How to Pair Garmin Forerunner 965 [Detailed Guide]

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Want to use your latest Garmin Forerunner 965 to its full potential? You need to give it a proper setup. Here’s how to pair the Garmin Forerunner 965 with your phone.

Garmin recently released new wearables in the Forerunner series; Forerunner 265 and Forerunner 965. The company used to take a lot of time to launch the forerunner watches of the new generation. But for the Forerunner 965, it took Garmin less than a year.

The Garmin Forerunner 965 and Forerunner 265 are the first two watches to feature an AMOLED display which means it supports many colors, unlike other forerunner watches. Not only display but there are many other upgrades that make the Forerunner 965 more premium.

The new Forerunner 965 features a Titanium bezel around a 1.4-inch AMOLED display which is 454 x 454 pixels. Its lens is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 DX. Garmin Forerunner 965 comes with 32GB storage. And the new generation premium Forerunner watch also comes with a better battery which keeps the watch active for up to 23 days in smartwatch mode. Now let’s see how to set up and enjoy your new Forerunner 965.


  • Android Phone or iPhone
  • Bluetooth is required so turn on the Bluetooth on your Smartphone
  • Charge your Garmin Forerunner 965 to at least 40-50%

Pair Garmin Forerunner 965 with Phone

To connect your Garmin Forerunner 965, you will need the official Garmin Connect app. And so the first step is to install the Garmin Connect app which is available for both Android and iPhone. The requirement for the app is Android 7 or higher and iOS 14 or higher. So if you have an eligible phone, you can download the Connect app from Play Store or App Store. Or you can use the links given below.

How to Pair Garmin Forerunner 265

Once you have installed the app on your phone. Open it and log in with your Garmin account. In case you do not have an account, you can create one from the app and sign in through that account.

How to Pair Garmin Forerunner 265

How to Put Garmin Forerunner 965 into Pairing Mode

So the last step was for the smartphone. And now come to the step that you need to perform on your new Forerunner watch. The first step for the Watch is to put it into pairing mode so that your phone can detect it.

If you haven’t connected your Forerunner 965 then the process is simple as mentioned in the steps. But if you want to connect your watch to another phone, then you need to first unpair your connected phone from the app and put your Watch into the pairing mode again. Here are the steps to put Forerunner 965 into Pairing mode.

  1. Turn on your Forerunner 965 watch by pressing the Light button until you see the logo.
    How to Pair Garmin Forerunner 965
  2. The watch will boot and ask you to select language. Use the touch to select your preferred language.
    How to Pair Garmin Forerunner 965 with Phone
  3. In the next screen, press the Start/Stop button to put your Forerunner 965 to pairing mode.
    How to Pair Garmin Forerunner 965 with Phone
  4. Scan the QR code displayed on your watch using your Smartphone which will open the Garmin Connect app.

How to connect Garmin Forerunner 965

After putting your watch in pairing mode, you can now finally connect it to your smartphone and start using it with all its features. Let’s see how to connect Garmin Forerunner 965 to Android or iPhone.

  1. If you have scanned the QR code from the last step, then skip this step. And if not scanned, then scan the QR code with your phone’s camera.
    How to Pair Garmin Forerunner 965
  2. This will open the Garmin Connect app with on-screen instructions.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions from the app and your Watch will be connected to your phone.
  4. Once done, you will see the default watch face on your Garmin Forerunner 965.

To make your smartwatch use simple, here are the functions that each button can perform.

  • Light button – Hold the light button to open controls menu
  • Up/Down buttons- use Up and Down button to navigate through options or list
  • Up Menu – Hold the Up button to open main menu
  • Start/Stop button – This button is used to select an option or other perform other select options like view info
  • Back button – Use this to go back to the previous screen

These are the basic functions of each button, but there are a lot more other functions you can carry out with these buttons.

If you still have any queries on how to pair Garmin Forerunner 265, then you can ask me 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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