Garmin Vivoactive 4 – FAQs

Garmin Vivoactive 4 is a mid-segment smartwatch that competes against the Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Versa, and Apple Watch SE. We look at the essential queries related to Vivoactive 4.

  1. What is the Vivoactive 4 watch glass made of?

Vivoactive 4 watch glass is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is a damage resistant glass that protects against scratch. Compared to the aluminosilicate glasses, Corning Gorilla Glass offers up to 4 times higher scratch resistance.

2. What is the material used on the bezel and body of Vivoactive 4?

Vivoactive 4 has a stainless steel bezel. The body and rear watch cover is made of fiber polymer.

3. What sizes are the Vivoactive 4 watches available in?

Vivoactive 4 is a 45 mm watch with a 33 mm display screen. Vivoactive 4S is a 40 mm watch with a 27 mm display screen.

4. Does Vivoactive 4 have a touchscreen?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 does have touchscreen functionality.

5. Does the Vivoactive 4 have a color display?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 does have a color display on the watch.

6. Does Vivoactive 4 have an AMOLED screen?

No, Vivoactive 4 does not have an AMOLED screen. It has a MIP or memory-in-pixel screen with a resolution of 260 x 260 pixels. Vivoactive 4S has a MIP screen with a display resolution of 216 x 216 pixels.

7. Is Garmin Vivoactive 4 swim-proof?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 can be used while swimming. It has a water resistance rating of 5 ATM. It can take a depth pressure of 50 meters or 165 feet below the water level. The watch is suitable for indoor swimming. Seawater swimming should be attempted with due caution as the seawater can cause water-related screen damage.

Deep-sea diving and snorkeling should not be attempted with a Garmin Vivoactive 4 smartwatch.

8. What is the thickness of Garmin Vivoactive 4 and Vivoactive 4S?

Garmin Vivoactive 4 has a thickness of 12.8 mm and Garmin Vivoactive 4S has a thickness of 12.7 mm.

9. Does Vivoactive 4 and 4S have internal memory?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 and Vivoactive 4 have internal memory that can store up to 200 hours of activity data. The internal memory of the watch can be used to store up to 500 songs on the device storage.

10. What is the battery life of Garmin Vivoactive 4?

Garmin Vivoactive 4 and 4S have a good quality battery and offer extended backup times. On the smartwatch mode, Vivoactive 4 can offer 8 days of backup. This would mean that the battery degrades at around 12-13% every day. On the GPS mode, the battery of Vivoactive 4 can last 18 hours. While playing music on GPS mode, the battery degrades the fastest and offers 6 hours of backup.

11. Does Vivoactive 4 support GPS?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 does have GPS support. It supports the GPS satellite system, Galileo satellite system, and GLONASS satellite systems. Garmin recommends using GPS + Galileo or GPS + GLONASS satellite systems for optimal GPS coverage. You can read more about Garmin Vivoactive 4 support for GPS on this page.

12. Does Vivoactive 4 have sunrise and sunset times?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 provides sunrise and sunset times. It is a very useful feature for hikers and runners. Aside from the sunrise and sunset times, Vivoactive 4 also has an alarm clock, timer, and stopwatch functionality.

13. Does Vivoactive 4 monitor heart rate?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 can monitor your heart rate on a perpetual basis. It uses Garmin’s Elevate Heart Sensor to bring wrist-based heart rate readings. It can even send in abnormal heart rate alerts when the heart rate goes beyond the normal range. Vivoactive 4 also calculates an average Daily Resting Heart Rate that is based on the heart rate data collected over the day.

You will need to define the heart rate threshold as part of abnormal heart rate alerts.

14. Is Garmin Vivoactive 4 compatible with iPhone?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 works well with an iPhone. It supports iOS 13 and higher operating systems from Apple. All iPhones starting from iPhone 6S models are supported by Vivoactive 4 smartwatch. You can check about iPhone compatibility with Vivoactive 4 on this page.

15. What are the strap size and material of Vivoactive 4?

Vivoactive 4 has a strap size of 22 mm. The strap is made of silicon. Vivoactive 4S has a strap size of 20 mm.

16. Does Garmin Vivoactive 4 track respiration rate?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 and 4S do track respiration rates. The respiration rate involves measuring breaths per minute. It is tracked on a 24 x 7 basis.

17. Can Garmin Vivoactive 4 track blood oxygenation?

Garmin Vivoactive 4 has a pulse oximeter sensor that can track blood oxygenation levels. The oxygen saturation levels can be tracked on a perpetual basis. Or, you could take spot readings of blood oxygen saturation levels through the Vivoactive 4. You can read more about the pulse oximeter on Vivoactive 4 on this page.

18. Does Vivoactive 4 and 4S have ‘Body Battery’?

Yes, Garmin’s proprietary Body Battery scores are available on the Vivoactive 4 and 4S. Body Battery scores help you in figuring out energy levels or stress levels throughout the day. Readings below 30 indicate stress or fatigue. Body Battery levels get replenished once you rest and allow the body to recover.

19. Can you take calls on Garmin Vivoactive 4?

You can choose to accept or reject incoming calls on Garmin Vivoactive 4. This is only possible on phones that are paired with an Android smartphone. iOS integration with the Vivoactive 4 does not work.

