How to Add Music to Garmin Forerunner 255 Music

Want to download music on your Garmin Forerunner 255 / 255 Music for offline playback? Here's a step-by-step guide on adding music to Garmin Forerunner 255 Music.

If you own the Garmin smartwatch that supports music playback, then you can add or download music files to your watch and listen to the songs offline. Garmin Forerunner 255 is the latest mid-tier smartwatch in the Forerunner lineup and if you the music variant then you can easily bundle your Forerunner 255 with the audio files. The best thing is, that you can add up to 500 audio files to your watch if you’ve enough space on it. So if you got the Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, here’s how to add music to Garmin Forerunner 255.

Garmin officially gives access to the users to add music to compatible smartwatches. The firm has also shared a list of compatible audio files you can move to your smartwatch. Here’s the list, which you can check before moving ahead.

  • mp3
  • m4a
  • m4b
  • aac
  • adtc
  • wav
  • m3u
  • m3u8
  • wpl
  • zpl
  • pls

Note: .wpl, .zpl, and .pls files are not natively compatible, must be synced over the watch using Garmin Express. Apart from that, you can not transfer .aac protected music files to your watch before removing the DRM (Digital Rights Management) from the file.

So, now you’re aware of the audio file formats which work on the Garmin Music compatible smartwatches. Now let’s move to the steps on how you can add music to your Garmin Forerunner 255 Music.

How to Add Music to Garmin Forerunner 255 Music for Offline Playback

As I said earlier, Garmin officially supports transferring music files to compatible watches, and to make it happen Garmin releases a dedicated software – Garmin Express. The software allows loading the music files to the watch easily. Before moving ahead, check out the list of prerequisites.


  • A computer with Garmin Express installed on it.
  • Windows 7 or newer version
  • macOS Catalina 10.5 or newer
  • USB Cable
  • Garmin Account credentials

Here are the steps you can follow to add music to your Garmin Forerunner 255 Music.

  1. First, Download and Install Garmin Express software on your Windows or Mac PC.
  2. Connect your Garmin Forerunner 255 to your computer using a USB cable.
  3. Open Garmin Express on your PC.
  4. Enter the login credentials if needed.
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  5. Now select your device.
  6. Select the Music option.
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  7. Now click on the folder icon in the sidebar with a + icon.
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  8. Locate the music files on your system that you want to transfer to your Garmin watch, then tap on Save.
  9. Then go to the Songs section in the Garmin Express on PC.
  10. Choose the songs which you want to transfer, once selected, click on Send to Device.
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  11. The music files will be transferred to your watch now.
  12. That’s it.

How to Play Music on Garmin Forerunner 255

Garmin Forerunner 255 Music owners can listen to the music after transferring the audio files using Garmin Express software. You can even connect your Bluetooth earphones/earbuds/headphone to the watch if you want. Now let’s take a look at the steps on how you can play music on your watch.

  1. Press and hold the Down button on your Garmin Forerunner 255.
  2. Find Music.
  3. Hold Up button.
  4. Choose the Music providers, if you want to listen to the songs you just downloaded from your PC, then select My Music.
  5. Now select the play option on your watch.
  6. That’s it.

So, these are the simple ways by which you can add music to Garmin Forerunner 255 Music. If you want to stream music from apps like Spotify, then you can check out this guide to play Spotify on Garmin Forerunner 255 and 955.

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