How do I install and configure the Xert Garmin ConnectIQ Apps?

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 also 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:

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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:

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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:

Garm Express Sync

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

For other devices that only support ConnectIQ Version 1, you’ll need to modify the setting for Xert CodeClick 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 button with the three dots beside each app.  This opens the configuration screen which allows for basic configuration options.  (Garmin is expanding the features on the page but for the moment it is quite limited.  In the future we hope to provide links to help screens, for example.)

Here additional information for various apps showing sample screens from Garmin Express:

 

 

Screenshot Description
MPA and Power Config Screen

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 Config Screen

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 Config Screen

Time to Exhaustion

 

Time-to-Exhaustion Watts is the wattage that the app will use to calculate for exhaustion.  For example, 500 indicates to calculate the amount of time you can hold 500W for.  By default, time-to-exhaustion is the point at which MPA is also the same wattage.  That is, Time-to-Exhaustion Watts is the same at the Target MPA watts unless the flag Use Custom Target MPA? is set.

Use Custom Target MPA? When this is selected, rather than showing the amount of time for MPA to reach your Time-to-Exhaustion watts, the flag indicates to use the value in the subsequent 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) – This is the Target MPA value to use when the above flag is set.  For example, if your Time-to-Exhaustion Watts is 500, 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 that the app will use to calculate the time before you are recovered.  For example, 150 indicates to calculate the amount of time it will take to recover while sustaining 150W.

Use Custom Target MPA? When this is selected, rather than showing the amount of time for MPA to reach full recovery, the flag indicates to use the value in the subsequent field as the final MPA value.

Target Recovery MPA  – This is the Target MPA value to use when the above flag is set.  For example, if your Time-to-Exhaustion Watts is 150, Custom Target MPA is checked, 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.

 

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