Garmin Epix Pro (Gen 2) – Latest Firmware 15.77

Garmin released the latest firmware version 15.77 for the Epix Pro (Gen 2) series smartwatches on 29 November 2023. The latest firmware version of 15.77 is, essentially, a hotfix patch to the main firmware version 15.74. The hotfix has been completely rolled out in one go to all the eligible Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatches.

  • Epix Pro (Gen 2) firmware version 15.77 is a hotfix for the main firmware version 15.74.
  • The hotfix was released on 29 November 2023. It was rolled out to the eligible Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatches the same day.
  • Firmware version 15.74 continues to be the main stable release version for Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatches.
  • Hotfix version 15.77 fixes device crash issues upon using specific maps. It also addresses bugs in reporting of the Skiing activity data.

Epix Pro (Gen 2) Device Models – Firmware 15.77

The firmware version 15.77 is available for the following Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatches:

  • Epix Pro (Gen 2) Standard edition – 42mm, 47 mm and 51 mm models
  • Epix Pro (Gen 2) Sapphire edition – 42mm, 47 mm and 51 mm models

These six Epix Pro (Gen 2) variants will get the latest hotfix firmware update 15.77.

Epix Pro 2 Sapphire edition

The following change has been incorporated in the hotfix firmware version 15.77 for the Garmin Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatches:

  • Fixed an issue where some ski/snowboard runs were not tracked as expected.
  • Fixed an issue where ski/snowboard total descent was not reported correctly. 

In more ways than one, the main firmware version for Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatches is 15.74. The change log for the firmware version 15.74 is more comprehensive and is shared below.

The following changes are part of the Epix Pro (Gen 2) firmware version 15.74:

  • Added the ability to track naps, including a new Nap widget and an updated Sleep widget.
  • Additions and enhancements to the Body Battery feature.
  • Added audio prompts for course points.
  • Added the ability to display images within smart notifications (Android only).
  • Added large font mode which can be accessed in System > Display menu.
  • Added workout audio notes support.
  • Added Inline Skating activity.
  • Added a Moon Phase widget.
  • Added tracking of splits for Ski.
  • Added NAVIC GPS support.
  • Added a confirmation popup when saving an activity via touch.
  • Added ability to enable Red Shift when Do Not Disturb is enabled. (AMOLED models only.)
  • Added ‘View Climbs’ option for cycling races.
  • Added workout audio note preview on steps with videos.
  • Expanded Red Shift functionality to include Orange and Green colors as well (AMOLED models only.)
  • Fixed GroupTrack icon not drawing correctly.
  • Fixed issue causing dog symbols to not show up on the map.
  • Fixed issue causing lap cadence spikes in swim.
  • Fixed issue causing position fluctuation when navigating between waypoints.
  • Fixed issue that could cause a blank heart rate graph in post activity summary for the Gaming activity.
  • Fixed issue where backlight could be turned on via the back button on the map even though settings disable it.
  • Fixed issue where device would restart when receiving many back-to-back smart notifications.
  • Fixed issue where Spotify and Amazon wouldn’t launch to currently playing song.
  • Fixed issue with hourly forecast data in the weather app.
  • Fixed issue with pace in workout alerts.
  • Fixed issue with trip countdown discrepancy in Jet Lag adviser when compared to Garmin Connect.
  • Fixed LTHR HR/LTHR Pace/FTP not syncing to Garmin Connect correctly.
  • Fixed potential issue where the app list and or widget glances lists would be modified after a software update.
  • Fixed potential issue where calendar and notification apps would not launch properly.
  • Fixed potential issue where golf maps would draw incorrectly.
  • Fixed potential issue with CIQ data fields not saving after being added to an activity data page.
  • Fixed potential issue with GPS elevation.
  • Fixed potential shutdown in morning report with a race event.
  • Fixed potential shutdown when a large number of maps are loaded.
  • Fixed potential shutdown when following a cycling course for a primary race.
  • Fixed potential shutdown when reviewing a map location.
  • Fixed potential shutdown when using redshift.
  • Fixed recovery time tip being cutoff in certain languages.
  • Fixed the pool length setting possibly missing from activity settings menu.
  • Improved audio tone sound.
  • Improved flashlight page in red shift mode. (AMOLED models only.)
  • Improved gestures to always be sent to CIQ WFes, regardless of backlight setting. (Non-AMOLED models.)
  • Improved keyboard to open to the touch layout if opened via touch.
  • Improved race calendar to show races without an assigned priority.
  • Improvements and fixes to the time zones app.
  • Removed the limitation on the number of points allowed in a course.
  • Updates and improvements to the Time Zone app and widget glance.
  • Updated Translations.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.

The latest firmware version 15.77 for Garmin Epix Pro (Gen 2) can be installed on the device automatically. You have options to install the firmware through the Garmin Express application or the Garmin Connect app.

We prefer the Garmin Express application to update the firmware 15.77 on the Garmin Epix Pro (Gen 2) edition smartwatches. The process is simple and brisk.

