Garmin released new firmware for Fenix 7 devices on 18th October 2022. The latest firmware version 9.37 replaces firmware version 9.36.
The firmware update is being rolled out to eligible devices in a phased approach. As of writing this, the firmware has been released to all eligible devices on 20th October 2022. The firmware rollout is complete for all the eligible Fenix 7 devices. If you continue to experience battery drain on Fenix 7 devices after a firmware update to version 9.37, please contact Garmin support.
Firmware version 9.37 for Fenix 7 devices addresses the battery drain issue on the smartwatch. The rapid drain of battery has been reported by many Fenix 7 device owners after deploying the previous firmware update version 9.36.
The latest firmware version for Fenix 7 smartwatches is firmware 9.36. It was released in September 2022 and replaces the previous firmware version 9.33 for Fenix 7 smartwatches. Firmware 9.33 for Fenix 7 was rolled out on 23rd August 2022.
As of writing this in October 2022, Fenix 7 firmware version 9.36 has been rolled out to 70% of eligible Fenix 7 devices by Garmin. We expect the remaining devices to receive the firmware over the next week or so.
Fenix 7 firmware update history
- Current firmware version – 9.37 released on 18th October 2022
- September 2022 firmware version – 9.36
- August 2022 firmware version – 9.33
Bug fixes, issues resolved, and improvements in firmware 9.36 for Fenix 7
The following improvements and bug fixes have been reported by Garmin as part of the firmware update 9.36 for Fenix 7 smartwatches:
- Fixed issue causing increased battery drain when using large Strava segments.
- Fixed issue that could cause inaccuracies in the reported primary benefit for Training Effect.
- Fixed issue causing Golf to sometimes not advance to the next hole automatically.
- Fixed issue where long activities were causing the watch to behave poorly.
- Fixed potential inaccuracies in the Race Time Predictions.
- Fixed potential issue with Daily Suggested Workout plan overview.
The latest software update is available for all the eight device models of Garmin Fenix smartwatches, as mentioned below:
- Fenix 7
- Fenix 7S
- Fenix 7 Solar
- Fenix 7S Solar
- Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar
- Fenix 7S Sapphire Solar
- Fenix 7X Solar
- Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar
Issues reported after deployment of firmware 9.36 on Fenix 7
Some Fenix 7 owners have reported excessive battery drain after implementing firmware 9.36 on Fenix 7. The issue can be resolved by doing a reboot or hard reset or factory reset of the watch. Before doing a hard reset or factory reset, do ensure that you have synchronized the activity data with the Garmin Connect app. For more details about this issue, you may check out this page.
The battery drain issue has now been fixed in the Garmin Fenix 7 firmware version 9.37 which was released on 18th October 2022.
How can I install the latest firmware on Fenix 7?
Software updates or firmware updates for Fenix 7 smartwatches are rolled out by Garmin automatically. You can use the Garmin Express application or the Garmin Connect app on your mobile phone for the firmware update.
Garmin Connect app (on your paired smartphone) is more comfortable as it can fetch the update from Garmin servers whenever the files are made available for your device. The firmware update can be sent to the Fenix 7 smartwatch through the Bluetooth connection between your phone and watch.
Garmin Express is a PC based application. This application can pull the firmware files from Garmin servers as and when the update is made available for your device. When you connect your Fenix 7 device to the PC using a USB C cable, Garmin Express identifies the device model.
Garmin Express, subsequently, tries to pull the latest software update from Garmin servers. Once the update has been downloaded to your computer, the files are pushed out to the Fenix 7 device that is connected to the computer.
A successful firmware update on Fenix 7 can be checked through the watch screen by following the steps below:
- Hold MENU.
- Select System
- Select About.
The about section on the watch shows the latest firmware version that is deployed on the watch. In our case, we are looking at software version 9.36 for Fenix 7 smartwatches.
It may be pertinent to mention that the Garmin Fenix 7 firmware cannot be rolled back. So, deploying the firmware in a proper way is important for a hassle free firmware update experience.
You may like to read more about Fenix 7 smartwatches below:
- Fenix 7 Battery drain after firmware update
- Apple Watch 8 vs Garmin Fenix 7
- Garmin Fenix 7 Software Update version 9.33 – released 23rd August 2022
- Is Fenix 7 Solar worth it?
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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].