Run at a higher level with the Forerunner® 255 series. This running smartwatch helps you train and recover smarter with training status, running power, multi-band GPS and daily suggested workouts that adapt to your performance and goals. Plus, other new features such as race widget, which helps you plan your race-day strategy, and morning report with HRV status that reveals your overall health alongside the day ahead. And with Garmin Pay™ contactless payments¹, it’s never been easier to buy that postworkout coffee — no matter how you work out — with over 30 activity profiles including triathlons, cycling, swimming and more. With Forerunner 255, you can get a continuous picture of your health, from training and recovery to sleep quality and overall wellness with up to 14 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 30 hours in GPS mode.
Forerunner 255 Music allows you to bring along your favorite soundtrack with built-in music, including playlists from, Amazon Music, Deezer or Spotify (premium subscription required), and can connect with your wireless headphones for phone-free listening.
New Features in the Forerunner 255 Music (compared to the Forerunner 245 Music)
New Features as of December 6, 2023
NEW! DEXCOM WATCH FACE INTEGRATION
People with all types of diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes) who use a Dexcom G6 or Dexcom G7 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System and a compatible Garmin smartwatch can view their glucose levels and trends on their watch face.
The Dexcom Connect IQ app must be installed on your smartwatch. Compatible smartphone must have a data connection and be in BLE range of both the Dexcom CGM and Garmin smartwatch.
The Dexcom Connect IQ apps are only for secondary display of data from the Dexcom CGM system and are for passive monitoring purposes only. The Dexcom apps on Connect IQ are not intended to replace the Dexcom CGM System, nor replace self-monitoring practices as advised by a physician. All therapeutic decisions, including those regarding calculating insulin or other drug dosages, should not be based on data displayed in the Dexcom apps on Connect IQ.
NEW! NAP DETECTION
This feature helps you get the most out of your naps — letting you automatically track or log your nap times to see how they benefit your body. Check recommended times and duration for insight into how your napping habits fit into a healthy lifestyle.
NEW! BODY BATTERY ENERGY ENHANCEMENTS
Get even more details and personal insights on how sleep, naps, daily activities and high stress specifically impact your energy. You’ll also get an evening daily summary recapping your energy used throughout the day.
NEW! SKI ACTIVITY ENHANCEMENTS
When the auto-tracking of ski runs is enabled, you’ll get a recording of metrics — such as heart rate, time, elevation and more — during your skiing. The activity will still record automatically when you’re are skiing downhill and will now pause when on a chairlift.
NEW! SMART NOTIFICATION IMAGE SUPPORT
If you’re connected to an Android phone, you can now view photos directly from your smartwatch screen.
New Features as of September 5, 2023
NEW! NEW ACTIVITY PROFILES
Get better at whatever with new preloaded activity profiles for team sports ranging from football, baseball and basketball to soccer, rugby, hockey, lacrosse and more — plus racket sports, boxing and others.
NEW! MUSCLE MAPS FOR PILATES, HIIT, CARDIO
See what muscles you’re working for HIIT, cardio, Pilates and strength workouts. Preview the muscle groups that your custom or preset workouts will impact, then review your stats post-workout in the Garmin Connect™ app.
NEW! WORKOUTS APP
Easily find and organize workouts across all your athletic pursuits — including daily suggested workouts plus those downloaded or created in the Garmin Connect app. Follow up with a review of workout history directly from your device.
NEW FEATURES AS OF FEBRUARY, 2023:
NEW! UNIFIED TRAINING STATUS
TrueUp™ physio data synchronization will now unify training features including training status, training load, load focus and HRV status for users with multiple compatible devices. You can designate a primary device in order to have more consistent training data so you can train smarter. This includes users with multiple compatible smartwatches or those with a compatible smartwatch and Edge® 1040 device.
Morning report summarizes your sleep, HRV status, daily workout suggestion, weather and calendar in one place as soon as you wake up².
Get up to 14 days in smartwatch mode and up to 30 hours in GPS mode with Forerunner 255, or up to 12 days in smartwatch mode and up to 26 hours in GPS mode with Forerunner 255S.
HRV status tracks your heart rate variability while you sleep, giving you greater insight into your overall wellness, recovery and training².
In addition to the 30+ built-in activity profiles, new to the Forerunner 255 series is the triathlon activity profile. For multisport races and brick workouts, transition to the next activity with a single button press.
Race widget provides a countdown and race day weather forecast while predicting the completion time of your next race based on course details, fitness data, weather and more.
View your entire week of daily suggested workouts, which adapt after every run to match your performance and recovery.
Available in both 41mm and 46mm-sized cases, and with a noticeably slim profile, Forerunner 255 has the perfect fit for every wrist so you can wear it (and keep an eye on your wellness) both day and night.
Featuring easy-to-use buttons and a silicone band, this watch is ready to wear — and tear — with durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3.
Get a continuous measurement on your wrist of how much power you’re applying to the road as you run³.
Leave your cash and cards at home; Garmin Pay contactless payments¹ let you pay for purchases on the go.
Multi-band satellite tracking on GPS, GLONASS and Galileo networks gives you superior accuracy for how far and how fast you’ve run — even in challenging environments.
IMPROVED TRAINING STATUS
Evaluates your current training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it; offers additional performance monitoring features
IMPROVED ACUTE LOAD
Compare the intensity of your recent workouts to the optimal range for your fitness and training history.
MULTI-BAND GNSS SUPPORT
Access multiple global navigation satellite systems, and get access to multiple frequencies sent by navigation satellites for improved accuracy in areas where GNSS signals are reflected, weak or typically don’t penetrate — giving you superior accuracy for how far and how fast you’ve run — even in challenging environments.
PLUS, the same great features as a the previous models:
MUSIC ON YOUR WRIST
Download up to 500 songs to your watch, including playlists from Amazon Music, Deezer or Spotify (premium subscription may be required), and connect with your wireless headphones for phone-free listening.
Provides advanced running dynamics³, including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more.
Get free adaptive training plans from Garmin Coach, or create your own custom workouts at our Garmin Connect™ online fitness community.
Receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch when paired with your Apple® or Android™ smartphone; you can even respond to texts if you have an Android phone.
SAFETY AND TRACKING
If you feel unsafe or if your watch senses that an incident occurred, assistance and incident detection features send your location to emergency contacts. Incident detection is enabled by default for select activity profiles only⁴.
Track your body’s energy levels so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
BUILT-IN SPORTS APPS
Tap into 30+ built-in activities, including the triathlon and open-water swimming profiles — new to the Forerunner 255 series. For races and brick workouts, transition to the next activity with a single button press.
Mix up your training with different types of workouts. Free HIIT, strength, cardio, yoga and Pilates workouts come preloaded on the watch, and you can download more from the Garmin Connect app.
WRIST-BASED HEART RATE
The watch constantly samples your heart rate with our latest-generation heart rate sensor and will alert you if it stays too high or too low while you’re at rest. It also helps gauge how hard you work during activities — even while swimming.
WOMEN’S HEALTH TRACKING
Use the Garmin Connect app to track your menstrual cycle or pregnancy. Log symptoms, get exercise and nutrition education, and more. Even see and log details on your wrist with the Women’s Health Tracking app.
¹View current supported country, payment network and issuing bank information at Garmin.com/en-US/garminpay/banks/
² The data and information provided by these devices is intended to be a close estimation of your activity and metrics tracked but may not be precisely accurate.
³ When used with Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Pro™ monitor (sold separately)
⁴ When paired with a compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble. For safety and tracking feature requirements and limitations, see Garmin.com/safety.