MyNetDiary and Garmin
Garmin Products Supported
For more than a decade, Garmin has been a leading producer of fitness devices that help people achieve their goals. Garmin provides several families of products: activity trackers, such as vívofit® 2 wristband, vívokí™ clip-on tracker, vívosmart™ wristband, GPS smartwatches, and GPS running watches.
Garmin also provides a free online community, Garmin Connect, that can sync data from many Garmin products, and also allows select partners, like MyNetDiary, to download user data (of course with user permission only!)
Generally, if your Garmin device can upload information to Garmin Connect, MyNetDiary will be able to download it.
How does Garmin linking work?
MyNetDiary can download from Garmin Connect the total number of daily step count, calories burned while walking and running, sleep hours, weight-ins and individual workouts that you recorded with your tracker or logged manually in Garmin Connect. The specific information available depends on the Garmin device you use. For example, with vívofit® 2 you can download all of this information. With vívokí™, you can get daily step count, calories burned while walking and running, as well as workout calories.
After you link your MyNetDiary account with Garmin Connect, MyNetDiary receives notification from Garmin Connect within several minutes after you sync Garmin trackers to the Garmin Connect and automatically downloads new data.
If information is available in your Garmin Connect account, MyNetDiary will download your daily step count, sleep hours, weight-ins and create exercise record in MyNetDiary. This way, your activities and exercise registered by your Garmin tracker will be accounted for in your daily calorie balance in MyNetDiary.
You can verify data downloaded into MyNetDiary by going to Garmin Connect:
- Go to Daily Summary screen in Garmin Connect.
- You can see total burned calories there.
MyNetDiary creates a special Garmin Active Calories exercise record while importing data from Garmin Connect. This record represents a part of your total calories - what you burned in excess of estimated Weight Maintenance calories for your activity level in MyNetDiary.
Calculation of Garmin Active Calories
Garmin mobile app and Garmin Connect website calculate and display all calories burned during the day as Total Calories. MyNetDiary subtracts from Garmin's Total Calories the estimated Weight Maintenance calories for your activity level in MyNetDiary. These include only calories you burn beyond expected and avoid double counting. The number will be displayed in the MyNetDiary exercise log as Garmin Active Calories exercise record.
This way, Total Calories calculated by Garmin will be completely and properly accounted for in MyNetDiary.
For example, if you see in Garmin Connect 3,500 Total Calories, and your personal Weight Maintenance Calories in MyNetDiary are 2,800, then MyNetDiary will create Garmin Active Calories exercise with 700 calories, calculated as 3500 - 2800.
If Total Calories in Garmin are smaller than Weight Maintenance, then MyNetDiary will create an exercise record Garmin Active Calories with zero calories.
- You can see your sleep hours on the same page, under Sleep tab. Please note that Garmin Connect shows hours and minutes, while MyNetDiary Sleep Measurements displays hours, so for example 7:30min in Garmin will be displayed as 7.5 hours in MyNetDiary.
- Go to Weight page in Garmin Connect to see your weight-ins.
If you see large differences between Garmin Connect and MyNetDiary, please make sure your timezone is set correctly in Garmin Connect and MyNetDiary.
Note: Garmin changed the way it sends data to its partners like MyNetDiary. Garmin no longer provides a way to download data on demand, so it is not possible to verify the link from MyNetDiary's side. Instead, Garmin is sending data to partners when any change is detected.
Garmin data is transferred one-way only, from Garmin Connect to MyNetDiary. By creating a link, you authorize MyNetDiary website to read your Garmin data and write these data under your MyNetDiary account.
How do I link MyNetDiary to Garmin?
Linking with Garmin is provided (along with many other great features) for Premium accounts. If you don't have an account with MyNetDiary, you can Sign Up.
Step 1: Set up your Garmin device and create a Garmin Connect account
You can get started by following the directions at Garmin Connect website.
Once you have created a Garmin Connect account, make sure you can see at Garmin Connect website data uploaded from your Garmin device.
Step 2: Sign in to MyNetDiary.com, on the Account tab click Garmin Settings section
Please notice that this page shows if Garmin is already linked.
Step 3: Click "Link to Garmin" button
You will be redirected to connect.garmin.com website, where you will need to sign in to your Garmin Connect account.
After successful sign in, you will be asked if you allow MyNetDiary to connect and access your data.
Step 4: Click "Allow" button
Once you click the Allow button, you will be returned to MyNetDiary.com Garmin Settings page, where you should see "You have linked MyNetDiary account to Garmin" status message.
You can terminate MyNetDiary link at Garmin settings page.