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Uploading to Strava from a Garmin device

Andrew Valko
posted this on July 14, 2014, 2:19 PM

There are three ways to get the activities you record on your Garmin device onto Strava. You can download and install the Garmin Communicator plug-in, you can upload activity files manually, or you can link your Garmin and Strava accounts and enable seamless uploading via Garmin Express. Read on for more info.

1. Manual Upload Via Garmin Communicator

2. Manual Upload Via File

3. Automatic Upload via Garmin Connect/ Garmin Express

Manual upload via Garmin Communicator

NOTE: The Garmin Communicator plugin, in it's current form, is no longer supported by Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Garmin is not planning on releasing any updates to the plugin itself so support for the plugin will be phased out. Safari and Internet Explorer should work for the time being, but may stop working in the future.

Garmin Communicator is a browser plug-in that can be used to upload activities to Strava from your Garmin device.

  1. Visit
  2. Find the Garmin section and click Get Started.
  3. Choose the Upload via the Communicator plug-in option.

We will attempt to identify and upload any new activities found on any connected Garmin devices. Please note: users with wireless ANT+ watches may also need to install the Garmin ANT Agent.

Please note that the ANT Agent software will not function properly if Garmin Express is installed (see below).

Download Garmin Communicator

Manual upload via File

Upload activities directly to Strava from your hard-drive mountable Garmin devices. No software or plug-in required! (NOTE: This option is not available for devices that use the ANT+ agent)

  1. Visit
  2. Click Choose file.
  3. Browse to the Activities folder on your connected device and select the .FIT files that you'd like to add. 

Automatic upload via Garmin Connect/Garmin Express

Activities uploaded to Garmin Connect™ can be automatically synced to your Strava account.

  1. Download and install Garmin Express.
  2. Add your device to Garmin Express.
  3. Create an account on Garmin Connect.
  4. Visit
  5. Find the Garmin section and click Get Started.
  6. Choose the Connect with Garmin option.
  7. Enter your Garmin Connect™ log-in credentials to authorize a link to Strava. If you don't already have a Garmin Connect™ account, you'll be prompted to create one. If you log in with a social network instead of an email and password, make sure you are currently logged in to Garmin Connect™ so that your information is auto-filled. 

Once you've established this connection, any activities uploaded to Garmin Connect™ will automatically sync to Strava within minutes. No need to wait on the upload page; the new activities will appear automatically. After your first upload, we'll even sync your past 30 days of Garmin Connect activity.

Are you having an issue after connecting your accounts? Read more about common questions and potential problems

We suggest using Garmin Express to easily and seamlessly upload your activities from connected devices to Garmin Connect™. Should you need to disconnect your Garmin and Strava accounts for any reason, you can do this on your Settings page at Note that you may also have to disconnect your accounts from the Garmin Connect side as well which can be found at

 Download Garmin Express

Supported Devices

Please visit this page for a list of supported GPS devices from Garmin and other manufacturers.

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