Currently there are 8 apps on the Garmin ConnectIQ store that you can download and install onto your Garmin ConnectIQ compatible head unit. Each app requires that you have a power meter installed on your bike. Bioshift also requires a cadence sensor.
You can use either the desktop Garmin Express software or Garmin Connect Mobile on your mobile phone to install and configure your apps. You will need these to configure the apps.
To install and configure any one of our apps, open your browser and navigate to the page with our apps on the ConnectIQ app store. Click the app you wish to install and click the DOWNLOAD button:
The Garmin app store will prompt you to login if you have not already logged in. Once logged in, you’ll see the following screen:
If you’re using Garmin Express, plug in your Edge device and launch Garmin Express on your Mac or PC. Garmin will automatically sync your new app with your Edge device:
If you’re using Garmin Connect Mobile, navigate to the Garmin Devices menu and then click through to the datafield app on your device:
Using a Garmin device that supports ConnectIQ Version 2
For MPA and Power, XSS and XEP, Focus and Strain, Fat and Carbs and Time-to-Exhaustion, you’ll need to configure your Xert Username and Password. As of version 3.0, the software will automatically update your Garmin CIQ datafields, over-the-air, in the background.
Using a Garmin device that support ConnectIQ Version 1 (some older Garmin watches)
For other devices that only support ConnectIQ Version 1, you’ll need to modify the settings for Xert Code. Click here to obtain your Xert Code and use the app settings page to enter it for the app you downloaded.
To configure the app you downloaded, click on the button with the three dots beside each app. This opens the configuration screen for basic configuration options. (Garmin is expanding the features on the page but for the moment it’s quite limited.)
Here is additional information for various apps showing sample screens from Garmin Express:
MPA and Power
Power Average Time is the number of seconds of rolling average to use to display power. Since power and MPA are likely to always be displayed on the screen together, this enables you to configure the number of seconds you prefer to see for power data.
Fat and Carbs
When Display fat and carb rate in watts is unselected (default), the display will show the total amount of fat and carbs in grams that have been used. When selected, the display will show the real-time watts for both fat and carbs (per second wattage).
Time to Exhaustion
Time-to-Exhaustion Watts is the wattage that the app will use to calculate exhaustion. For example, if ‘500’ is entered in this field, it will calculate the amount of time you can hold 500W before reaching exhaustion. By default, Time-to-Exhaustion Watts is the same as the Target MPA watts unless the toggle Use Custom Target MPA? is enabled. Value needs to be above your Threshold Power, ideally above your 20 minute power.
Use Custom Target MPA? When this is enabled, rather than showing the amount of time for MPA to reach your Time-to-Exhaustion watts, Xert will use the value in the ‘Target MPA” field as the final MPA value. (The configuration screens aren’t intuitive on this but we hope to improve them when Garmin provides more options on how data is entered).
Target MPA (Must be greater than Time-to-Exhaustion Watts) is the Target MPA value Xert will use when the ‘Use Custom Target MPA’ toggle is enabled. For example, if your Time-to-Exhaustion Watts is 500, and Custom Target MPA is checked, and this is 700W, the timer will show how much time you have at 500W before your MPA reaches 700W.
Time-to-Recovery Watts is the wattage the app will use to calculate the time needed for you to recover. For example, if ‘150’ is entered here, the app will calculate the amount of time it will take for you to recover while sustaining 150W. Value must be below your Threshold Power.
Use Custom Target MPA? When this is enabled, rather than showing the amount of time needed for MPA to reach full recovery, Xert will use the value in the ‘Target Recovery MPA’ field as the final MPA value.
Target Recovery MPA is the Target MPA value Xert will use when the ‘Use Custom Target MPA’ toggle is enabled. For example, if your Time-to-Recovery Watts is set to 150, and ‘Use Custom Target MPA’ toggle is enabled, and this is 1000W, the timer will show how much time it will take for MPA to recover to 1000W at a power of 150W.
Focus and Difficulty/Strain
You can choose whether to display Strain or Difficulty in the second field.
When Display strain as a rate is unselected, the app will show your activity’s total strain in kilojoules. When selected, the app will show your strain rate based on your current power and MPA.
What’s My FTP?
You can choose whether to display your FTP in Watts or Watts/kg.
You can choose whether to reset FTP back to the starting value when a lap notification is received. Note that many units will generate new laps automatically.