Editing an Activity in Garmin Connect

Editing an Activity in Garmin Connect

If you’re like me, everyone now and then you forget to hit ‘stop’ on your [easyazon_link keywords=”Garmin GPS watch” locale=”US” tag=”bomc-21″]Garmin GPS watch[/easyazon_link] after a run or cycle and it continues recording, logging super-human feats such as my 25 mile run today in 40 minutes.

I bet also like me, you’re probably not so bothered about the battery life being drained but more by this skewing of your results and progress in Garmin Connect.

Unfortunately, [easyazon_link keywords=”Garmin GPS watch” locale=”US” tag=”bomc-21″]Garmin[/easyazon_link] haven’t made it obvious how to edit a recorded activity but despite what you might read elsewhere, it is definitely possible and without editing data files, etc. (just via the http://connect.garmin.com portal).

The Solution

Simply login to the Garmin portal and under the ‘Activities’ widget, click the Cog Icon and the click Go to Full Page from the drop down menu:

Edit Garmin Activity

One you are on the full page, click on any activity name to view the full details of that activity:

Edit Garmin Activity 2

One the activity has loaded, simply click the edit icon in the top-right hand corner:

Edit Garmin Activity 3

Now you can edit the key details of your activity, including duration, calories, heat rate, pace, etc:

Edit Garmin Activity 4

Good luck and keep on running!


Bob McKay

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37 comments on «Editing an Activity in Garmin Connect»

  1. Jo Rhett says:

    This doesn’t actually change the distance or time or calculated data, it only changes the summary text.

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hi Jo,

      Thanks for the comment. I was able to edit both the distance and the time so I’m not sure if anything has changed since I wrote this post so I’ll double check.

      The calculated data total for my month didn’t update immediately but did so after a while (I guess it recalculates every X minutes).

      1. Dave Storoschuk says:

        Your comment certainly helps. I am trying to edit swimming segments. Sometimes the watch does not pick up hitting the wall therefore does not recognize meters swam. Or if you not using arms watch does not pick up distance. The Instinct watch is excellent however the odd time misses a beat

  2. anna says:

    This worked for me. Very helpful, thanks.

  3. Xinghua says:

    How do you edit the map?

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hi Xinghua,

      I’m afraid I’m not sure you can!


      1. Chip says:

        You can edit the points in a track using Garmin BaseCamp, and then load the edited .gpx file into Garmin Connect.

  4. Jen Barlow says:

    Hi, Do you know if you can edit swimming data? For example, if it misses a turn and thinks a lap is taking extra long, can I adjust the data so it’s correct?

  5. Al says:

    Hi Bob, What you describe used to work. Now it only allows me to edit, name, calories and temperature. I want to edit distance and laps. Not sure what I am doing differently.


  6. Jeff says:

    I forgot to hit stop after swimming laps. I found that uncatergorizing the activity allowed me to edit all parameters in the full page window. I then changed the activity back to lap swimming and saved the details with the new total time.

  7. Mary says:

    this is not helpful. It requires you to actually know the data to enter to edit. There should be a way to just crop it-cut off the part where it was left on when I drove home.

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hi Mary, I humbly apologise that the free blog entry that you are by no-means forced to read didn’t solve the problem you have with the software I had nothing to do with making. Hope you find a solution.

      1. James says:

        love it!

    2. Don Mei says:

      You need to relax and be a bit kinder.

      After that, you need to simply go to the speed graph. Where you see it drop off, you now know is when you actually stopped running. Use the little slider to determine the time at which that happened. Then work all the edits off of that time.

      So you do NOT need to know the data. You can easily derive it from the graph in about 10 seconds.

      Don Mei

  8. Tania Cahill says:

    Hi Bob, thanks for the tips… I’m sure before the new interface came in that you could change it on the actual map as well. Haven’t been able to find how to do that since it changed… the joys of technology!
    I went for a walk around the boundary fences today and for some stupid reason I stopped the watch and it looks like I’ve cut across the paddock! It’s no big deal in the great scheme of things. Just simply annoying! LOL

  9. Worked like a charm! Thanks!

  10. Jennie says:

    I have the opposite problem – I didn’t hit Start on my Garmin in time. I want to edit my run to pull the starting position back to where it actually was. Does anyone know how I can do this? I exported my run from Garmin and imported it into Strava – that allows me to crop it, but not extend it. It’s not a biggie, but if I could I’d like to correct it.

