Forerunner 245 Music

Forerunner 245 Music

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GPS Running Smartwatch with Music and Advanced Training Features

  • Sync with music streaming services, such as Spotify®, to easily store and play your favorite songs right from your watch
  • Evaluates your current training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it; offers additional performance monitoring features
  • Get free adaptive training plans from Garmin Coach, or create your own custom workouts on our Garmin Connect™ online fitness community
  • Provides advanced running dynamics², including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more
  • Safety and tracking features³, such as built-in incident detection, make it easy to share your location
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music

You do the running. Forerunner 245 Music does the thinking. It even gets to know you, mile after mile and song after song. This GPS smartwatch has storage for your favorite tunes, so you can keep moving to the music without having to lug your phone along. It also tracks your stats, crunches the numbers and gets to know all about your performance, your running form, your training history and even your goals. All you need to focus on is putting one foot in front of the other.

Let the Music Play

If you can’t run without the perfect playlist, you won’t be able to run without Forerunner 245 Music. Sync your carefully crafted playlists from select music streaming services¹ — such as Deezer and Spotify — to your watch for ad-free listening. You can even store up to 500 songs right on your watch. It’s easy to transfer music from your computer and then queue up your favorite playlist for easy listening through headphones enabled with BLUETOOTH® technology.

Let the Music Play

Advanced Performance Analytics

What amount of training is right for you? Forerunner 245 Music offers personalized training and recovery insight for smarter training decisions, helping you prepare for your next race. It keeps tabs on your VO2 max and understands how heat and altitude impact your performance. And the higher your VO2 max, the higher you can expect to perform, which is exactly what is shown by the performance condition metric. Training status evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. See how your workouts influence the development of endurance, speed and power with aerobic and anaerobic training effect feedback. Recovery time helps you maximize the benefit of your efforts by predicting when you will be ready for your next tough challenge. You can even view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history.

Advanced Performance Analytics

More Ways to Work Out

Running is what you do, so train smarter with the tools available from our Garmin Connect online fitness community. Create your own custom workouts, or download free ones that sync right to your watch. Or, if you’ve got a specific goal in mind for your next 5K, check out Garmin Coach. Featuring guidance from expert coaches and free training plans that adapt to you and your goals, it’s a foolproof way to get to the finish line. As part of your training plan, it can even help you predict your race time. What about when you want to switch it up? Forerunner 245 Music also has activity profiles for cycling, pool swimming, indoor rowing and even for using the elliptical or stair-stepper.

More Ways to Work Out

More Ways to Work Out

Analyze Your Running Form

The Forerunner 245 Music GPS smartwatch also has the tools you need to improve your running form. The watch measures crucial running metrics² such as cadencestride lengthground contact time and balancevertical oscillationand vertical ratio. These measurements are the key to understanding your form, so you can bring your best on every run and at every race. Your Forerunner 245 Music can start tracking these metrics with the addition of a compatible heart rate strap or the compact Running Dynamics Pod, which clips right onto your waistband.

Analyze Your Running Form

More Ways to Customize

Check out our Connect IQ Store, where you can add personality to Forerunner 245 Music by downloading apps, widgets, watch faces and more. It’s easy and — even better — it’s free. New apps are added every day, so you can keep tabs on when your Uber will arrive, turn on your lights at home with the SmartThings app, and even use the AccuWeather MinuteCast app to find out when the rain will start.

Stay Connected on the Run

Forerunner 245 Music makes it easy to run without leaving important smart features behind. Once paired with your compatible smartphone, you’ll be able to receive text messages and see social media updates, emails and more right on your wrist. And new safety and tracking features make it easy to share your location with chosen contacts in case you need assistance — manually, or automatically with built-in incident detection³, if needed. So, lace up your shoes, and head out with a little extra peace of mind.

Stay Connected on the Run

Share and Compete

Syncing your activities to Garmin Connect is for more than just storing your data. Garmin Connect is a thriving online community where people on the go can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other’s successes and even share their triumphs via social media. Garmin Connect is free and available on the web or on your smartphone.

Wellness and Advanced Sleep Monitoring

The Forerunner 245 Music smartwatch has tools to help keep tabs on your overall well-being and the sleep4 you’re getting at night. These tools provide crucial insight you can use to maximize your training. For example, it’s our first running watch to include a Pulse Ox sensor5. This wrist-based sensor estimates your body’s blood oxygen saturation, which can help gauge how your body is absorbing oxygen — especially while you sleep. And to give you an idea of how you’re sleeping, Forerunner 245 Music tracks your light, deep and REM stages of sleep, along with movement throughout the night. It also features all-day stress monitoring for wellness tracking during the day. If your stress level starts to climb, use the relaxation breathing timer for a few minutes of guided breathing, which can help calm your mind and body. And to help you optimize your body’s energy, Body Battery™ energy monitoring uses collected data to gauge your energy reserves at any moment, so you can plan your day to optimize times for activity and rest.

