How to Pair Garmin Forerunner 165 with Phone

The Forerunner series is the pride of Garmin. The popular smartwatch company has recently released a new budget AMOLED smartwatch in the Forerunner series named Forerunner 165. It is the second budget smartwatch in the series after the Forerunner 55.

If you have got yourself or are planning to buy a new Forerunner 165, here is the complete process to pair Forerunner 165 with Android Phone or iPhone.

Setting up the Garmin Forerunner 165 is no different from setting up other Forerunner watches. So if you have paired a Forerunner watch before, this will be an easy task. If you are new to the Forerunner series, you can always follow the step-by-step guide to pair your new Forerunner smartwatch successfully. Let’s now move on to the step by step guide.

You need an Android or iOS device along with your Forerunner 165 smartwatch. And make sure to turn on Bluetooth on your Smartphone. Once done follow the process one by one.

Install Garmin Connect App on your Phone

To pair and setup your Forerunner 165 smartwatch with your phone, you will need Garmin Connect app which is an official app from Garmin. The app is available on both Android and iOS platforms. You can either search for the app on available App Stores or you can also get the app from the links given below.

After installing the app make sure to sign in with your account. If you don’t have a require account, you can also create a new account within the app.

How to Put Forerunner 165 into Pairing Mode

Once the required app is installed on your phone, its time to put the watch into action. To pair with smartphone, you first need to put your Forerunner 165 watch in Pairing mode. Here’s how you can boot the Forerunner smartwatch into pairing mode.

How to Pair Forerunner 165 with Phone
  1. Press and hold the Light button to turn on your Smartwatch.
  2. Now scroll and select your preferred language.
  3. After selecting language you will get a prompt to enable Pairing, Press the Start button to enable it.
How to Pair Forerunner 165 with Phone
Credit: Garmin

This is for the first boot up. But in case you already skipped the process in the first boot up, you can follow these steps to put your smartwatch into Pairing Mode.

Music Model: Hold Up button on your Watch and then Navigate to Connectivity > Phone > Pair Phone.

Non-Music Model: Hold Up button to bring menu and then navigate to Phone > Pair Phone.

How to Pair Forerunner 165 with Phone

It will now show a QR code on your Smartwatch.

Connect Forerunner 165 with Phone

The last part is to pair your watch with your phone. All you need to do is follow the below mentioned steps.

  1. First scan the QR code using your Smartphone that will take you to Garmin Connect app.
  2. In the Garmin connect app you will find instructions.
  3. Just follow the on-screen instructions and your watch will be paired with your Phone.
How to Pair Forerunner 165 with Phone
Credit: Garmin

So this is how you can connect the new Forerunner 165 with an iPhone or Android phone. To make your smartwatch use easy, here are the basic functions of the available physical buttons.

How to Pair Forerunner 165 with Phone
  • Light button – Hold it to access controls menu
  • Up/Down buttons– Use them to navigate through options or list or to switch between Glances
  • Start button – This button is used to select an option or to open apps/activities
  • Up button – Use this to customize watch face, and adjust settings

If you still have any queries on how to pair Garmin Forerunner 165, then you can ask in the comment box.

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By Ashutosh Singh

Ashutosh started his technical writing journey when he was a university student. He is now a full time tech blog writer specializing in smartwatch based tech news and how-to guides. He spends his free time exploring games and useful gadgets.

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