You cannot make calls through a Garmin Vivoactive 4. To make outgoing calls through the Garmin smartwatch, you will need to take a Venu 2 or Venu 2 Plus or a higher category watch like a Fenix 6 or Fenix 7 watch.

20. Can Garmin Vivoactive 4 monitor stress?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 can monitor stress levels throughout the day. It reports All-Day stress levels. From time to time, Vivoactive 4 sends relaxation reminders.

21. Can Garmin Vivoactive 4 monitor sleep?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 monitors sleep and reports sleep quality. Sleep monitoring and tracking is a standard feature of Garmin smartwatches including the Vivoactive 4 and 4S.

22. Does Garmin Vivoactive 4 support NFC payments?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 does support NFC payments. Vivoactive 4 uses Garmin Pay as NFC app to make contactless payments. You can integrate your wallet or credit card with the Garmin Pay app to make wireless payments through your Vivoactive 4 or 4S.

23. Does Garmin Vivoactive 4 support the Android mobile operating system?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 supports the Android mobile operating system. Vivoactive 4 works with Android operating system version 7 or higher. As of now, the latest Android mobile operating system is version 12.

24. Does Garmin Vivoactive 4 have fall detection?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 does have an incident detection feature that is akin to the fall detection feature of Apple smartwatches. The incident detection feature of Garmin Vivoactive 4 will detect a fall and send in a text message or notification to up to 3 emergency contacts. You can add emergency contacts to the Vivoactive 4 smartwatch.

25. Does Vivoactive 4 have ‘Find my Watch’ feature?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 has a ‘Find my Watch’ and ‘Find my Phone’ feature that can be used to find misplaced watch or phone.

26. Does Vivoactive 4 have music?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 does have full music capability. It can store up to 500 songs on the watch storage. Or, you could choose to stream music through 3rd party apps like Spotify. Vivoactive 4 can also control music on the paired smartphone.

27. What activities are tracked as part of the Gym profile?

Garmin Vivoactive 4 can track cardio workouts, strength workouts, yoga workouts, pilates workouts, indoor rowing, and floor climbing.

28. Does Vivoactive 4 have a swimming profile?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 does have a swimming profile. It is called the pool swimming profile. it can detect the type of swimming stroke, time and distance, stroke count, and swim efficiency or SWOLF. You can monitor the underwater heart rate as part of the swimming profile.

29. Does Vivoactive 4 have a cycling profile?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 does have an inbuilt cycling profile that is designed to track distance, time, heart rate, and calories as part of the cycling profile. The cycling profile also has cadence support. The cycling profile has support for Varia lights and Varia radar.

30. Does Vivoactive 4 have Always-on-Display?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 does have Always on Display. You can see the watch time even when the watch face or background is off.

31. What is the operating temperature range of a Garmin Vivoactive 4?

Garmin Vivoactive 4 can work between -20 to 60 degrees Celsius. Vivoactive 4’s temperate range is one of the best in the smartwatch industry.

32. Does Garmin Vivoactive 4 have an altimeter?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 does have a barometric altimeter. It is a separate sensor that can be used to track altitude above sea level.

33. Can Garmin Vivoactive 4 take temperature readings?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 can take wrist-based temperature readings through a ‘tempe’ sensor.

34. Does Garmin Vivoactive 4 support ANT+?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 supports ANT+. It is ANT certified. ANT+ wireless network can be used to broadcast heart rate data to supported Garmin devices. ANT+ becomes a very useful feature when you are into Biking.

35. Does Vivoactive 4 have a gyroscope?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 has a separate sensor for providing gyroscope functionality. A gyroscope helps in finding the angular velocity.

36. Does Vivoactive 4 have a HIIT profile?

No, Vivoactive 4 does not have a HIIT profile. HIIT profile is useful for High intensity interval training that can improve heart health and increase fat loss.

37. Does Vivoactive 4 have a compass?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 has a compass that can be used for directional support for maps and navigational software.

38. Can Vivoactive 4 work as a pedometer?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 can track your steps and work as a pedometer. Step accuracy is also up to mark.

39. Can Vivoactive 4 track water intake?

Vivoactive 4 has a hydration module and can track your water intake throughout the day. You will still need to update the number of cups of water you have had during the day.

40. Does Vivoactive 4 have Golf support?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 has Golf support and it can help you play a game of Golf on specific golf courses. Golf course data is available for the Vivoactive 4. Specific features for Golf are available on the Vivoactive 4.

41. Does Garmin Vivoactive 4 support Wi-Fi?

Yes, Garmin Vivoactive 4 supports Wi-Fi 4 or 802.11N standards of wireless technology.

42. Does Garmin Vivoactive 4 have wireless charging?

No, Vivoactive 4 does not have wireless charging. It has a USB charging cable that can be used to charge the watch fully in less than a couple of hours.

43. Does Vivoactive 4 come with Sapphire glass?

Vivoactive 4 does not have Sapphire glass. It only comes in Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Sapphire glass is available on the Fenix series of smartwatches.

44. Can Vivoactive 4 measure acceleration on a linear scale?

Yes, Vivoactive 4 can measure acceleration on a linear scale as it has an in-built accelerometer sensor.

45. Can Vivoactive 4 monitor perspiration?

No, Vivoactive 4 cannot take sweat readings through your skin. Perspiration tracking is available on higher models of Garmin smartwatches.

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