like being able to see the weather radar on the GPS.
    One big complaint people have with the app is the weather warnings, especially if you are connected to the GPS with sound.
    With all the flooding in the mid-west I get a flood warning every 15 minutes or so. This has been going on since April.
    If I don't need the sound I mute my GPS so I don't have to keep hearing the weather warning.
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    would this app be constantly using data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRJeff View Post
    would this app be constantly using data?
    It must not use much because my wife and I share 2Gb of data and we never go over.
    We usually use less than 1 GB of date.
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    For our trip to the national from Ontario and back we used a grand total of 29 MB of data on the app. It's small packets of data that provide the weather updates. I've looked at the radar and changed routing in the past to avoid the worst of storms. The weather warnings do get tedious, for me it's strong wind warnings that I normally get. My only wish for the app would be to opt out of certain types of warnings, marine for example.
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    Like Lee and Dave, I don't see much data usage with it. Presume that it is very efficient and using small packets. I too did the Nationa Rally but also wrapped around that a much larger trip, doing most of the Appalations, etc. It was 5,000+ miles (8,500 km) over roughly 3 weeks and very low data usage.

    Unlike some, my biggest usage and favourite feature of the Garmin Smartphone Link App isn't the weather portion, but rather the live traffic re-routing.

    This came into play around Nashville and other areas but was especially helpful when going up the Eastern Seaboard and around NYC/CT on a weekday. I really try to do that stretch on a Sunday when possible, but scheduling doesn't always allow for that. Google Maps and my GPS had the main section of that day's route listed as 6.5 hours. It took almost 9 hours, but would have been much longer due to traffic, construction, accidents, etc., had it not been for the Smartphone Link App Traffic re-routing. On at least 3 occasions it re-routed me with a "stated" time savings of 30+ minutes. Some areas it identified 20+ minute delays with no viable alternative. This feature is my #1 reason for using/liking the app.
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    Thanks to everyone for the very useful info and advice.

    Harry
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    My Nav V and SENA are already paired and working fine.

    I was going to ask about how to pair the smartphone to the Nav V, but it looks like this web page answers that question:

    https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?fa...Ay3e1RISqXLrO9

    Sound right?

    Harry
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    I live near lake and get small craft advisories all the time. When I donít need the weather updates, I go into Bluetooth settings on the nav V and disable smartlink.

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    On my recent trip I got lots of traffic and roadworks advisories, none of which were much help. I also got one advisory of an accident: there was absolutely no sign of it. I ended up turning it off, it was just a distraction.

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    First ride with Smartlink I was warned of stopped traffic 50 miles down my route, but I figured the situation might change before I traveled that far so I kept going. Five minutes later, I was told the route was clear. Ten minutes later, another stopped traffic warning, another five minutes, traffic clear, etc. Just kept repeating....

    Turned out the highway passed through a factory site and they were shuttling train cars from one side to the other. No worse than a traffic light.

    The warnings of upcoming speed limit changes are more useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lupinblue View Post
    On my recent trip I got lots of traffic and roadworks advisories, none of which were much help. I also got one advisory of an accident: there was absolutely no sign of it. I ended up turning it off, it was just a distraction.
    Mine cries wolf quite often so I ignore it.
    Retuning from the National I had several warnings of long delays and there was nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    The warnings of upcoming speed limit changes are more useful.
    Didn't know this was a option.
    I checked the app on the phone and don't see a option for this.
    Lee
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