Adjust your training by tracking advanced metrics with this aqua-colored Garmin Forerunner 245 Music GPS running smartwatch. The built-in memory stores up to 500 songs for phone-free enjoyment, while the safety tracking feature sends your real-time location to emergency contacts after injury. With a long battery life, this Garmin Forerunner 245 Music GPS running smartwatch provides multi-day use.
Advanced physiological features
Evaluate your training status to indicate if you're undertraining or overdoing it and offers additional performance monitoring features, such as VO2 max, recovery time, aerobic and anaerobic training effects, training load and more.
Whether you are training for a 5K or a marathon, create your own workout, or download one of Garmin training plans.
Synchronize your Forerunner 245 Music with music-streaming services, such as Spotify®, Deezer and more, to easily store and play your favorite songs right from your watch or easily download up to 500 songs to your watch.
Get custom training plans that adapt to help you meet your 5K, 10K or half-marathon goal.
Safety and tracking
Includes incident detection during select activities and assistance, both of which send your real-time location to emergency contacts.¹
Multiple sport activity modes
Run, treadmill, indoor track, bike, indoor bike, pool swim, row indoor, elliptical, stair-stepper and more.
GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite signals
You'll know how far, how fast, and how hard you've run on your longest trail runs or on your way through the city.
Advanced wellness features
Include activity tracking, all-day stress, sleep tracking, Pulse Ox and more.²
To help you optimize your body's energy, Body Battery energy monitoring uses collected data to gauge your energy reserves at any moment, so you can plan your day to optimize times for activity and rest.
As a part of your training plan, it can even help you predict your race time.
Garmin Connect app for Android, Apple iOS, or Windows Mobile device
Garmin Connect is an online community where people can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other's successes, and share triumphs via social media.
Connect IQ Store
Check out the Connect IQ Store where you can add personality to Forerunner 245 Music by downloading apps, widgets, watch faces and more. It's easy - and even better - it's free.
Include Bluetooth sensor support, Wi-Fi connectivity, smart notifications, controlling and playing music, ANT+ connectivity, LiveTrack and more.
¹ When paired with a compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble. For safety and tracking features requirements and limitations, see Garmin.com/en-US/legal/idtermsofuse.
² See Garmin.com/ataccuracy. This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical conditions; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox is not available in all countries.
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Garmin Forerunner 245 Music GPS Heart Rate Monitor Running Smartwatch
After finding out that the forerunner 235 only had music controls and not full music features, I had to bite the $150 bullet and purchase the 245 music. Best upgrade ever. Loading my amazon music was literally effortless because it automatically did it for me. The garmin connect is wonderful. I can view my entire day, sleep to steps, energy levels to stress and much more. The workout details are the best. I can view all my running stats and see them on the map. The watch is lightweight and good looking. It is comfortable on my wrist and I sleep with my watch on for the first time ever. It pairs with satellites almost immediately and no waiting. It took a few days to get used to the buttons and how to access the stuff I need, but now it is second nature. The music feature is great, using my amazon prime music that downloads my workout playlists and pairs right away with my wireless headphones.
The best watch I have owned so far. If it can last as long as my previous Tom Tom, that would be a bonus.
I've been on a journey for the right fitness/smartwatch for quite sometime. I wanted a watch that i could run with, track my strength training, give me notifications, be comfortable, and listen to music. My first stop was wearOS. It supposedly did many things but in practice it didn't actually work. I spent hours trying to get music on my watch and once i did it crashed during workouts. The battery was also abysmal.
Apple watch was not an option, no iphone.
Samsung was nice but battery issues and really bulky.
On to Garmin.
I had a vivoactive music before. I liked it. It just gave me a more feminine feeling. I then decided I'll look into a fenix 5 plus. Crazy expensive and heavy. I was willing to deal with that until i came across this watch. It was feature rich, light, great look, had music, great battery life, and it works well! Compared to the fenix (of what options I'll actually be using) i only missed out on Garmin Pay. That didn't really matter because my bank didn't use it anyway.
So far I've done a run, went swimming, and I've just been generally more active for the past week with this watch. Im completely happy with it. The music feature paired to spotify, paired to my beats 3s, and not one time did it lose connection. The amount of data you get from a run thru garmin connect is awesome. It tracked how far i swam in the pool, and it kept up with my steps with useful data at the end of the day.