    1. Don Wallin says:

      Yes, I forget to press start also, I’m trying to figure out how to overlay a workout in a specific time.

  11. Peter Zanker says:

    Garmin could benefit from using the same way Runkeeper can edit maps. My Garmin today got a rougue gps signal and added about 2km to my run. In Runkeeper that map can be edited easily. Hope someone from Garmin reads this. Thanks for the editing advice anyway Bob. It was very useful and easy to follow.

  12. John Howitt says:

    Thanks so much. This has frustrated me for a long time.

  13. JD says:

    Garmin must have changed something. I don’t get the screen you show when I click on the edit button. The only thing you can change is the title. Any suggestions? this is as of 4/25/2017

    1. jot says:

      There are two edit buttons. I had this same problem — there’s the edit button right by the name, but also one further to the right in the far top right corner. Hit that one, and you can edit everything.

  14. PH says:

    Sadly, if you start a run on Bike and then change it, the workout goes to multi-sport and you cannot edit a multisport activity. Sigh…

    1. Paul says:

      Hi Bob,
      Not sure others are experiencing this, but I have a F-935 that I use for biking and inline skating. I’m now experiencing every activity as a “Run” which was always the case and I modified the sport and activity title thru the edit function. No problem until recently when the edits were saved in the individual activity reoords, but not in the activity summary. So, “Running” appears in the activity summary while the individual activity once opened shows “Cycling” or “Inline Workout” in the activity title. In short, trying to resolve the activity title in the summary which used to be saved after edits in the individual activity. The save function does not save the edited activity title.

  15. PH says:

    Quick update- the post above that says to set the workout to uncategorized worked! Once I did that I could edit the ride to a run and now it’s just a single run activity – thanks!!

  16. Mike says:

    This doesn’t seem to work anymore? I also don’t get to edit details only Name , Category and Calories. Has this been turned off on the latest Connect?

    1. Mike says:

      Ah – got it now – you have to change the Name to uncategorized – apols

  17. Jon H says:

    You can CROP your map data in Strava (free account will do this) then manually add your GPX file to connect. That will fix your map for you.

  18. Andrew says:

    I was stumped for a while on this. They key for me was to click on the individual activity icon to the right of the default multisport icon(e.g. run, other for me), *then* click on the edit. Once that was done you can change things. If you have the multisport icon (the three rings icon) selected then you can only change the comment, and things that apply to all the activities.

    Once I realized this I could change the activity type of my “other” to “walking” (it was my cool down and I forgot to reset the run before I started again for the walk). It also looks like while you have the individual activity selected you can also download a TSX (and other) type file. So you could download both parts, re-upload them, and then delete the multisport activity to get (back to) separate events.

    (this was 2017-08-29)

  19. Eduard Baba says:

    This walkthrough is outdated. Garmin Connect changed the functionality restricting activity editing.

  20. Lindsey says:

    After I edit My Activity name, the calories lost changes! But if I change it back to what it originally was it doesn’t change back the calories lost to what it originally was. Is that supposed to happen?

  21. Ronald says:

    Garmin connect truly just sucks.

  22. rojo roman says:

    Hold on, it’s not that easy

  23. Cat says:

    Having had a Fitbit, I find this process with a Garmin to be so frustrating. With Fitbit, If I changed the duration, the distance would adjust. If I forgot to start recording and added an approx time frame, it would pick up all my distance/steps/calories/HR info for that time frame and add it to the activity.

  24. jason says:

    Forgot to stop my activity after my cooldown and got in the car. From Garmin Connect, I chose the activity detail page and I clicked the gear icon on the left and chose Export Original. This saved a .fit file that I could then edit online with https://www.fitfiletools.com/ (not affiliated in any way).

    After trimming the activity to remove the driving part I saved it to my PC. I had to delete the original activity in Garmin Connect before I could use the Upload/Import activity feature.

  25. Toni says:

    This thread is pretty helpful!

    How would I calculate the calories burned during the actual workout time and not the cool down time so I know what to out in the calories field?

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