Spotify Playlists and Running with Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

Since I got my new watch (the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music) and new wireless headphones (Aftershokz Trekz Air from Gazelle Sports), I’ve been listening to music and podcasts more often and exploring new stuff (and old favorites) on Spotify while lifting weights, running, and even just around the house.

I’ve found I’m VERY influenced by what I hear when I’m working out. So keeping it positive and very much in the whole vibe of, “Pain is temporary. Greatness is forever. Push yourself to the absolute limits. You will succeed!” I need to hear this! Especially when it gets really tough and I want to slow down. If someone is talking in my ear about what it takes to be my best, I’m going to be more likely to want to chase down the finish line even faster!

I got really excited when I found out I could get the Spotify app on my watch and download playlists to the watch, mostly because the app has given me access to listen to stuff that’s not in my ITunes playlists. You need Spotify premium to transfer the playlists to the watch, but if you don’t have it there’s a simple solution! 🙌

I was so pumped when I realized I could still listen to all those feel good, adrenaline pumping, fight to the finish songs and motivational speeches and still use my watch to control it. Because who wants to pull out their phone to press skip if you’re just not feeling a song you thought you might be into?

Here’s the hack:

Settings > Music > Music Providers > Control Phone

* If you are a Spotify Premium user, you can go straight to Music Providers > Spotify (assuming you already downloaded it from the Garmin Connect IQ store) and it will tell you to open the app on your phone to get it set up. You’ll be able to transfer your playlists right to the watch, which is great if you’re someone who doesn’t like to carry extra stuff like a phone during your run.

Open the Spotify app on your phone. Bring up your playlist you want to hear, and press play.

Be sure to open the Bluetooth settings on your phone to connect your headphones and then you’re all set to go!

I always have my phone on me for emergencies, so using it to play my Spotify playlists and pair it with my Garmin and Aftershokz is perfect! 🙌🎶🏃‍♀️ It’s easy to switch from the phone control to your own music stored on the watch too if you decide to listen to something else part way through a run (through the same music settings listed above).

Anyone have a personal anthem you love listening to during tough races? I’m definitely a “the cheesier the better” kind of girl haha! I love Fighter by Christina Aguilera, The Champion by Carrie Underwood, Stronger by Kelly Clarkson, and tons of the motivational clips on Spotify by Fearless Motivation <—This is totally what got me through my peak week half marathon training run, and I’m planning on using it again come race day! Racing can be very mental, and listening to some powerful messages and fun upbeat music is so helpful in breaking free from those mental shackles.

There’s something about hearing “…when the tough moments come, do not lose sight of your vision. Picture the whole nation pushing you forward.” 🙌 Heck yeah! So good right?! I love a good powerful message. It’s so motivating!

Hopefully you found this helpful if you’re also a Garmin music newbie, or are considering a watch upgrade!

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