Body Battery is a new interesting feature not included with the way more expensive fenix. It is pretty accurate. I felt really drained one day and my body battery said i was at 13%. Sounds about right to me. The next day i woke up feeling tired and it said i was at 60% even in the morning. It knew i didn't fully recover. Today im feeling fully refreshed and the battery says im at 99%. I feel like i can actually use this feature.
I find myself keeping up with this feature more than i thought i would. The form factor of the watch is comfortable enough to sleep in. Its not as comfortable as the vivoactive music, but close enough. If the VA3 has 94 comfort level I'd say this one is about 85. Fenix would probably be 50 for me. Back to sleep tracking. It's been pretty accurate with how long i sleep and i like seeing all the analytics.
Highly recommended watch.
Been a while since my purchase but this review is long over due. This watch is beyond durable, easy to use, easy to customize and overall the battery seems to last me forever. I am a very active person and my job always has me on the move. With that being said, this watch definitely is one of the best ones I have.
As a person with a smaller wrist, I was surprised how the size didn’t bother me at all. The watch is incredibly light and I purchased specifically because I didn’t want to have my phone with me on runs. With Spotify premium, you can sync your playlists to the watch to listen offline. The only cons are that it’s not able to detect stairs climbed and the sleep tracking is better on the fitbits I’ve had previously
It is a great watch for running, it help on tracking you mileage, training intensity, correcting running habits, like cadences. It also help to monitor your recovery, like sleeping quality. Very very usful tool for runner.
The white color looks great at beginning but get dirty after a month of use, hard to clean.
I absolutely love this product. It will sync with my Spotify account so I do not need to bring a phone with me anymore on runs. It marks each mile and the time I run it in and the GPS takes a glimpse into my route! I love it. A great product for hard runners.
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Excellent Purchase Experience
Excellent!. From the moment that I walked in till the end of the purchase.
Love the watch!
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, design, price and battery. Editors have mixed opinions about usability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 83/100 = Very good quality.
Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 54.0Mike Prospero on January 28, 2021
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music Review: The Best Running Watch You Can BuyGarmin's newest premier running watch has pretty much everything you could want.
Pocket-lintRating, 4.5 out of 54.5Michael Sawh on August 11, 2020
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review: Hitting all the right notesIf you are taking your running more seriously and don't want to spend big on a tracker then the Forerunner 245 should offer you all you need and more.
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music GPS Watch In-Depth ReviewWhen Garmin first introduced the Vivoactive 3 almost two years ago, I wondered how exactly they'd create a successor to the Forerunner 235. Sure, the FR235 had more buttons than the Vivoactive 3, but ultimately the Vivoactive 3 was a more rounded
A:AnswerYes, this watch is designed to load music to it and you can listen to music without a phone needed.
Unfortunately there is the possibility of Audio issues with Apple Airpods (see below)
Bluetooth® Headphone Compatibility for Garmin Watches That Feature Music:
I Am Having Audio Cut out Issues When Using My Apple Airpods with My Garmin Music Watch:
A:AnswerGarmin watches that feature a running activity profile will display a rounded pace, which is calculated by rounding the current pace value to the nearest 5 seconds. For seconds 1 and 2, the watch will round down and 3 and 4 will round up. For example, a current pace of 7:32 will display a pace of 7:30 and a pace of 7:33 will show a 7:35 pace. This is done in order to present a value to the runner that is not constantly changing every second of the activity.
The lap pace value will show when the watch displays the lap banner, when Auto Lap is enabled.
The actual non-rounded pace for a completed activity will display as the average pace on the watch after the activity is stopped. Detailed pace information for the duration of the activity will show once the activity is uploaded to your Garmin Connect account.
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A:AnswerThe watch uses GPS to track your activity. It does not need your phone to track the activity. However, if you are wanting to use the LiveTrack feature you will need your phone with you.
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A:AnswerApple Music is not supported on Garmin music watches, but songs that have been purchased from the iTunes Store are supported on Garmin music watches. You can sync your watch with your Apple iTunes library using Garmin Express on your computer. Your Garmin watch has been designed to work with most Bluetooth-compliant headphones. Not all headphone features will work with Garmin watches such as volume control, pause, or skip, for example. Audio performance and Bluetooth range will vary across brands and models. You may also want to go to support.garmin.com where you'll find many helpful FAQ's and video's on the functions of the device. As well, you may reach out to product support from that link if you still need assistance.
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