The Garmin Connect app uses the smartphone’s Wi-Fi connectivity to download the update and apply it to the watch. The update gets pushed out to the smartwatch using the Bluetooth pairing between the smartwatch and the smartphone.

Both options to update the firmware on Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatches are discussed below:

Garmin Express is Garmin’s application for the PC platform. You need to install it on your Windows PC or Mac computer. Post-installation of the Garmin Express application, the application pulls the updates from the Garmin website. It will push the update out to the smartphone configured in the Garmin Express application.

  • Garmin Express is a proprietary application that can be installed on any computer. It is available for Windows and macOS computers.
  • Garmin Express for Windows or macOS computers can be downloaded from this page on the Garmin website.
  • Once you have downloaded Garmin Express, you can install it on the computer by executing the file.
  • Validate if Garmin Express is working cleanly. You will need to add your device (Epix Pro) to the Garmin Express application.
  • Garmin Express helps in pulling firmware updates, map updates, Golf course updates, and uploading your activities to the Garmin Connect app.
  • Once you have linked your Epix Pro (Gen 2) to the Garmin Express application, open the Garmin Express application.
  • Connect your Epix Pro (Gen 2) to the computer using a USB cable. The USB cable was shipped alongside the smartwatch when you first bought it.
  • Allow Garmin Express to validate the current firmware version on Epix Pro (Gen 2). Allow it to pull the latest firmware version 15.77 for Garmin Epix Pro (Gen 2) from the Garmin website.
  • Once the software has been downloaded on the Garmin Express application, it gets pushed out to the connected Garmin Epix Pro (Gen 2) device.
  • This will initiate the firmware installation on your Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatch.
  • Please allow some time for the firmware to be installed automatically on your Epix Pro (Gen 2) device.
  • You can verify if the latest firmware has been installed on the Epix Pro (Gen 2) device by going to Settings —-> System and finding the firmware in the About Device section.

The Garmin Connect app is Garmin’s app. It provides an interface between Garmin servers and the paired smartwatch. All downloads automatically get downloaded onto your smartphone.

The Garmin Connect app is available for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems.

  • Garmin Connect is an app that can be installed on the smartphone paired with the Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatches.
  • Garmin Connect for Android phones can be downloaded from the Google Play Store page for Garmin Connect.
  • Garmin Connect for iOS devices can be downloaded from the Apple app store page for Garmin Connect.
  • Install Garmin Connect app on the smartphone paired with Garmin Epix Pro (Gen 2). Once the app is installed, link or connect the Epix Pro (Gen 2) with the Garmin Connect account.
  • Do ensure that the Bluetooth connection between the Garmin Connect app and Epix Pro (Gen 2) is good. Also, do ensure that you have adequate battery charge on the Epix Pro (Gen 2) and paired smartphone for the firmware update process to complete flawlessly.
  • Garmin Connect validates the current firmware version on your Epix Pro (Gen 2) device. If a software update is available through the Garmin servers, Garmin Connect will download the firmware files from the Garmin servers automatically.
  • After the software has been downloaded on the phone through the Garmin Connect app, it gets pushed out to the Epix Pro (Gen 2) device over a Bluetooth connection.
  • Once the firmware has been installed on the Epix Pro (Gen 2), you can verify the current version of software or firmware by going to the Settings —-> System and About Device section on the watch. It would tell you the version of firmware installed on the Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatch.

There is a chance that your Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatch battery may drain faster after updating the firmware on the smartwatch. This seems to be a known issue.

It can easily resolved by performing a soft reset. To resolve battery drain issues on the Epix Pro (Gen 2), you may follow the process below:

  • Perform a soft-reset of the Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatch. In other words, reboot or restart the Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatch. Most battery drain issues arising out of firmware updates of the Epix Pro (Gen 2) get resolved with a soft reset of the smartwatch.
  • If the soft reset of the smartwatch does not resolve the battery drain issue on the Epix Pro (Gen 2), you will need to perform a hard reset or factory reset. Before proceeding with a hard or factory reset, you must back up the smartwatch settings and user data. All user data and settings are lost after a factory reset. We suggest backing up the watch data using the Garmin Connect app to prevent data loss. Once the hard reset is complete, you can sync your smartwatch with the Garmin Connect app to restore data from the backup.
  • If the hard reset also fails to resolve the battery drain issue, we suggest contacting Garmin customer support for further help.

The manual download of firmware 15.77 for Epix Pro (Gen 2) is not possible. The update can be installed using the Garmin Express or the Garmin Connect applications only.

A manual download of the beta firmware version is possible. For this, you will need to participate in the beta program for the Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatch.

You cannot rollback the firmware once it has been automatically updated to the latest firmware version 15.77. If you are running into issues post-installation of the firmware version 15.77 on the Epix Pro (Gen 2) smartwatch, your best option is to contact Garmin support.

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Helen Kurt is a geeky nerd who loves to cover the wearables space. She has over 5 years of experience in the smartwatch domain. You can reach her on email at [email protected].