General Questions


After five great years, Note2Watch will be shutting down. Unfortunately some of the technology that powers the Note2Watch servers will no longer be supported which will make it increasingly difficult to keep the servers up and running.

For this reason, we've made the difficult decision to begin the slow, deliberate process of shutting down Note2watch.

Note2Watch will keep operating for existing users until March 1st, 2021.


The Note2Watch Team

Note2Watch is available for the following Garmin® ConnectIQ™ devices:

  • Approach™ S60
  • D2 Bravo™
  • Descent™ Mk1
  • Edge™ 520 / 520 Plus / 820 / 1000 / 1030
  • Fenix™ 3 / 3 HR / 5 / 5S / 5X / 5 Plus
  • Forerunner™ 230, 235, 630, 645, 645 Music, 735XT, 920XT and 935
  • Oregon™ 7-series / Rino™ 7-series
  • tactix Bravo™ / quatix™ 3
  • Vivoactive™ / HR / 3 / 3 Music
If your watch supports ConnectIQ™ and you don't see it listed, please contact us at and we'll investigate.

The widget provides quick access to your notes, requiring fewer clicks to open than the app. The trade-off is that, since widgets have a timeout associated with them, your notes will only be viewable for a short period of time after opening. This makes the widget ideal for quick reminders.

The app takes a few more clicks to open, but once open, notes will remain visible indefinitely. This makes the app ideal for viewing longer, more detailed notes, like instructions or TODO lists.

To get the best of both worlds, you can install both the widget and the app use which ever is more appropriate for your particular use-case.

Notes are automatically synced when you open the app or widget. You can manually sync anytime by pressing the Menu button and selecting Sync.

You can have a maximum of 5 notes on your Garmin® device at a time.

Notes can be a maximum of 1024 characters long.

The reason for this seemingly low limit is that Garmin® watches are generally more limited in terms of processing power and memory than other types of devices. A longer notes takes more memory and takes longer to process.

Older versions of Note2Watch had a limit of 512 characters so if you still have that limit, be sure to upgrade the app and widget on your Garmin® device to 2.0 or greater.

You can delete a note by using the Delete button on the website.
When a note is created using email, it may cause a note to be automatically rotated off your watch. To prevent this, you can star notes that you would like to ensure remain on the watch.

Creating Notes

To create a note using the website, click the + button on the note list page. Once you've entered your note data and saved it, your note will be available on your Garmin® device the next time it syncs.

To create a note using an email, simply send an email to The subject will become the title and the body will become the contents.

For the note to be routed to the correct watch, the email must be sent from the email address you signed up using.

You can also use email to update an existing note. To do this you can either:

  • Ensure that the subject line matches the previous note's title exactly
  • Or, you can include a tag in the subject line. A tag is a word or phrase in square brackets, for example [todo]. It can appear anywhere in the subject, but usually makes sense at the beginning or the end. If a tag is used, any note that has a matching tag will be replaced.

To display tabular data on your watch, you can use a table note. Make sure you're using version 2.0 or greater so that table notes render properly.

There are two ways to create a table note, the easy way using the table editor or the more advanced way using special formatting characters called table markup.

To create a table note the easy way, click the down-arrow next to the + on the note list page and select the number of columns in your table.

To create a table using the advanced table markup technique, create a regular text note and embed the appropriate formatting characters. See the next section for a description of the table markup format.

Creating a table note with table markup is just like creating a regular text note except that you use special formatting characters in the note contents to describe how the table should look. For example to make a table that looks like:

Ex Wt Reps
Pullups 8x3
DB Curl 40lbs 8x3

You would use the following formatting in the note contents field:

[ Ex      | Wt    | Reps ]
| Pullups |       | 8x3  |
| DB Curl | 40lbs | 8x3  |

As you can see, columns are separated by a | character. Each row of data starts and ends with | and | characters. An optional heading line starts and ends with [ and ] characters. You don't need to use spaces to line up the columns, that will happen automatically.

Tables can have up to 4 columns and up to 128 rows.

IFTTT can be used to automatically create notes using a recipe. Since the note must originate from your email address and not IFTTT's, the best way to do this is to use an email provider's 'Ingredient', like Gmail.

You can also use IFTTT's handy DoNote application (iOS/Android) to quickly send a note to your watch from your phone.


We currently accept the following credit cards:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Diners Club
  • JCB

We also now accept PayPal payments.

We proudly use Stripe as our payment processor for credit card transactions.

Stripe provides a secure, PCI level-1 compliant platform which ensures our customer's information always stays safe.

No, the subscription to Note2Watch must be renewed manually each year. Luckily, it's a cinch, just click the Subscribe button on your account page and fill in your current payment details.

Tips & Tricks

On your watch, open up the Note2Watch app or widget and go to Menu, then Font, and choose which font size you would like.

If you're using an older version of the app or widget, then you can change the font size from the Account page.

Watches by their very nature will have extremely small screens. For larger notes this can be problematic. There are however a couple of things you can do to maximize screen real-estate:

  • Select the smallest available font
  • Leave the note's title blank; this will leave more room for the note's contents

To reorder notes, you can drag them up and down on the note listing page. This feature requires having 1.4 or greater of the watch app / widget.


First, ensure your phone and watch are configured correctly by following these steps:

  1. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both your phone and the watch
  2. Make sure the phone is near the watch, Bluetooth has a limited range
  3. Make sure the Garmin Connect app is running on the phone

If you're still unable to pair, try closing and re-opening the Garmin Connect app on your phone. It can occasionally get 'wedged' where it stop responding to Bluetooth connections. Closing and reopening the app can fix this.

Finally, if pairing still doesn't work, try rebooting both your phone and watch and making sure Garmin Connect app is started on the phone. If after trying this pairing still doesn't work, contact us at . and we'll get you sorted out!

Enable Bluetooth on both your watch and on the phone.

The 'Trial Expired' note will disappear once you have re-synced your notes. This should happen automatically, but you can manually do this by pressing Menu and then Sync.

If you still experience issues, please contact us at

In the past, Note2Watch did not support Unicode (non-ASCII) characters, so they were replaced with a '?'. Now that Note2Watch supports some Unicode characters, you should be able to edit any note containing a '?' and replace it with the correct character.

Widgets on Garmin® watches have a relatively short timeout which unfortunately cannot be adjusted. On an up-to-date Vivoactive™ this is 45 seconds. A workaround is to periodically tap the screen: this resets the timeout giving you another 45 seconds.

You can also use the app version of Note2Watch which does not have the timeout limitation, so notes will be visible until you close the app.

The communications channel between the watch and the phone is fairly limited, meaning that syncing notes can sometimes take longer than seems necessary.

Since most of the time the problem is poor Bluetooth™ connectivity, the best thing you can do is make sure your phone is close to your watch.