Wellness and Advanced Sleep Monitoring

Track Your Cycle

Coming soon, you’ll get a better understanding of your body using the Garmin Connect menstrual cycle tracking feature. Use it to track cycle details, log physical and emotional symptoms and record personal notes for regular, irregular and menopause transition cycle types. You’ll get education about training and nutrition during each phase of your current cycle, too. With the Connect IQ app6, you’ll get cycle updates — such as period reminders, cycle details and symptoms logged for the day — delivered to your wrist.

At a Glance

1Requires premium subscription with a third-party music provider
2When used with Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Run™ or HRM-Tri™ monitors (sold separately
3When paired with a compatible smartphone. See safety and tracking features requirements and limitations
4Activity tracking accuracy
5This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox not available in all countries.
6Compatible devices: Forerunner 645 Music, vívoactive® 3, vívoactive 3 Music and fēnix 5 Plus Series. Compatible devices coming soon:  fēnix® 5 Series, fēnix Chronos, Forerunner 935, Forerunner 945, Forerunner 645, Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music.

The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Garmin is under license. SPOTIFY and the Spotify logo are among the registered trademarks of Spotify AB.

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General

Lens Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Bezel Material fiber-reinforced polymer
Quick Release Bands yes (20 mm, Industry standard)
Strap material silicone
Physical size 42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 (mm)
Fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm
Display size 1.2″ (30.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution 240 x 240 pixels
Display type sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight 38.5 g
Battery life Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours
Water rating Swim, 5 ATM
Color display Yes
Memory/History 200 hours of activity data

Clock Features

Time/date Yes
GPS Time Sync Yes
Automatic daylight saving time Yes
Alarm clock Yes
Timer Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Sunrise/sunset times Yes

Sensors

GPS Yes
GLONASS Yes
Galileo Yes
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor Yes
Compass Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Pulse Ox Yes

Daily Smart Features

Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) Yes
Smart notifications Yes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only) Yes
Calendar Yes
Weather Yes
Controls smartphone music Yes
Plays and controls watch music Yes
Music Storage up to 500 songs
Find My Phone Yes
Find My Watch Yes
VIRB® Camera Remote Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone® and Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile Yes

Safety and Tracking Features

Incident Detection during select activities yes (Smartphone Required)
Assistance yes (Smartphone Required)
LiveTrack Yes
Live Event Sharing Android™ Only

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter Yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes
Calories burned Yes
Distance traveled Yes
Intensity minutes Yes
TrueUp™ Yes
Move IQ™ Yes
Fitness Age yes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy Monitor Yes
All-day Stress Tracking Yes

Gym & Fitness Equipment

Available gym activity profiles Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
Cardio workouts Yes
Strength workouts Yes
Automatic rep counting Yes

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

GPS speed and distance Yes
Customizable data pages Yes
Customizable activity profiles Yes
Auto Pause® Yes
Interval training Yes
Advanced workouts Yes
Downloadable training plans Yes
Auto Lap® Yes
Manual lap Yes
Configurable lap alerts Yes
V02 max Yes
Training Status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.) Yes
Training Load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated EPOC) Yes
Training Effect (aerobic) Yes
Training Effect (anaerobic) Yes
Customizable alerts Yes
Audio prompts Yes
Finish time Yes
Virtual Partner Yes
Race an Activity Yes
Course guidance Yes
Touch and/or button lock Yes
Auto scroll Yes
Activity history on watch Yes
Physio TrueUp Yes

Heart Rate Features

HR zones Yes
HR alerts Yes
HR calories Yes
% HR max Yes
% HRR Yes
Recovery time Yes
Auto max HR Yes
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) Yes

Running Features

Available run profiles Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
GPS-based distance, time and pace Yes
Running dynamics yes (with compatible accessory)
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of ‘bounce’ in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length) yes (with compatible accessory)
Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry) yes (with compatible accessory)
Stride length (real time) yes (with compatible accessory)
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute) Yes
Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level) Yes
Run workouts Yes
Race predictor Yes
Foot pod capable Yes

Outdoor Recreation Features

Point-to-point navigation Yes
Bread crumb trail in real time Yes
Back to start Yes
TracBack® Yes
UltraTrac mode Yes
Distance to destination Yes
GPS coordinates Yes

Cycling Features

Available cycling profiles Biking, Indoor Biking
Courses Yes
Race an activity Yes
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display) Yes
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar) Yes
Compatible with Varia™ lights Yes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor) yes

Swimming Features

Available swim profiles Pool Swimming
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories) Yes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) Yes
Swim efficiency (SWOLF) Yes
Drill logging Yes
Pool swim workouts Yes

Connectivity

Smartphone compatibility iPhone® and Android™
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