Garmin further addresses multi-device ownership in Physio TrueUp
Four years ago (2018), Garmin revolutionized its device synchronization with the introduction of Physio TrueUp, an update to its existing TrueUp feature. This innovative solution enabled athletes to seamlessly keep multiple devices, such as an Edge 530 and a Forerunner 955, in sync. For example, with Physio TrueUp, the data from a ride recorded on an Edge 530 is effortlessly transferred to a Forerunner 955, ensuring all your device information is up-to-date and accessible from any device.
TrueUp covers: Calories; Floors; Intensity Minutes; Steps; and Step distance travelled, and was expanded with Physio TrueUp 2.0 to include: VO2 Max; FTP and Power Zones; Recovery Time; Recovery Time; Training Load; Training Load Focus; Heat & Altitude Acclimation; Race Predictor; Last Activity/Sports Widget; Last Run/Ride/Swim Widgets; Weekly and Monthly Totals; and Sleep.
This was an understandable development as multiple device owners are Garmin’s best customers. However, in some unusual cases, it may not be evident to Garmin Connect which data to use. In the above example of a 955 and Edge 530, what happens if you are wearing both of them to record a bike ride? I often do that and I see the 955 as the ‘primary logger of everything’ whilst the 530 would be more of a tool that I use for in-ride guidance. Some people might also wear two Garmin watches from time to time; or simply use a large-format 7X for adventures and wear a smaller VivoXXX as a tracker, and there are probably a host of other weird and wonderful scenarios I haven’t thought about.
The point is that Garmin now lets you determine your primary training device.
Its use should be self-evident from the name although I wonder what happens if you are wearing two watches whilst training and your primary training device dies halfway through a 2-hour workout? Is the last half of the workout from the secondary device added to the recovered workout from the primary device?
Problem: The ‘elephant in the room’ is that not all devices are compatible. See the comments below and add to that a good working assumption that new devices and recent high-end devices should all be compatible.
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