Can you text on the Garmin Vivosmart HR?
Best answer: Not really. While you can receive text messages on the Garmin Vivosmart HR, you can't reply to them or create new message threads. Some of Garmin's other trackers, like the Garmin Vivosmart 4, allow for limited text messaging.Amazon: Garmin Vivosmart HR (opens in new tab) ($80)Amazon: Garmin Vivosmart 4 (opens in new tab) ($100)
You can read your texts on your Garmin Vivosmart HR, but you can't send them
The Garmin Vivosmart HR isn't a smartwatch like an Apple Watch or other Wear OS device. It's a fitness tracker, but because it's a modern fitness tracker, it has support for receiving notifications for calls, texts, calendar alerts, and more than you receive on your phone while wearing the fitness tracker.
Unfortunately, once you receive these notifications, including those for text, you can't really do anything with them from your Vivosmart HR. The most you can do with your fitness tracker is read them, but you'll need to take out your phone to actually reply.
Garmin does make fitness trackers that support sending text messages, but it's still limited.
While the Vivosmart HR might not be able to send texts, a few Garmin fitness trackers are. The Vivosmart 4, for instance, allows you to send canned reply messages, but this feature is only available to those with Android phones. iPhone owners can't send texts through a Garmin device at all.
A small, capable fitness tracker
While you can't reply to notifications on it, the Vivosmart HR is still a capable fitness tracker. It's just not really capable of much else.
For canned replies
Can send some replies if you're an Android user
Garmin's Vivosmart 4 is a newer fitness tracker that allows you to send canned text responses, but only if you use Android.
Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
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